Global News Journal

Coming to terms with Poland’s disaster

April 16, 2010
Candles and flowers are pictured on a square near the Presidential Palace in Warsaw April 13, 2010. Officials said a memorial service for all 96 victims of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and dozens of high-ranking officials would be held on Saturday and that a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife could take place either on the same day or on Sunday. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Candles and flowers are pictured on a square near the Presidential Palace in Warsaw April 13, 2010. Officials said a memorial service for all 96 victims of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and dozens of high-ranking officials would be held on Saturday and that a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife could take place either on the same day or on Sunday. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Turkey’s EU bid meets another Cyprus roadblock

April 16, 2010

Negotiating Turkey’s accession to the European Union hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. But it may be about to get tougher still.

from Tales from the Trail:

Nobel award to Obama required lengthy U.S. Constitution check

April 16, 2010

When President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize last October it caught most by surprise and sent his lawyers scurrying to quietly make sure that the president could receive the prestigious award without running afoul with the U.S. Constitution or federal law.

from Environment Forum:

Oil sands and ethical investing at a price

April 16, 2010

A greenpeace activists protests outside the BP Canadian offices in downtown Calgary, April 15, 2010. The Greenpeace activists were "greenwashing" a tar sands sign outside in protest while similar protests were happening in London.At BP’s AGM on Thursday, ethical investors including the Co-Op and Calpers failed in their effort to convince BP to review its biggest planned investment in Canada’s oil sands.

from Afghan Journal:

You got to do more, Pakistan tells United States

April 16, 2010

(Standing guard during a night operation in Kunar -  Carlos Barria)

(Standing guard during a night operation in Kunar - Carlos Barria)

The shoe's on the other foot. The Pakistani army is saying that it's being let down by U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan just when it has made hard-fought gains against militants along its stretch of the border.

from Tales from the Trail:

Holbrooke hits the airwaves in new push

April 15, 2010

When President Barack Obama snuck into Afghanistan unannounced last month, a notable omission on Air Force One was his special representative for the region, veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke. OBAMA-AFGHANISTAN

EU asks public what it thinks of CAP reform

By Charlie Dunmore
April 15, 2010
EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos

EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos

The European Commission’s agriculture department launched a public debate this week on the future reform of Europe’s common agricultural policy (CAP) from 2014. It wants everyone – not just farmers and politicians – to have their say on how the European Union should support agricultural production.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama to World Cup? Well, if U.S. team reaches the finals….

April 14, 2010

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President Barack Obama has said he might make the trip to this summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa -- but won't commit unless the U.S. team reaches the finals, according to South Africa's foreign minister.

from Afghan Journal:

Kandahar’s street without women

April 14, 2010

Afghan women wearing traditional burqas stand in the street in Kandahar November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan women wearing traditional burqas stand in the street in Kandahar November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

If Greece’s debt dam breaks, who gets wet?

April 13, 2010

The 16 countries that share the euro single currency have agreed they will help Greece out if it needs. So far so good. But only now is the nitty-gritty of how member states will go about paying for their contributions being hammered out. And suddenly things are getting a little complicated.