Ha’aretz – Editorial Bashar in the eye of the storm An American invasion of Syria - even if it had British and French support along with UN approval - would be liable to create a second Iraq, this time on Israel's border.
Leader Europe has a world to win International trade talks: International talks to reduce agriculture subsidies and other trade barriers - which could give an unprecedented boost to poor countries - are heading for the buffers.
Timed to perfection Comment: Saddam Hussein's trial is merely a political sideshow, says Jonathan Steele.
US on attack over Taiwan's defence Simon Tisdall: Concerned by China's rapid military buildup but anxious for closer strategic ties with Beijing, the Bush administration is insisting that Taiwan - the most likely future military flashpoint between the two countries - does more to defend itself or face reduced US support. H7 The Economist On the cover The referendum on Iraq's constitution is another milestone, but a long march remains before Iraq will be at peace: leader The Weekly Standard Rule America? Liberal elites ruined Britain as a hyperpower. Could America meet the same fate? by Jonathan V. Last Rice: War Part of Effort to 'Redesign Middle East' American Prospect The Incompetence Dodge The liberal hawks now say the idea of the war wasn’t bad, just its execution. This saves face -- and serves a more dangerous function. By Sam Rosenfeld and Matthew Yglesias
H12 RFE/RLU.S. Concerned About Azerbaijan Arrests The United States says it is disturbed by steps the government of Azerbaijan took this week, arresting demonstrators and detaining candidates ahead of next month's parliamentary elections.
EurasiaNet Azerbaijan: Two More Officials Sacked One day after the dismissal and arrest of Economic Development Minister Farhad Aliyev, President Ilham Aliyev has fired two other high-ranking government officials in a move that has observers scrambling for explanations.
WSJ Is the 'Road Map' at a Dead End? The Road Map offers hope for a peaceful future, but Palestinians cannot pursue it alone. By MAHMOUD ABBAS H14 Financial Times UN probe points to Syrian role in Hariri murder There is “converging evidence” pointing at “both Lebanese and Syrian involvement” in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, the international investigation into his death has concluded
COMMENT: A chance to avert the tragedy of a bird flu pandemic With the world possibly on the verge of a bird influenza pandemic, the ensuing tragedy would be one counted not only in health and human lives, but also in economics, writes Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank
Editorial Europe must moveto save Doha round Time is running out to achieve real progress towards a deal in the Doha round of trade talks. There is still no sense of urgency amongst the negotiators and the...
Asia Times US policy and the 'Oval Office cabal' A close aide of former US secretary of state Colin Powell has launched an extraordinary attack on what he describes as a national-security policy-making apparatus made dysfunctional by secrecy, compartmentalization, distrust, and the machinations of the "Oval Office cabal" of Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. - Jim Lobe H20 Slate
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