Article Archive for August 2009
Syrian analysts and officials are applauding Washington’s decision to send an ambassador to Damascus after a four-year absence. The move, these observers say, reflects awareness by the new American administration of the important role Syria plays in bringing peace and stability to the Middle East.
The Consul General of the United States of America, Harold D. Foster and Cheryl Tlam hosted a reception in Halifax in July to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of US Independence.
Al-Shabab, Somalia’s Islamist opposition group, has suffered its first serious military setback in fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, in July, giving the government a much-needed morale boost, say analysts.
“Whether the tide has turned against them is too early to tell but they have taken a beating a Somali observer, who requested anonymity, said, according to IRIN, a UN news agency.
The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s has convicted two Bosnian Serb cousins of war crimes, including the burning alive of scores of Muslim women, children and elderly men, an act the court said ranks among “the worst acts of inhumanity that an individual may inflict upon others.”
The tensions that had flared up lately in southern Lebanon have begun to ease, a top United Nations official said late July, adding that all sides have expressed their commitment to restore stability to the area.
“We see the situation as calming down,” the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, said following his meeting in Beirut with the country’s Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh.
Canadian immigrants are narrowing the homeownership gap with their Canadian-born counterparts, according to the latest Real Estate Trends report released late July by Scotia Economics.
The Halifax Connector Program (HCP) which is designed to connect newcomers and employers was launched by the Greater Halifax Partnership (GHP) on July 20 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.
It’s not often that the arrival of foreign troops is welcomed by local residents. But so far, that’s the reaction U.S. Marines have received as they launch a major offensive against the Taliban in Helmand province. Part of the change in attitude may be due to the fact that the Marines so far have kept their promise of protecting civilians while hunting down the enemy.
Costa Rican tourist and commercial boats have the right to travel along the river that defines part of its border with Nicaragua, but Nicaragua has the right to regulate the river traffic, the United Nations’ top court ruled late July.