Mumbai: Explosions shake India’s financial hub

Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India’s commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay), police say. Twenty-one people were killed and 113 injured, said Maharashtra state’s Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan.  He called the explosions, during Mumbai’s busy evening rush-hour, “a co-ordinated attack by terrorists”. One explosion was reported in the Zaveri Bazaar, another in […]

Germanys Weapondeal with Angola

Merkel is 1st German chancellor to visit Angola LUANDA, Angola — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that her country is willing to help train Angolan soldiers for peacekeeping, a German news agency reported. Merkel made the offer during a visit to Angola’s capital. She was the first German chancellor […]

Terror strikes Mumbai again with series of blasts

Mumbai, India (CNN) — At least 21 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded Wednesday in a series of explosions that rocked congested areas of India’s financial capital, Mumbai, according to Prithviraj Chavan, the state’s chief minister. Chavan said it was too early to talk about suspects but at least one […]

Why the US won’t leave Afghanistan

Surge, bribe and run? Or surge, bribe and stay? How US military bases and the energy war play out in Afghanistan. Among multiple layers of deception and newspeak, the official Washington spin on the strategic quagmire in Afghanistan simply does not hold. No more than “50-75 ‘al-Qaeda types’ in Afghanistan”, […]

Picture of the day: Cactus Bee, Arizona

A cactus bee (Diadasia sp.) pollinates a barrel cactus in Tucson, Arizona. Source: National Geographic “He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (Al Quran 59:25) […]

Gold Advances to Record on Debt Crisis

Gold climbed to a record in Londonand New York as concern about Europe’s debt crisis spurred demand for the metal as a protection of wealth. Bullion rose to an all-time high in British pounds. Ireland joined Portugal and Greece yesterday as the third euro-area nation to have its credit rating […]

Al-Qaida plotting internet jihad

LONDON: Al-Qaida is plotting a jihad on the internet against Britain and the West, and has launched teams to target key computer systems, officials said. Terrorists have even tried to invade Facebook in their “campaign of electronic warfare”, The Sun reported. The Google Earth and Street View applications are being […]

Big in Berlin

Thomas Meyer/OstkreuzThe interior of Murkudis’s concept store is minimalist but expansive. It’s not as though anyone in Berlin really needed proof, last week, that the city’s once-hip central Mitte neighborhood had officially jumped the shark — two years’ worth of boutique hotel and Mavi-store openings, plus skyrocketing rents and a […]

In Defense of Antidepressants

  IN terms of perception, these are hard times for antidepressants. A number of articles have suggested that the drugs are no more effective than placebos. Last month brought an especially high-profile debunking. In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of […]

US targets Iran – via Iraq

The United States says that Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias were responsible for the deaths of 15 US servicemen in Iraq in June – a two-year high. Reviving Washington’s friction with Tehran over Iraq may have more to do with deteriorating relations over Iran’s nuclear program than with uncertainty over US troop […]