Goodmorning it’s Karnie with you today…thank you Robert in the UK for looking after the blog for us. Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has been sworn in as Pakistan’s president. A spokeswoman for Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said the new president would strengthen democracy and help the poor. Farzana Raja also said: “Democracy will work and this government will complete its five years and you’ll see after five years, Pakistan will appear on the world map as new country with new hope,” she said. Pakistani’s yearn for stability, an end to terrorism and they would like to see an economic revival. Pakistan is vital in the fight against international terrorism. This article says he’s the worst possible choice for the west..Can President Zardari deliver?
Later today, President Bush is due to announce the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Iraq while sending more soldiers to Afghanistan. Nato and the US have been criticised heavily by human rights watch over the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. US and Nato forces are increasingly stretched against the resurgent Taleban and al-Qaeda. Is the west failing in Afghanistan? What more should they do? Is sending more troops the answer?
Nelson on the blog has spotted this story:
The church of Scientology is in the spotlight once again. It’s been tried in court for “organized fraud.” One of the lawyers in the case told the BBc , if convicted the church could be banned. It’s been accused in some countries of cult-like practices and exploiting its followers financially. Although Scientology is registered as a religion in the US, French authorities treat it as a sect. Should the church of Scientology be banned?
Some of you may remember my blog post on the 25th of August? I spoke about grandparents and how more and more of them are looking after their grandchildren in the UK. It did make the editorial meeting and there was interest in the story. It seems there’s reason to look at it again because it’s a global talking point. Look at this story in the United States. Does the same happen where you are? Is it fair for grandparents to be taking on parenthood again?