Opinion

Nobel Peace prize may weigh heavily on Obama

Greg Miller Los Angeles Times 10.10.2009
Nobel Peace prize may weigh heavily on Obama

Washington - The gold medallion given to recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize doesn't come with a ribbon, but the award could still end up being a weight around President Obama's neck.

Berlusconi's Italy shows a strange type of feminism

The Berlusconi scandal reveals that far from being the land that feminism forgot, Italy is still a matriarchal society - Anyone who has been following the continuing saga of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, with its tales of Sicilian...


Why Do Afghans Have a Life Expectancy of Only 44 Years?

Abdul Malik Mujahid The Huffington Post 19.05.2009
Why Do Afghans Have a Life Expectancy of Only 44 Years?

According to the CIA World Factbook, an Afghan's life expectancy is merely 44 years. That's 20 to 30 years less than neighboring Pakistan and all other surrounding countries. It is just one result of the ongoing devastation in that country.

Obama reveling in U.S. power unseen in decades

Steve Holland Reuters 02.05.2009
Obama reveling in U.S. power unseen in decades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama is reveling in presidential power and influence unseen in Washington for decades. Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House and Congress and th...


Why Some Brits Don't Want a Sir Ted Kennedy

Catherine Mayer TIME 07.03.2009
Senator Ted Kennedy receives a standing ovation as he arrives at the closing session of the White House's forum on health care reform in the East Room of the White House.

If Gordon Brown expected props back home for being the first European leader to enjoy President Obama's hospitality at the White House and only the fifth British Prime Minister ever to address Congress, he might have reconsidered the fourth paragr...

To strike the right deal

Neerja Chowdhury Express Buzz 02.03.2009
To strike the right deal

you ask me, personally I am against alliances,” said a senior Congress leader last week and he is in a position to take the critical decisions on the party’s alliances with regional outfits, and influence both Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.


Israel is committing a holocaust in Gaza: Norman Finkelstein

BRUSSELS -- According to Finkelstein, Israel, a state built on the ashes of the Holocaust, is now committing a holocaust against Palestinians in Gaza. In a telephone interview with Today’s Zaman, Finkelstein said Israel was a “terrorist state” cre...

CEC gone wild

Manoj C G Indian Express 11.02.2009
Navin Chawla

In the light of the Chief Election Commissioner’s recommendation for the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, the lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM organ People’s Democracy says the developments underline the need for effective r...


Analysis: Biden promises foreign policy shifts

International Herald Tribune 09.02.2009
Analysis: Biden promises foreign policy shifts

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration promises sweeping changes in American foreign policy, and some U.S. adversaries are nibbling the bait. Vice President Joe Biden hit most of the right notes in his Munich speech this weekend, declaring — among a...

President Barack Obama reaches out to Muslim world

Mike Dorning Chicago Tribune  28.01.2009
President Barack Obama reaches out to Muslim world

WASHINGTON — Sending a signal to Muslims around the world, the White House this week passed over the politically influential American networks in favor of an Arab satellite channel, Al-Arabiya, to air the first televised interview with Barack Obam...


News Analysis China Jittery About Obama Amid Signs of Harder Line

MARK LANDLER The New York Times  24.01.2009
News Analysis China Jittery About Obama Amid Signs of Harder Line

WASHINGTON — Whether it was a shot across the bow or a simple restatement of his boss’s views, Timothy F. Geithner’s assertion that China “manipulates” its currency has complicated a crucial front in President Obama’s efforts to improve America’s ...

Did China’s Bank Bailout Create Signs Of Capital Outflow?

The Wall Street Journal Blogs  19.01.2009
Did China’s Bank Bailout Create Signs Of Capital Outflow?

A smaller-than-usual increase in China’s foreign-exchange reserves last quarter has created a bigger-than-usual controversy. The increase in foreign reserves, at $40.44 billion for the fourth quarter, was significantly smaller than the $132.33 bil...


Public speaking lessons for presidents

Barack Obama has a big speech coming up this Tuesday. For a lesson in how to reassure a jittery populace - and banking system - look to Depression-era leader FDR, says Harold Evans.

Torture Acknowledgment Highlights Detainee Issue

WILLIAM GLABERSON The New York Times  15.01.2009
Torture Acknowledgment Highlights Detainee Issue

When the senior official for the Pentagon’s military commissions said this week that interrogators tortured a detainee at Guantánamo Bay and that therefore he could not be prosecuted, she highlighted the hard question at the center of the incoming...


The Gaza-Egypt Smuggling Tunnels Must Be Closed

DORE GOLD The Wall Street Journal  14.01.2009
The Gaza-Egypt Smuggling Tunnels Must Be Closed

When Israelis look back on what caused the current conflict in Gaza, they point to their government's decision in September 2005 to leave the narrow "Philadelphi Route" that runs along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula....

Analysis: The Egyptian tightrope act between Israel and Hamas

ZVI MAZEL The Jerusalem Post  12.01.2009
Analysis: The Egyptian tightrope act between Israel and Hamas

The semi-official Al-Ahram daily laid bare the dilemma at the root of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's position in an editorial last week: "Israel's loathsome crime with Hamas assistance," reads the headline.


In Gaza, Sarkozy Rushes In Where Angels Fear to Tread

Christopher Dickey Newsweek  11.01.2009
In Gaza, Sarkozy Rushes In Where Angels Fear to Tread

If the tragic axiom of Middle East peacemaking is that the Israelis and Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, there is now a new corollary: French President Nicolas Sarkozy never misses an opportunity to present himself as the op...

Czechs face EU trial by fire over gas, Gaza

Mark John Reuters UK 10.01.2009
Czechs face EU trial by fire over gas, Gaza

Dual crises over the Gaza conflict and gas supplies to Europe are proving to be a trial by fire for the European Union presidency of the Czech Republic, the first ex-Warsaw Pact country to be put in charge of EU business.


Workers gain as Havana rethinks its ideological focus

Marc Frank Financial Times  09.01.2009
Workers gain as Havana rethinks its ideological focus

Cuba is putting less emphasis on social spending and more on rewarding individual workers and cutting gratuities as it moves away from decades-old policies aimed at undermining individualism and promoting collectivism, even as it marks the 50th an...

How the SEC Can Prevent More Madoffs

ARTHUR LEVITT JR. The Wall Street Journal  05.01.2009
How the SEC Can Prevent More Madoffs

The Bernard Madoff affair is a scandal of epic proportions. It not only has devastated the prominent individuals and institutions who invested in his funds, but it has also further undermined whatever trust investors may have had after this year o...



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