HUNDREDS OF WORKERS and their families pressed through the iron gates of a factory that knocks out trainers in Rawalpindi towards the end of last year. In the alleyway behind it the factory-owner was dishing out biryani. It was the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Children flocked around great steaming pots, as employees replaced those emptied with full ones. In all, the owner said, he would dole out a tonne of rice and 800kg of beef. The messaging was hardly subliminal: this boss is magnanimous, god-sent. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. For workers across the country feasts such as this may be welcome. But many say they would prefer a pay rise. A squeeze on workers has been made worse by the effects of rising interest rates and a fall in the Pakistani rupee in the past year of nearly 30%. The economy, which a year ago was growing at 5.8% annually, has slowed sharply. The cost of food, electricity and clean water has shot … [Read more...] about Why Imran Khan is unlikely to make life much better for Pakistanis
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Sputnik discussed the refusal to sign the nuclear treaty with James D.J. Brown, Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator for International Affairs at Temple University in Japan. Sputnik: How justified is the five nations' reasoning behind their rejection of the ban? James D.J. Brown: Well frankly it's no great surprise; the position of these established nuclear powers has long been that the basis for nuclear issues should be the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 and in the process of this agreement being negotiated at the UN, in the General Assembly, those five established nuclear powers have always made it clear that they didn't support this approach and indeed that they saw it as destabilizing. READ MORE: NATO, Russia 'Will Likely' Discuss INF Treaty Amid Bloc's War Games in Europe Sputnik: How conducive is a nuclear weapons ban to peace, especially if we talk about a ban that would be … [Read more...] about ‘The INF Treaty Doesn’t Include China That’s Why US Feels Its Outdated’
Where does Jimmy Carter live? Well, close your eyes and imagine the kind of house an ex-president of the United States might live in. The sort of residence befitting the former leader of the most powerful nation on earth. Got it? Right, now scrub that clean from your mind and instead imagine the sort of house where a moderately successful junior accountant and his family might live. It's what in America is called a "ranch house", or, as we'd say, "a bungalow". There are no porticoes. No columns. No sweeping lawns. There's just a small brick single-storey structure that Jimmy and his wife, Rosalynn, built on Woodland Drive back in 1961 when he was a peanut farmer and she was a peanut farmer's wife, right in the heart of the town in which they grew up. Though Plains, Georgia is barely a town. A street, might be a more accurate description. A single road going nowhere much. At the end of the drive there's a fleet of black Suburbans, giant SUVs with blacked-out windows: not too many junior … [Read more...] about Jimmy Carter: ‘We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war’
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for anyone following plans for a June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The actors were contradictory, the stage sets numerous, and the messages chaotic.Within days of Trump’s May 24 cancellation of the Singapore meeting — and then the withdrawal of his withdrawal — South Korean president Moon Jae-in met with the US president in Washington and with the North Korean leader on the northern side of the demilitarised zone (DMZ) to help keep the summit alive.Meanwhile, US officials flew to the DMZ and Singapore and a top North Korean official came to New York to plan (again) for the encounter.As riveting as this turbulent drama may be, such external events are not the drivers of Pyongyang’s decision-making. Since the beginning of 2018, when Kim began his active campaign to portray his regime as a serious international player and hypothetically co-operative partner, analysts and commentators have been obsessed with … [Read more...] about Kim must tread warily as iron fist has its limits
US & Canada 17 January 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39732845 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel One year ago, the US elected a man who prefers plain speaking to the language of diplomacy. Find out what President Donald Trump has said about your country, which foreign leaders he has met or called since taking … [Read more...] about What has Trump said about your country?