Global News Journal

Arrivederci Angela! Merkel stops campaign for summer holiday

July 21, 2009

Just imagine the outcry if Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had suddenly gone off on their own separate two-week vacations to, say, Mexico, just two months before the November election? Irresponsible! Reckless! Shirkers! Those and as well as other unprintable terms might be among the comments hurled their way.

Web crackdown spreads

July 21, 2009

– David L. Stern covers the former Soviet Union and the Black Sea region for GlobalPost, where this article originally ran. –

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Escaping history in India and Pakistan

July 20, 2009

When France and Germany put years of enmity behind them after World War Two, they made a leap of faith in agreeing to entwine their economies so that war became impossible. With their economies now soldered by the euro, it can be easy to forget how deep their mutual distrust once ran - from the Napoleonic wars to the fall of Paris to Prussia in 1871, to the trenches of World War One and the Nazi occupation of France in World War Two.

Time to go after the drug money

July 17, 2009

Drug violence in Mexico is intensifying even by traffickers’ barbaric standards.

Swine flu– too many to count

July 16, 2009

The World Health Organization, which had been patiently publishing every single confirmed case of swine flu, now finally says there are too many too even try counting. This will ease confusion, as the 94,000 confirmed cases were clearly only the tip of the iceberg:

NASA finally admits…

July 16, 2009

NASA officials admit that Hollywood really is behind the video images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping onto the surface of the moon 40 years ago this month. Well, the new video, that is. The new, and improved, digitally-enhanced-so-that-you-can-actually-see-something video. The old video — well, they lost that. Erased it to save money. But it’s OK because the new images are way better.

Swapping homes for hotels

July 16, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Some Americans are swapping homes for motels as the ranks of the homeless swell during the recession, crowding out shelters and forcing cities and states across the country to find new types of housing.

Czech presidency gets end-of-term report

July 16, 2009

The Czech Republic has got what amounted to a disappointing end-of-term report from the European Parliament.

Cancer and healthcare

July 16, 2009

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network says one in  four families affected by cancer claims to have put off or delay care in the last year because of cost. Nearly third of cancer patients in current treatment cut pills or skipped doses, in the past year, nearly one-quarter delayed a recommended cancer screening or treatment and 1 out of 5 did not fill a prescription.

Turkey gives in on energy demands but wants EU favours

July 15, 2009

   The natural gas supplies have not been secured and neither have the 8 billion euros to build the European Union-backed Nabucco pipeline, but one thing the fanfare surrounding the project’s intergovernmental signing ceremony on Monday may point to is improved prospects for Turkey’s European Union membership.