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The Post-Annapolis Dynamic – The Hamas Factor

Although it was not represented at Annapolis, Hamas had a significant role in paving the way to the meeting.  Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip was clear evidence of the growing strength of the militant Islamist stream in the Palestinian camp, and it was therefore perceived as a threat.

By INSS Anat Kurz- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

The World… 2.0

Once in a while, you come across something so completely bizarre and fantastic, that it just blows your mind. And though I’m sitting here listening to Tay Zonday’s deep voice, that isn’t what’s blowing my mind. What is though is the fact that someone is building a miniature version of our planet off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

The U.N’s Massive AIDS Scandal

A massive 2,800-word article in Monday’s Washington Post paying homage to Bono quotes the rock star as saying he puts “flesh and blood on statistics” about AIDS. The problem is that, only six days earlier, the paper noted that the U.N.‘s estimate of AIDS cases has been vastly overblown by millions.

By Cliff Kincaid - Sunday, December 2, 2007 - Full Story

A Change in Government and Policy

Being an Australian citizen has been a tough time recently. I mentioned last week that my great country was only a few days away from a general election. I mentioned the embarrassment that friends had felt upon hearing that only we and the United States were Kyoto Protocol holdouts.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, November 29, 2007 - Full Story

Bangladesh Government Disingenuous with US Congress and others Worldwide

Dear Ambassado Kabir,

In response to worldwide outrage—and in particular outrage here in the United States—-over Bangladesh’s continued persecution of journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, your embassy has responded in an almost dismisive way that we should leave the matter to the Bangladeshi courts.

By Guest Column Dr. Richard L. Benkin- Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - Full Story

BMLA lauds Israeli gesture

Bangladesh Minority Lawyer’s Association [BMLA] in a meeting of its Executive Committee on Sunday expressed its gratitude to the government and people of Israel for sending relief offer to Bangladesh in helping the cyclone affected people in the country.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Full Story

Why Does Sarkozy Trust Chavez?

In order to have success in politics one must have some ability to gauge the public mood.  Exhibit A: French President Nicolas Sarkozy.  France is well known for its strikes.  It is not unusual for the entire country to shut down on a whim from its unions.  This has made French politicians both on the Left and the Right reluctant to address the Fifth Republic’s bloated welfare state.  It was only a matter of time before the unions would test the resolve of Sarkozy.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Full Story

Annapolis drop-ins and “Mary Poppins”

The spotlight is now directly focused on Annapolis as preparations are finalised for the opening night of the proposed revival of the show “Road Map” - first conceived by President George Bush in 2002.

By David Singer - Thursday, November 22, 2007 - Full Story

How Important is it for Syria to be at Annapolis?

Ever since the Geneva Conference in December 1973, Middle Easterners have become used to the suspense surrounding the question of whether the “bad boy” of Arab politics, Syria, will or will not take part in any meeting connected with the peace process.  In recent years, as Syria has become more closely integrated into the political axis led by Iran, the question has become less interesting.  Still, it has arisen again in advance of the Annapolis meeting.  Will Syria take part and, if so, at how senior a level?

By INSS Shlomo Brom- Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - Full Story

Nasreen Syed is a Poet of Truth and Beauty

I enjoyed getting into the skin of the soul-stirring poetry of Nasreen Syed, a poet of Urdu and Punjabi languages and also a singer.  There is flow, control and beauty of an unknown flower that is cared by a gardener of sincerity. In this age when poetry is in the hands of novices, she emerges as an archetype.   

By Guest Column Dr. Stephen Gill- Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf Must Go

I have been following the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan with great interest.  In fact, if you read the IC blog at you will see that I have written 21 posts on Pakistan over the last 100 days.  However, I have not devoted a full column to what is arguably the most important story in global politics in the year 2007.  That is until now.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistan—After the Shut Down of GEO TV

Dear Friends,

Here are some news and comments from Pakistan, India and other countries—after a shut-down of private TV News channels in Pakistan by the Musharraf regime. Please, put some facts and comments on your Web sites to help our Pakistani journalists friends to survive the repressions and to reopen their broadcasting to the Nation and worldwide

By David M. Dastych - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf shuts down Geo TV

ISLAMABAD: Geo News, Pakistan’s premier Urdu news channel, also seen round the world as the main source of news and current affairs, was shut down at 1 a.m. Pakistan time (12 midnight Dubai time) after President Pervez Musharraf put tremendous pressure to silence a media outlet which had refused to bow down to his dictates.

By Guest Column Muhammad Saleh Zaafir- Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Full Story

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Confronts Democracy

It took less than a month for freshman MPP, Randy Hillier, to find more evidence that democracy and the democratic process is under a continuing attack by the McGuinty Government.  News that two democratically elected candidates to the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Committee have been snubbed by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has shocked the MPP.

By Guest Column Randy Hillier- Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Islamist Appointed to University Chair Evidence of European Decay

The University of Leiden, the oldest in the Netherlands, has appointed a professor with known Islamist leanings to a highly visible and prestigious position. FSM Contributing Editor Dr. Andrew G. Bostom demonstrates how this signals the intellectual and moral decay that is spreading in Europe.

By Guest Column Andrew Bostom- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story

Does the IAEA Have the Authority and Capacity to Investigate Nuclear Non-Compliance?

On October 28, 2007 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG), Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, criticized the Israeli attack on a suspected Syrian nuclear site and said, “If countries have information that the country is working on a nuclear-related program, they should come to us.”  He then went on to argue that the Vienna-based Agency “had the authority and capacity to investigate any such information.”  In view of past performance, the claim of “authority and capacity” bears review.

By INSS Ephraim Asculai- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story