Good, Bad, and Ugly

Russian alcohol deaths…

June 30, 2009

Alcohol kills over half of Russians in prime-study

MOSCOW, June 26 (Reuters) – Cheap and illicit alcohol kills more than half Russian men and women in their most productive years and the government must act urgently to reverse the trend, a study to be published in The Lancet at the weekend said.

Barak and Barack

June 30, 2009

Israel to build 50 new homes at West Bank settlement

News of the planned building work emerged hours before Defense Minister Ehud Barak left for the United States for talks aimed at narrowing a rift with Washington over settlements.

Not a former colony?

May 22, 2009

ArcelorMittal says delays Liberia iron ore mine

ArcelorMittal is a key investor in the poor former British colony, whose President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made attracting foreign investment into its natural resources a centrepiece of her efforts to rebuild the country after a 1989-2003 civil war.

Uncovered news?

May 18, 2009

Pelosi in public dispute with CIA over interrogation

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday got into a public dispute with the CIA over what she knew about harsh interrogation techniques in 2002 in the latest twist in a Washington political firestorm.

The wrong tax?

May 12, 2009

Implications of Japan opposition leader quitting

Former party leader Katsuya Okada, often cited as a frontrunner, has in the past favoured a hike in the three percent sales tax to fund bulging social security costs, a move Ozawa had ruled out for now.

Incident in The Netherlands

May 4, 2009

You report dozens of roadside bombings in Iraq or Afghanistan; yet if something terrible happens with one of your biggest allies, Holland, on one of their biggest holidays: Queen’s Birthday, you report nothing…

Don’t tinkle with my freedoms…

April 19, 2009

Singapore says new law will prevent meeting disruption “But if the government wants to tinkle with individual freedom and democracy to an oppressive level it will actually become the source of public order problems.”
Did Legislator Sylvia Lim of the opposition Workers’ Party really say ‘tinkle?


No hostages killed?

April 16, 2009

Somali militants fire at U.S. lawmaker

So far, pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even letting them phone loved ones. The worst violence has been the occasional beating. No hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

Bloody assaults?

April 15, 2009

Somali pirates hijack Greek-owned ship

Some fear the bloody assaults by Washington and Paris to free their hostages may raise the risk of future bloodshed. The pirates have vowed to take revenge on U.S. and French citizens.

The Gulf, again…

April 6, 2009

Lamprell’s profit rises but dividend slashedLONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Lamprell, an oil and gas services company in the Arabian Gulf, posted higher full-year profit, but slashed its final dividend by 74 percent citing difficult market conditions.I was reading a news article on your site and I came across the word “Arabian Gulf.” For thousands of years the body of water between Iran and the Arabian peninsula has been called the Persian Gulf. It’s an absolute disgrace to see politics used in such a fashion. Purposefully changing the name of the Persian Gulf is absolutely unbelivable. Journalists aren’t supposed to be politicians. N.R.That was an error. Our style on that body of water is simply The Gulf, with neither Persian nor Arabian attached: GBU Editor

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford is underway in the Gulf, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo/Handout