Global News Journal

Is the balance shifting in Zimbabwe?

August 26, 2008

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe arrives for the official opening of the Parliament in Harare

This week’s reopening of Zimbabwe’s parliament had been seen by many as a show of defiance by President Robert Mugabe against an opposition that has so far rejected terms of a power-sharing deal that appear more acceptable to the veteran leader and to at least some of his regional counterparts.

What Russia wants: lessons from the 19th century

August 25, 2008

Russian tanks in N. Ossetia after crossing from S. Ossetia/Sergei KarpukhinRussia’s bear-paw swipe at Georgia has got many people drawing comparisons with the Cold War, but personally I like to look for parallels in the 19th century.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Sharif vs Zardari: A fight to the finish or revival of democracy?

August 24, 2008

Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif/Aug 18The resignation of President Pervez Musharraf has, as expected, unleashed a new power struggle within Pakistan's fractious coalition. Asif Ali Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and widower of Benazir Bhutto, has staked a claim to the presidency, setting him on a collision course with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) sees Zardari's candidacy as an attempt to garner more power and delay the restoration of judges sacked by Musharraf last November. PML (N) officials are already saying the row could break up the six-month-old coalition cobbled together after elections in February.

Can Tbilisi neighbours remain good friends?

August 22, 2008

georgia1.jpg    They are 21st century barbarians, thugs, thieves, fascist hordes bent on killing, sacking Georgian cities, burning treasured forests, humiliating and crushing a proud people. “I see,” said President Mikheil Saakashvili, “evil in their eyes.”

Is the American dream over for Georgia and Ukraine?

August 22, 2008

Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) welcomes his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko as he arrives for the GUAM summit in the Black Sea city of Batumi July 1, 2008When thousands in the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev and the Georgian capital Tbilisi overthrew Soviet-style rulers, many felt warm in the embrace of the West.

Vital role in Georgia crisis for…Italy?

August 21, 2008

Putin and Berlusconi in Sardinia in AprilDid Italy unwittingly trigger the crisis in South Ossetia and then play a central role in stopping it? It may not be the view in most of the world but you could come to that conclusion from reading some Italian papers.

Poles see U.S. missile shield as insurance. Are they right?

August 21, 2008

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It is hard not to view Poland’s decision to accept the U.S. missile shield in the context of tensions over Georgia – a point Russia, which loathes the project, was quick to make.

Algerian bombers strike again

August 20, 2008

Police officer inspects the site of a car bomb attack in BouiraFor years Algerian authorities have said the country’s Islamist armed groups are on their last legs. Attacks are sometimes described as the last kicks of a dying horse.

Bashir’s challenge to the ICC – can the court respond?

August 20, 2008

bashir-in-istanbul.jpgInternational prosecutors’ pursuit of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for alleged genocide has not curtailed his travel schedule. He is in Turkey this week, defiant and saying the move by the International Criminal Court has backfired — his hold on power is stronger than ever.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

After Canada, now it’s France’s turn to ask: What’s happening in Afghanistan?

August 19, 2008

Girl holds her brother at refugee camp outside Kabul/Adnan AbidiLast week the Canadians were soul-searching about their presence in Afghanistan after three female aid workers, two of them Canadian, were killed in an ambush. "(The) Canadian deaths in Afghanistan underscore the most troubling aspect of the West's strategy there," said the Toronto Star. "Put simply, it isn't working."