Foreign Policy Syria’s Self-Defeat Damascus has yet to learn its lesson from its meddling in Lebanon. It continues to kill and target individuals who oppose its influence. Yet, the tighter Syrian President Bashar Assad tries to hold on, the looser his grip becomes. By Christopher DeVito
H2 Washington Institute Turkey at a Crossroads: Preserving Ankara’s Western Orientation Even as Ankara begins accession talks with the European Union, Turkish attitudes toward the West are growing increasingly negative. In this new Policy Focus, Institute senior fellow Soner Cagaptay outlines the various security, economic, and diplomatic measures that Washington can take to reverse this shift.
Can Russia Stem This Tide? By Jim Hoagland, The world is witnessing "the swiftest advance of democratic institutions in history," President Bush declared recently. That prospect is troubling the Kremlin's Karl Rove, who is hard at work on a plan to outflank the march of Western politics into Russia's historical empire.
World Temps Keep Rising New international climate data show that 2005 is on track to be the hottest year on record, continuing a 25-year trend of rising global temperatures.
Pentagon Plans to Beef Up Domestic Rapid-Response Forces The U.S. military is planning a more rapid, robust role for active-duty forces in responding to catastrophic disasters or terrorist attacks, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday, describing the demand for large-scale military resources in such cases as "inevitable."
President sweats as hawks turn up heat Simon Tisdall: President Bashar Assad is not merely fighting to clear Syria's name as an unprecedented UN murder investigation closes in on Damascus. He is fighting for survival - his, and that of his isolated Ba'athist regime.
Asia Times The blood is the life, Mr Rumsfeld! Intra-confessional strife among Shi'ites represents a nastier obstacle to Iraqi constitutional democracy than the Sunni insurgency. That is why Iraq's constitution will be defeated. More than ever, Shi'ites will bathe in their own blood rather than submit to the subjugation of their tribes.
KR Sectarian resentment extends to Iraq's army Instead of rising above the ethnic tension that's tearing their nation apart, the mostly Shiite troops are preparing for, if not already fighting, a civil war against the minority Sunni population.
Asia Times Hu brought down to earth Even as China celebrated sending two men into space, Chinese President Hu Jintao was in no mood to join in the back-slapping. His political agenda received a thumbs-down at the Communist Party's central committee plenary session. This is certainly a setback for Hu, but the game is far from over.
H13 The Times Europe voted for paralysis Something precious will be lost if these nations choose slow decline over revitalization By Anatole Kaletsky
BP seeks strategic partnership with China BP is pursuing a partnership with Sinopec, China's biggest producer and marketer of refined oil products, that would give the oil major a foothold in an economy that is one of the heaviest fuel consumers.
H15 Los Angeles Times The bottom line for Bush By Max Boot COMMENTATORS ARE writing George W. Bush's political obituary. And why not? Things do seem pretty grim for the president, with surveys indicating that public disapproval (53% in Realclearpolitics.com's poll of polls) outweighs support (42.2%) by a hefty margin.
Editorial Merkel's moment Schroeder's departure from the scene removes a leader who did much to contribute to a deterioration of the pivotal German-American relationship.
FT Unlevel playing fieldThe head of world soccer wants to restore some order to the chaotic finances of the globe's pre-eminent team sport. He believes the haphazard way in which money has... H21 Apple Unwraps iPod Video The latest in the hugely popular line of portable players can display videos and television shows.
Television via your iPod Four years ago the electronics company Apple unveiled its first iPod and changed the way millions of people listened to music. Now it has revealed a new package that could do the same for watching television and video.
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