(Clothesline – legal – Ecomusée, France)
One great, albeit controversial, author has passed away. Norman Mailer has died at Mount Sinai Hospital early this morning, aged 84.
Lest we forget, in an aptly named article “The Independent” reminds it’s readers, that there is in fact needless dying still going on in Afghanistan, while the warlords reap huge profits from drug trade. To bring Afghan farmers away from opium production Gordon Brown considers subsidizing regular crops . Renewed Taliban attacks left several Afghan soldiers and six young Americans dead. German soldiers escaped a suicide bombing, one civilian died in the attack.
Chancellor Merkel is meeting with President Bush in Crawford. Angela Merkel is trying hard to avoid any impression, that she is in the “buddy” circle of your President. She is fully content with the “ally” status. Both have stressed a diplomatic solution for Iran.
Will Pakistan fall to the radical Islamists? There is a good chance, says none other than John Bolton, euphemistically labeled “US diplomat”, by the Swiss “Tagesanzeiger”, And who is to blame? In Bolton’s view, George W. Bush ought to support Musharraf more, no matter what, and forget about Democracy.
Meanwhile, Pakistan more and more resembles a “pressure cooker”.
And finally, Bayern Munich got slaughtered by Stuttgart in today’s game. For years now Bayern tries to outbuy other clubs and gatecrash the European elite via the transfer market. Well, they are being brought back to reality.
This is what struck “Europeanview” as noteworthy today.
You all have a good day and take care!