On top of everything else; the loss of an icon. (photo: Jan Olofsson)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: BBC Radio 4 – PM – September 12, 2003
News for this day ten years ago had much to do with a world in turmoil, but the loss of an American Music icon added a poignancy to September 12th.
On this September 12th in 2003, news of the lifting of UN sanctions against Libya, in place since the terrorist bombing of PanAm Flight 103 over Lacherbie Scotland and the killing of 243 passengers and 16 crew had many in the White House skeptical over the vote. Libya was still considered a major player in the “War on Terror” and aides to Bush were quick to point out the sanctions lift didn’t really change all that much with respect to the U.S. position on the Khadafi regime.
And the situation in Iraq dragged on with news from Fallujah that 8 Iraqi security personnel were mistakenly killed by U.S. troops. And new agitation was going along with the anxiety over the allegations of an Iranian Nuclear program and what that would mean for the region.
Since the newscast for this day comes via the BBC, much news was spent on the comings and goings of the Green Party in the UK, and their plans for the rest of Europe in the coming elections. Also, the economic situation with the EU and the problems with some member nations.
But the sad news came from Baptist Hospital in Nashville, with word that American music legend Johnny Cash had died at the age of 71 from complications associated with Diabetes.
The tributes poured in and this episode of PM offered a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Man In Black who was extremely popular in the UK.
And that’s part of what went on in the world this day, as reported by BBC Radio 4’s PM program for September 12, 2003.
When all else fails, burn an oil field.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for January 23, 1991
January 23rd in 1991 marked one week since Operation Desert Storm began. The move was on to oust the Iraqi Army from Kuwait, with ground action expected to start anytime soon. Amid reports of Scud attacks on Israel, U.S. planes attacking a supposed Baby Milk Factory and reports of Iraqi troops setting fire to oil fields, the Coalition Operation was moving along smoothly.
Here is a morning report on the events of the previous night via The CBS World News Roundup, along with sporadic Special Reports via CBS Radio throughout the morning on January 23, 1991.
Kuwait: August 1990 – murky images – murkier motives.
Click on the link here for audio player: News for August 10, 1990
The sound of sabers rattling and reports of atrocities, chaos and quickly organized summits dominated the news for this August 10th in 1990.
With the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait only a few days old, Egypt opened an emergency Arab Summit in Cairo as a last ditch effort to prevent an escalated war in the Persian Gulf against Iraq. But at the time of this broadcast, very little was accomplished, except when to break for lunch. Iraq sealed its borders to all but diplomats, and reports came flooding in of foreign nationals escaping in the droves, while some were being held in Bagdhad, perhaps as hostages. The ones who escaped gave harrowing accounts of what was going on in Kuwait and it fueled the already growing outrage against Iraq.
Meanwhile, NATO leaders were stopping short of taking collective military action, but they did endorse the growing multi-national Naval presence shaping up in the Persian Gulf. And the U.S. began a rapid deployment of U.S. combat troops to the region, denying reports it would eventually deploy as many as 250,000 personnel to Saudi Arabia.
Back in the States – wild fires were continuing to cause major destruction in Oregon and Northern California, charring some 100,000 acres as of this morning. Yosemite National Park was closed and all roads leading into the site were blocked, leaving many campers stranded. As of this August 10th, there were some 1,000 fires burning out of control in the region.
And that’s some of what went on, this chaotic August 10th in 1990, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.
January 23, 1991 – Scuds And 'Baby Formula'..
"If you lived here you'd be nervous by now."