Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Ahmadinejad Offers Obama Landmark Congratulations

November 7, 2008

For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, an Iranian leader has offered well wishes to a U.S. president-elect.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

TEHRAN,Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win — the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (more…)

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Election unleashes a flood of hope worldwide

November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PARIS: From the front lines of Iraq to more genteel spots like Harry’s Bar in Paris, the election of Barack Obama opened a floodgate for the world’s hope that a new U.S. leader would redeem promises of change, rewrite the political script and provide a kind of leadership that would erase the bitterness of the Bush years.

Whether it was because of Obama’s youth, race, message or manner, some European leaders abandoned diplomatic niceties to compete for extravagance in their praise, while others outside the United States – fascinated by an election that had been scrutinized around the globe – reached for their most telling comparisons. (more…)

Bush Administration Committed War Crimes Against Prisoners, Reveals Physicians for Human Rights

November 4, 2008

Originally published November 4 2008

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) The Bush administration has committed war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in its practice of torturing prisoners, according to the conclusions of a medical examination conducted by the organization Physicians for Human Rights.

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes,” wrote retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba in the preface to the report. “The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account. (more…)

Chavez sees Palin as confused “beauty queen”

October 29, 2008

Palin a confused beauty queen - Venezuela's Chavez Reuters – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez speaks to supporters during a meeting of Venezuela Socialist Party …

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, renowned for colourful insults of world leaders, called U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a confused “beauty queen” on Friday after she said he was a dictator. (more…)

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

October 28, 2008

Obama for president
Palin’s rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand



(10/25/08 19:37:58)

Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate. For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads. (more…)

Opinion of U.S. from abroad plummets under President Bush

October 24, 2008

During President Bush's two terms, the view of the United States has dropped significantly in countries around the world

As President Bush meets today with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the head of the European Commission, he might keep in mind the view of the United States from Europe, Japan and elsewhere.

It isn’t pretty — and has grown notably ugly during his presidency. (more…)

Speak Up! Stop covering Palin until she gives a press conference.

October 21, 2008

By Christopher Hitchens


The new line of the day, taken by many conservative intellectuals, is that criticism of Gov. Sarah Palin is essentially a blend of snobbery and sexism. This, I presume, is intended as a sort of strike against the considerable number of conservative commentators, from David Frum to Christopher Buckley, who have openly said that the woman is not qualified to be vice president. There is, of course, also the question of whether she is qualified to be governor of Alaska. Writing about her when she was first put forward by Sen. John McCain, I rather feebly took the line that one should give her the benefit of the doubt and not be condescending, but it does now begin to look as if most of what she claimed for herself, from the “bridge to nowhere” to the “troopergate” business, was very questionable at best, and much of what her critics said was essentially true. (more…)

Heroin elephant can never be freed

October 21, 2008

A Chinese elephant that spent three years in rehab after animal smugglers laced his bananas with heroin will never be able to return to the wild.

Heroin addicted elephant clean after rehab

The elephant was captured in 2005 in southwest China by illegal traders who fed him heroin-laced bananas Photo: AP

Four-year-old Xiguang and three other elephants who the smugglers also captured were taken to an animal protection centre on China’s tropical island of Hainan to recover from their ordeals and overcome their heroin addictions. (more…)

Strong health care equals strong emergency response

October 21, 2008

By Laura H. Kahn | 14 October 2008

Guest Blog – A Crisis of Conscience

October 21, 2008

Published October 17, 2008 @ 11:31AM PST

Wanted to follow the recent pieces on world hunger and declining humanitarian funding with a post by Alison Woodhead of Oxfam, about Stand Up and Take Action, which starts today. (To take action through change.org, click here.)

Sometimes, it seems like writing about humanitarian relief is simply describing a parade of horribles – which makes Alison’s post, about what we can do to help change the situation, all that much more important.

A Crisis of Conscience

The numbers are mind boggling; the sense of panic is contagious. The global financial crisis has galvanised world leaders into finding unimaginable sums of money almost overnight to prevent banks collapsing, shore up failing systems and reassure nervous punters.

The arguments for urgent action to avoid systemic collapse are of course genuine and persuasive. But they reveal something extremely dark about the world’s priorities: we can find the money to bail out banks, but not to prevent the deaths of 30,000 children a day from povert

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