from MediaFile:

Huffington Post top indy political blog for traffic

October 22, 2008

obamamccain.jpgPolitical Web sites and blogs compete for scoops and eyeballs with an intensity rivaling the presidential candidates, so the Internet traffic figures released Wednesday by industry tracker comScore are likely to provide some bragging rights.

from Summit Notebook:

AUDIO – Gazprom: Friends in high places

September 8, 2008

President Dmitry Medvedev is the former chairman of Russia's state gas export monopoly Gazprom, and the company is viewed as a powerful instrument of the Kremlin's foreign and domestic policy, but the company's deputy chief, executive, Alexander Medvedev, says it is not so. 

from Global News Journal:

Can Cyprus “comrades” clinch a deal?

September 3, 2008

The leaders of Cyprus's Greek and Turkish communities sipped coffee and called each other "comrade" as they launched a new round of talks on reuniting the island, whose 34-year division has exasperated the most committed of mediators.     
 Cypriot President Christofias shakes hands with Turkish Cypriot President Ali Talat during a news conference after their meeting in Nicosia                            
This time, foreign diplomats and analysts say, a solution is in sight, thanks largely to the two moderate, leftist men heading the negotiations - Greek Cypriot Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot Mehmet Ali Talat.

from Global News Journal:

How much damage will Mauritania’s coup do to Africa?

August 6, 2008

a-man-walks-in-front-of-mosque-in-central-nouakchott-february-2-2008.jpgSoldiers took power in a coup in Mauritania on Wednesday after presidential guards deposed President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi when he tried to dismiss senior army officers. Abdallahi took over only last year after winning elections to replace a military junta that had ruled since it toppled the previous president in a bloodless coup in 2005. The largely desert nation, one of Africa's newest oil producers, has suffered five coups since 1978 but Africa as a whole has transformed its reputation for violent government ousters in recent years after notching up around 80 successful coups and many more abortive attempts between the 1950s and 2004.

from Africa News blog:

How much longer for Museveni?

July 22, 2008

rtr1zhcn.jpgCovering Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni for four years as the Reuters correspondent in Kampala was seldom dull.

from Global News Journal:

Update-Is ICC setting its sights too high in Sudan?

July 11, 2008

bashir1.jpgOn Friday I wrote that the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor was readying a genocide charge and arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.  It came to pass today. A defiant Khartoum has said it will not bend to the court and has warned of an eruption of violence; the opposition too has said the warrant could threaten peace. Is this a case of justice versus peace and do the two have to be irreconcilable?

from Photographers' Blog:

They came… we saw… she conquered…

April 7, 2008

The State visit to Britain by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni drew widespread attention not the least from the massed ranks of photographers and televison crews keen to record the couple's every step.  No cliche was left unturned as members of the press vied with one another to describe their partnership.

from Fan Fare:

Elton sings for Hillary — “I’m still standing”

March 18, 2008

elton.jpgAmerican TV superstar Oprah Winfrey might be backing Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama, but his rival Hillary Clinton got her own celebrity boost on Monday when Elton John announced he would perform a solo concert on behalf of her campaign on April 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  The event, called "Elton and Hillary: One Night Only," is the British star's first public solo concert in New York City withouhillary.jpgt his band in eight years. Ticket prices start at $125.