Global News Journal

Mandelson fends off EU’s back seat drivers

July 25, 2008

Mandelson - keep your hands off the wheelImagine driving a car with 27 people on the back seat trying to steer. That’s the image Peter Mandelson painted of his role negotiating at the World Trade Organisation on behalf of all European Union countries – some of which are not entirely supportive of the way he is taking things.

The Trials of the Turkish Jihadi

July 24, 2008

   “(It) is a very sensitive topic, so sensitive it can break many people’s hearts, and so delicate it can destroy many Mujahideens’ dreams.”

What people in Germany are saying about Obama’s visit

July 23, 2008

obama.jpgObamamania has hit Germany hard, but many here are wary of the big show the Democratic presidential candidate will put on in Berlin on Thursday, when his speech at the “Victory Column” could attract hundreds of thousands.

Do you Doha? Cutting through the jargon at the WTO

July 23, 2008

Where is green beige, 54 the same as 60, and the potato a tropical vegetable? Welcome to the Through the Looking Glass world of the World Trade Organisation.

Karadzic arrest — a chance to move on

July 22, 2008

Radovan Karadzic - then and now  The capture of Radovan Karadzic
after 11 years on the run is likely
to improve Serbia’s chances of joining
the European Union and enhance the
new government’s credentials with EU
leaders. It also gives ordinary Serbs hope
of a better life, 17 years after the start of
the wars that preceded the break-up of
    Karadzic wanted Serb areas of Bosnia to be linked to a greater
Serbia at a time when Slobodan Milosevic was fanning nationalism in
Serbia. When I first met him in November 1990, he was already
warning of civil war because of what he saw as a conspiracy against
Serbs in multi-ethnic Bosnia.
    He still has some die-hard supporters in Serbia but
otherwise there is little sympathy for the man facing genocide
over the deaths of about 100,000 people in the siege of
Sarajevo and 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of
Srebrenica during the war.
    The U.S.-brokered Dayton peace agreement ended the war
without a clear winner, dividing the country into two
ethnic-based halves — the Muslim-Croat federation and the Serb
Republic, which have co-existed in an uneasy alliance since.
  Karadzic and Milosevic in undated photo

Inflation rate no mystery to Iranian shoppers

July 22, 2008

Iranian President Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during a news conference after the Eight Developing Islamic Nations summit in Kuala Lumpur. Iranian President Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during a news conference after the Eight Developing Islamic Nations summit in Kuala Lumpur The simple answer is inflation is rocketing. But it doesn’t really answer the question analysts often ask which is: what is the actual inflation rate in Iran? To that there is more than one answer, which often seems the case in the Islamic Republic.

from Africa News blog:

What chance of success for Zimbabwe talks?

July 22, 2008

rtr20ed8.jpgZimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC are holding talks in Pretoria aimed at thrashing out a power-sharing deal to end the country's political crisis.

from UK News:

Brown outdone by Obama effect

July 21, 2008

brown.jpg Gordon Brown has not had the best of luck since replacing Tony Blair as British prime minister a year ago. Now it seems Brown's bad luck has followed him overseas.

from Blogs Dashboard:

Iran Geneva talks: whose interpretation will triumph?

July 21, 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 Balibouse    Was 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 Africa News blog:

Mandela at 90: How should his legacy be preserved?

July 18, 2008

mandela_90_poster_resized.jpgTributes poured in on Friday as anti-apartheid struggle icon and international statesman Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday.