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Mugabe’s Apologists

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe—Robert Mugabe’s participation in the European Union-Africa summit in Lisbon over the weekend was a triumph of Zimbabwean diplomacy. Both African and EU leaders must share the blame for this farce. Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry managed to portray the octogenarian dictator, who has presided over widespread violations of human rights and an astonishing economic collapse, as the victim of a Western conspiracy.

By Guest Column Marian L. Tupy- Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Full Story

Annapolis will lead to Dhimmi status for Israel

Everything I read about the negotiations leading up to Annapolis and the event itself suggests that a deal has been cut whereby Israel assumes its rightful (according to Islam) role as a Dhimmi in exchange for Saudi acceptance of the existence of Israel.

By Ted Belman Ted Belman- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story

Archbishop of York cuts up his dog collar in astonishing live TV protest at Mugabe

The Archbishop of York today cut up his dog collar on live television in a protest over the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
Dr John Sentamu said he will refuse to wear the clergyman’s badge of identity until Mugabe is out of office.

By Guest Column STEVE DOUGHTY- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story

In the Shadow of Steel Mills

I grew up in Hamilton Ontario in the mid 1950s, in the very shadows of steel mills that were still vital and a football team that still won games, the only son of a refugee family who didn’t own a car, nor a television, nor a cottage and whose idea of a vacation was a yearly trek to the Canadian National Exhibition in far distant Toronto and a day’s outing to the great and bustling metropolis of Buffalo.

By Guest Column Chuck Konkel- Monday, December 10, 2007 - Full Story

The Beirut Downtown Sit-in

“Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them. For those who are such don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent” (Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans:16/17 & 18)

By Elias Bejjani - Monday, December 10, 2007 - Full Story

NIE report fails to explain retreat on nuclear weapons

There’s lots to wonder about in the Key Judgments of the latest National Intelligence Estimate, which informs us with “high confidence” that Iran halted its nuclear bomb program four years ago. This contradicts its 2005 warning that Iran was “determined to develop nuclear weapons.” That followed the 2003-2004 zig-zag from our intelligence community on Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s interest in weapons of mass destruction; which followed the intelligence failure to zero in on the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers before they slammed airplanes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

By Claudia Rosett - Friday, December 7, 2007 - Full Story

Coup d’Etat in Belgium? King Bestows Extended Powers on Outgoing PM

Belgian television reports that today, on the 176th day of Belgium’s political crisis, the Belgian king, Albert II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, has bestowed “urgent” powers, including dealing with “international matters,” on Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, whose Liberal-Socialist coalition was battered in the general elections on 10 June. This is in violation of the Belgian Constitution which does not provide for extended powers to governments without a parliamentary majority. Probably the European Union authorities in Brussels back this unconstitutional move by the Belgian King. The King, however, has been careful not to make any official announcement after meeting Mr Verhofstadt this morning.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

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

Brussels: Coalition Talks Collapse. Belgians Don’t Need No Government

Today, on the 174th day after the June 10th general elections in Belgium, Yves Leterme, the leader of the Flemish Christian-Democrats, told King Albert II that it is impossible for him to form a government.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Saturday, December 1, 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

Booted off the air, Geo television makes symbolic attempt to debate emergency rule - minus the audie

Special to The Globe and Mail

ISLAMABAD—One of Pakistan’s most popular political TV chat shows, Capital Talk, had an impressive collection of panelists for yesterday’s show, including a retired general and a senator.

By Guest Column SAEED SHAH- Thursday, November 22, 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

Release my Daddy, Jemima Khan’s little boy tells Pakistan’s generals

Jemima Khan joined scores of protesters outside the Pakistan High Commission yesterday to demand an end to the country’s military crackdown and the release of her ex-husband.

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