Global News Journal

from Afghan Journal:

When India-Pakistan wargames become real

April 20, 2010

(Pakistani army tanks in exercises in Bhawalpur sector. Pic by Christopher Allbritton)

(Pakistani army tanks in exercises in Bhawalpur sector. Pic by Christopher Allbritton)

Volcano spews up more criticism of EU

April 20, 2010
Ash and steam rise from an erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Ash and steam rise from an erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

The Icelandic volcano that has caused havoc with European travel has also spewed up more criticism of the European Union.

Over the volcano

By Reuters Staff
April 20, 2010

volcano

By Patrick Lannin

The captain was an astute man.

Soon after we had boarded the flight from Stockholm to Reykjavik, one of the few commercial flights operating on Monday in Europe, he voiced the issue we were all thinking about: the ash cloud from Iceland.

from The Great Debate UK:

Impact of the volcano disruption on the airlines

By Joris Melkert
April 19, 2010

Joris Melkert

- Joris Melkert, MSc BBA, is assistant professor in aerospace engineering at the Delft University of Technology. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from UK News:

Ash-stranded 2,000 kilometres from home – Tuesday update

April 19, 2010

* 1600 euros the quoted fare for taxi from Barcelona to Perpignan

* Train from Perpignan cancelled, but we blag our way on to Paris-bound service

* Chaos in Calais

Original post: “We’ve gone on holiday by mistake!”

That quote from "Withnail and I" has been rattling around my brain for the last few days as I’ve looked for a way to complete the 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) or so from the small town I’ve been staying in south of Valencia, Spain, and my home in London.

I can prove that avoiding the ash cloud is possible

April 19, 2010

How do you get from Helsinki to Milan when the whole of the airspace in northern Europe is closed?

from Afghan Journal:

Bombing your own people: the use of air power in South Asia

April 19, 2010

(U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt jets, also known as the Warthog. File photo)

(U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt jets, also known as the Warthog. File photo)

Pakistani army chief of staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani offered a rare apology at the weekend for a deadly air strike in the Khyber region in the northwest  in which residents and local officials say at least 63 civilians were killed.

from The Great Debate UK:

Why the Icelandic volcano could herald even more disruption

By Andrew Hooper
April 19, 2010

Andy_Hooper- Dr Andrew Hooper is an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology and is an expert on monitoring deformation of Icelandic volcanoes. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The day Katyn took on another meaning

By Reuters Staff
April 18, 2010

KATYN

By Lidia Kelly

It was getting cold in Katyn. It was after 1030 a.m. on Saturday and we had been in the forest, where modest flat graveyards majestically meander amidst erect birch and pine trees, for two hours. There was a group of us, Polish journalists, standing among the 700-strong crowd that gathered to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the extermination of thousands of Polish officers by Stalin’s NKWD secret police.

from Afghan Journal:

Karzai, the West and the diplomatic marriage from hell

April 18, 2010

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One of my Kabul press corps colleagues once described covering President Hamid Karzai’s government and the Western diplomats who are supposed to be supporting it as a lot like being friends with a couple while they go through a savage divorce. We reporters hop back and forth, from cocktail party to quiet lunch to private briefing, listening to charming Afghans and Westerners -– many of whom we personally like very much -- say outrageously nasty things about each other. Usually, the invective is whispered “off the record” by both sides, so you, dear reader, miss out on the opportunity to learn just how dysfunctional one of the world’s most important diplomatic relationships has become.