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21 November 2007
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H1 Washington Quarterly Winter

Washington Post In Iraq, Signs of Hope and Peril By David Ignatius, The surge seems to be working. But are al Qaeda and Iran just showing us a success we want to see?

In Pakistan, U.S. Envoy Courts No. 2 General Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani could soon be anointed Musharraf's successor as head of the army and, as such, would be a vital ally for the Bush administration during a time of crisis

New York Times THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Debating Iraq’s Transition It’s clear that the surge by U.S. troops has dampened violence in Iraq. Don’t we now need a surge in diplomacy to finish the job?

Wanted: Participants for Mideast Talks

Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted? Francis Fukuyama and Michael McFaul The tragic result of the gap between declared objectives and strategies on democracy promotion is that many Americans are starting to view this goal as no longer desirable or attainable. A more effective strategy for promoting democracy and human rights is both needed and available.

Strengthening U.S. Strategic Planning Aaron L. Friedberg The former director of policy planning in the Office of the Vice President argues that the U.S. government has lost the capacity to conduct serious, sustained national strategic planning and proposes three ways by which the next president could improve it.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Annapolis and After International Crisis Group

WINEP Critical Questions for Annapolis and Beyond - Robert Satloff

Slate How To Judge the Success of the Annapolis Summit

Think of it as a big party. Shmuel Rosner

USA Today Why American troops belong in Kurdistan Lionel Beehner

Go for a new system of stability
Gulf News - By Amir Taheri,

Washington Times The limits of deterrence (By Louis Rene Beres and Isaac Ben-Israel)

Financial Times US reports ‘phenomenal’ drop in Iraq violence Military attributes the decline to the ‘surge’. Violence in Iraq has fallen at a rate that has surprised military commanders and even one of the architects of the ‘surge’ that boosted US troop numbers in the country this year, according to figures gathered by the US

COMMENT: Who will pick up the thread after the great unwinding?It is plausible that the US will experience a lengthy period of sluggish growth in domestic private demand, partially offset by fiscal expansion and an improvement in net exports. The rest of the world must now become the demand engines of the world economy, writes Martin Wolf

Editorial Kosovo crunch Further delay on deciding Kosovo’s status is not an option. Ethnic Albanians will wait no longer for international action. If they act alone, the dangers of violence will be far greater

Strategic Studies Institute Regional Threats and Security Strategy: The Troubling Case of Today's Middle East The United States confronts an altered distribution of regional power in the aftermath of its invasion of Iraq. That distribution of power features new internal political dynamics that are shaping the ways that states are responding to the security environment. The United States needs to come to grips with these emerging dynamics if it is to successfully continue in its role of guarantor of regional security and stability. By James A. Russell Read Study

Jim Lobe Iraq: National Reconciliation, or a Warlord State?

Kevin Drum Bottom's Up

National Interest Inside Track: A Tale of Two Client States

by Anatol Lieven As the situations become more complicated in Pakistan and Georgia, both American allies, the U.S. is faced with some tough choices. Does Washington have the same stake in Islamabad and Tblisi?

Security First Forum: Plan B for Iran by Amitai Etzioni Is now the time to abandon hopes of regime change and negotiate with Tehran on issues like its nuclear program and a possible security guarantee? Amitai Etzioni fires the opening salvo in a new debate on Iran policy.

Guardian It's hard to imagine a worse outcome for the Balkans
Simon Jenkins: The prospect of another war and more savage ethnic cleansing shows just what a fine mess we created eight years ago

A singular vision Simon Tisdall Vladimir Putin's version of democracy is so much less trouble than the real thing. No wonder it's fast becoming Russia's biggest political export. Russia's elections on December 2 pose big test for "managed democracy"


The Tribal Option | New York Post The U.S. Special Operations Command is considering a forward-leaning plan to aid and train Pakistani tribes for operations against both al Qaeda and the Taliban that have found safe haven along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Warning Shot for Iran, Via Syria By: Gareth Porter | Asia Times
The September Israeli air attack on a supposed nuclear facility in Syria -- said by US officials to have been developed with assistance from North Korea -- was all along intended as a warning to Iran

IHT Bring Syria into the talks

By YOSSI ALPHER Assad may resemble a Mafia chief, but, unlike Abbas, he can deliver.

How Rice can improve her odds

By DANIEL C. KURTZER AND SCOTT B. LASENSKY Secretary Rice's chances of winning her high-risk bet in Annapolis can be enhanced by learning from the past

Asia Times US lacks a smart nuclear policy US officials in charge of nuclear arms control continue to behave as if they are in an unreflexive cocoon of unilateralism in which the superpower's actions serve the collective good. As long as the US continues to focus on non-proliferation at the expense of disarmament, it cannot lead the rest of the world on this most important issue. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Christian Science Monitor

Momentum builds for Mideast peace summit But neither Israelis or Palestinians yet have a blueprint for the talks that begin Tuesday

Election a tinderbox for Lebanon Failure to choose a presidential candidate this week could result in the formation of rival governments. Also at stake: regional leverage for Syria, Iran, and the US.

Global spread of democracy has stalled Putin and Chávez are using oil money to create other models, while others just step back

PBS Newshour In Iraq, Violence Falls but Political Gridlock RemainsViolence in Iraq is on the decline but sharp internal political divisions continue to hinder the Iraqi government and its efforts to make substantive legislative progress. Two Middle East experts discuss Iraq's political situation and how the government might break out of its stalemate.

NRO VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Adaptability, self-critique, and persistence will prevail. Iraq’s Savage Ironies

UPI Analysis: Swiss uranium for Iran? Is the proposal to have Iran enrich uranium in Switzerland a way out of the international crisis sparked by Tehran's nuclear program? Most experts don't think so, but the Swiss may be of other help.

Analysis: Teatime war in Afghanistan? While the German army has refuted accusations that its helicopters left Norwegian and Afghan troops alone in a battle in order to make it to home base before dusk, the incident nevertheless underscores how unhappy NATO allies are with the Germans in Afghanistan.

Walker's World: Iran's baby bust By MARTIN WALKER Iran's birthrate has dropped to the catastrophic level of 0.66 per woman of childbearing age, less than one-third the level required to maintain a stable population

What's the Matter With Georgia? By: Thomas de Waal | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) The south Caucasus -- the three nations of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia -- have always been the "lands in-between." Between the Black and Caspian Seas, Europe and Asia, Russia and Iran, Christianity and Islam. And, more recently, between Soviet authoritarianism and European democracy.

Lowy Institute Relations among nations on a finite planet

Daily Star Vladimir Putin: party builder or self-centered autocrat?
By Christopher Granville

How Would Obama Handle Foreign Policy? - Walter Shapiro, Salon

EurasiaNet Georgia: Analysts Believe Chances for NATO Slim In a sharp reversal from Georgia’s earlier optimism, some Georgian analysts now believe that the November 7 protest crackdown in Tbilisi has marred – if not shattered – the South Caucasus state’s chances for accelerated integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World: The Dilemma of US Foreign Policy Post-2008

William Arkin In Iraq, Where Does All Our Money Go?

Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
$20 Billion in Afghanistan, Iraq Contract Cash Goes to Unidentified Companies

TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush …

McClellan blames Bush for CIA leak deceit

In praise of ... Alfred Brendel
Alfred Brendel may well be the last of his kind. These days the conventional route to pianistic stardom is through competitions

H2 Washington Quarterly Reexamining the U.S.-Turkish Alliance Joshua W. Walker The emergence of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has coincided with an unprecedented estrangement in U.S.-Turkish relations. Yet, far from being the source of anti-Americanism, the AKP represents an ideal partner for the United States in the region

USA Today Why American troops belong in Kurdistan Lionel Beehner

Guardian Turkey's fickle friends

Stephen Kinzer: Arrogant acts by the country's generals, the Bush administration and the EU have doomed prospects for peace with the Kurds

FT REPORT - TURKEY 2007 - FRONT PAGE: Two worlds jostle for the upper hand

FT REPORT - TURKEY 2007: Policy follows trade abroad

Foreign investment: Open economy woos investors

Big business: Influential lobby prepares for next phase of history

FT REPORT - TURKEY 2007: A tough fight back from the black

Economy: Deficit worsens vulnerability to a global shock

Istanbul: Ancient city is modern cultural destination

Europe is catalyst for a maturing of civil society

Black economy: A tough fight back from the black

Energy: Supply lags behind rising demand

Who's who: Leaders in business, finance and politics

Transport bottlenecks targeted

FT Turkish generals discuss rebels with US Two of the most senior US generals met their Turkish counterparts in Ankara amid signs of enhanced co-operation between the two countries aimed at preventing a conflict on Turkey’s border with Iraq

Q&A: Iraq, Turkey and military force Wednesday: Wesley Clark, retired four-star US Army General and former supreme commander of Nato, answers your questions

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Turkey: Between the Iranian-Syrian Axis, Israel, and the West by Aydan Kodaloglu

EDM AKP UNDER PRESSURE TO STAGE MILITARY OPERATION INTO IRAQ

Turkey's Generals Speak out on Counter-Terrorism Strategies
Global Terrorism Analysis

Turkey: From Bloody Birth to Power Broker by Ann Berg

Signing energy deal with Iran, Ankara vows to defy US pressure

US generals hold talks in Ankara over intelligence sharing on PKK

UN Security Council Reform: Veto Right for Turkey and the Muslim World American Chronicle

Ankara inks power pact with Tehran over US objections

Turkey, Iran Sign Energy Deal

Türkiye, İran'da 10 milyar dolarlık elektrik santrali kurmaya hazırlanıyor

U.S. Generals Cartwright and Petraeus Visit Ankara (November 20, 2007) | Türkçe

Baran 'Türkiye, İran ve Rusya'ya yaklaşmamalı'

The United States, Turkey, and Russia.
American Chronicle

Google News KurdishMedia Kurdish Kurdish Aspect BBC Monitoring

Cemil Bayık: Teslim olmaya zorluyorlar

Amerikalı komutan Barzani'yle görüştü

PKK, şehirde de kıskaca alındı

Yerel Demokrasi
Avrupa Konseyi'nin Sur Belediyesi konusunda raporu

Iraqi Kurdish Corruption, Human Rights Media Report 5 to 20 Nov 07

Nov 21 SD# 1771 - Kurdish Women Fighters: The Turks Refuse to Speak to Us

Turkish Soldiers Continue to Deploy at Iraqi Border Voice of America

The Territorial Status of Kirkuk

Iraq issues tender to sell Kirkuk oil via Ceyhan (20/11/07)

Baykal "Erdoğan'ın söylemi PKK söylemidir"

MHP: "Militanlar Meclis'te siyasete davet edildi"

Meclis'te 'siyasi linç' polemiği

Erdoğan: "Kimseyi ovaya davet etmem"

Olli Rehn: "DTP'yi Meclis'te tercih ederiz"

Gül'den demokrasi vurgusu

Barış Meclisi, DTP'ye destek için TBMM'de

Top US generals in Ankara for talks on Kurdish rebels: report

Iraqi, Turkish ministers read chances of N. Iraq invasion differently - International Herald Tribune

Türkiye Ortadoğu'da yükselişe geçti HALİL EL ENANİ

Peşmergelerin PKK'ya karşı sıkı önlemleri sürüyor

Irak ve Afganistan'da en çok kazanan 100 şirketin 12'si Türk

Iraqi Kurdish Press Highlights 20 Nov 2007

'Türkiye, Orta Asya ve Kafkaslar'da etkisini yeniden artırmaya çalışıyor'

Yaşar Kemal'den Kürt konferansına çağrı

DTP'yi, kapanmaktan sivil anayasa kurtaracak

Şırnaklı gençler askere uğurlandı

PKK'nın kaçırdığı 7 kişiden haber yok

ABD'li komutanlarla PKK mesaisi

Kürtler 'PKK'ya karşı çalışıyoruz' mesajı verdi

Devlet Bahçeli: Ülkeye kastedeni, yargı önüne çıkarmanın neresi linç?

Zuhko Military Academy in Zuhko, Kurdistan, northern Iraq

Berl Dedeoğlu DTP's banishment

İnsansız uçaklar 'acil' alımla geldi

Iraqi Kurdistan Government Preventing Media Access to PKK Areas

Iraqi Kurdish Security Shut PKK-Linked Party Offices, Arrest Members - Paper

Turkish Column Views Ruling Party's Reluctance to Close Pro-Kurdish Party

İşte Dağlıca Taburu

Bangladeş'in imdat çığlığına Türkiye'den yardım eli

ABD resmen duyurdu, Annapolis Zirvesi'ne Türkiye de davetli

Israel denies claims in Turkish report it is undermining Temple Mount

Brokering Mideast peace By Tulin Daloglu Washington Times - By Tulin Daloglu

Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from ...
Reporters without borders

Iraqi Kurdistan govt. says oil minister's threats "illegal"

Erdoğan, İran'lı Bakan'ı kabul etti

Google News Greece Cyprus Turkish Cypriot Press ABHaber

Babacan: 'DTP'nin Kapatılması Anlamlı Değil'

Turkish Minister Notes "Differences of Opinion" With EU on Northern Iraq

Esas nedeni İslam'mış

AİHM yüzde 10'luk seçim barajını görüşecek

AB, Türkiye'ye evet dedi, ama hayırı kastetti

Mensur Akgün Bezmeden direnmek üstüne

AB Karma Parlamento Komisyonu toplanıyor

Westerners on the Armenian Strategy and Rebellion « The Van Der Galiën Gazette

JTW News - Turkey-EU Troika Meeting: Terror is the Agenda

Cohn-Bendit: DTP’yi kapatma büyük hata olur

Hadi Uluengin Türkler ve Helenler

Ege Cansen Bu ne İstanbul vizesi bu ne köprü projesi

Tamer Korkmaz Zaman'dan niçin koptu?

Turks love their doctors more than any other nation in world - Turkish Daily News Nov 20, 2007

NYT IN THE TRENCHES | THE PATIENT TRANSPORTER; Fighting Gridlock Where Minutes Can Mean Life or Death

Nükleer yasalaştı, ihale süreci başladı

İşte TRT'nin yeni Genel Müdürü

Aselsan tam 12'den vurdu

Eyes on OYAK after AXA pays out in Armenian dispute

Oyak'ın Fransız ortağı Ermenilere 'soykırım' bağışı yaptı

Sauna Çetesi davasında Kalaşnikof tartışması

Medyada çok sıkıldık, Sabah ve atv'yi hemen satmak istiyoruz

'İksir' baskınında ele geçirilen silahlarda DHKP-C bağlantısı

Hızlı tren Edirne'den yurda girdi

AKP öğrenci affına mesafeli

Zaman zirvedeki yerini pekiştirdi; 1 milyona koşuyor

Türkiye, 9 yılda 4 milyar ton verimli toprağını

İBDA-C’nin suikast timi yakalandı

İBDA-C ünlüler için ölüm listesi hazırlamış

21 Kasım 2007 Basın Özeti

H3

Baykal:''(Bizim İçin Önemli Olan Silahların Bırakılmasıdır) Söylemi, PKK Söylemidir''

Şamil Tayyar İşte hükümetin terörle mücadele projesi

Bu defa ciddi gibi Murat Yetkin

Fikret BİLA İsrail Büyükelçisi Levy: Kürtler için Türkiye'yi feda etmeyiz

Yeni mekanizma ilk toplantısını yaptı: İstihbarat paylaşımı masaya yatırıldı

Ruşen Çakır Bahçeli şahin Erdoğan güvercin Baykal?

Kandil Dağı bizim değil vurabilirsiniz

Sadi Somuncuoğlu Vaşington-Erbil-Kandil-Ankara hattı

PKK'yı bitirme planı devrede

Cengiz Çandar PKK ve DTP konusunda 'siyasi akıl'

M. Ali BİRAND Başbuğ bize birşeyler anlatmaya çalışıyor...

PKK’dan ‘imdat’ çığlığı

Bayık: Türkiye’nin hiçbir zaman Güney’e girme, KDP-YNK’yi hedefleme gibi bir politikası olmamıştır

İsmail Küçükkaya Ankara’daki diplomasi oyunu...

Serdar Akinan Gündem soğutmak... Enseyi karartmamak?

Silahlar nasıl bıraktırılacak?

Öcalan'ın karısı MİT miydi?

Aydınlık dergisi bir iddia daha... Örgütte Abdullah Öcalan'dan çok onun sözü geçiyordu. APO'nun eşi Kesire Öcalan MİT Ajanı mı?

Bülent Keneş Turkey should be prepared for the post-PKK era

Kendilerini kapattırmak istiyorlar

İşte Erdoğan'ın konuşma metni

İşte Bahçeli'nin konuşma metni

Kimseyi ovaya davet etmedik

Gül K.Irak'ta aklı selim ön plana çıkıyor

Ya silahı seç ya barışı

DTP miting hazırlığında

Mullen:Stratejik Öncelikler Unutulmamalı

Çevik: 'PKK 2 askeri daha kaçırdı'

'Sıfır noktası'ndan savaş izlenimleri
Haluk Şahin Kural: Enformasyon talebi yüksek, arzı düşük ise farkı güvenilmez kaynaklar kapatır

Mustafa Karalioğlu Aynı yola bir daha girmemek için

Nasuhi Güngör Terör örgütüyle anlaşmak!

AB Troykası teröre karşı destek verdi

Türkiye-İran Elektrik Anlaşması İmzalandı

Martin Luther King Jr.
İsmet Berkan

Yavuz Baydar The sooner, the better

İki tıkaç vakası Avni Özgürel

US Generals Hold Talks in Ankara Over Intelligence-Sharing on PKK

Ankara'da gündem terör

Başbakanlık'ta Erdoğan Org. Büyükanıt zirvesi


Zebari: Operasyon ihtimali zayıfladı

İlk ’üçlü görüşme’den ’Ortak düşman’ mesajı

Yerel Demokrasi

Avrupa Konseyi'nin Sur Belediyesi konusunda raporu

Babacan ’Türkiye’de neler oluyor’ denecek

Mehmet Tezkan

Siyasete de Dağlıca modeli!

ALİ BAYRAMOĞLU

Kürt sorununda çözüm ışığı…

İBRAHİM KARAGÜL

PKK liderleri paketlenip Türkiye'ye mi verilecek?

Sami KOHEN Kosova örnek mi?

[YORUM - BEKİM SEJDIU] Seçim sonrası Kosova -En iyi çözüm bağımsızlık

Ahmet Taşgetiren İnsani hamle için en uygun zaman -

Nuray Başaran Büyükanıt, Başbuğ, emekli paşalar ve TSK

İstihbarat zirvesi

Cevdet Aşkın Kamplara harekatın eli kulağında

Askeri ders kitabı M.Ali Kışlalı

Can Ataklı Hiçbir şey yapmayarak puan kazanıyor

Gül'den kritik sınır ötesi mesajı

Bilal Çetin Babacan: Sürpriz reformlar gündemde

Arslan Bulut PKK ile masaya oturma sürecinde Türk Milliyetçileri ve Seval Türkeş!

Güneri CIVAOĞLU Genelkurmay'ın ışıkları

MUHARREM SARIKAYA "Açılım dağa değil şehre"

ERDAL ŞAFAK Sapla samanı ayırmak

Ertuğrul Özkök Yazılmamak kaydıylaydı ama...

Taha AKYOL Liberal bir yargıç

Serdar Turgut
Toplum kalesinin düşüşü

Tufan Türenç Kararsızlık Kürt sorununu derinleştirir

Hakan Aygün Eski” komutanların “yeni” açıklamaları doğru mu?

Gülay Göktürk DTP’nin elindeki rehine: Demokrasi

Nuh Gönültaş Pamukoğlu Paşa’nın suçu ne? -

Pamukoğlu: Ben korkutuyorum

Malatya dosyasında 'derin' ilişkiler!

Hasan CEMAL Katliam ve karanlık olan!

Kral'ın ayağına gitmekle eleştirilmişti... Suudi Büyükelçi, Türkiye'de çok tartışılan Swiss Otel randevusu ile ilgili konuştu...

Suat Kınıklıoğlu The rise of a regional hegemon

Ebu Gıreyb'den 'büyük firar' İstanbul'da 15 - 20 Kasım 2003'te El Kaide'nin düzenlediği bombalı saldırıların firari sanıkları arasında yer alan ve Irak'ta yakalanan Burhan Kuş ile Sadettin Akdaş'ın, tutuklu bulundukları Ebu Gıreyb Cezaevi'nden kaçtıkları ortaya çıktı»

Doğu Ergil Confessions and confusion

Dini baskı yüzünden okul değiştirdiler

İç Basında Türk Dış Politikası

Dış Basında Türkiye-AB İlişkileri -

Dış Basında Irak BBC Turkish 0700

VOA TSİ 06:30 Dış Basında Türkiye Turkish Press Review Google News Turkey Turquie Türkei TurcoPundit

Taha Kıvanç Köksal Toptan'la, kahvaltıda buluştuk

Fehmi Koru İki şıklı soru

Ahmet Hakan İslamcı yazar ’Kralcı’ oldu

M Ali Birand

Cüneyt Ülsever Türkiye ne yapmalı?

Enis Berberoğlu

Oktay Ekşi Ağızdaki bakla

Bekir Coşkun Yazık vatan...

MEHMET KAMIŞ - Figüran olmak

ABDÜLHAMİT BİLİCİ - 'Öcalan, Küba'ya gitsin'

MUSTAFA ÜNAL - DTP kavgası

Bilgiler geçici olarak kullanılabilir değil.

A. TURAN ALKAN - CHP'yi seviyorum

Bilgiler geçici olarak kullanılabilir değil.

Yıldızlı koordinasyon ilk toplantısını yaptı

Sebahattin Önkibar ABD’li komutanlar neden geldi?

Mehmet Acet Başbakan'nın planı ne olabilir?

Serdar Turgut Rusya çok önemli

ERGUN BABAHAN

EMRE AKÖZ Haluk Bilginer ve Atatürk

Umur Talu Biz mikrop muyuz!

HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN Bu CHP...

NAZLI ILICAK Emekli askere "akreditasyon"

MAHMUT ÖVÜR

Mehmet BARLAS
Parti kurmak turşu kurmaya parti kapatmak da musluk kapatmaya benzemez

CHP’ye İslamcı-Kürt siyasetçiden görüş

Eser Karakaş YÖK değişimi ne kadar algıladı?

Mustafa Akyol Halk için, Jakobenlere rağmen

Özdemir İnce Lejyoner avukatlar

ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIM ABD'nin riski doruktayken faizi neden dipte?

Volkan Akı IMF'nin Türkiye tespitleri

İ.Hüseyin Yıldız
Faiz politikaları ve büyüme olasılıkları

Deniz Gökçe İlginç bir "yeni" dünya!

Ercan Kumcu

Erdal Sağlam

Metin MÜNİR Dördüncü dönem

Merkez Bankası'nın bağımsızlığı
Mustafa Aysan

Seyrediyoruz! Uğur Gürses

Mehmet Altan Bütçeden sonra reform sürprizi...

Hurşit GÜNEŞ Tasarruf etmeden kurtuluş yok

Turkish government to cut social security premiums

IMF: Current account deficit is Turkey's Achilles' heel

Turkey's giants eye energy sector - Turkish Daily News Nov 20, 2007

Turkey's banking history in focus - Turkish Daily News Nov 20, 2007

Hükümet özel sektör dış borçlarında iyimser

H4 New York Times THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Debating Iraq’s Transition It’s clear that the surge by U.S. troops has dampened violence in Iraq. Don’t we now need a surge in diplomacy to finish the job?

Wanted: Participants for Mideast Talks

Gates Halts Cut in Army Force in Europe

Editorial Limiting Power’s ‘Natural Tendency’ We hope that lawmakers in Congress will stand firm to enact more needed fixes to President Bush’s deeply flawed measure that encroaches on civil liberties.

As French Strikes Grow, Sarkozy Speaks

Musharraf in Talks on Exiled Rival

Scientists Bypass Need for Embryo to Get Stem Cells Turning human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without having to make or destroy an embryo could quell an ethical debate.

News Analysis: Advance on Stem Cells Equalizes Debate

Fed Expects Slowdown to Deepen The Federal Reserve expects economic growth to slow sharply next year, and policy makers there are worried that even this forecast may prove too optimistic. Text: Fed Minutes (pdf)

MAUREEN DOWD

She’s No Morgenthau Getting ahead through connections is common in life. But Hillary Clinton cloaks her nepotism in feminism

H5 Washington Post In Iraq, Signs of Hope and Peril By David Ignatius, The surge seems to be working. But are al Qaeda and Iran just showing us a success we want to see?

In Pakistan, U.S. Envoy Courts No. 2 General Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani could soon be anointed Musharraf's successor as head of the army and, as such, would be a vital ally for the Bush administration during a time of crisis

Nearly 50 Parties Invited to Mideast Peace Talks Tuesday in Annapolis

Editorial

Where We Went Wrong In Pakistan By Michael Gerson We need to learn from our mistakes with Pakistan when undertaking future dealings with oppressive nations.

Bush More Emphatic In Backing Musharraf

He Says Leader 'Believes in Democracy'

Afghan Slayings Stir Grief, Fury And Suspicion

Nov. 6 Incident Drawing Scrutiny to Security Forces

Pentagon Warns of Civilian Layoffs If Congress Delays War Funding Democrats Are Firm on Link to Troop Withdrawals From Iraq

'Crunch' Time For the GOP By Robert J. Samuelson The 'credit crunch' is so far mostly hype. But it could still happen, and it could affect the election more than actual campaigning

Advance May End Stem Cell Debate

Labs Create a Stand-In Without Eggs, Embryos

A Scientific Advance, a Political Question Mark

H6 Guardian It's hard to imagine a worse outcome for the Balkans
Simon Jenkins: The prospect of another war and more savage ethnic cleansing shows just what a fine mess we created eight years ago

A singular vision Simon Tisdall Vladimir Putin's version of democracy is so much less trouble than the real thing. No wonder it's fast becoming Russia's biggest political export. Russia's elections on December 2 pose big test for "managed democracy"

Our man in the labyrinth Diplomatic editor Julian Borger joins David Miliband on his whistle-stop tour of the Middle East, and finds the foreign secretary's hopes undimmed for a rekindling of the peace process

No surrender, says Sarkozy as strike action widens Nicolas Sarkozy vows "no surrender" in the face of the widest ranging strikes of his leadership

Decay and death David Smith, embed diary: The filthy state of a once-wealthy Baghdad neighbourhood

Pakistan says 3,400 political detainees are freed Pakistan's military ruler President Pervez Musharraf slightly eases his opposition crackdown

How to save Pakistan Imran Khan Before we achieve our goal of building a free democratic society, the foremost challenge is to force General Musharraf to resign

 

Death and denial Somalia: The UN estimates that 173,000 people have fled Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia, in the last three weeks alone

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THE FOLLOWING ISSUE CAN DESTROY ISLAM, ZIONIST RACIST ISRAEL AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH AND NOT THE WAY OF JESUS WHICH IS PERFECT. RESEARCH THE BELOW SMALL THESIS to see if there is any truth to it.

READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE AS IT HAS IMPLICATIONS ON THE WAR AGAINST TERROR/ISLAM and the claim of Israel that god gave them the land. If the child is an infant than the Judeo-Christian version becomes null and void and we are wasting our time and resources i.e. we could save trillions of dollars and create a more peaceful world rather than fighting against Islam the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

The COVENANT with Abraham and his DESCENDANTS is central to JUDAISM/CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM.

Please note this is not a competition between faiths but an attempt to decipher fact from fiction.

Genesis 21:14 Contemporary English version se below link


http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=GENESIS%2021;&version=46;

Early the next morning Abraham gave Hagar an animal skin full of water and some bread. Then he put the boy on her shoulder and sent them away.

GENESIS 16:16
And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ish’mael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ish’mael to Abram.

GENESIS 21:5
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

At Genesis 22 Abraham had only 2 sons others came later. The Quran mentions that it was Ishmael that was sacrificed hence the reference in genesis 22:2 your only son can only mean someone has substituted Ishmael names for Isaac!!

BY DOING SOME KINDERGARTEN ARITHMATIC USING ARABIC NUMBERS (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
NOT ROMAN NUMERALS (I, II, III,IV,V,VI,VII,VIII,IX,X) NB no concept of zero in roman numerals.

100 years old – 86 years old = 14 ADD 3 YEARS FOR ISSAC’S WEANING

THAT WOULD MAKE ISHMAEL 17 YEARS OLD IN GENESIS 21:14-21
BUT IT IS A DESCRIPTION OF AN INFANT.

Carefully read several times the above passage and then tell me the mental picture you get between the mother child interactions what is the age of the child. If the mental picture is that of a 17 year old child being carried on the shoulder of his mother, being physically placed in the bush, crying like a baby, mother having to give him water to drink, than the Islamic viewpoint is null and void. Why is there no verbal communications between mother and (17 YEAR OLD) child?

GENESIS: 21:14 - 21
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the (17 YEAR OLD) child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the (17 YEAR OLD) child under one of the bushes. Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the (17 YEAR OLD) child.” And as she sat over against him, the (17 YEAR OLD) child lifted up his voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the (17 YEAR OLD) lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the (17 YEAR OLD) lad where he is. Arise, lift up the (17 YEAR OLD) lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the (17 YEAR OLD) lad a drink. And God was with the (17 YEAR OLD) lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.


The age of Ishmael at this stage is crucial to the Abrahamic faiths. If he is 17 than the JUDEO/CHRISTIAN point of view about the Abrahamic covenant is correct. This has devastating theological consequences of unimaginable proportions.

This makes the conflict between Ishmael and Isaac and there descendants a work of fiction. I would strongly suggest it is clear cut case of racial discrimination and nothing to do with god almighty. The scribes have deliberately tried to make Isaac the only son and legitimate heir to the throne of Abraham??

Please can you rationally explain this anomaly?

I have asked many persons including my nephews and nieces - unbiased minds with no religious backgrounds but with reasonable command of the English language about this passage and they all agree that the child in the passage is an infant.
AS THE DESCRIPTION OF ISHMAEL IN GENESIS 21:14-21 IS THAT OF AN INFANT IT CAN BE ASSUMED SOMEONE HAS MOVED THIS PASSAGE FROM AN EARLIER PART OF SCRIPTURE!!! AND HAVE GOT THERE KNICKERS IN A TWIST.

For background info on the future religion of mankind see the following websites:

http://www.islamicity.com/Mosque/Muhammad_Bible.HTM

(MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE)

http://bible.islamicweb.com/



http://www.islamicity.com/

http://www.islamonline.net/english/index.shtml


http://www.islamalways.com/


http://ifamericansknew.com/


http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/MB_BQS/default.htm

(BIBLE, QURAN and SCIENCE)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ANTI-WAR

http://www.harunyahya.com/
(EVOLUTION DECEIPT)

http://www.barnabas.net/

http:/www.answering-christianity.com/ac.htm

HOLY QURAN CHAPTER 37 verses 101 - 122

101. So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.

102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"

103. So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah., and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),

104. We called out to him "O Abraham!

105. "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

106. For this was obviously a trial-

107. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:

108. And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

109. "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"

110. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

111. For he was one of our believing Servants.

112. And We gave him the good news of Isaac - a prophet,- one of the Righteous.

113. We blessed him and Isaac: but of their progeny are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.

114. Again (of old) We bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron,

115. And We delivered them and their people from (their) Great Calamity;

116. And We helped them, so they overcame (their troubles);

117. And We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;

118. And We guided them to the Straight Way.

119. And We left (this blessing) for them among generations (to come) in later times:

120. "Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron!"

121. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

122. For they were two of our believing Servants.

ISHMAEL IS THE FIRST BORN AND GOOD NEWS OF ISSAC DOES NOT APPEAR UNTIL AFTER THE SACRIFICE?????

Therefore the claim that god gave the land to Israel is destroyed without the need of any WMD’s.




HADITH

Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583:
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
The first lady to use a girdle was the mother of Ishmael. She used a girdle so that she might hide her tracks from Sarah. Abraham brought her and her son Ishmael while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka'ba under a tree on the spot of Zam-zam, at the highest place in the mosque. During those days there was nobody in Mecca, nor was there any water So he made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates, and a small water-skin containing some water, and set out homeward. Ishmael's mother followed him saying, "O Abraham! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person whose company we may enjoy, nor is there anything (to enjoy)?" She repeated that to him many times, but he did not look back at her Then she asked him, "Has Allah ordered you to do so?" He said, "Yes." She said, "Then He will not neglect us," and returned while Abraham proceeded onwards, and on reaching the Thaniya where they could not see him, he faced the Ka'ba, and raising both hands, invoked Allah saying the following prayers:
'O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House (Kaba at Mecca) in order, O our Lord, that they may offer prayer perfectly. So fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits, so that they may give thanks.' (14.37) Ishmael's mother went on suckling Ishmael and drinking from the water (she had).
When the water in the water-skin had all been used up, she became thirsty and her child also became thirsty. She started looking at him (i.e. Ishmael) tossing in agony; She left him, for she could not endure looking at him, and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountain to her on that land. She stood on it and started looking at the valley keenly so that she might see somebody, but she could not see anybody. Then she descended from Safa and when she reached the valley, she tucked up her robe and ran in the valley like a person in distress and trouble, till she crossed the valley and reached the Marwa mountain where she stood and started looking, expecting to see somebody, but she could not see anybody. She repeated that (running between Safa and Marwa) seven times."
The Prophet said, "This is the source of the tradition of the walking of people between them (i.e. Safa and Marwa). When she reached the Marwa (for the last time) she heard a voice and she asked herself to be quiet and listened attentively. She heard the voice again and said, 'O, (whoever you may be)! You have made me hear your voice; have you got something to help me?" And behold! She saw an angel at the place of Zam-zam, digging the earth with his heel (or his wing), till water flowed from that place. She started to make something like a basin around it, using her hand in this way, and started filling her water-skin with water with her hands, and the water was flowing out after she had scooped some of it."
The Prophet added, "May Allah bestow Mercy on Ishmael's mother! Had she let the Zam-zam (flow without trying to control it) (or had she not scooped from that water) (to fill her water-skin), Zam-zam would have been a stream flowing on the surface of the earth." The Prophet further added, "Then she drank (water) and suckled her child. The angel said to her, 'Don't be afraid of being neglected, for this is the House of Allah which will be built by this boy and his father, and Allah never neglects His people.' The House (i.e. Kaba) at that time was on a high place resembling a hillock, and when torrents came, they flowed to its right and left. She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e. the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada'. They landed in the lower part of Mecca where they saw a bird that had the habit of flying around water and not leaving it. They said, 'This bird must be flying around water, though we know that there is no water in this valley.' They sent one or two messengers who discovered the source of water, and returned to inform them of the water. So, they all came (towards the water)." The Prophet added, "Ishmael's mother was sitting near the water. They asked her, 'Do you allow us to stay with you?" She replied, 'Yes, but you will have no right to possess the water.' They agreed to that." The Prophet further said, "Ishmael's mother was pleased with the whole situation as she used to love to enjoy the company of the people. So, they settled there, and later on they sent for their families who came and settled with them so that some families became permanent residents there. The child (i.e. Ishmael) grew up and learnt Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them.
 
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