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.
The 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.
All 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):
This 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.
In 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.
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.
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.