Goodmorning it’s Karnie today…
Thanks to Andrew in Australia and Abdi in Kenya for looking after the blank page over the weekend. I must admit I haven’t yet had time to look at your suggestions but will do so shortly. In the meantime here’s a story worth discussing..it’s just come through:
President Pervez Musharraf who’s faced threats of impeachment for over a week now AND pressure from senior politicians to resign has decided to do just that, he HAS stepped down as President of Pakistan. Has he made the right decision? Is this the best move for the future of the Pakistan?
Here’s one that won’t go away. We have spoken about it before BUT it doesn’t stop us from talking about it once again, afterall, it’s still out there:
Russia is certainly not “playing nice” or rather not playing into the hands of the United States OR the EU for that matter, when it comes to Georgia. Despite diplomatic pressure and the signing of a ceasefire agreement Russian troops remained in parts of Georgia over the weekend.
Both America and the EU, has said that Russia must accept Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that Russians must withdraw their forces quickly. Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel said the world was waiting for Russia to live up to its promise. Despite a pledge by the Russian president, it’s unclear exactly when the pull-out will take place and how far troops will be pulled back.
Is the EU and the US doing enough to ensure Georgia’s sovereignty? OR is this the return of a very powerful Russia? Will Russia eventually decide the fate of Georgia? Here’s an interesting comment by columnist Graham Watson from the Guardian newspaper.
OR as Max Hastings from the same newspaper puts it: “Should America (or the west) stop pretending that Democracy is the answer to all the world’s ills?”
Switching nationalities in order to compete at the Olympics has become more noticeable in Beijing than in previous Games. There are Brazilians playing beach volleyball for Georgia, a Syrian has been swimming for Germany, and an American is playing for Russia. It’s beginning to cause concern among international sports bodies.
But just how important is it? Should athletes be allowed to switch nationalities? As this article: What’s in a nationality when an Olympic medal is at stake?