By Teresita C. Shaffer. She is the South Asia Program Director at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). From 1989 to 1992, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia; from 1992 to 1995, she was the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka (THE WASHINGTON POST, 01/08/07):
The Administration is wrestling with policy toward Pakistan. The intelligence estimate about al Qaeda using the border areas of Pakistan as a safe haven has put Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan on the front pages. The United States would much prefer to address this problem with Pakistan rather than mounting a military intervention that would surely turn all of Pakistan, including its army, against the U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
By James Castle, who founded CastleAsia, a Jakarta consultancy and Craig Charney, president of Charney Research, a New York polling firm. They co-authored «Indonesia Outlook Survey 2007.» (THE WASHINGTON POST, 01/08/07):
Ten years ago this summer, Asia’s financial crisis hit Indonesia. Within a year, Southeast Asia’s largest «tiger» economy had collapsed: Gross domestic product fell 14 percent, the currency dropped from 2,250 to 17,500 to the dollar, and the Jakarta Stock Exchange plunged 91 percent in dollar terms. Millions lost jobs as most large banks and many domestic firms went bankrupt. Protests brought down President Suharto’s 30-year-old authoritarian regime.… Seguir leyendo »
By Michael Gerson (THE WASHINGTON POST, 01/08/07):
Having stepped out of the warm bath of global affection that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans are feeling shivery and exposed.
Anti-Americanism, as measured by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, has risen since 2002 in much of the world, particularly in the predominantly Muslim societies of the Middle East and Asia — though the American brand remains fairly strong in places such as India, Japan, Latin America and Africa. A nation whose founding document urges a «decent respect to the opinions of mankind» is naturally anxious when those opinions sour.
Some of this damage is self-inflicted, resulting from the obscenities of Abu Ghraib and the apparently permanent limbo of Guantanamo Bay.… Seguir leyendo »
By Peter D. Zimmerman, a professor of science and security, James M. Acton, a lecturer and M. Brooke Rogers, a researcher at King’s College London (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 01/08/07):
The death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former K.G.B. officer who drank polonium-210 in a cup of tea, underscored the damage that radiological terrorists could do. The most familiar possible situations involve the detonation of a dirty bomb, a modest amount of high explosive mated to a container of radioactive material. But radioactive material inside the human body is far more dangerous than a dirty bomb.
Most analysts believe that about 10 people would die from radiation poisoning after a dirty bomb attack.… Seguir leyendo »
Por Jordi Pujol, ex presidente de la Generalitat de Catalunya (LA VANGUARDIA, 01/08/07):
Las cosas han llegado a un punto de vergüenza. Me refiero a la actitud que hay en general en España respecto a Catalunya. Y al trato que recibe. Que define bien una muy alta personalidad política socialista, que dice sin sonrojarse: «Ahora, con el desastre energético de Barcelona sumado al de los trenes de cercanías, el Estado podrá invertir más en Catalunya sin provocar el rechazo y la protesta del resto de España». O el que dice, pensando en las elecciones próximas, también sin sonrojarse: «La irritación de toda la sociedad catalana es muy fuerte y general.… Seguir leyendo »