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Hell on earth, due north of the Arabian Sea

Hell on earth, due north of the Arabian Sea

By Sol W. Sanders It isn’t as though Karachi hasn’t seen it all before. In the convulsive migrations immediately after World War II, Karachi played a largely unreported role. The few Western visitors to what had been only months before a sleepy little fishing port and railhead saw an awesome spectacle after 1947: largely improvised […]

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]

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China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com According to U.S. and foreign intelligence sources, Russia and China are known to be reviewing the tens of thousands of U.S. military documents disclosed to the online anti-secrecy site Wikileaks. China’s Second Department of the PLA, or 2PLA, is the intelligence arm of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and is […]

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Carter's peace mission rewarded only with hostage release as Kim heads to China

Carter's peace mission rewarded only with hostage release as Kim heads to China

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with North Korea’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan, at the airport in Pyongyang on Aug. 25. / Xinhua By Donald Kirk SEOUL – Kim Jong-Il could hardly have come up with a better excuse for snubbing former United States President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn […]

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UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

By John Metzler In the midst of the ongoing struggle against Somali piracy along the Horn of Africa,  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a veteran French socialist politician to offer legal formulae to tackle the seaborne buccaneers. Jack Lang, longtime Socialist party political luminary,  has been given the title  Special Advisor on Legal […]

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Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com The setting was hardly one conducive to grand geopolitical discussion. There was tea — but no crumpets — in my tiny, less-than-fashionable Hudson Street West Village studio. It was 1951. I had just been cashiered as a scriptwriter for Voice of America, in part for ferociously advocating Vietnam’s independence. My […]

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Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Sudan halted Monday BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies. / (AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The familiar words, “BBC World Service and now the news…” became a near iconic radio sign-on for generations around the world, during the Cold War. The British Broadcasting Corporation was one of a few […]

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Untold story: Ahmadinejad's regime and Iran's culture are like oil and water

Untold story: Ahmadinejad's regime and Iran's culture are like oil and water

By Sheda Vasseghi, FreePressers.com Iran’s secular culture and heritage is the complete opposite of Islamic teachings. It has become very clear that the two do not mesh, let alone compromise.  In recent decades, it has taken Iranians a bloody revolution, a tragic war, and generations of lost dreams to realize that. Now “experts” on Iran’s […]

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World's most irresponsible power is coming in for a landing

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com There’s little good news for the world economy. The Fed is now cautioning a slowed recovery if not a double-dip recession. The Euro is again under pressure from its debt-ridden members. The UK is undertaking serious but politically dangerous surgery against its welfare state. Germany continues to pump out subsidized […]

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UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

By John Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council has unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mandate for Sudan’s embattled Darfur region. In the meantime, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has slapped charges of genocide on Sudan’s ruler. This comes amid continuing violence in the troubled region against both helpless civilians and the UN […]