Global News Journal

from Afghan Journal:

Behind volatile U.S.-Pakistan ties : the Afghan endgame ?

April 24, 2011

Pakistan's anger over U.S. drone strikes in its northwest region is unabated and this weekend protesters sat on a highway blocking convoys carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Solving Afghanistan and Pakistan over a cup of tea

April 20, 2011

cups of teaI have never read "Three Cups of Tea", Greg Mortenson's book about building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I tried to read the sequel, "Stones into Schools" and gave up not too long after the point where he said that, "the solution to every problem ... begins with drinking tea." Having drunk tea in many parts of South Asia - sweet tea, salt tea, butter tea, tea that comes with the impossible-to-remove-with-dignity thick skin of milk tea - I can confidently say that statement does not reflect reality.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan vs U.S. Dumbing down the drones debate

April 14, 2011

tribesmen2If there was one thing the United States might have learned in a decade of war is that military might alone cannot compensate for lack of knowledge about people and conditions on the ground.  That was true in Afghanistan and Iraq, and may also turn out to be the case in Libya.

from Afghan Journal:

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, a deterrent against India, but also United States ?

April 9, 2011

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Pakistan's nuclear weapons have been conceived and developed as a deterrent against mighty neighbour India, more so now when its traditional rival has added economic heft to its military muscle. But Islamabad may also be holding onto its nuclear arsenal  to deter an even more powerful challenge, which to its mind, comes  from the United States, according to Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who led President Barack Obama's 2009 policy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gbagbo and the crocodiles — can the cycle be broken?

April 8, 2011

 IVORYCOAST-ELECTION/   Next to Muammar Gaddafi, Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo probably is one of the most vilified men on the planet, which makes it all the harder to remember he once was a shining hope for his country, and for Africa.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

India and Pakistan: practising peace

April 3, 2011

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Given the history of India and Pakistan, it is easy to be sceptical about the chances of their latest peace initiative. So let's start with the positives.

from Africa News blog:

Nigeria’s non-vote: Incompetence or sabotage?

April 2, 2011

NIGERIA-ELECTIONS/POSTPONEMENTAccording to the shame-faced head of Nigeria’s electoral commission, one of the excuses given by suppliers who failed to get ballot papers to the country in time for Saturday’s parliamentary ballot was that there had been problems as a result of the tsunami in Japan.

from Photographers' Blog:

A tribute to journalist and colleague Sabah al-Bazee

March 29, 2011

Reuters correspondent Peter Graff in Baghdad writes following the death of journalist Sabah al-Bazee:

What’s really behind Merkel’s nuclear U-turn?

March 29, 2011
(German Chancellor Angela Merkel promises a more rapid shift to renewable energy sources during a speech in the Bundestag lower house of parliament on March 17)

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel promises a more rapid shift to renewable energy sources during a speech in the Bundestag lower house of parliament on March 17)

from Afghan Journal:

Standing on the warfront: when sport divides India and Pakistan

March 27, 2011

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In the run-up to Wednesday's cricket match between India and Pakistan, passions are running high on both sides of the border and in the diaspora which is following their teams' progress in the game's biggest tournament.