President Obama gave a speech Thursday morning on supposed “progress” being made in Afghanistan, citing a recently completed annual report on the undeclared war as proof that America’s “core goal” was within reach. But incredibly, he essentially admitted that the United States has been doing it wrong for years and that, eventually, the Taliban would be brought back into the fold.
The dominoes in Europe are falling — at least that is one interpretation of the latest Standard & Poor’s outlook on the government bonds of Belgium. The ratio of debt to GDP in a European nation that was a founding member of the European Common Market and whose capital, Brussels, is the home of the European Union headquarters, NATO headquarters, and is in many ways the symbolic “center” of unified Europe is almost 100 percent. Which means that if the entire wealth of the nation were devoted to paying the national debt for an entire year, it could not do so (an analogy for consumers might be that if the family’s credit card debt was greater than the entire income of the family for one year.)
Following the release of a series of State Department cables that unveiled Russia's support of international terrorism, WikiLeaks has yet again released a cadre of cables that further place Russia under the veil of scrutiny regarding its activities in Tajikistan.
After two bombs were detonated in downtown Stockholm over the weekend, killing the man suspected of the attack and injuring two others, investigators from several countries are trying to determine whether the suspect had accomplices in Sweden or abroad. So far, experts are divided on the question.
The United Nations' "One UN Joint Program" has been a total failure in Pakistan owing to mismanagement and the apparent appointment of incompetent staff at the key administrative posts.
The exodus of Iraqi Christians, which has been underway since the U.S. invasion in 2003, continues unabated, and may even be accelerating. As reported previously by The New American, the massacre that took place at a Baghdad Church on October 31 of this year has heightened the sense within the Christian community that the Iraqi government will not take the steps necessary to defend them from the terrorism of the Jihadists.
It is the time to point out the most sensitive issue in Pakistan, which could be fatal for national security and especially for Baluchistan (a province in Pakistan): the expansion in the use of drone attacks on Quetta (capital of Baluchistan). This issue has created heated feelings against the United States in Pashtoon (the Pashtoo-speaking) areas of Baluchistan.
On December 9 Canada’s National Post reported that its government is working on a security and trade deal with the U.S. that would “create a perimeter around North America and allow people and goods to flow more freely across the border.”
The release of over 250,000 diplomatic cables has revealed a lot about the intricacies of U.S. diplomacy. However, one aspect of the WikiLeaks release that has been much under the media's radar is what the leaked cables have said about Russia and its surrogate-state sponsorship of what would most accurately be described as an international terrorist network.
As the United Nations opened its latest conference on global warming, Mother Nature sent snowstorms and freezing temperatures that disrupted travel all across Europe and much of the Northern Hemisphere. Even Cancun, Mexico's sunny resort city that hosted the confab, was not spared the chill. The UN summit, known as COP16 (the 16th Conference of Parties on global warming), concluded Saturday morning after an all-night marathon session. Cancun may not have experienced blizzards and ice, but it did, nevertheless, get hammered with record low temps for the month of December.
The United Nations COP16 global-warming summit in Cancun failed to produce a binding deal or even a concrete renewal of the Kyoto Protocol despite talks that went into Saturday morning. However, most UN climate dignitaries did finally reach an “agreement” of sorts, citing the accord as evidence of progress and vowing to expand the climate regime later.