Thursday 26 August 2010
August 25, 2010
Germany To Serbia: It's Time To Toe EU Line On Kosovo
When it comes to Kosovo, Serbia and the West occupy alternate realities. Serbia continues to insist Kosovo's independence is not a done deal. The West, with growing impatience, says it is. Germany's foreign minister will become the latest Western diplomat to urge Serbia to leave its reality behind when he travels to Belgrade as part of a three-day Balkans tour.
August 25, 2010
Interview: 'Merchant Of Death' Author Discusses Viktor Bout
Viktor Bout has been accused by officials in the United States and Europe of being one of the world's most prolific arms traffickers, with a client list that allegedly includes the Taliban and Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. And few people are better acquainted with Bout's business dealings and relationships with both Russia and the United States than Douglas Farah.
August 25, 2010
Profile: Viktor Bout, The 'Merchant Of Death'
Suspected of arming terrorists and despots from Africa to Afghanistan, Soviet-born Viktor Bout allegedly spent over a decade fueling some of the world's bloodiest conflicts. Now, as he awaits extradition to the United States to face charges, many are asking how he evaded capture for so long and how he became the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death."
August 24, 2010
Controversial 'Family Bill' Returns To Iranian Parliament's Agenda
It is called the Family Protection Bill, but it is better-known as the antifamily bill. Iran's parliament is preparing to discuss a bill this week that would allow men to marry additional wives without the consent of their first wife, and would tax dowries.
August 23, 2010
Pakistani Rock Star Declares 'Rock & Roll Jihad' Against Extremists
Salman Ahmad has declared what he calls "rock and roll jihad" against religious extremists in Pakistan who claim that music is un-Islamic. As one of Pakistan's most successful rock musicians, Ahmad sees the dispute as a struggle for the future of culture in his country.
August 22, 2010
Turkmenistan Tips Its Hand On Future Energy Exports
Turkmenistan has been vowing to diversify its energy export routes for some time, but until recently, little was known about where its energy future would lead. The president provided some clarity during a recent speech, mentioning routes in all directions except its traditionally most important one -- the northern route through Russia.
August 20, 2010
U.S. Withdrawal 'In Name Only' As Iraq Faces Uncertain Future
The last U.S. combat troops in Iraq have left two weeks ahead of schedule. But more than seven years after the United States and "a coalition of the willing" invaded the country to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, who are the winners and losers?
August 19, 2010
Interview: U.S. Senator Says Visit Gives Him Better Understanding Of Afghan War
John Kerry, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, says he has a better understanding of Afghanistan's war and the problems facing ordinary Afghans after visiting the country this week.
August 18, 2010
Iranian President's New 'Religious-Nationalism' Alienates Hard-Line Constituency
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is risking a breach with his fundamentalist supporters by abandoning apocalyptic religious rhetoric for a new nationalistic tone in an effort to appeal to the country's "apolitical" masses. But it has brought him into conflict with his previous religious constituency.