Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Somalia’s mean sealanes

September 30, 2008

somalia_pirates_troops.jpgIt's the stuff for a Hollywood blockbuster to rival Ridley Scott's 2001 thriller "Black Hawk Down": A bunch of 50 Somali pirates in speedboats and heavily armed with grenade launchers clamber aboard a Ukranian ship in the Gulf of Aden. They overwhelm the 20-man crew and take control of the ship and its dubious cargo of 33 battle tanks, supposedly destined for the Kenyan military. Six days later and with US navy ships stalking, a shootout breaks out on board among the pirates, killing three.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan names new spy chief: at U.S. behest or own move?

September 30, 2008

Pakistan has replaced the head of its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, following months of questions from the United States about its reliability in the battle against the Taliban and al Qaeda.  Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, formerly head of military operations, will replace Lieutenant-General Nadeem Taj.

Long list of enemies in Syria blast

September 29, 2008

One of the problems with countries like Syria – secretive and authoritarian – is that whenever a bomb goes off or someone is assassinated, the list of possible suspects is extensive.

The Party’s Over For Merkel

September 29, 2008

Suddenly, the outlook has darkened for Chancellor Angela Merkel, thanks to Bavaria’s conservatives who suffered their worst result in half a century in a state vote on Sunday.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan’s Zardari wins mixed reviews with U.S. trip

September 29, 2008

President Asif Ali Zardari meets Alaska Governor Sarah Palin/Shannon StapletonDepending on who you read, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was either an embarrassment for trying to flirt with Sarah Palin during his trip to New York last week, or a street-smart wheeler-dealer bravely standing up to Islamist militancy after the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto.

Newlook Royal facing oldstyle defeat

September 28, 2008

French socialist party member Segolene Royal delivers a speech. Gonzalo Fuentes/ReutersFrench Socialist Segolene Royal has unveiled a chic, dishevelled new look, but the surprise makeover is unlikely to prevent her from suffering a fresh election defeat.

A foreign policy tell-all from Rice?

September 26, 2008

condi.jpgNEW YORK -  When her eight years in the Bush administration end on Jan. 20, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to write a book about U.S. foreign policy.

from FaithWorld:

Should religious groups talk to Iranian president?

September 26, 2008

ahmadinejad-waves.jpgA rabbi, a Mennonite and a Zoroastrian priest were having dinner with the president of Iran -- sounds like the start of a joke, but it happened in New York this week.

Poland to Russia: Please keep the nuke threats to a minimum

September 26, 2008

sikorsky1.jpgPolish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski would appreciate it if Russia would stop threatening his country with nuclear annihilation — or at least limit its threats to once a month.

from Africa News blog:

Motlanthe greeted with relief, but South Africa’s problems are not over

September 26, 2008

Kgalema Motlanthe takes the oath of office as South Africa’s president in Cape TownSouth Africans have widely greeted new President Kgalema Motlanthe, many of them with a sense of relief after the bitter and divisive power struggle between his ousted predecessor Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, leader of the ruling African National Congress.