Showing posts from November, 2010

Suu Kyi seeks to review sanctions on Myanmar

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi wants to review the consequences of sanctions on her country, Myanmar, before she can determine whether these curbs need to be lifted or focused more sharply.

Obama calls on China to restrain N. Korea

The Obama administration called on China Wednesday to rein in North Korea after its artillery attack on a South Korean island, as the Pentagon ordered the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group to the Yellow Sea for naval exercises with South Korean forces.

North Korea fires on South

President Obama met with senior aides on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to the latest crisis over North Korea, after the North's military forces fired artillery against a South Korean island, prompting the South's forces to return fire.

U.S. officials: China must act on N.Korea violation

China must respond firmly to a violation by North Korea of commitments made by Pyongyang during the course of six-party nuclear negotiations, present and former U.S. officials said on Monday.

Sudanese accused of trying to 'extort' U.S.

The leaders of northern Sudan are trying to "extort" incentives from the Obama administration in exchange for holding an on-time referendum on the fate of Abyei, a senior southern Sudanese leader said ahead of a key meeting to break an impasse over the oil-rich province.

Pentagon's decision to send tanks to Afghanistan praised

The Pentagon's decision to deploy heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan is being hailed as a step in the right direction by military and civilian advisers in that war.

Clinton urges Sudanese to make 'tough compromises'

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged the leaders of northern and southern Sudan to make some "tough compromises" to settle their differences on the status of an oil-rich region and allow a referendum to go ahead as planned.

Burma releases democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's military junta on Saturday released pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest to cheers from overjoyed supporters and cautious optimism from the international community.

Give Pak more time to rein in terror: Musharraf

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday said that anti-India militant groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed were very popular among Pakistanis and advocated a more gradual approach to rein them in.

Musharraf backs gradual shutdown of militants

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has advocated a gradual approach in trying to shut down anti-India militant groups fighting in Kashmir, noting the popularity of such groups among Pakistanis.

US was close to entering Pak to destroy Taliban

Former US President George W. Bush writes in his new memoir of his frustration with Pakistan’s reluctance to go after militants and hints that he ordered a campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.

India is new Consumer King for US

A spate of American military and civil aviation sales to India are being viewed with glee and hailed for the salutary effect they will have on a flagging US economy. The Indian Air Force’s decision to buy 10 Boeing C-17 aircraft won lavish praise on Monday from a top US senator who acknowledged that the deal would boost the economy of his home state.

U.S. offers to delist Sudan as terrorism sponsor

The Obama administration has offered to take Sudan off a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if the Sudanese government holds a credible and on-time referendum on southern independence.

Burma vote 'anything but free and fair,' Obama says

Burma's military junta conducted the country's first election in 20 years on Sunday in a bid to seal, if not legitimize, its control over the biggest country in mainland Southeast Asia, while the muzzled opposition expected a continuation of human rights violations, U.S.-led economic sanctions and China's growing influence.

No Indian plot to steal US jobs: McCain

Hours before US President Barack Obama arrived in India, his former Republican Party presidential rival Arizona Senator John McCain said the United States must endorse India’s bid for a permanent seat on an expanded United Nations Security Council.

India expects less-mythical Obama

From schoolchildren and cabdrivers to business leaders and government officials, all of India has been swept up in a near mania in anticipation of President Obama's visit to the subcontinent, his first stop in a 10-day tour of Asia that begins Friday.

Obama takes the blame

US President Barack Obama took the blame for what he described as a ‘shellacking’ handed out to his Democratic Party in mid-term elections on Tuesday that cost it control of the House of Representatives.

U.S., U.N. deem Burma vote illegitimate

Burma's military junta is expected to cement its grip on power Sunday in an election widely considered to be illegitimate.

Nikki scripts history in US politics

Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Amritsar, made history on Tuesday night by becoming only the second Indian-American Governor in the US history.From a state legislature to Governor of South Carolina in just a short span of six years in politics, she is being hailed as a new rising star on the American political horizon.

Democrats lose House, retain Senate

A disenchanted American electorate in a snub to President Barack Obama handed a bruising defeat to his Democratic Party and put the Republican Party back in control of the US House of Representatives in mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Poll outcome may not impact ties with India

Mid-term elections that have shifted control of the US House of Representatives from the Democrats to the Republicans are unlikely to have any impact on relationship with India because of bipartisan support for these ties in Congress, according to analysts.

That Elephant In The Middle Of The Room

Change isn’t all that easy to come by, as Obama finds at home. Can the India trip provide another historic moment for him, and us?