Monday, 6 May 2013

Usher gets ready for role as Sugar Ray Leonard

Ghost Mon
I WAS very excited to read, last week, about the 'ghost money' that the CIA is paying to the president of my country, Hamid Karzai. I'd like to know: Would it be possible for the CIA to give me some, too? We do not know what President Karzai has done with this cash that arrives each month in suitcases and plastic shopping bags. Not even the CIA - which every Afghan believes knows everything - can say. But I will tell you exactly what I will do with mine: I will do the things we thought the Americans were going to help us do when they came to Afghanistan nearly ...
No Winners In Syria
AN Arab friend remarked to me that watching the United States debate how much to get involved in Syria reminded him of an Arab proverb: "If you burn your tongue once eating soup, for the rest of your life you'll blow on your yogurt." After burning our tongues in Iraq and Afghanistan, and watching with increasing distress the aftermath of the revolutions in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, President Barack Obama is right to be cautious about getting burned in Damascus. We've now seen enough of these Arab transitions from autocracy to draw some crucial lessons about what it takes to sustain positive change in these ...

Making a fresh start

Ghost Mon
I WAS very excited to read, last week, about the 'ghost money' that the CIA is paying to the president of my country, Hamid Karzai. I'd like to know: Would it be possible for the CIA to give me some, too? We do not know what President Karzai has done with this cash that arrives each month in suitcases and plastic shopping bags. Not even the CIA - which every Afghan believes knows everything - can say. But I will tell you exactly what I will do with mine: I will do the things we thought the Americans were going to help us do when they came to Afghanistan nearly ...
No Winners In Syria
AN Arab friend remarked to me that watching the United States debate how much to get involved in Syria reminded him of an Arab proverb: "If you burn your tongue once eating soup, for the rest of your life you'll blow on your yogurt." After burning our tongues in Iraq and Afghanistan, and watching with increasing distress the aftermath of the revolutions in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, President Barack Obama is right to be cautious about getting burned in Damascus. We've now seen enough of these Arab transitions from autocracy to draw some crucial lessons about what it takes to sustain positive change in these ...

In Vietnam, a roof with a view

Coalitie & interventie
DE Obama administratie is overspoeld in advies over wat te doen in Syriƫ. Met de regering hebben verklaard chemische wapens gebruiken door de regering van Bashar al Assad een "game changer", zijn veel adviseren de Voorzitter tot militair ingrijpen. De inzet is hoog: elke dag dat Assad aan de macht blijft brengt dood en verderf naar meer Syriƫrs; maar na meer dan een decennium van de oorlog in Irak en Afghanistan, het vooruitzicht van Amerikaanse militaire interventie is ontmoedigend. Alvorens een gedenkwaardige besluit vooral op interventie...
Een Ode aan Helium
WE hebben niet betalen bijna genoeg aandacht aan helium wetgeving. Ernstig. We hebben geklaagd over de manier waarop die Congres op alles behalve vakanties plannen mislukt. Dus lijkt het alleen eerlijk om hulde brengen aan de verantwoordelijk Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. De manier waarop dingen gaan, zou het belangrijkste stuk wetgeving te maken in wet dit jaar. Het gaat om onze voorraad helium, die is gepland om te gaan failliet. Het Parlement stemt een tweeledige rekening op te slaan het programma net voor de leden - Ja! …

Aishwarya, Sonam, Freida to walk Cannes red carpet

Coalition & Intervention
THE Obama administration is awash in advice about what to do in Syria. With the administration's having declared chemical weapons use by the government of Bashar al Assad a "game changer," many are advising the president to intervene militarily. The stakes are high: every day that Assad remains in power brings death and destruction to more Syrians; but after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of American military intervention is daunting. Before making a momentous decision on intervention - especially ...
An Ode To Helium
WE have not been paying nearly enough attention to helium legislation. Seriously. We've been complaining about the way Congress fails at everything except scheduling vacations. So it seems only fair to salute the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. The way things are going, it could be the most significant piece of legislation to make it into law this year. The issue is our helium stockpile, which is scheduled to go out of business. The House approved a bipartisan bill to save the programme just before the members - yes!...

Gossip Girl actor Penn surprises in film role as singer

Coalition & Intervention
THE Obama administration is awash in advice about what to do in Syria. With the administration's having declared chemical weapons use by the government of Bashar al Assad a "game changer," many are advising the president to intervene militarily. The stakes are high: every day that Assad remains in power brings death and destruction to more Syrians; but after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of American military intervention is daunting. Before making a momentous decision on intervention - especially ...
An Ode To Helium
WE have not been paying nearly enough attention to helium legislation. Seriously. We've been complaining about the way Congress fails at everything except scheduling vacations. So it seems only fair to salute the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. The way things are going, it could be the most significant piece of legislation to make it into law this year. The issue is our helium stockpile, which is scheduled to go out of business. The House approved a bipartisan bill to save the programme just before the members - yes!...

Culture canvas

Coalition & Intervention
THE Obama administration is awash in advice about what to do in Syria. With the administration's having declared chemical weapons use by the government of Bashar al Assad a "game changer," many are advising the president to intervene militarily. The stakes are high: every day that Assad remains in power brings death and destruction to more Syrians; but after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of American military intervention is daunting. Before making a momentous decision on intervention - especially ...
An Ode To Helium
WE have not been paying nearly enough attention to helium legislation. Seriously. We've been complaining about the way Congress fails at everything except scheduling vacations. So it seems only fair to salute the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. The way things are going, it could be the most significant piece of legislation to make it into law this year. The issue is our helium stockpile, which is scheduled to go out of business. The House approved a bipartisan bill to save the programme just before the members - yes!...