Public outcry grows over Iraq abuse photos

President Barack Obama said yesterday he will try to prevent the court-ordered release of photos that depict U.S. troops abusing prisoners. He said his sudden reversal reflected fear that the photos would “further inflame anti-American opinion” and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.


A measure of the Cuban Revolution

It was not an easy endeavour. Any attempt to look at the Cuban Revolution and to analyze it with objectivity poses challenges that defy intellectual integrity and, many times, personal honesty and candor.


Pakistan peace group urges humanitarian aid for displaced

The Pakistan Peace and Solidarity Council sent out an urgent appeal today to the “philanthropists, donors, supporters, international relief organizations and international community” for humanitarian aid to assist the some 1.3 million displaced people from Swat, Bunir, Dir and Malakand, the semi tribal areas located in the north of North West Frontier Province near the Pakistan-Afghan boarder.

A mothers letter from Colombian jail: Free political prisoners

Liliany Obando is a mother and like Mother’s Day founder Julia Ward Howe is a peace advocate. Peace in Colombia means dealing with violence wrought by big landowners, narco traffickers, federal troops and privatized paramilitaries. She’s been in jail since last August.

Famed architect returns to shattered Baghdad

( Two decades before U.S. Marines pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein in a Baghdad square, the dictator had destroyed a monument in the same place: the magnum opus of one of Iraq’s greatest architects. Now its designer, Rifat Chadirji, 82, has returned to rebuild it in the hope of resurrecting some of his beloved city’s former glory.

Horn of Africa nations need aid now

Addis Abbba, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya of the African Horn need urgent aid in food due to the extreme drought, internal conflict and impact of the world economic crisis, the UN reported.

UN confronts Israel on two-state peace

The UN security council has pressed Tel Aviv to commit to the creation of an independent Palestinian state in order to achieve 'a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.' After a debate on Monday chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country presides over the 15-member council this month, ministers unanimously adopted a non-binding presidential statement which emphasised that such peace should be 'based on the vision of a region where two democratic states - Israel and Palestine - live side by side in peace within secure and recognised borders.'

Abbas: New gov't to form within two days

(Xinhua) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday confirmed that a new government will be announced within the next 48 hours.

Obama expands health agenda, but not funding

JOHANNESBURG, 8 May 2009 (PlusNews) - At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the economic crisis on their doorsteps, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve US$63 billion for global health over the next six years.

Asparagus and new potato soup

OK, asparagus is expensive, but it's also highly seasonal, so why not treat yourself once a year to this delicious vegetable? If the answer is unprintable in a family newspaper and involves the effects of the recession, I apologise and hope things get better for you, but I really believe that asparagus is something that everyone should have the chance to enjoy from time to time.

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