Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?

(By JOSH ROGIN) President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything . . . → Read More: Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?

An endless dispute

(By F.S. AIJAZUDDIN) AFTER THE VISIT OF INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY S. JAISHANKAR TO ISLAMABAD, 3-4 MARCH 2015.

No two countries in recent history have bickered for so long and with such tenacity as India and Pakistan. The Germans argued with the Danes for years over Schleswig-Holstein; it is now a province of greater Germany. For . . . → Read More: An endless dispute

Iran really doesn’t matter to India

When Barack Obama traveled to India in January, his hosts put on a show. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Obama a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the presidential palace, rolling out a red carpet flanked on both sides by well-disciplined soldiers, before treating him to a state dinner of mustard fish curry, gushtaba, and . . . → Read More: Iran really doesn’t matter to India

24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation on Friday to be the guest of honor at India’s 66th Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2015 in New Delhi (WSJ,Reuters, NDTV). Modi — @narendramodi — tweeted: “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over… invited President Obama to be the . . . → Read More: 24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Racial riots in USA

Protesters set buildings ablaze, shot at police and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen.

Police were overwhelmed by an explosion of violence right after the hotly awaited verdict. Officers were shot at . . . → Read More: Racial riots in USA

From 1980 till Date – How many Muslims countries have been US target

“The Intercept“- Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday,announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization . . . → Read More: From 1980 till Date – How many Muslims countries have been US target

Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history, sharing it this year with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.

Ms. Yousafzai, from Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, was shot in the head by a member of the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP or Pakistani Taliban Movement) two years ago this . . . → Read More: Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

USA is equally responsible for war crimes in Gaza

Global revulsion at the mind-numbing carnage of Israel’s onslaught on Gaza seems finally to have spurred some of the western political class to speak out. The resignation of Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, in protest against her government’s “morally indefensible” stance, emboldened Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, to demand the suspension of . . . → Read More: USA is equally responsible for war crimes in Gaza

Sisi refuses to intervene in ruling against journalists

The future of three al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt looks more bleak after Egypt’s strongman president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, refused a pardon, ignoring pleas from Barack Obama to release them and other political prisoners.

“We will not interfere in judicial rulings,” Sisi said in a speech on Tuesday morning. “We must respect judicial rulings and . . . → Read More: Sisi refuses to intervene in ruling against journalists

Pakistan disappointed in $33 million aid tied down to Dr Shakil Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Monday criticised the US over legislation linking $33 million in aid with the release of a doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, saying it was “disappointed” by the move.

Shakeel Afridi is awaiting retrial on a treason conviction under the country´s tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants.Angry . . . → Read More: Pakistan disappointed in $33 million aid tied down to Dr Shakil Afridi