The clock is ticking – no time to lose in Syria and Iran

2011 was not a good year for dictators and tyrants, as Ben Ali, Mubarak and finally Gaddafi were all successfully unseated from power. But let us not forget that many are still killing, torturing, and raping their own people – right now.

Philippines, Indonesia: Exceeded Growth Expectations

While the BRIC and N-11 saw sharper contractions than developed countries in general, Goldman Sachs said these economies also posted stronger rebounds. The investment bank grouped the BRIC and the N-11 in terms of the differentiation, with the Philippines still at the top tier.

“This group of winners includes Brazil, China, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They have experienced a relatively mild slowdown, and have shown an impressive rebound in growth and activity this year.”

In the middle group are Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam, which have also seen impressive rebounds despite relatively sharp contractions, Goldman Sachs said.

Meanwhile, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, and Russia belong to the bottom level given the depth of their recessions and sluggishness of recoveries.

Islamization: The Blurring Line Between Church, State and the Academe

by Silent Sinner TEHRAN. Iran is set to Islamize humanities studies in universities after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei charged that Western teachings make students question religion, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. “The Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies was tasked by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council to revise the human sciences curriculum,” … Continue reading

Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means “World War”

A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an “urgent warning” to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, “World War will be our response”.

US-Iran Strategy: Washington’s Waiting

by Caela AMMAN. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Monday that tough sanctions will follow if Tehran fails to respond to Washington’s offers of dialogue on its controversial nuclear programme. “What is clear is if the engagement process is not successful, the United States is prepared to press for significant additional sanctions that would … Continue reading

Barack Obama: Building a Bridge with Iran

And the promise it gave, it now seeks to fulfill. America now glances across the Atlantic trying to find ways to build bridges for sanctions and exclusions no longer work. In a world that is being increasingly global and local shaped by multilateral interactions it can no longer exclude for it will sooner or later result in enmity and discord and so build the bridges US must.