Darfur: Grief Useless, Rhetoric Empty, Nothing Changed

Q&A: History of Sudan’s Darfur conflict

The United Nations Security Council has approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force to replace the 7,000 African Union (AU) observer mission struggling to protect civilians in Sudan’s western province of Darfur.

The exact make-up and deployment date for this beefed up force is […]

US State Deptartment Resorts To “Lets Talk” Diplomacy

State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy

The State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, “digital outreach team” posting entries in Arabic on “influential” Arabic blogs to challenge misrepresentations of the United States and promote moderate views among Islamic youths in the […]

Turkey Split With U.S. Over Kurds Imminent

 

Premier Says Turkey Is Ready For Split With U.S. Over Kurds

By Molly Moore Washington Post

ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he is prepared for a rupture in relations with the United States if his government launches an incursion […]

American Taxpayers Rent Pakistan’s Army

US renting Pak army for $ 100 million a month 14 Jul 2007, 0340 hrs IST,CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA,TNN

WASHINGTON: The United States is paying around $ 100 million a month for the deployment of 80,000 Pakistani troops on its border with Afghanistan ostensibly for the war on terrorism, a key US official […]

Baluchistan, Gateway To Iran, To Be Fenced

Iran to wall off Baluchistan border – By Kamal Hyder in Taftan, Baluchistan

Trade between Pakistan and Iran is flourishing, with goods worth millions of dollars passing across the border between the two countries. But the porous border has become a haven for smugglers, and a security headache for both sides. Iran is […]

Baluchisatn/Balochistan: Backdoor To Iran

Unrest simmers in Pakistan province By Kamal Hyder in Quetta, Baluchistan

Pakistan’s sprawling Baluchistan region is one of the world’s most remote areas and its hot, mostly barren, land encompasses the borders of three countries: Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The area has enormous reserves of natural resources – resources that the […]