Global News Journal

North Korea provides internet comic fuel

June 24, 2009

Despite the seriousness with which the world takes North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, the isolated country remains a rich source of humour for cartoonists, satirists and comedians around the world.

from Tabassum Zakaria:

Obama calls Neda video ‘heartbreaking’

June 23, 2009

"Heartbreaking."

That was President Barack Obama's response to a video showing the death of Neda, a young woman who has come to symbolize the uprising against the Iranian government.

from FaithWorld:

Could abortion law backfire on Spain’s Zapatero?

June 22, 2009

zapateroIn a country like Spain, where a large majority still identify themselves as at least more-or-less Catholic, you'd think the government would shy away from taking on the Roman Catholic Church.  In fact, there are probably few things Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero likes better than a brawl with the bishops.

from FaithWorld:

Almost two million vanish from Obama’s estimate of U.S. Muslims

June 22, 2009

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Almost two million people have inexplicably disappeared from the estimates of the U.S. Muslim population that President Barack Obama has given recently. In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4, he spoke about "nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today." On Sunday, the Karachi daily Dawn published an interview with him where he said "we have five million Muslims."

Legacy-building IAEA chief goes public with closed-door remarks

June 19, 2009

Insiders say Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was rather reticent and stiff in public when he took the job in 1997. He’d spent decades below the radar in Egypt’s foreign service, U.S. academia and the U.N. nuclear watchdog as head of the legal and external relations divisions.

Protect job, defuse demographic time bomb – have babies!

June 19, 2009

Worried about losing your job during the economic crisis?

 

Then make the most of Germany’s generous parental benefits and job protection for parents on baby leave, and take time off to procreate.  That’s at least the message coming from a leading economist in Germany, who is urging the government to do even more for young families, and echoing loudly in the German media.

New Acropolis museum-perfect home for Parthenon marbles?

June 19, 2009

Black-robed Orthodox priests chanted and sprinkled holy water to bless Greece’s new, ultra-modern Acropolis Museum, which opens officially on June 20 with the hope of bringing back the Parthenon marbles from Britain.

from MediaFile:

“Twitter Revolution” in Iran aided by old media — TV, radio

June 18, 2009

Media outlets covering the street demonstrations in Iran have devoted plenty of coverage to the so-called "Twitter Revolution" and the role social networking Web sites like Facebook have played in circulating photos and video taken by protesters using cell phones.

Wealthy businessman takes on Argentina’s Kirchner in mid-term vote

June 17, 2009

A wealthy businessman and critic of President Cristina Fernandez is spending millions of dollars in his own money to win the biggest race in Argentina’s upcoming mid-term elections.

from India Insight:

India, China leaders move to ease new strains in ties

June 17, 2009

While Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Russia captured all the attention,  Singh's talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao may turn out to be just as important in easing off renewed pressure on the complex relationship between the world's rising powers.