Sunday, October 30, 2011
But some elements of the ISI see little advantage in forcing those negotiations, because they see the insurgents as perhaps their best bet for maintaining influence in Afghanistan as the United States reduces its presence there.
The strategy is emerging amid an increase in the pace of attacks against Americans in Kabul, including a suicide attack on Saturday that killed as many as 10 Americans and in which the Haqqanis are suspected . It is the latest effort at brokering a deal with militants before the last of 33,000 American “surge” troops prepare to pull out of Afghanistan by September, and comes as early hopes in the White House about having the outlines of a deal in time for a multinational conference Dec. 5 in Bonn, Germany, have been all but abandoned.
But even inside the Obama administration, the new initiative has been met with deep skepticism, in part because the Pakistani government has developed its own strategy, one at odds with Mrs. Clinton’s on several key points. One senior American official summarized the Pakistani position as “Cease-fire, Talk, Wait for the Americans to Leave.”
By Rachel Foy
By; Joe Ruffolo
October 24th, Nairobi, Kenya explosions kill 1 person and injure 8 others. It looked just like any other afternoon in Nairobi when a bomb was set off at a crowded bus station.
Reports say that the U.S. embassy warned of a imminent terroist attack just two days before. It was not said who was suspected of carrying out the attack. Due to this possible threat, it urged U.S. citizens to defer visiting the country. It also had limited official government visits. It was thought that the bombings would go off where tourists were more likely to congregate.
An earlier bombing also occurred earlier that day just two blocks at a night club. There were 12 injured at this explosion but no deaths.
Kenya sent troops into Somalia to pursue Al-shabaab, an Islamic group considered to be a terrorist group. Beliefs are that the tourist and aid worker abductions have been carried out by this group. Al-shabaab has threatened Kenya with physical force if it does not leave Somalia.
However, there is no concrete information at this moment.
Although this change in rules is for the monarchy, which is a position of honor, not one of power, it is still an important move. It proves that the monarchy is liberalizing and moving towards representing the modern world, and abandoning its former outdated and sexist rules. It serves as a strong symbol for women's rights in Great Britian.
By: Matthew Sahd
After 18 years negotiations, Russia commented that she can solve issues soon, which have been obstacles to join the World Trade Organization. It is estimated that annual GDP of Russia will go up by 11 percent in a long run. Although some Russian experts are opposing as gains in a short term is thought to be as 3.3 percent and small industries may face difficulty to compete world market, a national research group in Russia presume that it is necessary to join the organization in the condition of economic crisis.
Posted by: Kendall Bilbro
Arkady V. Dvorkovich, the advisor of Russian President, announced that it will be soon for Russia to join WTO "World Trade Organization," since issues that have been preventing Russia from being a part of the organization, are to be resolved in near future. Dvorkovich commented that he has been meeting with President of Russia, Dmitri A. Medvedev, and President of Switzerland. He also commented that the President of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey has been mediator for Russia, as she has been persistently talking with Georgia, another member country of WTO, which has been disagreeing with the fact that Russia to join the organization.
He also reported that negotiators of Swiss will soon be flying to Georgia to discuss major issues which has been preventing Russia from joining the organization.
Last Thursday, they announced that Georgia accepted Russia as member WTO in near future, yet with a few proposes expecting Russia to agree on, such as trade-monitoring missions on its trade border of Russia. Reacting to such requirement Mr. Dvorkovich strongly commented that “we cannot meet them, and we will never meet them.”
Officials of Georgia announced that President of Switzerland, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will be meeting President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday.
Leader of a research group in Russia, Institute of National Strategy, commented on Russia joining WTO as “neither a necessity, nor some sensible benefit,” for the fact that it would avoid Russia from having a ability to use Protectionist policy to support other industry.
By...:: Lauren Marie De Guzman
Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana all have recently passed or are debating legislation banning gay marriage. Sri Lanka is coming under scrutiny for violation of human rights during the Tamil Tiger civil war. All these Commonwealth countries receive aid from Great Britain. The Commonwealth of Nations is a intergovernmental organization made up of the former British Empire.
England has already withheld 19 million pounds from the government of Malawi for poor progress on human rights and free press.
A Ugandan journalist, Charles Odongpho, thinks that the threat, while well intentioned, is a bit off target. Corruption, poverty, violence, and starvation are all more important issues to the people of the countries that would be affected by the withdrawal of UK aid, and less aid would leave these countries in a worse position to fix the more serious problems of food scarcity and political corruption.
I agree with Mr. Odongpho; I think Cameron is getting ahead of himself. Ultimately the goal is to create equality between all individuals, but a far more pressing matter is ensuring those individuals have access to food, water, medicine, and education. Tolerance and respect of human rights at home seem to grow organically out of education and provision of basic needs.
By Bob Hartzer
Israeli schools 25 ft from Gaza have been closed, though the school year is to start this coming Sunday. However, after the ceasefire, senior Islamic Jihad said that he and his group are willing to ommit as long as Israel commits.
By Carmen Brodnax
Centuries-old British succession rules have finally been changed. The old rules, dating from the 1600’s, mandated that royals were only to marry non-Catholics, and that only male heirs could have precedence to the throne. The original rules stemmed from when Henry VIII broke with Rome in the 16th century; the royals wanted to keep a Protestant monarchy by banning any marriage with a Roman Catholic. Current Prime Minister David Cameron proposed the changes to the rules of succession because they were “outdated,” and the 16 countries over which the British monarchy presides approved the proposed changes.
According to BBC News, two people have been killed in an explosion in South East Turkey. The suicide bomber is said to be a female and this took place in Bingol according to the interior minister. At least ten people have been injured and it is still under investigation if the two killed included the suicide bomber. The interior minister Idris Naem Sahin stated that the blast took place near the government’s AK party's office. He also stated that he did not believe that the office was the terrorists target. No one has take responsibility for the attack as yet but the conflict with the Kurdish rebels have been going on and around tens of thousands of people have been killed since 1984.
By Ramla Sheriff
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Arab world is in much better shape than it was less than a year ago. Although the economies of the countries affected by the democratic upheavals have suffered in the short run, they are finally free from the constraints of dictatorial rule, and may prosper in the long run.
Democratic institutions and processes are finally beginning to emerge in the countries affected by the upheavals. Tunisia has already held an open and orderly presidential election, and Egypt and Libya are planning for theirs to take place within a year.
The rise of Islamist parties in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya should not necessarily be a cause for alarm in the West; a more open and tolerant brand of political Islam seems to be emerging, especially now that the Islamist parties have to compete for voters who admire the Islamists’ aversion to corruption, but dislike their conservative attitudes.
The strength of the Arab revolutions comes from the fact that they have been almost entirely home grown. Although the Libyan revolutionaries depended upon NATO’s support, the Libyan revolution was still initiated by the Libyans themselves. Libya’s democratic upheaval can be contrasted with the slow and painful construction of Iraq’s democratic system, which was initiated by the United States.
The prospects for Western influence in the Middle East depend upon whether the West can form healthy relationships with the new Arab democracies. Unlike in the past, this influence will largely take the form of education, investment, and advice.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
James Feinerman of CNN Washington reported that the influx of migrants from the Chinese countryside has engendered indifference in the urban population, in that most Chinese would (perhaps justifiably) prefer to keep to their own business and avoid confrontation. The institution of Good Samaritan Laws in China have been off to a rocky start since a past case, where an elderly woman sued a young man who helped her after she fell out of a bus.
Certainties of the case include that a young girl is dead from carelessness, and that one man remains to be apprehended. Uncertainties include if the child's family will be allowed or be able to have another child to replace their beloved daughter, the punishment that will be deemed suitable for Mr. Jun, and the implications for the spread of apathy in this emerging nation.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
BALI, Indonesia — Defense SecretaryLeon E. Panetta said on Sunday that despite hundreds of billions of dollars in expected cuts to the Pentagon budget, the United States would remain a Pacific power even as China expanded its military presence in the region.
Mr. Panetta, who is on his first trip to Asia as defense secretary, made the comments at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations on this Indonesian resort island. He sought to reassure Pacific nations that are concerned about China’s assertiveness that the United States, as he put it, would be “a force for peace and prosperity” here.
He acknowledged that nations in the region were worried about the impact of at least $450 billionin Pentagon budget cuts over the next decade and whether the United States could afford to maintain a strong military presence in the Pacific.
“There’s no question that those concerns have been expressed,” Mr. Panetta told reporters before meeting with the defense ministers of the 10 countries that make up theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations. But, Mr. Panetta said, “I’ve made clear that even with the budget constraints that we are facing in the United States,” there is “no question that in discussions within the Pentagon, and discussions in the White House, that the Pacific will be a priority for the United States of America.”
By: Joseph McGee
However, in true these "reliability" tests are unreliable. The same men who give these tests may be the ones who are corrupt. The most important part to a government is the ability to keep order and a chain of command. Thus, outside influences such as the cartels cannot be allowed to meddle in the processes the Mexican does. This will allow them to create a much more organized front on the drug war.
These actions by the US government show that although we are pulling out of Iraq, we still have a very liberal interest in the international system. By ridding the Middle East of the Haqqani network, the US is hoping to push forward a strategic relationship with Pakistan. Becca Feddor. It is important to the United States to have strong relations in the Middle East, because many of these countries are unstable, and if war breaks out in one and spreads to other states, it creates a much less stable environment to depend on oil from. While the US does have the interest of creating peace and assisting in rebuilding these countries, it is important to notice the self-interest that is involved in these decisions, which is what makes it a liberal decision on the government's part.
by Rachel Foy
By: Tyler Lundquist
In a video statement to the BBC, Basque separatist group ETA has declared an absolute end to its armed campaign and policy of violence. After being founded as a political group-turned-separatist paramilitary, the ETA fought a long armed campaign against the governments of Spain and France in the name of Basque independence. They are responsible for the deaths of 832 people over their 52 year history, including major politicians and many of the Basque people they swear to defend the interests of.
And thus, the book closes on the history of one of the world's most ignored armed conflicts. In a period dominated by the exploits of the Provisional IRA, US-USSR relations, and then trouble in the Balkans and the Arab world, very few (if any) people in America and much of the world have even heard of the ETA or the trouble they have caused. Such illustrates the localization of the Basque conflict; it is viewed as a footnote even in the politics of most of Europe, as something that is only the problem of pieces of Spain and France.
Similarly to China, India is another country where parents would prefer to have a son rather than a daughter. This trend has lead to many Indian girls being named “Nakusa” or Nakushi,” which means “unwanted” Hindi. Parents in India typically prefer sons to daughters because of the high price that comes along with girls. Parents who have daughters must provide a dowry for their future husbands, and these dowries often cost the parents everything they’ve earned. Sons are preferred because they do not need to offer dowries for marriage; they receive them for their finacées.
The girls who carry these names are more prone to self-esteem problems, among other things, because of the significance of their names. Their whole lives, these girls have had to deal with the negative connotations of their names, and now they have had the chance to change them, legally. More than 250 Indian girls legally changed their names from “unwanted” to another name of their choice, therefore shedding their old names and the negativity that accompanied them.
On Sunday, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit eastern city at Turkey, Ankara, causing more than 85 deaths and collapses of buildings and houses.
The biggest shock occurred in Ercis, an eastern city which is closed to Iranian border. Zulfikar Arapoglu, Mayor of Erics asked for urgent assistance to rebuild town and help people. Scientists of US reported more than 100 aftershocks around Turkey, including a one with magnitude 5.9. More than 150 prisoners escaped as the walls of prison collapsed in a city Van, yet most of them returned after a while.
At a few cities in Armenia and Iran also was hit by the quake, causing a few cracks in some buildings and people panic and rush out of town to the streets, yet so far no major damages or injures are reported.
Israeli President Shimon Peres offered any possible aid and assistance to Turkey, over a phone call to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, with a following statement. "Israel shares in your sorrow. Israel is ready to render any assistance that may be required anywhere in Turkey, at any time."
Greece also took a quick action toward this tragedy by sending a special earthquake rescue team to Turkey.