Global News Journal

U.S. public servants sacrifice cash prizes

March 11, 2010

President Barack Obama had to give up his $1.4 million Nobel Peace prize award, but at least he got to choose which charities would benefit — he named 10, with the largest share going to Fisher House, which houses families of wounded veterans while they receive treatment.

Can a European diplomatic service really work?

March 10, 2010

As experiments in political unity go, Europe’s External Action Service takes some beating.

from Tales from the Trail:

General Odierno gives “The Hurt Locker” friendly review

March 10, 2010

OSCARS/As the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno must have on-the-ground knowledge of the American military teams that defuse roadside bombs in Iraq.

What flesh will be put on the bones of an EMF?

March 9, 2010

In the space of a few weeks, the idea of creating a European Monetary Fund to rescue financially troubled EU member states has gone from being a high-level brainwave from a pair of economists to a major policy initiative backed by powerbroker Germany. In EU terms, that’s Formula One fast.

EU to tackle gender pay inequality

March 8, 2010

By Sangeeta Shastry EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding

Men are still paid more than women in Europe but the European Union is promising to narrow the gap.

from Afghan Journal:

Terror index: Iraq down, but Afghanistan and Pakistan red-hot

March 7, 2010

A U.S.military convoy in southern Afghanistan

A U.S.military convoy in southern Afghanistan

Iraqis  are voting today for a new parliament and despite the bombings in the run-up to the election, the over-all trend is down, according to the Brookings Institution. Not so in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theatre, America 's other war, which remains red-hot according to a country index that the Washington-based thinktank  puts out for Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The index is a statistical compilation of economic, puiblic opinion and security data.

Balancing powers in the Malacca Strait

March 7, 2010

SINGAPORE-SHIPPING/THREAT  Singapore’s warning of a terrorist threat in the Malacca Straits has again highighted the issue of who is in charge of security in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Papandreou wrestles with family legacy

March 6, 2010

PAPANDREOU.jpgAs he struggles to pull Greece back from the brink of financial ruin, Prime Minister George Papandreou’s heavy political legacy is proving to be both a blessing and a curse.

from Africa News blog:

African poverty falling faster than thought?

March 4, 2010

NIGERIA/The old image of an Africa doomed to get ever poorer has certainly lost credence over the past decade even if it is a view still held by some.

from Blogs Dashboard:

The feeling on Iran? Watch NAM

March 3, 2010

Could developing nations cause headaches for Iran at the U.N. nuclear watchdog?

What they think about the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) latest report on Iran is important because Tehran has often been able to count on a certain amount of support from the 118-nation bloc of mainly developing nations at the agency, which makes decisions by diplomatic consensus.