Tag Archives: US politics

Bowling for Najeeban

A US soldier in Afghanistan has shot dead 15 civilians and wounded others after entering their homes in Kandahar province, Afghan and Nato sources say. He reportedly left his base early in the morning to attack village homes. Nine children are among the dead. The White House voiced “deep concern” and Nato-led forces in Afghanistan […]

G.O.P.? O.M.G.!

Marco? Paolo!

A massive power cut has caused blackouts in the US states of California and Arizona, and in Mexico. Five million people were without power on Thursday, with many likely to remain out of service for another day or two. There was traffic chaos. San Diego was the worst affected city, where all outbound flights were […]

Every dog has its day

Candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential race are facing their first key test of grassroots party opinion with a straw poll in Iowa. The poll is not an official primary but winning is considered a major boost. The front-runner in national opinion polls, ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is not actively taking part. […]

Ask Not

US President Barack Obama has signed a landmark law allowing gay people serving in the military to be open about their sexuality. Mr Obama said the law meant that tens of thousands of Americans would no longer be asked to live a lie. He had campaigned to change the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, […]

Sometimes you get the bear (sometimes the bear gets you)

Muslim militants in Kashmir have been having a hard old time of it lately. Having learnt the hard way that No really does mean NO (even when attempting marriage by capture)… Three militants stormed into Rukhsana Kauser’s home in a remote village in Jammu region on Monday and started beating her parents in front of […]

The more things change…

The US president has said police acted “stupidly” when they arrested a black Harvard scholar outside his own home. Prof Henry Louis Gates was held last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the top university where he teaches. Barack Obama said the US had a long history of African-Americans being disproportionately stopped by police. Officers […]

I come not with peace, but with a sword.

A pastor in the US state of Kentucky told his flock to bring handguns to church in what he said was an effort to promote safe gun ownership. Pastor Ken Pagano told parishioners to bring their unloaded guns to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a service celebrating the right to bear arms. He said […]