Monday 1 December 2008
December 01, 2008
Battling Disease, Social Prejudice
In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, some 1.5 million adults and children are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. UNAIDS, a UN agency that tracks the progress of the epidemic, reports that some 20,000 people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia were infected with HIV in 2007. Another 14,000 people died of AIDS.
November 30, 2008
Russian Political Elite Get Nervous
It has long been an article of faith that if oil prices dropped significantly, Russia's ruling elite could find itself in trouble. Now that oil prices are down two-thirds since their August highs, Russia's rulers are indeed starting to feel the heat.
November 29, 2008
Dogged By Security Failings, Karzai Seeks Reelection
With Hamid Karzai's presidential term set to end next year, the deteriorating security situation in parts of Afghanistan appears to be harming his chances for reelection, and observers inside and outside the country are closely scrutinizing his record.
November 26, 2008
Pakistani Intelligence Shuts Down Political Wing
Pakistani sources suggest that closing that country's powerful intelligence community's political arm will have little effect on foreign policy or the ISI's role in counterterrorism. But the change comes as Washington has been privately urging Islamabad to rein in ISI elements with alleged links to Islamic militants.
November 24, 2008
Economist Says IMF Can Handle Spate Of Aid Requests, For Now
Two months ago, Iceland became the first country whose economy collapsed because of the global economic crisis, and it became the first to apply for aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since then, Pakistan also has appealed to the fund, as have Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, and Latvia. RFE/RL Washington correspondent Andrew F. Tully speaks about the crisis with Desmond Lachman, formerly the deputy director of the IMF's Policy and Review Department.
November 22, 2008
Is The Bloom Off The Rose Revolution?
Georgia is marking the fifth anniversary of its Rose Revolution, the peaceful public rebellion that sought a clean break from a corrupt and undemocratic past. But the events of 2003 have lost much of their promise to creeping authoritarianism and a ruinous war with Russia. Can Tbilisi preserve its 'rose' legacy?
November 21, 2008
Russia OKs German Transit For Afghan Mission
Germany has became the first NATO nation to win Russian permission to use the country's railways to transit military goods bound for Afghanistan. The NATO-Russia relationship has been badly disrupted in the aftermath of the conflict in Georgia, but both sides say the stability of Afghanistan remains a shared concern. Nonetheless, NATO's difficulties in forging a single transit corridor for allies suggest Moscow prefers to deal with individual allies than with the alliance as a whole.
November 21, 2008
U.S. Report Predicts Declining American Dominance In World
U.S. intelligence agencies predict that American dominance around the globe is likely to decline during the next two decades. The forecast names China and India -- and possibly Russia and Iran -- as countries likely to gain economic and political clout.