Aug 192010

Iraq: US troops head home „I’m not happy at all. I’m worried. They’re leaving really early.“ Wissam Sabah, a carpet seller in Baghdad „The Iraq war is not over and it is not won. (…) Iraq still faces a serious insurgency, and deep ethnic and sectarian tensions.“ Anthony Cordesman, Center for International and Strategic Studies „If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in [read more…]

Aug 042010
week #31 in quotes

United States at War „We now have a strategy that can work“ (in Afghanistan) „I made it clear that by August 31st, 2010, America’s combat mission in Iraq would end. And that is exactly what we are doing, as promised and on schedule. Already, we have closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of bases. We’re moving out millions of pieces of equipment in one of the largest logistics operations that we’ve seen in decades. By the end of this [read more…]

Jul 302010
week #30 in quotes

EU will not challenge France’s policy towards Roma „It’s up to the state to decide” Matthew Newman, spokesman for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Commissioner Viviane Reding Death penalty in Japan „I deeply regret the execution by hanging of Hidenori Ogata and Kazuo Shinozawa on 28 July 2010, and the fact that this marks the resumption of executions in Japan after one year during which none took place. The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment in [read more…]