Posts tagged ‘Pakistan’

May 24, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s state visit to UK a big hit

Picture source MailOnline – beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, in near miss wardrobe malfunction

[Selma Thomson, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline:  The Obamas‘ state visit to the UK seemed to be a big hit with all from the meetings with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron to that with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Discussions between the politicians were reported to be warm and constructive with every hint of the ‘elusive’ special relationship in the air.

It is reported that points discussed covered how to induce ‘a sense of optimism and national mission’, whilst attending to declining living standards and the re-establishment of economies severely damaged by the financial crisis. Climate change, foreign policy challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya also were featured in the discussions.

May 23, 2011

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May 11, 2011

Son of Bin Laden, Hamza the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ beckons good fortune for President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid

[US Politics & WOT Analyst, Jenni Kymi]

Next year will be a good year for America’s new superhero – President Barack Obama.

Having by all accounts despatched the elusive Osama bin Laden to a watery grave and now with a Bin Laden, Part II panning out in the shape of news that Mr. Laden’s youngest son and closest confidante, Hamza (aka ‘Crown Prince of Terror’), may have escaped capture at the Abbottabad incident is good news indeed for the president.

That is because, Mr. Obama will be presented with the opportunity, as 2012 looms, to show the American people true resolve in bringing total closure to the Al Queada menace by tracking down and nutralizing Hamza and the remaining Al Queada network, now presumably in Pakistan. In addition, why not a ‘war on terror‘ kind-of -thing with Pakistan? After all they seem to have kept Bin Laden secretly in their bosom for more than 10 years whilst he was being watched by US officials with the assistance of Pakistani intelligence, or the Pakistani government, or both of them (Sounds strange?  Well that’s how the facts are emerging). All that certainly wouldn’t go amiss as it would fit in very well with the innate conservatism of Americans when the USA is at war – never get rid of the incumbent president as it sounds like defeat. Worked for George W Bush with Iraq and by gum, it will work for Mr. Obama.

April 20, 2011

USA in decline as superpower

[James Templeton, US Politics and Economy Contributor]

AlterNet’s Tom Englehardt writes that the USA as an empire is in decline and likely to go the way of the once world-dominant Greeks and Romans.

According to him, everyone recognises the US as an imperial power. Its domination of the world scene extends far beyond its borders to practically every country on earth where its military has garrisons in most and today, the country is more at war in foreign soil than it has ever been in its past.

However, what makes things different from the past is that today the USA as a country is concurrently under stress in all of its major aspects as a world superpower.

Economically and financially, the country is still spiralling into a bottomless deficit in the magnitude of trillions which continue to defy  ‘pay off’ imagination. In addition, the wide divides between its main political parties are getting wider and which became so great that in recent days, a total government ‘shutdown’ had been a realistic possibility.

In addition to all that, the USA’s recent imperialist escapades into Iraq and Afganistan which have been expensive and unsuccessful and its unwavering support for Israel, a country which the international community considers to be the biggest obstacle to peace in the middle east, is causing its friends, especially in the emerging economies in Africa and the middle east, to distance themselves by the day.

Merge all of the above with the current viral ‘people protests’ in most of the middle east and Africa and the US’s deteriorating relationship with Pakistan, a key ally in its ‘war on terror’, a fate envisioned in the biblical prophesy of the four horsemen of the apocalypse beckons.

Englehart says: “Have you noticed, by the way, how repetitiously our president, various presidential candidates, and others now insist that we are “the greatest nation on Earth” (as they speak of the U.S. military being “the finest fighting force in the history of the world”)?  And yet, doesn’t that phrase leave ash in your mouth?  Look at this country and its frustrations today and tell me: Does anyone honestly believe that anymore?. when the United States was actually “the greatest” on this planet, no one needed to say it over and over again”.

March 14, 2011

Al Qa’ida begins its branding process

According to a News.com.au report, by all acounts, Al Qa’ida has begun a ‘western-style’ worldwide branding process by the launch of its new glossy magazine, Al-Shamikha. The glossy advises women on how to cover-up, marry martyrs and to serve Islam.

Independent reports that the magazine is similar to Elle and Cosmopolitan and gives advice on relationships, good manners and health.  Its advice includes: “not [to] go out except when necessary” and to always wear a niqab for protection from the sun. It also has interview accounts with the spouses of martyr and heaps glory on people who have given up their lives for Islam: “From martyrdom, the believer will gain security, safety and happiness”.

So what next, an Al Qa’ida cookbook, IPO, Facebook page, branded fashion?  For Al Qa’ida, it would appear, now that it has our attention, the western capitalist approach to fame and riches appears irrisistable.

[General News Correspondent]

March 7, 2011

Sehr gut! Britain gets a walloping from the Germans

Germany is the world’s most popular country it seems and Britain is in 2nd place . The Telegraph reports that according to the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll which took place this year, when around 29,000 people from all over the world had been asked to rate the good and bad things about 16 major countries, Britain came 2nd and was pipped to the top spot by Germany.   Pakistan and Mexico had terrible ratings and US voters were the most complimentary about Britain accounting for some 80% of the positive views.

Canada came third and was followed by Japan, France and Brazil. The US was seventh and in front of China, South Africa and India. Unfortunately for Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran‘s president, his country was at the bottom of the poll.  Time to give up the nuclear plants it would seem!

[UK Contributor]