Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Should developing world have more say in crisis talks?

November 14, 2008

When world leaders meet in Washington to tackle the global financial crisis, Africa will be represented only by South Africa.

Rwanda deja vu? UN council hesitates on more Congo troops

November 14, 2008

In 1994 the U.N. Security Council failed to prevent the slaughter of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. U.N. officials often refer to that period as the darkest chapter in the 60-year history of U.N. peacekeeping.

Saudi king basks in praise at UN interfaith forum

November 13, 2008

The price of oil may have dropped by more than half in recent weeks but the Saudi petrodollar appears to have lost none of its allure, judging by the procession of very important visitors to the New York Palace Hotel this week and to the U.N. General Assembly. With President George W. Bush in the lead, they have all come to present their compliments to King Abdullah, the Saudi ruler, who has turned the Manhattan hotel and the world body into an extension of his court, complete, it would seem, with a Majlis to receive petitioners.

“Frauenpower” at Siemens: another crack in the glass ceiling?

November 13, 2008

Siemens’ announcement this week that it has appointed a woman to its management board has generated a loud hullabaloo in the media, with newspapers trumpeting “the womanless age at Siemens is over” and “Barbara Kux, the strong woman at Siemens.”

Once popular Greek PM struggling to reconnect

November 13, 2008

By Dina Kyriakidou

Once the most popular politician in Greece, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis
has seen his ratings decline, hit by a wave of scandals, party rebels and the world economic crisis.

Does Algeria now have a president for life?

November 13, 2008

After the Algerian parliament changed the constitution to lift presidential term limits, north Africans are asking whether Algeria now has a president for life.

from Africa News blog:

How serious is Sudan’s Darfur ceasefire?

November 12, 2008

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was in a jubilant mood when he announced to crowds of supporters that he was declaring a ceasefire in Darfur.

from Africa News blog:

How serious is Sudan’s Darfur ceasefire?

November 12, 2008

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was in a jubilant mood when he announced to crowds of supporters that he was declaring a ceasefire in Darfur.

from FaithWorld:

How credible is a Saudi initiative on interfaith dialogue?

November 12, 2008

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which the U.S. State Department lists as a "country of particular concern" because of its severe restrictions on religious freedom, is sponsoring talks at the United Nations in New York today and tomorrow on improving interfaith dialogue. Is this a credible exercise?

Nigeria: Will someone turn on the lights?

November 12, 2008

Returning to Nigeria for the first time in five years, nothing is more striking than the mobile phones ringing wherever you go.