Global News Journal

from MacroScope:

Why the BRICS like Africa

June 30, 2009

There is little doubt that the BRICs -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- have become big players in Africa. According to Standard Bank of South Africa, BRIC trade with the continent has snowballed from just $16 billion in 2000 to $157 billion last year. That is a 33 percent compounded annual growth rate.

What do we know about Kim Jong-il and North Korea?

By Sean Maguire
June 29, 2009

Former U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s attempts to be philosophical about ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’ gave him a reputation for slipperiness and cant. The phrases uttered in 2002 to explain the military’s failure to improve security in Afghanistan have passed into folklore, alongside such gems as ’stuff happens,’ which was his explanation for the looting that followed the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003.

from Africa News blog:

Overdose of trouble in West Africa

June 28, 2009

That political stability is vital for investment and development goes without saying, but it seems as though too much instability can be bad for criminal enterprises too.

from Africa News blog:

Will Niger Delta amnesty work?

June 26, 2009

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has laid out the details of a 60-day amnesty programme for militants and criminals in the Niger Delta. Under the deal, all gunmen who lay down their weapons during a 60-day period ending in October will be immune from prosecution. The offer extends to those currently being prosecuted for militant-related activities, meaning Henry Okah – the suspected leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) – could also walk free if he agrees to renounce the notion of armed struggle.

Argentine election showdown: negative campaigns

June 26, 2009

Argentine electoral campaigns don’t go negative. They start negative and steadily crank up the intensity until the end.

Is Germany at ‘war’ in Afghanistan? Defence Minister says ‘no’

June 25, 2009

Germany’s defence minister gets his tongue in a twist every time he tries to explain why the German army is not in a “war” in Afghanistan, even though more and more German soldiers are coming home in coffins.

Capitalism’s “chickens come home to roost” at the UN

June 25, 2009

Representatives of the world’s poorest countries joined other U.N. member states in New York this week at a three-day meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on the global financial crisis and its impact on the developing world.

from The Great Debate UK:

From afar, G8 seeks a handle on Afghanistan

June 25, 2009

Luke Baker- Luke Baker is a political and general news correspondent at Reuters. -

The mountains and deserts of southern Afghanistan are far removed from the elegant charms of Trieste in northern Italy, but there will be a link between the two this weekend.

Latest headlines from Iran

June 24, 2009

A reminder that in addition to our Iran full coverage page on Reuters.com, we’re posting links to our stories on the Twitter account Reuters_Iran and in the live headline box below. We’re also selectively re-publishing tweets from trusted sources in Iran and other media.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan’s military operation in Waziristan

June 24, 2009

In a world used to watching war played out on television, and more recently to following protests in Iran via Twitter and YouTube, the Pakistan Army's impending military offensive in South Waziristan on the Afghan border is probably not getting the attention it deserves -- not least but because the operation is shrouded in secrecy.