Global News Journal

Parte il rush finale: dal Veltrusconi all’Ok Corral

March 31, 2008

La giornata elettorale è sintetizzata da una vignetta e da
un’intervista. Nella prima, di Vincino, sul Corriere della Sera Pirlo (che ha sbagliato a fine partita il rigore per evitare la sconfitta ieri al Milan con l’Atalanta) abbraccia Berlusconi, entrambi in lacrime e il titolo parla del “Milan vecchio e
stanco di Pirlo e Berlusconi”. Nella seconda, sulla Stampa, Pier Luigi Bersani invita il Pd a un “colpo di reni”. C’è aria di
stanchezza, in giro.

Italy’s hybrid candidate: “Veltrusconi”

March 31, 2008

Silvio Berlusconi in recent campaign shotThe Italian media thought they coined the term “Veltrusconi” for the possibility of a post-electoral deal between twice prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his centre-left rival, Walter Veltroni, late last year when they began brief discussions about electoral reform, but the word is reported as appearing as red-painted graffiti on a school in Rome as long ago as July 2007, along with the words: “the two-headed monster”. But even though the word has been bandied about liberally in the media ever since, both candidates for April 13-14′s vote were horrified to see their faces physically merge in a disconcerting photo-montage on the front cover of Newsweek.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan, India and America

March 30, 2008

India and Pakistan turn into good friends, and America is kept at arms' length. Is that possible?

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Americans start asking about Predators in Pakistan

March 27, 2008

A story in the Washington Post "U.S. Steps Up Unilateral Strikes in Pakistan has attracted attention worldwide. It says the United States has escalated its unilateral strikes against al-Qaeda members and fighters operating in Pakistan's tribal areas, partly because of anxieties that Pakistan's new leaders will insist on scaling back military operations there. 

from Africa News blog:

Sudanese troops in Comoros

March 25, 2008

comoros_commandos_new.jpgSome 500 Sudanese soldiers were among a special African Union force that backed the Comoros government in its lightning operation to retake control of its rebel island of Anjouan. About 1,350 AU troops from Tanzania and Sudan arrived in the Indian Ocean Island archipelago on March 24, the eve of the operation by Comoran government commandos. The government said it seized full control of Anjouan after a seaborne assault backed by the AU. The operation was intended to topple Anjouan's local leader, French-trained former gendarme Mohamed Bacar who clung to power in an illegal election last year and commaded a militia of several hundreds.

from Africa News blog:

Decision time for Zimbabwe

March 18, 2008

Zimbabwe President Robert MugabeZimbabweans queued before dawn to vote in the most crucial election since independence in 1980, many of them desperate to end the misery of economic collapse under veteran President Robert Mugabe. Zimbabweans are suffering from the world's highest inflation of over 100,000 percent a year and shortages of everything from food to fuel. 

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

What would Russian Afghan help mean for Pakistan?

March 16, 2008

With NATO saying it is nearing a deal to use Russian land and airspace to supply its security forces in Afghanistan, I've been trying to  work out what this could mean for Pakistan.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

The moving story of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the CIA

March 10, 2008

I just came across a feature on Salon.com headlined Killing ourselves in Afghanistan which I'd recommend to anyone interested in U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan’s new coalition, a brief triumph?

March 9, 2008

Benjamin Disraeli, one of Britain's foremost prime ministers of the 19th century, once said that, "Coalitions, though sucessful, have always found this, that their triumph has been brief."

from Russia 2012:

Dmitry Medvedev wins Matryoshka immortality

March 7, 2008

Matryoshka dolls/Sergei KarpukhinIt has been less than a week since Dmitry Medvedev was elected Russian president and he already has the ultimate kitsch accolade: his own matryoshka doll. These are painted wooden figures hollowed out inside to contain a smaller doll, which in turn has an even smaller figure inside, and so on until the penultimate figure opens up to reveal the last tiny doll, usually the size of a fingernail.