Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Is Zimbabwe back to square one after AU summit?

July 2, 2008

zimbabwe_summit_mugabe1.jpgCan President Robert Mugabe be trusted to implement the resolution of the African Union summit calling for dialogue and a government of national unity to end Zimbabwe's long-running crisis? According to Mugabe's camp, he can. "The AU resolution is in conformity to what President Mugabe said at his inauguration, when he said we are prepared to talk in order to resolve our problems," his Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told Reuters a day after the AU passed the resolution on July 1.

Iran’s nuclear policy: what lies beneath?

July 2, 2008

khamenei1.jpgThere is a running joke among Western journalists, diplomats and other foreigners based in Iran who have the task of trying to understand what is going on behind the scenes: the longer you stay here, the more opaque Iranian policy making becomes.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Bush’s Pakistan policies: caution or carelessness?

July 1, 2008

1998 file photo of bin Laden in AfghanistanMuch has been made of this week's New York Times article accusing the Bush administration of allowing al Qaeda to rebuild in Pakistan's tribal areas after it was chased out of Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, not least because the White House took its eye off the ball as it turned its attention to Iraq.

Are we about to see a face-off between army and government in Turkey?

July 1, 2008

Ataturk    Turkish police detained dozens of people on Tuesday,
including at least two retired army generals, and prominent
ultra-nationalist figures who have been sharply critical of the
governing AK Party. The so-called “Operation Ergenekon” is a
year-long investigation into a shadowy group called Ergenekon
that the authorities believe sought to sow chaos in Turkey in
order to trigger a military coup.
    The detentions, including a reported rare move by police
going into a military compound to detain a retired general, came
only a few hours before a chief prosecutor appeared before the
country’s top court in a hearing that seeks the closure of the
governing party on charges of seeking to establish an Islamic
    What is going on? To many it is quite confusing, and the
latest detentions have even puzzled veteran Turkish political
commentators like Mehmet Ali Birand and Semih Idiz — both
having seen coups in the past and the rise and fall of
religious-oriented governments. “It’s a dangerous situation,”
Idiz said.