Global News Journal

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The other Guantanamo

January 31, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the Guantanamo military prison closed within the year, but what about the detention centre in Bagram, the U.S. military base in Afghanistan, which has an equally murky legal status ?

from Africa News blog:

New hope for Zimbabwe?

January 30, 2009

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change has agreed to join a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, breaking a crippling deadlock four months after the political rivals reached a power-sharing deal.

Gaza damage more than even the ‘fixer’ can fix

January 30, 2009

I first met Raed al-Athamna when he was driving a journalist friend of mine around Gaza in his yellow, stretch-Mercedes taxi during the tense and violent days after Gaza militants captured Gilad Shalit, a young Israeli soldier, in the summer of 2006.

Israel goes to the polls via the internet

January 30, 2009

Its election time in Israel which, despite the weighty issues at stake, is always something of a let-down for people who like a bit of U.S. style political pageantry.

Afghanistan and the surge skeptics

January 30, 2009

For months U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have been asking for more troops and Washington has been increasingly receptive. Today, we turned the spotlight on the skeptics in this story.

Casting a vote against fear in Iraq

January 29, 2009

The last time Iraq held provincial elections four years ago, the sole question haunting people’s minds, mine included, was whether or not to venture out to vote, risking life and limb to make our way to polling places as Iraq slid into civil war.

No melting in Gaza’s ice cream war

January 29, 2009

Trying to describe a remote conflict of obscure origins, and also the curious and unexpected situations that arise in combat, a writer once coined the phrase “An Ice Cream War”. The bustle at our local ice cream parlour in downtown Gaza this week brought to mind just those contradictions, between the din and horror of warfare and the everyday civilian life that somehow carries on in the spaces between the battles.

from Africa News blog:

Storm in Madagascar

January 28, 2009

In the relative political calm of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar has long been a centre of turbulence.

from FaithWorld:

Russian Othodox Church picks Kirill, better Vatican ties expected

January 27, 2009

The Russian Orthodox Church elected Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II who died last month. The new leader of the 165 million-strong Church, the largest in the Orthodox world,  is seen as a moderniser who may thaw long icy ties with the Roman Catholic Church.