Lunes, 20 de agosto de 2007

By Epharaim Snech, a member of the defense and foreign affairs committee of the Israeli parliament and until recently was deputy minister of defense (THE WASHINGTON POST, 20/08/07):

If the Middle East peace conference proposed by President Bush succeeds, it will be hailed as a milestone. If it fails, it will bring about increased despair and cynicism and mark the gravestone of peace efforts. The key lies in preparation. For this conference to become a steppingstone for real progress, participants must come with well-defined ideas and clear objectives and leave with a genuine plan of action in which all players know the roles they have committed to.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Robert D. Novak (THE WASHINGTON POST, 20/08/07):

Benazir Bhutto arrived in New York three weeks ago, shortly after meeting secretly in Abu Dhabi with Gen. Pervez Musharraf. She leaves this week without having heard again from Pakistan’s military ruler. More than merely deciding who rules Pakistan, global conflict against radical Islam may be at risk.

The Bush administration is the silent matchmaker for an unlikely political marriage of bitter opponents: Pakistan’s president, Musharraf, and former prime minister Bhutto. The unstated U.S. goal is a democratic Pakistan, with the unpopular Musharraf retaining his presidency and the popular Bhutto returned to the prime minister’s office, from which she was twice ousted by the military.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Donald Roberts, an emeritus professor of tropical medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a board member of the nonprofit health advocacy group Africa Fighting Malaria (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20/08/07):

DDT, the miracle insecticide turned environmental bogeyman, is once again playing an important role in public health. In the malaria-plagued regions of Africa, where mosquitoes are becoming resistant to other chemicals, DDT is now being used as an indoor repellent. Research that I and my colleagues recently conducted shows that DDT is the most effective pesticide for spraying on walls, because it can keep mosquitoes from even entering the room.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Salim Lone (THE GUARDIAN, 20/08/07):

That August day four years ago in Baghdad, I was standing in the rubble of Canal Hotel, the UN headquarters that had been devastated by a huge terrorist bomb. In a break from my non-stop media briefings – I was spokesman for the UN’s Baghdad mission – I was talking to Ronnie Stokes, a senior American colleague. Then, abruptly, I turned around. In front of me lay 12 neatly-draped white sheets. I found myself becoming breathless, and in the panic did not know what to feel, think or say. I saw the tips of a pair of feet sticking out from under a sheet.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Sarah Churchwell, a senior lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of East Anglia (THE GUARDIAN, 20/08/07):

I went to see The Bourne Ultimatum intending to write a piece comparing the three films and the books by Robert Ludlum that inspired them. Ludlum’s Bourne is a Vietnam veteran whose adversarial relationship with government turns into an ultimately idealised collaboration with a CIA manned by upright true-blue Americans. The films, by contrast, register a profound suspicion of government – in this latest instalment, the CIA is the only enemy – that seems to be about America’s doubts regarding Iraq.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Roy Hattersley (THE GUARDIAN, 20/08/07):

I first met Benazir Bhutto when she was in her last year at Oxford. Wearing a tweed suit and silk headscarf, she looked the perfect Sloane Ranger. When I last saw her she was the prime minister in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She still wore a headscarf, but the suit had been replaced by a shalwar kameez.The change of style seemed symbolic. Between our first and last meeting, I came to the firm conclusion that – whatever the truth of the allegations that her enemies have made against her – she represents Pakistan’s best hope of taking its place among the democratic nations of the free world.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Terence Kealey,Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University (THE TIMES, 20/08/07):

When the weather forecasters make their predictions, why don’t they also predict river water levels? This summer, for example, when they forecast rain, why couldn’t they also tell the people of Tewkesbury what the River Avon was going to do?

There is a science of river water prediction – hydrology – but unfortunately it has not improved at the same rate as weather forecasting. In a paper published in the May issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Edwin Welles, of the US Weather Service, has shown that river forecasting hasn’t got any better for 20 years.…  Seguir leyendo »