Global News Journal

Olmert exit excites strong feelings in Israeli media

July 31, 2008

watching-olmert-on-television-in-jerusalem.JPG“The right step,” Israel’s most popular news daily screamed in red letters on Thursday across a front-page photo showing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, his back turned, after he announced plans to resign.
Olmert’s announcement on Wednesday triggered bold headlines and even bolder commentaries in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth in a climax to months of tensions over corruption scandals.

Is the war in Iraq over?

July 31, 2008

new-image.JPGA Washington Post story on Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq caught my eye last week.

Reading in Riyadh

July 31, 2008

saudi9.jpgIt has got slightly easier to get a hold of Saudi novels in Arabic, but they remain suspicious material hard for average Saudis to find.

Does Karadzic detention give Bashir cause for concern?

July 30, 2008

  An armed policeman stands guard as Karadzic is brought to The Hague                                                                                                                               

from Africa News blog:

Losing billions in Zimbabwe

July 30, 2008

dollars.jpgZimbabwe may lose its status as the country with the world's highest proportion of billionaires after the central bank's decision to lop 10 zeroes from its dollar.

Trading kisses? Love-in fails to save WTO talks.

July 30, 2008

Call it the Geneva syndrome – a variation of the Stockholm syndrome where a kidnap victim grows to love his captors.

Iran’s theological heartland: why are some clerics nervous?

July 29, 2008

STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD ARE SEEN IN THE QUADRANGLE AT THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY.  REUTERS/Peter MacDiarmid    A  fellow journalist, an Oxford alumnus who worked in Iran, had a soft spot for Qom. There was something he found familiar about the Islamic Republic’s centre of Shi’ite learning.

Iran Geneva talks: whose interpretation will triumph?

July 29, 2008

EU foreign policy chief Solana shakes hand with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Jalili before a meeting on nuclear issues in Geneva.REUTERS/Denis BalibouseWas the meeting in Geneva filled with “meandering” small talk? Or did the discussions between world powers and Iran begin work on an intricately woven carpet, that in time, would yield an “elegant and durable” outcome?

from India Insight:

With Islamist militancy, has India passed the tipping point?

July 29, 2008

Victims of the bombings in AhmedabadThe bombings that killed 45 people in the communally sensitive city of Ahmedabad have shaken India's establishment. It is now sinking in that India faces homegrown Islamist militant groups operating with a scale and sophistication unheard of in
previous years.   

Are women behind the wheel driving Saudi reform?

July 28, 2008

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah speaks during the opening of World Conference on Dialogue at El Pardo Palace, outside Madrid. REUTERS/Juan MedinaCould Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah finally live up to his reformer reputation and issue a clear decree allowing women to drive? Reformers speculate that it might happen by the end of the year or even, as one hopeful woman activist told me last week, by Saudi National Day on September 23.