military combatA poll carried out by ComRes for the British tabloid newspaper The Independent on July 28 has found that 58 percent of Britons say the war in Afghanistan is "unwinnable," with only 31 percent believing that victory can be achieved. Fifty-two percent of those polled answered that all British forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan immediately, while 43 percent want them to remain.

Obama at US-China eventOn the morning of July 27, President Barack Obama addressed the opening session of the first U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner chaired the dialogue with the Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

bibleEven in an age in which it seems that any obscene scribbling may be passed off as art, an exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow, Scotland, has drawn the ire of Christians.

Manuel ZelayaDeposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ordered to step down by his nation's Supreme Court and Congress and forcibly exiled from the country on June 28, has stated his intention to cross the Nicaraguan-Honduran border on July 24.

Obama G8 ItalyThe UN seems to be ready to move from its usual conceptual philosophy to actions concerning its pledge to undertake a “responsibility to protect” civilians from brutal governments — specifically, those scenarios that would call for UN action. Such action will be limited to the UN’s definitions of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, for now.