Global News Journal

EU to tackle gender pay inequality

By Reuters Staff
March 8, 2010

By Sangeeta Shastry EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

Men are still paid more than women in Europe but the European Union is promising to narrow the gap.

from Afghan Journal:

Terror index: Iraq down, but Afghanistan and Pakistan red-hot

March 7, 2010

A U.S.military convoy in southern Afghanistan

A U.S.military convoy in southern Afghanistan

Iraqis  are voting today for a new parliament and despite the bombings in the run-up to the election, the over-all trend is down, according to the Brookings Institution. Not so in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theatre, America 's other war, which remains red-hot according to a country index that the Washington-based thinktank  puts out for Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The index is a statistical compilation of economic, puiblic opinion and security data.

Balancing powers in the Malacca Strait

March 7, 2010

SINGAPORE-SHIPPING/THREAT  Singapore’s warning of a terrorist threat in the Malacca Straits has again highighted the issue of who is in charge of security in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Papandreou wrestles with family legacy

March 6, 2010

PAPANDREOU.jpgAs he struggles to pull Greece back from the brink of financial ruin, Prime Minister George Papandreou’s heavy political legacy is proving to be both a blessing and a curse.

from Africa News blog:

African poverty falling faster than thought?

March 4, 2010

NIGERIA/The old image of an Africa doomed to get ever poorer has certainly lost credence over the past decade even if it is a view still held by some.

from Blogs Dashboard:

The feeling on Iran? Watch NAM

March 3, 2010

Could developing nations cause headaches for Iran at the U.N. nuclear watchdog?

What they think about the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) latest report on Iran is important because Tehran has often been able to count on a certain amount of support from the 118-nation bloc of mainly developing nations at the agency, which makes decisions by diplomatic consensus.

from Afghan Journal:

Taliban demand freedom of speech, condemn ban on attack cover

March 3, 2010

(Afghan widows in Kabul. Picture by Ahmad Masood)

(Afghan widows in Kabul. Picture by Ahmad Masood)

Afghanistan's Taliban have condemned a government plan to ban live coverage of their attacks, saying the measure was a violation of free speech.   For a group that had itself banned television, not to mention music during its rule from 1996 to 2001, that's pretty rich irony.

EU tests its vision with 2020 strategy

March 3, 2010

In 2000, the European Union set its sights on becoming the world’s most dynamic, knowledge-based economy by 2010. It failed. Economic recession hardly helped, but EU officials acknowledge its goals may have been a little too ambitious.

Is the EU finally embracing GM crops?

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2010

The European Union’s decision to grant the first new cultivation approval for a genetically-modified crop in 12 years has been welcomed by the biotech industry as a return to “science-based decision making”.

Should Norway bail out Iceland?

March 2, 2010

icesaveWhile not exactly pocket change, Iceland’s $5.5 billion Icesave debt to Britain and the Netherlands amounts to just 1.2 percent of the value of Norway’s offshore wealth fund. For Iceland, it’s more than $15,000 per citizen.