- -01-02-07 Oprah Opens School in South Africa (CSB News)
"Oprah Winfrey headed a celebrity lineup that included Tina Turner and Spike Lee at the opening of her school for poor South African girls." 01-07
- -01-09-07 Chavez to Nationalize Electric and Telecom Firms (USA Today)
"President Hugo Chavez announced plans Monday to nationalize Venezuela's electrical and telecommunications companies, pledging to create a socialist state in a bold move with echoes of Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba." 01-07
- -01-09-07 International Court in Crisis (Guardian Unlimited)
"The newly established international criminal court risks being 'fatally damaged' by demands that it cancel its first ever war crimes indictment because it is an obstacle to ending Uganda's 20-year civil war." 01-07
- -03-12-07 Swiss Man Faces 75 Years in Prison for Defacing Picture of Thai King (CBS News)
" 'In every Thai constitution, the king is revered and worshipped, and he cannot be insulted,' [prosecutor] Bhanu said. 'Thai people cannot accept this act of insulting the king.' 03-07
- -03-25-07 Blair: Iran's Capture of British Sailors "Very Serious" (MSBC News)
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday that 15 British sailors and marines captured by Iran as they searched for smugglers off the Iraqi coast had been outside Iranian waters, and warned that Britain viewed their situation as 'very serious.' " 03-07
- -04-13-07 Controversy Grows for Wolfowitz at the World Bank (New York Times)
"Paul D. Wolfowitz’s tenure as president of the World Bank was thrown into turmoil on Thursday by the disclosure that he had helped arrange a pay raise for his companion at the time of her transfer from the bank to the State Department, where she remained on the bank payroll."
"The events injected a new ugliness into what had already been a bitter rift between Mr. Wolfowitz and many of the bank’s employees, who have questioned his suitability for the job as a former deputy secretary of defense and architect of the Iraq war, and have challenged many of his policies at the bank, especially those cracking down on corruption in which he suspended aid to several countries without consulting the board." 04-07
- -04-16-07 U.S. Soldier to Be Tried in Italy for Murder (BBC News)
"A US soldier is due to be tried in a Rome court with the murder of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq in March 2005."
"The agent, Nicola Calipari, was shot dead on his way to Baghdad airport."
"He was escorting Giuliana Sgrena, an Italian journalist who had just been freed by kidnappers." 04-07
- -05-11-07 British Prime Minister Announces Resignation (PBS News)
"British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Thursday that he plans to resign next month from the office he has held for the past decade. Foreign policy analysts look at Blair's record and relations with the United States." 05-07
- -05-11-07 Gordon Brown's Personality (Time.com)
"What are the qualities demanded of a leader? Wisdom? Integrity? Experience? Perhaps. But what really counts may be pubbability — an elusive X factor that makes voters want to share a pint with a politician. And on that front, Gordon Brown — the 56-year-old Scot who is expected to replace Tony Blair as Britain's Prime Minister this summer — has a problem." 05-07
- -05-11-10 Cameron Becomes Britain's New Prime Minister (MSNBC News)
"Conservative leader David Cameron became Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years Tuesday after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government."
"Cameron said he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party won the most seats but did not get a majority in Britain national election last week." 05-10
- -05-12-07 International Editor of the Year Award (World Press)
"In recognition of enterprise, courage and leadership in advancing the freedom and responsibility of the press, enhancing human rights and fostering excellence in journalism, our 2005-2006 choice honors three Mexican journalists posthumously."
"Raúl Gibb Guerrero, Dolores Guadalupe García Escamilla and Alfredo Jiménez Mota gave the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of journalistic excellence and freedom of press. Their courage, tenacity, and dedication in covering sensitive subjects, especially drug trafficking, caused them to live in a danger zone of threats and violence, which ultimately led to their murders. They led three very separate lives, but had the love of their country and press freedom in common." 05-07
- -05-13-07 Taliban Military Leader in Afghanistan Killed (MSNBC News)
"The Taliban’s most prominent military commander, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated an ethnic massacre and a rash of beheadings, was killed in a U.S.-led military operation in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday." 05-07
- -05-18-07 World Bank After Wolfowitz (MSNBC News)
"The political firestorm at the World Bank that cost President Paul Wolfowitz his job Thursday was sparked by a promotion he arranged for his girlfriend. But some of the real issues behind his ouster have been festering since his first day on the job in 2005, when he embarked on a mission to change the way the 60-year-old institution manages its task of fighting global poverty." 05-07
- -06-17-07 Palestinian Split Poses Quandary for USA (New York Times)
"With the two Palestinian territories increasingly isolated from each other by a week of brutal warfare between rival factions, Israel and the United States seem agreed on a policy to treat them as separate entities to support Fatah in the West Bank and squeeze Hamas in the Gaza Strip." 06-07
- -06-27-07 British Prime Minister Resigns (CBS News)
"Tony Blair has resigned from his post as British prime minister, and his long-time political ally and Treasury chief Gordon Brown has assumed the country's top office. 06-07
- -06-27-07 China Becomes Leader in Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Wikipedia.org)
"On June 19, 2007, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency announced that a preliminary study indicated that China's greenhouse gas emissions for 2006 had exceeded those of the United States for the first time." 06-07
- -08-16-07 The Growing Role of China in the World (US News)
"After years focusing on its own economy, China has begun to go global in influence as well as economics. With growing interests around the globe—from mines in Peru to peacekeepers across Africa to pipelines into Central Asia—China is finding it can no longer live by its doctrine of 'nonintervention.' In Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, China is beginning to use its influence in ways that may prove problematic for the United States." 08-07
- -09-12-07 Putin Replaces Prime Minister (MSNBC News)
"President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday replaced his long-serving prime minister with an obscure Cabinet official — a surprise move that could put him in the running to succeed Putin in next year’s presidential election." 09-07
- -09-12-07 The World's Energy Hotspots (WorldPress.org)
"The volatile Middle East is still the center of the globe when it comes to energy policy, which has consequences for the rest of the world. For example, according to the Institute for International Economics, the United States faces a probable economic recession, estimated at 30 percent due to a sudden increase in the hydrocarbon price index. Moreover, the Center for Global Energy Studies in London estimates that the geopolitical turmoil in Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, and Venezuela, coupled with the emergence of "energy nationalism," has reduced the daily supply of oil—from 2000 onward—by 7.8 million barrels. This is a substantial decrease, comparable with the daily consumption of Germany and France combined. For the time being, there are five hotspots where the 21st century's energy game is unfolding, which will affect the economy worldwide for the coming years." 09-07
- -09-13-07 UN Aopts Treaty on Native Rights (BBC News)
"The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples after 22 years of debate. The treaty sets down protections for the human rights of native peoples, and for their land and resources. It passed despite opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. They said it was incompatible with their own laws."
"There are estimated to be up to 370 million indigenous people in the world." 09-07
- -09-25-07 Perilous Passage to Pakistan (Christian Science Monitor)
"With Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf in an unusually vulnerable political position, one of that nation's most popular opposition leaders, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is pledging to return home from self-exile on October 18." 09-07
- -09-26-07 Bloody Clashes in Myanmar (CBS News)
"Security forces in Myanmar opened fire Wednesday on demonstrators, and witnesses said police beat and dragged away dozens of Buddhist monks. The government said at least one person was killed, while dissident groups and media reported up to eight dead." 09-07
- -10-14-07 The Myanmar Clampdown (Internationl Herald Tribune)
"The anonymity of these people is part of their story. Neither the foreigner nor the speakers can be identified for fear of retribution against those who speak out. Two teachers, a young man, a housewife, an abbot, a businessman - all tell the same story in their different ways. It is the story of a people ruled by terror, stripped of freedom, who do not know when their suffering will end." 10-07
- -10-28-07 After the Myanmar Crackdown (PBS.org)
"TOM MALINOWSKI, Human Rights Watch: Well, it's a stage of siege in Burma. There's no question about that. We don't know what the numbers are, because the country is closed. No one has access to the prisons. There's no way of getting a true picture of the death toll right now."
"But it is a state of siege: The monasteries are occupied by the military; the troops are in the streets; there are nighttime raids in which security forces go neighborhood by neighborhood, pull people out of their homes who they believe, based on their video footage, participated in these demonstrations. People are very, very much afraid."
"But I think it's interesting the government is also afraid and has some reason to fear what might happen next." 10-07
- -11-21-07 U.S. Presidential Candidates Protest Saudi Court Ruling (CNN News)
"U.S. presidential candidates Wednesday condemned Saudi justice after a rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail." 11-07
- -11-23-07 Imran Khan Ends Hunger Strike in Pakistan (Daily Express)
"Drawn and haggard, former cricket superstar Imran Khan ended his hunger strike yesterday."
"He had vowed to fast to death after his arrest last week in a round-up of political protesters in Pakistan." 11-07
- -12-03-07 Venezuela Votes "No" on Extending Term for President Chavez (MSNBC News)
"President Hugo Chavez suffered a stunning defeat Monday in a referendum that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely and impose a socialist system in this major U.S. oil provider." 12-07
- -Editorial: The Wolfowitz Controversy Has a Subplot (New York Times)
"When President Bush appointed Paul D. Wolfowitz as the president of the World Bank two years ago, the White House had to put down an insurrection among European nations that viewed the administration’s best-known neoconservative as a symbol of American unilateralism and arrogance." 04-07
- -Minorities Now One-Third of U.S. Population (Financial Times)
"Paul Wolfowitz announced his resignation as president of the World Bank shortly after 6pm on Thursday, bringing to an end a turbulent two-year tenure as chief of the world’s leading development institution."
"This follows the publication of a devastating report Monday into his handling of a secondment package for Shaha Riza, a bank official with whom he was romantically involved.
"The report found that Mr Wolfowitz had broken the bank’s code of conduct, three staff rules and the terms of his contract." 05-07
- 01-15-07 Kuwaiti Royal Sentenced to Death (MSNBC News)
"A court has convicted a member of Kuwait’s ruling family for drug trafficking and it condemned him to death, according to a ruling obtained Monday."
"It is believed to be the first time that a member of a ruling family in one of the Persian Gulf Arab states has received the death sentence for a drug offense." 01-07
- 01-27-07 Melinda Gates in the Spotlight (MSNBC News)
"Melinda Gates has traveled the world with her husband, meeting with the rich and powerful and visiting its poorest in remote African villages. She and her husband share top billing at the world’s richest foundation, but Bill Gates always dominated the spotlight — until this year." 01-07
- New Prime Minister for Australia (Time.com)
" 'Today Australia has looked to the future,' said the country's newly elected Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, claiming victory for his Labor Party for the first time since 1996. Poll after opinion poll had predicted a Labor triumph in national elections, but few had forecast its scale. Labor captured at least 22 seats from the ruling Liberal-National coalition — including, it appears, the northwestern Sydney seat held for the past 33 years by Prime Minister John Howard." 11-07
- "The Elders" Visit Sudan (CBS News)
"The visit by 'The Elders,' which is headed by Nobel Peace laureates Carter and Desmond Tutu, is largely a symbolic move by a host of respected figures to push all sides to make peace in Darfur." 10-07