Global News Journal

Japan voters seek change, may get chaos

July 12, 2010

Five years ago, Japanese voters seeking change from stale politics and a stagnant economy backed maverick leader Junichiro Koizumi’s calls for reform, handing his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) a huge win in an election for parliament’s powerful lower house.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Towards a settlement in Afghanistan; on terms and timing

July 10, 2010

afghan girlIn the highly charged debate about Afghanistan, one of the more common features is the straw man fallacy - in which you deliberately misrepresent your opponent's position in order to discredit it. One of the least common is a definition of terms and timing - thereby making the straw man attack even easier.  So before a round-up of where things stand on prospects for a settlement, here are some caveats on what it does not involve.

Japan’s not-so-hot election

July 9, 2010

Candidates on the campaign trail in Japan are sweating through the summer heat but voters have been cool towards this Sunday’s upper house election.

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Pakistan’s Zardari in China; nuclear deal in grasp

July 7, 2010

(File picture of President Zardari in China)

(File picture of President Zardari in China)

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari is in China this week, making good his promise to visit the "all weather ally" every three months. During his previous trips, his hosts have sent him off to the provinces to see for himself the booming growth there, but this trip may turn out be a lot more productive.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Kashmir protests: another tragedy of timing

July 6, 2010

morekashmirAnother three people have been killed in Kashmir in the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two years, bringing the death toll to at least 14 in the last three weeks. You can see some video of the protests in the Kashmiri capital Srinagar here - please watch it and remember that only a few years ago peace had returned to the streets of Srinagar after more than a decade of violence.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

In scramble for Afghanistan, India looks to Iran

July 6, 2010

arghandab2Diplomats like to stress that Afghanistan is not a zero-sum game, that if only the many regional players -- including Pakistan and India - can settle their differences, they can find common cause in seeking a political settlement that will offer stability. That view comes complete with an appealing historical template - the British in India were able to extricate themselves from their failed Afghan wars in the 19th century in part because they agreed with Tsarist Russia that Afghanistan should be allowed to remain neutral.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan searches for a response to Lahore shrine bombing

July 5, 2010

sufi shrineNearly a week after suicide bombers attacked one of Pakistan's most popular shrines in Lahore, it remains unclear how the country should, and indeed will, respond to a fresh wave of attacks in its heartland Punjab province.

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Nervous Afghan capital awaits “King David” Petraeus

July 2, 2010

Razor wire lies in front of Kabul's rocket-scarred Darulaman Palace. U.S. General David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan on Friday to take command of American and NATO troops in the fight against the Taliban. Picture by author.

Razor wire lies in front of Kabul's rocket-scarred Darulaman Palace. U.S. General David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan on Friday to take command of American and NATO troops in the fight against the Taliban. Picture by author.