Crikey wrap: Obama and Pakistan, how the pundits see it

May 7, 2009

As fighting along the Afghanistan and Pakistan borders increases, President Obama faces a major world political dilemma. Here's what the pundits had to say.

How the Taliban could out-manoeuvre the US

May 7, 2009

Despite sending in 20,000 new troops to Afghanistan, the Taliban's stronghold on the Pakistan-Afghan border could still prove insurmountable for the US.

UN finds Israel negligent in Gaza, but won’t enquire further

UN finds Israel negligent in Gaza, but won’t enquire further

May 6, 2009

One of the more striking features of the UN inquiry into Gaza is Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's rejection of one of its key findings: to investigate the killings and injuries that happened beyond the UN compound.

Columbia looks to ban recreational drug use

May 4, 2009

Columbia, which currently permits adult citizens to possess small amounts of drugs like marijuana and cocaine, is now looking to ban drugs completely.

Mexicans travellers face discrimination

May 4, 2009

Mexicans abroad are being quarantined and denied entry to countries, despite showing no signs of swine flu.

Egypt slaughtering all pigs to stop swine flu

April 30, 2009

The Egyptian Government have decided to slaughter all of the country's 300,000 pigs to prevent against swine flu.

Somalian chaos: the product of international intervention

April 29, 2009

The problem in Somalia hasn't been a lack of engagement: it's been engagement on the wrong side.

The continuing horror in Sri Lanka

April 29, 2009

It is very hard for the international community to effectively intervene in this calamitous situation, but that’s no reason for barely trying at all, writes Andrew Bartlett.

Q& A with a Somali leader on dealing with pirates

April 28, 2009

Puntland leader Abdirahman Mohamed Farole discusses his plans to break the scourge of piracy in the Somali region.

What Chávez has wrought

April 28, 2009

The authoritarian socialist has brought Venezuela food shortages and massive inflation, writes Duncan Currie.