Global News Journal

Who’s the biggest bully?

June 10, 2008

Ireland’s PMEach side accuses the other of trying to scare voters ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the EU treaty on Thursday.
“No” groups have campaigned on issues ranging from abortion and euthanasia to taxation and Ireland’s military neutrality. They also say new decision-making mechanisms mean small states will lose influence and get trampled by the EU’s heavyweights.

Truck strike shows Spain’s good times are over

June 9, 2008

Protest in Barcelona There’s nothing like the prospect of empty supermarket shelves to convince people that an economic boom is well and truly over, and that’s just what Spain’s truck drivers are doing with their strike over fuel prices.

from Africa News blog:

Is Kenya’s economy back on track?

June 9, 2008

kenya_safaricom_buyers.jpgOnly a few months ago, it seemed all doom and gloom for the Kenyan economy as post-election violence threatened to wipe out gains and stymy growth.
 
Tourists were cancelling safari and beach holidays in their droves. Gangs were rampaging around the agricultural heartlands. And few would dare to journey on roads full of boulders, burning tyres and knife-wielding youths.
 
Yet even back then, some analysts argued that East Africa's strongest economy should be able to withstand the electoral crisis, provided it was brought to a rapid halt.

from UK News:

Afghanistan – noble cause of the 21st century?

June 9, 2008

afghanistan.jpgDefence Secretary Des Browne said the conflict in Afghanistan was the "noble cause of the 21st century" as he paid tribute to the 100 British soldiers who died serving in the country.

from Africa News blog:

What would Obama do for Africa?

June 9, 2008

obama-in-kenya.jpgWin or not in November, U.S. Senator Barack Obama has already become a hero to Africans.

from Africa News blog:

Should Zimbabwe’s election go ahead?

June 6, 2008

zimbabwe-posters.jpgOpposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai detained twice in a week, U.S. and British diplomats forced from their cars by police, rallies banned, aid workers stopped from working, reports of violence from across the countryside. The campaign for Zimbabwe's presidential election run-off on June 27 is being hard fought, literally.mugabe.jpg

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Food crisis adds to Pakistan-Afghanistan tensions

June 5, 2008

April photo of man at Kabul flour marketIt would be hard to think of a more complex web of problems.  Pakistan and Afghanistan face, in very different ways, severe domestic political crises which are being exacerbated by soaring prices and food shortages. Both blame each other for failing to crack down on the Taliban and al Qaeda. And now tensions are rising over attempts by Pakistan, the traditional supplier of food to Afghanistan, to curb its wheat exports to make sure it can feed its own hungry population.

Obama on Jerusalem. What did he mean?

June 5, 2008

Barack Obama said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee yesterday: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

from Environment Forum:

What do you serve for lunch at a U.N. food crisis summit?

June 3, 2008

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a U.N. crisis summit on rising food prices at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome June 3, 2008. World leaders opened a conference on the global food crisis on Tuesday with the World Bank and humanitarian agencies demanding action to curb soaring prices that could push up to 100 million people into hunger. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (ITALY)What do you serve world leaders for lunch at a U.N. summit trying to solve a crisis caused by soaring food prices?