United States

The world's recognition of Palestine is a symbolic, moral and real victory for Palestinians in their struggle to end the 45 year belligerent occupation and secure an independent state. Those who oppose such aspirations are out of step with the rest of the world, and its time they realised that.  

The vociferous responses from Israel, the United States and Canada to the Palestinian victory at the UN make you wonder why these powerful states are so scared of a small, disenfranchised, occupied people corralled into a series of bantustans under an oppressive, apartheid military rule. 

Will a beer owned by any other company taste so sweet?

I've spent the last four months traveling around the USA as part of my sabbatical studies. (An obligatory, but no less heartfelt, shout out to Fulbright New Zealand for enabling this to occur!) 

Spain to unveil $50 billion in spending cuts for 2013; China urges Japan not to infringe on China's "territorial integrity" in South China Sea; North Korea's stalled nuclear talks with six nations to begin again in China; US to ease import ban on Burma; China denies influencing Venezuelan election; and more

Top of the Agenda: Spain to Unveil New Austerity Measures

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies ordering crackdown against protesters; UN says 4000 people have been killed during the nine-month government crackdown; China to make "extended preparations" for warfare amid ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea; US and South Korea in talks to revise 1974 nuclear power treaty; Pakistan's Zardari receives treatment for heart condition in Dubai; Greek parliament passes austerity budget; and more

Top of the Agenda: Syria's Assad Denies Responsibility for Crackdown

Egyptians vote as protesters demand immediate handover to civilian government; bridge in Indonesia collapses, killing 11; China pursues increased mililtary relations with Myanmar ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit; relations between Pakistan and US further sour; Guyana votes for new government; and more

Top of the Agenda: Egypt Holds Historic Post-Mubarak Vote