Editorial Azerbaijan Flunks the Test THIS MONTH the Bush administration set a test for its democracy policy in the oil-rich Muslim nation of Azerbaijan
New York Times Get French or Die Trying By OLIVIER ROY The lesson of the French riots is that while they originate in areas largely populated by immigrants of Islamic heritage, they have little to do with the wrath of a Muslim community.
Policy Options for German Future Government German Council on Foreign Relations An 8-page bulletin containing articles dealing with German-Russian relations, demographic challenges facing the two countries, and the situation in the Ukraine
CSIS Lt. Gen. David Petraeus on Iraq’s Evolving Forces Transcript Audio H4 New York Times Get French or Die Trying By OLIVIER ROY The lesson of the French riots is that while they originate in areas largely populated by immigrants of Islamic heritage, they have little to do with the wrath of a Muslim community.
The Revolt of Ennui By ANTOINE AUDOUARD The French crisis has exposed the shortcomings of a society that no longer knows how to enforce its own rules or how to create the dream of a better life for its new generations.
Editorial Azerbaijan Flunks the Test THIS MONTH the Bush administration set a test for its democracy policy in the oil-rich Muslim nation of Azerbaijan, which lies on the Caspian Sea between Russia and Iran. President Bush had challenged the country's autocratic but pro-Western president, Ilham Aliyev, to hold a free and fair election...
'But, What Country Is This?' By Anne Applebaum, Although there isn't yet evidence that France's rioting is Islamist in origin, it's pretty clear that large, unintegrated, Islamic communities in Western Europe will continue to incubate radical Islam.
French Lessons By Jim Hoagland, France and its beautiful, troubled capital are proxies for all affluent nations that have elevated into an art form the habit of ignoring the world's poor, desperate and criminally inclined.
Central Torture Agency? Exempting the CIA From the McCain Amendment Sends the Wrong Signal to Our Officers By Jeffrey H. Smith Americans do not join the CIA to commit torture. Yet that could be the result if a proposal advanced by Vice President Cheney becomes law.
Worry While You Spend By Robert J. Samuelson, One puzzle these days is why Americans are so confident at the shopping mall and so glum in opinion polls. By many measures, the country's prosperity is broad-based.
A Crisis for France, and Sarkozy No public figure in France has more at stake in the crisis rampaging across the country -- or has become a greater lightning rod for wrath against the government -- than Nicolas Sarkozy.
Inquiries into 'secret CIA detention centres' Council of Europe opens inquiry into reports of secret CIA detention centres in Romania and Poland. H7 Boston Globe The realist persuasion When it comes to war and peace, foreign policy ''realists'' from Metternich to Kissinger have been seen as cold-blooded, calculating, and amoral. But there's another realist tradition - a distinctively American one - and it's time to revive it. By Andrew J. Bacevich
CFR MICROCREDIT, GREAT EXPECTATIONS Microcredit—the practice of extending small loans to impoverished entrepreneurs (Economist)—has been around for more than thirty years, but has only been embraced in the past decade by some as a silver bullet for targeting poverty (CSIS). Critics question the practice’s sustainability and ability to help the severely impoverished, suggesting it is more hype than hope (Inter Press Service). While the jury may be out on its loftiest goals, allegorical success—particularly its ability to promote social change (Foreign Affairs)—has earned the strategy its place in the development toolbox, says Council Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. Microcredit “has served very poor people very successfully,” Coleman explains in this interview. In declaring 2005 the Year of Microcredit, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought to “put millions of families on the path to prosperity,” a goal shared by delegates to this week’s UN-sponsored Global Microfinance Forum. Annan’s report on the role of microcredit in poverty-eradication sets optimistic goals, but not everyone is convinced. Microcredit Virtual LibraryMicrocredit FAQs H14 Financial Times COMMENT: Why liberal Islam is not the solution However noble in conception, Islamic liberalism is today at its lowest ebb since the 19th century, writes Faisal Devji, author of Landscapes of the Jihad
ECB targets its problem nations The ECB will sharply step up pressure on Italy, Greece and other eurozone fiscal laggards by warning it will refuse to accept sovereign debt as collateral if their credit ratings slip.
LEADER: US voice in Arabia There is a certain piquancy when an organisation designed to burnish an image of a client, or in this case a country, ends up with its own image tarnished. (al-Hurra, the Arabic language television network which President George W. Bush set up last year)
Germany to revamp federal system Germany’s grand coalition plans to shake up the country’s federal system to speed up the pace of political decision-making - proof, they say, that their left-right alliance can deliver results that will aid the economy.
H15 Los Angeles Times Editorial A nuclear test CONGRESS IS UNDERSTANDABLY upset that nearly four months after the Bush administration reversed long-standing policy and announced that it would provide nuclear assistance to India, the State Department has given lawmakers little information on the deal. In this case, the silence is golden; if the proposal falls through, so much the better.
Lying with intelligence By Robert ScheerWHO IN THE White House knew about DITSUM No. 044-02 and when did they know it?
Asia Times Democracy withChinese characteristics The Chinese Communist Party is on a journey, but its destination is not yet clear. It is nearing a fork in the road, one branch of which leads to political reform and "democracy with Chinese characteristics". Will the party take this road? Francesco Sisci reads the signs as he retraces the route from the early days of the 1989 Tiananmen protests to the present.
The US formula for ChinaA China that is strong and prosperous would be more harmonious with the US-led world system and its institutions if Chinese civil society were able to flourish. This is the motivation for the US to promote at least the constituent elements of such a society. - Larry Wortzel and Devin T Stewart
India's foreign minister shown the doorCalling charges against him a US conspiracy and a pack of lies, Natwar Singh nevertheless has had to quit his post as Indian foreign minister following allegations of misappropriations related to Iraq's oil-for-food program. Delhi has acted smartly to limit political fallout. - Siddharth Srivastava H16 BBC US Democrats win governorships Opposition Democrats win the race for governor in two US states in a blow to President Bush's Republicans.
Report: Bush, Cheney ties fraying New Republic Our Incompetent Government by Richard A. Posner The most important responsibility of the American government is to protect the American people. The Bush administration seems busy with many distractions from this task. Terrorism, hurricanes, bird flu: Can our government handle them?
Heritage Foundation The Crisis of American National Identity by Charles R. Kesler, The American creed is the keystone of American national identity, but it requires a culture to sustain it. The republican task is to recognize the ...
Opinions - sacbee.com JAMES K. GLASSMAN: Oil prices and demagogues H18 Independent France declares state of emergency The French government has declared a 12-day state of emergency for the first time in mainland France to curb riots that have erupted nightly across the country for almost two weeks
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