Global Briefing, Jan. 17, 2011: Assassinations, Appeals and Air France

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Pollution PoliceThe Guardian assesses China’s level of environmental transparency, noting NGOs are increasingly upbeat after public campaigns forced major players, including Apple and the Beijing government, to release sensitive information on pollution and its origins.

The Tempest – The New York Times‘ new Pakistan bureau chief Declan Walsh reports on the latest escalation in the military-courts-government feud. The country’s Supreme Court initiated contempt-of-court proceedings Monday against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to pursue corruption charges against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari. This has done little to silence rumors of a ccoup d’etat.

Occupy Igloos — Demonstrators are heading to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.  The Atlantic scopes out their snowy shelters.

It’s Not Assassination, Stupid – Mehdi Hasan argues in The Guardian that despite what Western leaders call it, killing Iran’s nuclear scientists is murder.

Appeal Approved – At the European Court of Human Rights, Abu Qatada wins his appeal against deportation from the U.K. to Jordan to face terror charges. British Home Secretary Theresa May said the decision was “not the end of the road.”

The Hungary Lesson – The beleaguered country serves as a cautionary tale for those who believe Greece should reintroduce its currency, according to The New York Times.

Flying Blind – What do the Air France 447 crash and the financial collapse have in common?