Geopolitics

Libya's Arsenal Destroyed, Yanukovych Back To Work, Super Bowl Odds

Aftermath of Mount Sinabung volcano's eruption in Karo, Indonesia
Aftermath of Mount Sinabung volcano's eruption in Karo, Indonesia
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LIBYA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS DESTROYED
Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s lethal arsenal of chemical weapons have quietly been destroyed over the last three months, The New York Times reports. The U.S. and Libya used a transportable oven technology to destroy hundreds of bombs and artillery rounds filled with a deadly mustard agent that American officials feared could be used by terrorists. The technology may also be used in disposing of Syria’s chemical arsenal.

UKRAINE PRESIDENT TO RETURN TO WORK
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is expected to return to work today after a four-day sick leave, and he will find that protesters demanding his resignation haven’t gone anywhere. His return comes just after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton discussed a loan to debt-strapped Ukraine during a security conference in Munich over the weekend. The BBC quotes a U.S. official as saying that the credit would be conditional on Kiev embracing “real reform and a real transition.”

BOMB KILLS 5 IN PAKISTAN
A bomb attack in a cinema in the northwestern city of Peshawar has killed five people and wounded 30, the AP reports. The attacker was apparently in the audience before throwing two hand grenades in the darkened theater. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistani Taliban earlier nominated five well-known political and religious figures to represent them in peace talks with the government.

MOSCOW STUDENT TERRORIZES SCHOOL, KILLS 2
A secondary student at a school just outside Moscow brandished a gun and took 20 hostages today, ultimately killing a police officer and a biology teacher before being captured by police. Read more from AFP.

ISRAEL TALKS TOUGH
Israel’s rhetoric has reached a high pitch, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an urgent call over the weekend for renewed Middle East peace efforts. Read the harsh words from Israel’s minister of strategic affairs.

BY THE NUMBERS
See how many times the coin (to determine who kicks off) has landed heads — and tails — over the course of the Super Bowl’s 48-game history.

VOLCANO AFTERMATH
Rescue teams search for victims after a Mount Sinabung volcano eruption Saturday in Karo, Indonesia.

CRIME INT’L
A woman whose body was found in a Venice canal over the weekend was identified this morning as an Iranian, La Repubblica reports. Police believe the killers were her two flatmates, who allegedly traveled to Venice with her body via train and back to Milan via a 500-euro cab ride.

HOFFMAN’S DEADLY DOSE OF HEROIN
As officials prepare to perform an autopsy today on Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning with a needle sticking out of his arm, they are also investigating whether he may have been the victim of a batch of heroin linked to a rising number of deadly overdoses in recent days. The heroin in question is believed to have caused more than 80 deaths along the East Coast in recent weeks and contains both heroin and fentanyl, an opiate used to soothe the pain of cancer patients, The Daily Mail reports.

MY GRAND-PÈRE’S WORLD
Check out Grand-Père's latest slide here...

“I COME OVER FOR THE SUPER BOWL AND YOU DON’T PUT OUT A CHIP?”
Everyone has their favorite Super Bowl commercial, but ours is definitely the Seinfeld expand=1] reunion of Jerry and George at Tom’s Restaurant in New York. No, George didn’t get invited back to the Wassersteins. Just in case you missed it.


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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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