Global News Journal


June 10, 2010

Can Australian PM Kevin Rudd salvage his prime ministership?


By Michael Perry
Chief Correspondent, Australia

Australians love to gamble, in fact they say Aussies would bet on two flies crawling up a wall.

from Afghan Journal:

An Indian in Kabul

June 8, 2010

(Outside the Indian embassy in Kabul after a blast in October 2009.REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

(Outside the Indian embassy in Kabul after a blast in October 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan’s Ahmadi killings and the conscience of a nation

June 7, 2010

graveyardThe fierce debate about the nature of Pakistani society triggered by the killing of more than 80 Ahmadis in two mosques in Lahore last month continues to run and run.

from Andrew Marshall:

Political risk in Asia: What to watch this week

By Andrew MacGregor Marshall
June 7, 2010


My regular roundup of key Asian political risk themes to watch in the week ahead, with links to the news stories and analysis produced by Reuters correspondents across the region.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Taliban talks and the lobster quadrille

June 6, 2010

holbrookeAll of us do thought association in different ways depending on history, culture and education. But for me personally the latest round of discussion about talking to the Taliban has me thinking about Lewis Carroll's "The Lobster Quadrille" (with one word changed):

Life no paradise in EU’s outer regions

By Andrea Swalec
June 4, 2010

The Caribbean island of St. Martin, a member of the European UnionTimes are hard in distant corners of the European Union, even when the sun is shining and the euro zone’s debt problems are thousands of miles away.

China suicides: 5 things you need to know

June 2, 2010

global_post_logoThis article by Kathleen E. McLaughlin first appeared in GlobalPost.

BEIJING, China – Ten suicides this year at Foxconn’s electronics factory in southern China have cast a renewed spotlight on China’s migrant workers, who staff the production lines that make iPads, mobile phones and just about everything else for the world’s electronics consumers.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Killings of Ahmadis unleashes fresh soul-searching over Pakistan’s identity

June 2, 2010

ahmadiIn a country which has suffered many bombings, the killing of more than 80 people in two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore last week has unleashed a particularly anguished bout of soul-searching in Pakistan, going right to the heart of its identity as an Islamic nation.

from Afghan Journal:

Afghanistan’s Peace Jirga – live

June 1, 2010

Afghanistan is holding a peace jirga or a meeting of tribal elders and notables to discuss plans for a political settlment of the nine-year conflict. Reuters text, pictures and television journalists will be blogging live from Kabul when the conference opens on June 2 in a giant tent under heavy security guard.

from Afghan Journal:

On the road to Bagram, a glimpse of Afghanistan’s war economy

June 1, 2010

(File picture of a refugee camp in Bagram district)

(File picture of a refugee camp in Bagram district)

Returning to Bagram, the massive U.S. and NATO base north of the Afghan capital, after an interval of two years is an instructive experience. The first thing that hits you as you drive through the dusty Shomali plains, framed by snowcapped mountains, is the war economy. All along the road out of Kabul are huge container depots and trucks -- either on their way to Bagram or returning -- lined up by the road. Most of the trucks are from Pakistan, marked by brightly decorated exteriors that have become an art form which lightens life on the road.