Day: May 11, 2011

Obama to lay out new Mideast strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will give a major speech, possibly as early as next week, laying out his new Middle East strategy after the killing of Osama bin Laden and amid upheaval in the Arab world, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. A key sticking point is whether Obama, […]

Zurich set for vote on assisted suicide

by Ariane Gigon in Zurich, Voters in Zurich are being given mixed messages about whether to allow or prevent people from being able to decide how to end their own lives. The slogans are punchy and powerful: “Freedom at the end!” on one side against “Save life!” on the […]

Beginning the End of America’s Longest War

In roughly two months, President Barack Obama is going to announce the beginning of the end of America’s longest war. He could not have known, when he initially set this summer for the beginning of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, that the timing would work out so perfectly. […]

Graham: Iraq may “go to hell” without US troops

(CBS News) South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday called for a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq, and warned that pulling American troops out in 2011 would seriously jeopardize progress there. Graham also argued that providing State Department contractors with military equipment after the withdrawal of American troops would […]

Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape

WASHINGTON — Jess Smochek arrived in Bangladesh in 2004 as a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer with dreams of teaching English and “helping the world.” She left six weeks later a rape victim after being brutalized in an alley by a knife-wielding gang. When she returned to the United States, the […]


Via Guernica: It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who […]

Gulf states welcome Jordan membership bid

By Hani Hazaimeh AMMAN – Jordan on Tuesday welcomed an announcement by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) supporting the Kingdom’s request to join the GCC. The GCC welcomed bids by Jordan and Morocco to join the six-nation grouping, its secretary general, Abdullatif Al Zayani, told reporters yesterday. “Leaders of the […]