Showing posts from October, 2013
Iraqi premier asks U.S. for arms, intel to battle al Qaeda Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged the U.S. Thursday to provide his government with counterterrorism aid, including intelligence sharing, to help it tackle a rising tide of al Qaeda -inspired violence.
Iraqi government complicit in deadly attack at Camp Ashraf on Iranian refugees, report shows The Iraqi government was complicit in a deadly attack on a camp for unarmed Iranian dissidents north of Baghdad on Sept. 1 in which gunmen appeared to have used U.S. weapons, according to an investigation led by a Washington-based human rights lawyer.
Chinese president persecutes activists despite promise to tackle graft Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to tackle corruption in the country’s vast communist power structure, yet in his seven months in power, Chinese authorities have cracked down on activists who fight for honest government.
North Korean activity signals plan for another rogue nuclear weapons test Increased activity at North Korea's main underground nuclear test site suggests that the rogue communist nation is preparing to conduct another illegal atomic weapons blast, according to a report by a Washington-based research institute.
Obama likely to deny Pakistani request to stop drone strikes Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to ask President Obama to end U.S. drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan and mediate a long-standing dispute with India when the two leaders meet at the White House on Wednesday.  
State Dept. knocks election in Azerbaijan The Obama administration said Thursday that the election of Azerbaijan ’s President Ilham Aliyev to an unprecedented third term fell short of international standards.
Sharif-Obama meet unlikely to yield much Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to leave his meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday a disappointed man.
Clerics encourage hungry Syrians to eat dogs and cats Syria ’s civil war has become so dire that some Islamic clerics are telling starving Syrians to eat cats and dogs.
Libya held hostage It is not every day that the head of a country gets abducted at gunpoint by the very people he has been chosen to serve. That’s precisely what happened in Libya last week.
Kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister shows militias’ power The abduction of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in Tripoli on Thursday by heavily armed gunmen on the government payroll underscores the power militias wield in the North African nation two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
U.S. suspending aid to Egypt to signal displeasure The Obama administration said Wednesday it is suspending hundreds of millions of dollars of military aid, including the delivery of defense equipment and cash, to Egypt in an attempt to nudge the interim government in Cairo to pave the way for an inclusive, democratically elected government.
Azerbaijan: An American ally in a sea of threats In an increasingly polarized world, the small Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan is a tantalizing study in contradictions.
Trust, but verify Ronald Reagan would often use the Russian proverb doveryai, no proveryai (trust, but verify) while dealing with the Soviet Union. So much so that his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, once remarked: “You repeat that at every meeting.” The American president replied: “I like it.”