Monthly Archives: August 2010

Karzai aide linked to CIA

The New York Times reports that a key aid to Afghan President Hamid Karzai is on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency payroll and has been for years.  The aide, Mohammed Zia Salehi, is the chief of administration for the Afghanistan National Security Council and is at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation.  International […]

Stem-cell ruling hits BU researchers

The Obama administration is appealing a federal court ruling that challenged the legality of the president’s rules governing human embryonic stem cell research.  Until a decision is made, however, federally funded research around the nation is threatened, including projects at Boston University.  In a BU Today interview, School of Medicine hemotology and oncology assistant Professor […]

Social Security: “Fiscal child abuse”

The 2010 election season is under way and, as usual, the fate of the federal Social Security system is part of the political debate.  College of Arts and Sciences economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, author of “Jimmy Stewart is Dead: Ending the World’s Ongoing Financial Plague with Limited Purpose Banking,” says as the Social Security program […]

“Katrina on steroids”

With one-fifth of Pakistan under water (greater than the size of England), more than 1,500 dead, and 6 million homeless, torrential rains continue to haunt the southeast Asian nation and threaten both its fragile democracy and its touchy relationship with the United States.  In a BU Today interview, Pakistani-born international relations Professor Adil Najam, director of […]

Mortgage industry fees considered

A consensus reportedly is emerging within the Obama administration that some type of government guarantee will be needed to keep the struggling mortgage market humming.  Even before dealing with the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the administration may propose that any federal backing of mortgages be financed by fees charged the lending industry.  School […]

Carter to free American in N.Korea

Former President Jimmy Carter is on another humanitarian mission, this time to free an American — 30-year-old Bostonian Aijalon Mahli Gomes (r.) — arrested in North Korea in January for illegally entering the communist nation and sentenced to eight years in prison.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of “A world of Nations: The International Order since […]

COM unveils new website

Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) unveiled a new and improved website today.  Check it out here.

U.S. urges Mideast peace talks

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president to resume peace talks which have been on hold for two years.  She said direct negotiations will begin in Washington on Sept. 2.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, former ABC News foreign correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says in a Politico commentary that […]

U.S. combate troops leave Iraq

Aiming at a September 1st goal of leaving only 50,000 troops in the country, the last U.S. combat brigade has left Iraq — leaving some 56,000 U.S. non-combat troops still there.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle-East specialist and an advisor to the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group, says much focus has been on whether […]

“Ground-Zero mosque” debate

President Obama says he has no regrets about insisting that any religious group has the right to build a house of worship wherever it is legally approved, like the Islamic center planned for a site two blocks from where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  But conservative bloggers have been pushing the so-called “Ground-Zero mosque” story as […]