Monthly Archives: November 2010

Artillery exchange heightens tensions on Korean peninsula

By Bill Van Auken An exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea on Tuesday provoked angry denunciations from Washington and warnings from Beijing and Moscow that mounting military tensions could provoke a disaster. Each side blamed the other … Continue reading

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Pakistan and the Naxalite Movement in India

By Ben West in Stratfor Indian Maoist militants, known as Naxalites, have been meeting with members of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), according to the director-general of police for India’s Chhattisgarh state. Based on information from a police … Continue reading

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British diplomat forecasts 50-year foreign role in Afghanistan

London: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, a former British ambassador to Kabul, has forecast a half-century role for foreign forces and outside agencies in Afghanistan. Giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) into the UK’s Foreign Policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan … Continue reading

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Hunger in America: 50mn people too poor to buy adequate food

By Patrick Martin Some 15 percent of US households, 17.4 million families or about 50 million people, were too poor to buy adequate food last year, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than … Continue reading

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Markets fall on signs of renewed financial crisis

By Joseph Kishore A growing debt crisis in Europe and signs of inflation in Asia sent world markets falling on Tuesday. The sell-off began in Asia, with the Shanghai Composite (China) dropping nearly four percent and the Hang Seng (Hong … Continue reading

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US diplomatic offensive tightens strategic encirclement of China

By John Chan Washington’s aggressive diplomatic campaign in Asia over the past two weeks has amounted, in the words of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to “a full court press” against China, with the western Pacific and the Indian … Continue reading

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US pushes back Afghanistan timetable as fighting escalates

By Bill Van Auken In the run-up to next week’s NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, there has been a steady drumbeat from Washington dismissing the July 2011 date set by President Barack Obama for beginning US troop withdrawals. Instead, top … Continue reading

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Tajikistan Security Sweeps and the Possible Return of the IMU

By Eugene Chausovsky, Stratfor Tajikistan’s military continues to conduct security sweeps in the Rasht Valley in the eastern part of the country to catch roughly two dozen high-profile Islamist militants who escaped from a Dushanbe prison in August. The chairman … Continue reading

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Obama backs India’s bid for permanent UN Security Council seat

US President Barack Obama has endorsed India’s longstanding bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Obama announced the policy shift in his Monday (Nov Eight) afternoon speech to India’s parliament—a speech that was planned as the … Continue reading

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US tax data shows falling wages, rising inequality

By Andre Damon and Tom Eley, wsws.org Average annual wages for US workers fell by $457 in 2009 and the median annual wage fell by $247 to $26,261, according to recently updated data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The … Continue reading

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