A little round up of stuff I happened to notice on the BBC news site at this hour.
Bully for India! This is the kind of thing India should be doing; the role she should be playing in the world:
India calls for fair trade rules: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4235745.stm
[Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's finance minister] said the issue is not globalisation but "the terms of engagement in globalisation."
You go, Mr Chidambaram! Touche.
I think India a bunch of other large (by population; or just moral stature ;)) countries have played this kind of role in the global conversation on trade rules. While what is described in the article is not the whole picture, it is ths kind of attitude that will expand the discourse to where we are talking about doing well by the people, not just by capital.
And here's some news for Pakistanis:
Pakistan and US hold F-16 talks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4234531.stm
Saudis call for anti-terror huh: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4240237.stm
And from the cultural capital of the Arab world:
Rare Cairo rally against Mubarak: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4236867.stm