In this Sunday, April 28, 2013 photo, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Sharif speaks during an election rally in Murree, Pakistan.
Reposted from the Boston Herald
By Munir Ahmed and Zarar Khan
ISLAMABAD — On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he comes to power.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that the government that emerges from next month’s parliamentary election is likely to be more nationalistic and protective of Pakistani sovereignty than its predecessor.
As a result, the U.S. may need to work harder to enlist Islamabad’s cooperation, and the new Pakistani government might push for greater limits on unpopular American drone strikes targeting Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the country.
Reposted from US News & World Report
Overlooking Africa as part of America’s economic recovery would be a mistake
By Stephen Hayes
October 19, 2012 – The next president of the United States, whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, will likely be faced with a financial challenge unlike any faced by his predecessors, including Franklin D. Roosevelt. He will stand at the precipice of the fiscal cliff and perhaps shudder as he looks at the abyss below, darkened in its depths. Soon thereafter the American people as well as those around the globe will begin to know what he really plans economically to help fill this particular pit of the economic Inferno.
In so doing, it will be easy for the president to overlook Africa as an important part of the economic recovery and that would be a tragic mistake, not so much for Africa as much as for the United States. Africa, as a whole of 54 nations, is growing far more self-confident in its future at time when the global power centers of Europe, North America, and East Asia—especially Japan—are far less confident of the future. Many of the nations of Africa should be more confident. Their economies are growing faster than anywhere else in the world, and investors around the world are showing keen interest in most nations in Africa as investment destinations. The continent is one of the two last economic frontiers. (Central Asia is the other, but who wants to invest in the ‘stans’ amongst the war lords, irrationality, hatred, and prejudice of 14th century attitudes?) More…
Reposed from VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnam and the US will strengthen ties in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, anti-terrorism, drugs and transnational crimes prevention, disaster relief, sea security, and search and rescue activities.
The agreement was reached by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Luong Minh and US Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro while co-chairing the fifth Vietnam-US Political, Security and Defence Dialogue in Hanoi on June 20. More…
Reposted from The Journal of Commerce
President Obama used the occasion of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena to announce that the long-delayed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will go into effect on May 15. Colombia has improved its protections for organized labor, the last requirement negotiated by side agreements after the original agreement was first signed (in November 2006). More…
Reposted from Gant Daily
By Saleem Samad – AHN News Correspondent
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) – Bangladesh authorities have received an offer from United States energy company ConocoPhillips to explore six deepwater gas blocks in the Bay of Bengal. More…