More than a Menace: Al Shabaab’s Extending Reach

October 14, 2011 by

There is a dark shadow lurking the streets and country sides of East Africa, waiting in the murky backwaters and city slums, preying on the innocent and the less fortunate. Like an advanced fatal disease, it strikes with swift and shameless disregard, eating away at the fabric of society and causing either death or a dreadful doom for those caught in its merciless path.

Afghanistan - Newly Discovered Mineralogical Treasure House (Again)

October 14, 2011 by

As the U.S.-led Afghan campaign lurches into its second decade, the country’s vast untapped mineralogical resources are again emerging in the Western media, seemingly underpinning the benefits of International Security Assistance Force troops “staying the course” and defeating the insurgency, after which these resources can be tapped, both providing the administration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a source beyond drugs for reconstruction and Western companies who develop the reserves a handsome profit.

Us vs. Them – Is It About Immigration Or Us?

October 14, 2011 by

Worldwide, the issue of immigration far exceeded its focal point – the immigrants. It has transformed into our own value judgment, predicament, and prejudice. In the U.S., the issue morphed into civil rights violation in the wake of a new controversial policy in Arizona. In France, ban on burqa has accentuated the anti-immigration sentiments.

Mitt Romney and Latin America

October 14, 2011 by

If Mitt Romney becomes president of the United States, he apparently has big plans for Latin America. “Neither the Bush administration or the Obama administration really focused on Latin America,” a Romney aide apparently told a conference call of reporters late last week, according to this article in Politico. The article quoted an aide who said President Mitt Romney would envision “larger campaigns for economic opportunity in Latin America.”