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20 February 2008
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H1 New York Times Attack Iran, With Words By REUEL MARC GERECHT The Bush administration should advocate direct, unconditional talks between Washington and Tehran.

Pakistan Victors Want Dialogue With Militants The winners of the parliamentary elections said that they would take a new approach to fighting Islamic militants.

U.S. Ponders Next Steps in Pakistan After Election Results

Wisconsin Hands Obama a Victory, the Ninth in a Row Barack Obama cut into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s long-held support among women, union members and middle-aged voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Los Angeles Times Analysis: Is Wisconsin the beginning of the end for Clinton? |

CFR Grare: Pakistan Facing Period of ‘Governmental Instability’

Financial Times History’s hurdle for the Democrats The Reagan coalition of libertarians, hawks and the religious right is cracking up but it is not clear this will help the Democrats, argues Michael Lind

US risks mother of all meltdowns The link between the bursting housing bubble and the fragile financial system has created huge dangers for the US and the world, writes Martin Wolf

Jerusalem Post Israel, US discuss deploying NATO troops in West Bank Plan spearheaded by Gen. James Jones has Israel worried whether the IDF will retain operational freedom in W. Bank in such case

Ringing in the Asian Century By: Kishore Mahbubani | Los Angeles Times The West needs to get used to the end of its era of world domination.

Out of the Shadows: Former Israeli intelligence chief Efraim Halevy explains why he advocates talks with Hamas.

Atlantic Monthly March 2008

Independent Revealed: the first draft of dossier that took Britain to war

Top 9 Political Risks for 2008

CFR Media Conference Call: Pakistan's Parliamentary Election (Audio)

William Arkin Pakistan: Still The World's Most Dangerous Country

The Iraq War has been everyone’s loss, whatever side you were on. For many Iraqis it was a chance for a decent life, says George Packer. So often, that chance ended in death... more»

Al-Jazeera reports that more than seventy foreign firms have registered with the Iraqi government to compete for Iraq’s oil resources, despite the fact that the country has yet to settle on an oil revenue-sharing plan.

CRS “Congressional Oversight and Related Issues Concerning the Prospective Security Agreement Between the United States and Iraq,”

Wall Street Journal Pakistan and the Bush Doctrine
The election results are being billed as a repudiation of Musharraf and Bush. Vindication is a better word.

Separation Anxiety By THOMAS DE WAAL

Our Economic Dilemma
By Martin Feldstein This time around, there's not much the Fed can do.

Beyond Musharraf
By Husain Haqqani Good news for everyone worried about an Islamist takeover.

49 Years of Fidel The ailing communist dictator passed the torch yesterday. It's not a sufficient condition for Cuban freedom, but a necessary one.

Balkanized Europe

Iranian Influence in the Levant, Iraq, and Afghanistan - American Enterprise Institute By Frederick W. Kagan, Danielle Pletka, Kimberly Kagan

Guardian Blair's plan to lead Europe hits fierce opposition Tony Blair's EU track record and Iraq seen as obstacles to getting new post of president

The voice of a country Leader: For once, the voice of the people of Pakistan has been loud and clear

Saving Sarkozy Dominique Moisi President Sarkozy's popularity has plunged in France, endangering his prized reform agenda. Can he recover?

Ex-Mossad Chief: Kill Terror-Supporting Heads of State

Out of the Shadows: Former Israeli intelligence chief Efraim Halevy explains why he advocates talks with Hamas.

Stratfor Hezbollah Retribution: Beware the Ides of March

Ha’aretz Abbas aide: PA should mull unilaterally declaring independence Negotiator Abed Rabbo: Palestinians should take Kosovo's lead if talks fail, settlement activities go on

Guardian The end of multilateralism? Ian Bancroft Recognition of Kosovo's independence will erode two fundamental international pillars, sovereign equality and the inviolability of borders

For Palestinians, the power of mass non-violence would be undeniable

Jonathan Freedland: An unarmed resistance modelled on Martin Luther King's civil rights movement could be the way to wake the world

If Kosovo Can Be Free, Why Not Palestine? Arab News

The Recession Felt Around the World Foreign Policy By Nouriel Roubini

Kosovo has taken a historic step
GulfNews - by Amir Taheri

H2 [Fbis] OSC: Barzani Criticizes Iraqi Govt, Turkey's Attacks, Says 'Patience' Not Unlimited

Turkish FM: ground offensive against Kurdish rebels in Iraq remains an option - International Herald Tribune

US urges Turkey, Iraq to cooperate to fight against PKK

Eurasia Group-Political Risks for 2008 -Risk 8: Turkey

27th Annual Conference On U.S.-Turkish Relations

IHT Much ado about head scarves

Secularists and observant Muslims would be wise to stop obsessing over head scarves - and start cooperating on the reforms Turkey needs.

EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - On Election Day, Turkey Outweighs Politics in Border Village

Armenia’s election: the waiting game, Vicken Cheterian

Sargsyan on track to win election in Armenia; opposition cries foul. With ballots from more than 10 percent of precincts counted, Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan had 53 percent of votes. Levon Ter-Petrosian, with, 11 percent of votes, said there were "hundreds, thousands of violations" at the polls.

EDM TURKISH MILITARY SET TO WARN AKP OVER HEADSCARF

Google News Fırat News Agency KurdishMedia Kurdish Kurdish Aspect BBC Monitoring

Askerden kara harekatı sinyali

ABD Savunma Bakanı Gates, Türkiye'yi de kapsayacak

[Fbis] OSC: Barzani Criticizes Iraqi Govt, Turkey's Attacks, Says 'Patience' Not Unlimited

Tension high in Diyarbakır one year ahead of local elections

Turkey weighing land operation vs PKK in Iraq

Article 140 must be implemented in within specified period

Cevdet Aşkın Kara harekâtı gün sayıyor, Kerkük Barzani'yi geriyor

Taha Kıvanç: Amerikan belgelerinde Kürtçe

New Turkish university to boost Turkey-N. Iraq ties

Scarf, secularism and Kurdish mobilization in Turkey by Mehmet Kalyoncu*

Sadi Somuncuoğlu Bir dil, bir millet ve bağımsızlık

Bağımsız Kosova, KKTC'ye mi yoksa Kürdistan'a mı örnek teşkil eder?

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Türk Dışişleri Bakanından, Federe Kürdistan’a geniş çaplı kara saldırısı tehdidi

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Bağdat'taki merkezi hükümetin, Kürd konsolosluklarındaki çalışmalara karışma hakkı yok

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AP Üyesi Anna Gomez: ”Kürdistan bölgesi, AB’nin etkili olması için uygun bir yer”

DTP'li Ayna: Eğer bir milletvekilimizin can güvenliği yoksa, Başbakanın da yoktur

Kurds Mull Case Vs Iraqi Oil Min Over Opposition To Oil Deals

"Ben teröristim sayın Savcım!"

ROJ TV'de panik

PKK�nın medyadaki sesi ROJ TV�ye her an kilit vurabilir. Gerekçe ise çok ilginç. Görmek için tıklayın

Google News Greece Cyprus Turkish Cypriot Press ABHaber

Turkey says hopes for fresh Cyprus peace drive

Ermeni seçiminin galibi Sarkisyan

France says rows must not hurt Turkey economic ties

Cyprus breaks new ground: Moderates to lead both sides

Yavuz Baydar ‘Denktaşopoulos is gone’

Beril Dedeoğlu The tripartite summit

Amanda Akçakoca An independent but dependent Kosovo

Papadopulos, ikinci tur seçimler için tutum belirlemeyecek

'Annan Planı geri gelmeyecek' sözü

TURKEY THROWS ITS WEIGHT BEHIND NABUCCO - Eurasia Daily Monitor

İlyas Kamalov Putin'in Kosova-KKTC kıyaslaması anlamlı mı?

Türkiye ve Kosova
Türkiye neden Kosova'yı ilk tanıyan ülkeler arasında?

Metin MÜNİR Kıbrıs'taki seçimin anlamı

Duvara ‘nefret’ yazıp yine kundakladılar

Turkey and EU meet in Brussels on terrorism

Armenian elections clouded by Kosovo independence

Eser Karakaş Ortak sahtekarlık ve yalancılık

Mensur Akgün Milliyetçilik, kristalleşme ve körleşme

Ermenistan'da birinci turun galibi Sarkisyan

Turkish man beaten by German police near death

Council adopts a revised Accession Partnership with Turkey

Turkey Says Tensions With France Weigh On Economic Ties - AFP

EU outlines new priorities for Turkey's accession_a

Ousted Cyprus president refuses to endorse runoff candidates

EDEK to support Christofias in run off Cyprus presidential elections

Ray of Hope in Cyprus By: Yusuf Kanli | Turkish Daily News With incumbent Tassos Papadopoulos' electoral defeat, we have two finalists who both want talks on reuniting the divided island and pledge a more conciliatory approach toward Turkish Cypriots in the North.

Hadi Uluengin Rumeli’nden Kosova’ya

Belçika’ya başkentinde terör destekçisi suçlaması

Bağımsız Kosova'ya Ankara'dan üç adım

'Türkiye ile artık eskisi gibi olmaz'

Fransız sosyalistlerin Türkiye atağı

Lebanon through the lens of Larnaca

UN denies pullout plan from Cyprus

Sırbistan'dan Türkiye'ye 'Kosova Notası'

Norway has no plans to import Turkish labour - Aftenposten.no

Almanya'da göçmenlerin siyasete katılımı tartışıldı

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Kosova konusunda meşruiyet tartışmaları

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Almanya’da uyum kampanyası

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Türkiye AB’nin Kosova misyonuna katkıda bulunacak

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Reinfeldt'den Türkiye'nin AB üyeliğine destek

Tuzla'da devlet yok Çalışma Bakanlığı'nın iki raporu, 'Tersaneler kusur dolu' dedi, ama hiçbir makamdan durumu değiştirmeye yönelik en küçük bir resmi adım gelmedi

Durdurun bu ölümleri

Türkiye'de casus filmi gibi olay

Hangi üniversite kaçıncı sırada

Dev-Sol davasında Adalet Bakanlığı mahkum

Boğaziçi’nde Ermenice artık seçmeli ders

Oray Eğin Yayın yönetmeni atamaya ne kadar meraklısınız

Mehmet Barlas ATV'de ana haberi sunacak

20 Şubat 2008 Basın Özeti

H3Kritik karar

'Mesaj' gibi karar

Anayasa Mahkemesi'nden CHP'ye kötü haber: Esastan inceleme yapmayacağız

Karadan gireriz

Murat Yetkin - MGK'dan Kürt paketi

Atatürkçüler türbanlı kızlara burs vermeli

İbrahim Karagül: Kuzey Irak'ı “işgal” ve yeni senaryolar

Cengiz Çandar Kıbrıs, Kosova ve Tayyip Erdoğan: AB yol işaretleri

Ahmet Taşgetiren Ak Parti'ye mesafeli durunca... ( 20.02.2008 )

Ruşen Çakır

Seçkincileri anlamıyoruz!

[NEWS ANALYSIS]
Turkey in same boat with unlikely allies over Kosovo

Enerjide kriz kapıdan döndü

Gülen cemaatinin ilginç ziyareti!

Fethullah Hoca'nın cemaati Irak savaşının mimarı Cheney'den "Müslümanlığı birleştirmek" için yardım istedi

Serdar Turgut Liberalin kimlik krizi

Ertuğrul Özkök Hayret edilecek bir cümle

Ahmet HakanMason balonunu patlatma denemesi (2)

M Ali BirandTürkiye’yi, Cezayir ile karşılaştıramazsınız

Cüneyt ÜlseverBir AKP klasiği: Biat! Tam biat!

Nagehan Alçı Cheney Türkiye’ye neden gelir?

Taha AKYOL Kosova ve etnik milliyetçilik

Şamil Tayyar Güle suikast iması

Nah diyeni pişman ederim

Mehmet Altan CIA’nın haber kaynağı kimdi?

Mustafa Akyol AK Parti liberalleri kaybetmemeli

Türk ve Avrupalı milliyetçi koalisyon AB’ye engel

Fikret BİLA Menderes: Bayar'ın yasağı kalksa Demirel zorlanırdı

Hasan CEMAL Herkes özgür olmadan asla!

İç Basında Türk Dış Politikası

Dış Basında Türkiye-AB İlişkileri Günlük Haftalık - Dış Basında Irak BBC Turkish 0700 VOA TSİ 06:30 Dış Basında Türkiye Turkish Press Review Google News Turkey Turquie Türkei TurcoPundit

Fehmi Koru: Özgürlükçü köklere dönüş...

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Ali Bayramoğlu: Kadınlar bu işe ne diyor?

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Kürşat Bumin: 'Demedi'den manşet çıkartanı da gördük

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Taha Kıvanç: Amerikan belgelerinde Kürtçe

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Hakan Albayrak: Bağımsızlık sembolü: Sultan Murad

İsmet Berkan - Laiklik elden gider mi?

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Haluk Şahin - Cep telefonunuz kimin elinde?

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Hakkı Devrim - Türban kavgasında asıl taraf

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M.Ali Kışlalı - MGK'da askeri dinlemek

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Avni Özgürel - Kutsal ittifaka ne oldu?

MEHMET KAMIŞ - Türkiye'nin diş ağrısı

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ABDÜLHAMİT BİLİCİ - Neden Kosova tanındı KKTC tanınmadı?

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A. TURAN ALKAN - İnsâfın o yerde nâmı yok mu?

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MUSTAFA ÜNAL - Ek 17 tuzağı

Mehmet Altan CIA’nın haber kaynağı kimdi?

Güneri CIVAOĞLU
Oy getirmez, götürür

Enis Berberoğlu

Oktay Ekşi Mahkemeden mesaj var

Tufan Türenç Başbakan sinirlenmedi hatta öfkelenmedi

Özdemir İnce ’Geçmişe mazi, yenmişe kuzu’ ya da ’Kendi etti kendi buldu!’

Anayasa Mahkemesi: Hukuk ihlali varsa şekilden bakılmaz

Yalçın Doğan Sözcülük yalan söylemek değil

Türker Alkan - Devrimcilik ve gençlik

Mehmet Barlas

Mehmet Y Yılmaz Mezarlıktan geçerken ıslık çalmakla yetinmeyin!

Bizi kabullenme mecburiyeti yok

MUHARREM SARIKAYA301 meydan muharebesi

ERDAL ŞAFAK"Sui generis"

ERGUN BABAHANBarış fırsatı

EMRE AKÖZDarbeciliğin genetik şifresi

Umur TaluBeraber yürürüz bu yollarda... Siz ıslanırsınız yağan yağmurda

HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN

NAZLI ILICAKMuhafazakârlar ve liberaller

MAHMUT ÖVÜR

YAVUZ DONATTekerlek kırılmadan "erken uyarı"

Bilal Çetin Türban senaryoları

Nasuhi Güngör ‘Hálá sosyal demokratım’

Nuray Başaran MHP'yi anlamak

Can Ataklı

Mehmet Tezkan

301�i değiştirmek mi oy getirir kömür, erzak dağıtmak mı?

İstanbul’a sekiz yeni ilçe kararı siyasi mi

MHP'den 'beyaz çarşaf' tepkisi

Muhalefet, 42 yeni ilçe kararına tepkili: Oy avcılığı

Yemek sohbeti

Artık seni de asar

MGK'da, türban ve kara operasyonu tartışılacak

Korku taciri felaket tellalı

Sayın rektörler, gerekçeler buyurmazlar ve bağlamazlar!
SAMİ SELÇUK

Ece TEMELKURAN
Göğün ve yerin adaleti!

Meral TAMER
Başı açık kadınların eşlerini saran korku

Anayasa Mahkemesi: ‘Esas’tan iptal yetkimiz yok

Türbanın ardından Vakıflar Yasası ve 301 gelmeli -

Türban yerine ekonomi

İstanbul'daki yerel yöneticiler memnun

Bahçeli: Demokrasi dışı müdahalelere çanak tutmayın

MHP, AKP'yi bekleyecek

Baykal: Çankaya sekiz gündür derin düşünce içinde

Çetelere karşı suskun

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Kutuplaşma uyarısı

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Baykal mahkemeye 'esastan' akıl verdi

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Ergenekon için gerekirse yasal düzenleme yaparız

ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIMBaşbakan'ın eleştirileri ekonomiye dönüş sinyali mi?

OKAN MÜDERRİSOĞLU
Merkez'e 'faizleri indirin' diye söyleyemiyoruz, siz söyleyin!

Ercan KumcuDüşük faizler piyasaların ahlakını bozdu mu

Erdal Sağlam

Turkey reports record $21.87 billion of FDI

Ege Cansen Köpeğini sallayan kuyruk

Gelecek konuşmadan iyimserlik ekilebilir mi? Uğur Gürses

İsmail Küçükkaya
Türbandan ekonomiye dönüş...

İBRAHİM KAHVECİTalihsiz bir başbakan

Güngör URAS Sahibi bilinmeyen şirketlerimizin sayısı artıyor

Hurşit GÜNEŞ Bankaların kâr rekorları kredilerle sağlandı

H4 New York Times Attack Iran, With Words By REUEL MARC GERECHT The Bush administration should advocate direct, unconditional talks between Washington and Tehran.

Pakistan Victors Want Dialogue With Militants The winners of the parliamentary elections said that they would take a new approach to fighting Islamic militants.

U.S. Ponders Next Steps in Pakistan After Election Results

Wisconsin Hands Obama a Victory, the Ninth in a Row Barack Obama cut into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s long-held support among women, union members and middle-aged voters in Tuesday’s primary.

Castro Circle Likely to Hold Power After His Resignation The announcement that Fidel Castro would step down opens the way for his brother Raúl or another member of his inner circle to become president

Editorial Twilight of the Dictators: A Chance for Pakistan — and the U.S. President Bush must reach out to Pakistan’s newly elected leaders, many of whom resent the U.S. for its uncritical support of the former general, Pervez Musharraf.
Twilight of the Dictators: And a Chance for Cuba — and the U.S. Now that Fidel Castro is finally stepping down, Washington needs to do all it can to help encourage a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba.

MAUREEN DOWD To Catch a Thief The Clinton camp has spent days trying to undermine Barack Obama’s chief asset, the elegant language that has sparked a generational boom.

H5 Washington Post Wisconsin to McCain, Obama; McCain Wins Wash.

Obama Chips Away at Clinton's Usual Hard Core of Supporters

Editorial Big Brother Steps Down Fidel Castro's departure leaves Cuba unchanged, for now.

A Card to Play for Cuba's Freedom

By Robert Kagan The 'resignation' of Fidel Castro may give both Cuban and American policies a chance to evolve.

Pakistan Remakes Its Political Landscape Musharraf's Party Concedes Defeat

Pakistan's Victory A democratic vote gives a decisive rebuke to Pervez Musharraf and Islamic extremists.

The Obama Delusion By Robert J. Samuelson There is a huge and deceptive gap between Obama's captivating oratory and his actual views

Uncertainty in Cuba as Castro Steps Down Ailing President And Foe of U.S. Ruled for 49 Years

Our Failed, Punitive Policy By Anya Landau French, Fidel Castro's leaving office on his own terms is a sign that U.S. efforts to bring down Cuba's socialist government have failed.

McCain Dulls Huckabee's Draw In sign of growing party unity, Arizona senator makes inroads among conservative voters.

In Cuba, Ruler With a Freer Hand Raúl Castro's public record, which has emerged during his interim presidency, suggests he would allow more political, economic latitude in Cuba

Hossein Derakhshan: Iran Revolution Revival

The Democrats' To-Do Lists By Ruth Marcus Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face opposite challenges in pursuing the Democratic nomination.

Serbs in Kosovo Set 2 Border Posts Afire Protesters Resist Idea of Independence

The Two Paths of Castro's Legacy in Latin America More Leaders Inspired To Adapt Revolution Than Embrace It

H6 Guardian Blair's plan to lead Europe hits fierce opposition Tony Blair's EU track record and Iraq seen as obstacles to getting new post of president

The voice of a country Leader: For once, the voice of the people of Pakistan has been loud and clear

Saving Sarkozy Dominique Moisi President Sarkozy's popularity has plunged in France, endangering his prized reform agenda. Can he recover?

Obama and McCain win in Wisconsin

Hillary Clinton fails to stall her rival in Wisconsin primary, while John McCain takes an easy victory

Democrat rivals tackle ailing US economy

Musharraf suffers Pakistan poll rout

Political endgame looms for Musharraf as party evicted from power and rivals close in

Jason Burke: A quiet triumph for urban Pakistanis

A clear verdict Hassan Abbas

Pakistani voters have demonstrated their rejection of Musharraf's high-handedness and political cronyism

Pakistan's leap of faith

Brian Katulis The extraordinary result in Monday's election was that those in power conceded defeat - making possible a peaceful transition

First draft of the Iraq dossier

Serbian convoy enters Kosovo

KFor troops rescue staff from torched border posts amid fears over partition of new state

Europe's independence day Daniel Korski On foreign policy, the EU's 27 members often have difficulty getting their act together. But they have proved effective in Kosovo

The end of multilateralism? Ian Bancroft Recognition of Kosovo's independence will erode two fundamental international pillars, sovereign equality and the inviolability of borders

For Palestinians, the power of mass non-violence would be undeniable

Jonathan Freedland: An unarmed resistance modelled on Martin Luther King's civil rights movement could be the way to wake the world

Historic opportunity Steve Clemons Now that Fidel Castro is stepping down, the United States should end its cold war with Cuba - but will it?

Opec worries drive oil price to $100

Crude oil over $100 a barrel for the first time, following jitters over possible tightening of supply

Kosovan consequences Mladen Tosic: The issue of independence for Kosovo creates a legal precedent that could potentially lead to instability and conflict across the world

Poll: economic confidence sinking

Sharp drop in economic confidence hitting poorest people hardest, Guardian/ICM research reveals

Litvinenko 'was traitor', says suspect

Suspect in murder of Russian dissident says former spy's death was caused by 'reckless way of life'

Castro resigns as Cuban president

Bush urges international community to use resignation as opportunity to help Cuba

World leaders call for country to seize moment

Profile: A career of constant struggle

Made in America Stephen Kinzer Fidel Castro's rule was defined by his defiance of the United States, but it was US intervention in Latin America that made him who he was

Fidel's exit means continuity. For change, look to Obama Ignacio Ramonet: No one can quite replace Castro, but Cuba's course is clear for now. Its future will depend on who takes the White House

The state is utterly clueless on the public-private divide Simon Jenkins: Northern Rock is far from unique. The government has long been throwing cash at behemoths that have failed to deliver

Farewell, Comrade Castro Leader: President Castro's resilience in itself secures him a place in history. But it cannot disguise the fact that his Cuba was undemocratic

H7 The Iraq War has been everyone’s loss, whatever side you were on. For many Iraqis it was a chance for a decent life, says George Packer. So often, that chance ended in death... more»

Al-Jazeera reports that more than seventy foreign firms have registered with the Iraqi government to compete for Iraq’s oil resources, despite the fact that the country has yet to settle on an oil revenue-sharing plan.

Washington Institute Iran's Parliamentary Elections: Assured Victory for the Supreme Leader

Energy insecurity worries IEA chief (By John Zarocostas)

Asia Times 'Known unknowns' of the Mugniyah killing
The perplexing Rumsfeldian logic - "we also know there are known unknowns" - applies to the killing of Hezbollah kingpin Imad Mugniyah last week in Damascus. The "known unknown" is the involvment of the Israeli Mossad. What's entirely unknown is the scope of retaliations the assassination has now set in motion. - Ramzy Baroud

CRS “Congressional Oversight and Related Issues Concerning the Prospective Security Agreement Between the United States and Iraq,” February 7, 2008.

French and Chinese Reactions to Kosovo

What Happened in Egypt? By: Mshari Al-Zaydi | Asharq Alawsat
The situation in Egypt summarizes, and will redeem, the situation of Arab countries that are trapped between a future that gleams from afar and a past that controls the present

Diplomacy Fetish By: Peter Huessy | The Washington Times
This year's presidential primary campaign has been largely devoid of any serious consideration of the national security threats facing this nation. Nothing illustrates this better than the vacuous views of Sen. Barack Obama, who says that we should "talk with the Iranians" without preconditions.

Iraqis Reconcile as Al-Qaeda Retreats - Deroy Murdock, Human Events

IRAN: Ahmadi-Nejad populism damages economy

American Thinker: Samantha Power and Obama's Foreign Policy Team

Castro Resigns as Cuba's President

H8 IraqSlogger Google News Iraq Iran Syria Mideastwire.com - NPR Iraq stratfor

BBC US envoy warns over Iraq pullout The US envoy to Iraq warns against an over-hasty pullout of troops amid policy pledges by Democratic hopefuls.

Iran allows reform candidates
The Iranian body that vets election candidates reinstates another 251 who had been banned from March's vote

Feature: Al-Qaida feels pressure in Iraq (UPI) -- U.S. and Iraqi forces are disrupting al-Qaida operation in the Tigris River Valley south of Mosul, where the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ha predicted a major battle against terrorists.

[Fbis] OSC: Iranian Envoy To IAEA Says Report on Iran Probably Out 22 Feb

[Fbis] OSC: Syrian Paper Notes Saudi-US-Lebanese Effort To 'Absolve Israel' of Assassination

Iraqi amnesty provision makes progress

Iraq to Buy 40 Aircraft From Boeing

Permanent US Army Command Taking Shape in Kuwait

Iraq-Iran Border Demarcation Talks Start in Tehran

Think Tank: Censorship Won't Defeat Islamists

Iraq: Will Al-Sadr Extend Militia Cease-Fire?

Iraq sees progress in reconstruction (UPI) -- Major construction projects throughout Iraq indicate the general mission there is shifting from a military engagement to one of overall reconstruction.

Iran has reinstated a further 251 previously disqualified candidates for parliament, bringing the total reinstated to 831. More than 2,000 had been rejected, most of them reformists.

Amr Moussa Talks to Asharq Al-Awsat

Lebanon: In an interview, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Lebanon seeks good ties with all states except Israel (Daily Star). Siniora said he hopes to mend Lebanese ties with Syria and Iran, but added that “it is not acceptable for Iran to view Lebanon as an arena for conflicts.”

Pharaonic Pump Sits Idle as Egypt Fails to Lure Farms to Desert By: Maher Chmaytelli and Abeer Allam | Bloomberg News President Hosni Mubarak set out in 1997 to reclaim 1 million acres of the Sahara Desert, spending $1 billion to turn an area the size of Jamaica into farmland for the Arab world's most populous nation. Today, only about 8,000 acres of land in the nearby Toshka Valley have been planted

H9 Ha’aretz Abbas aide: PA should mull unilaterally declaring independence Negotiator Abed Rabbo: Palestinians should take Kosovo's lead if talks fail, settlement activities go on

ANALYSIS: When it comes to Jerusalem, both sides are right

German intellectuals: Israel's creation made Palestinians victims of the Nazi Holocaust

Israel still building in West Bank despite PM's vow

Jerusalem Post Israel, US discuss deploying NATO troops in West Bank Plan spearheaded by Gen. James Jones has Israel worried whether the IDF will retain operational freedom in W. Bank in such case

A post-Annapolis breakthrough proposal

'US Jews more loyal to Israel' ADL director Abe Foxman tells Knesset that at least 35 million adult Americans hold anti-semitic views

Forty Years Later Marking the Struggle for Soviet Jewry

Fayad says negotiations too slow

PA prime minister tells Post Israel and Palestinians need to change behavior to reach peace goal.

Dutch anti-Semitism revisited

A new poll reveals the relentless nature of prejudice against Jews

Yedioth Ahronoth 'We did discuss Jerusalem'
Who's telling the truth? Palestinians say Tuesday's meeting between Olmert, Abbas dealt with all core issues, including Jerusalem; Earlier, Israeli officials said Jerusalem was not brought up at all during session Full Story . . .

'Stop preferential treatment'

German professors state modern-day Germany ‘has paid its debt in full to the Jewish people’

Don't help Fatah

Gaza war that would aim to help Abbas create Palestinian state immoral, Ron Breiman says

Daily Alert.orgMiddle East Progress - EJC Israeli Press Review Google News Israel - Palestine

More on US-Israel Alan Dowty, Rob Satloff, Harvey Sicherman. MESH.

Ex-Mossad Chief: Kill Terror-Supporting Heads of State

Out of the Shadows: Former Israeli intelligence chief Efraim Halevy explains why he advocates talks with Hamas.

Stratfor Hezbollah Retribution: Beware the Ides of March

If Kosovo Can Be Free, Why Not Palestine? Arab News

An Israeli-Arab odd couple seek peace in Hebron

Hamas Airs "Confessions of Pro-Abbas Plotters" -

A Balance of Terror in the War on Terror - Yoram Schweitzer (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)

H10 Christian Science Monitor

Pakistan rejects Musharraf rule, cheers democratic turn The opposition is expected to win by a landslide in a surprisingly smooth election.

Kosovo independence: Russia warns of separatist storm Frustration is deep over Western support for independence that Russia sees as destabilizing and against international law.

Fidel Castro retires as president of Cuba After nearly 50 years in power, Fidel effectively hands the reins to his younger brother, Raul Castro.

Anglican Archbishop: too intellectual to lead? The Archbishop of Canterbury faces criticism for his views on Islamic law and gay clergy. Is he just misunderstood?

Castro exit unlikely to thaw U.S.-Cuba relations The State Department said Tuesday that Castro's departure won't lead to a change in policy or the lifting of the embargo.

ASIA

Ringing in the Asian Century By: Kishore Mahbubani | Los Angeles Times We are entering a new era of world history: the end of Western domination and the arrival of the Asian century. The question is: Will Washington wake up to this reality?

FT WORLD NEWS: Party think-tank calls for checks on China's rulers

BBC Survival questions
What can Musharraf do next after defeat in Pakistan's elections?

Musharraf's days could be numbered, analysts say

Islamic fundamentalists lose big in Pakistan vote

After defeat for Musharraf, Pakistan awaits new government

Asia Times In Pakistan, the revenge of democracy Elections in Pakistan have dealt a humiliating blow to the government of President Pervez Musharraf and stinging defeats to his cronies and confidantes throughout the country. The margin of difference is so great, analysts say, even expected tampering can't overturn the public's mass dismissal of the current regime. But, it's not over yet. If the ruling government can manipulate post-election chaos a coalition government with Musharraf at the top is still a possibility. - Syed Saleem Shahzad

Analysis: India's Asian Security plan (UPI) -- In a move to check the spread of terrorism in Asia, India has suggested a three-part strategy to tackle the challenge.

CRS “How Large is China’s Economy? Does it Matter?,” February 13, 2008.

CEPS India as a Foreign Policy Actor - Normative Redux

140 Afghans Killed in 2 Days of Bombings

Pakistan and Violence By: Furhan Iqbal | Open Democracy
Why is Pakistan so violent? Furhan Iqbal seeks the roots of a problem that has been with the state since its formation in 1947.

Musharraf Has No Plans to Leave Musharraf Q&A: 'We Have to Move Forward'

Ballots and Bombs in Pakistan - The Economist editorial


Pakistan in Peril - The Austalian editorial

India and the U.N. (By Gus Bilirakis)

Slipping into darkness (By Harlan Ullman)

U.S. presses N. Korea on Syria The United States, alarmed by mounting evidence that North Korea gave nuclear assistance to Syria, has rejected pressure from some of its partners in six-nation talks to compromise on an overdue declaration of Pyongyang's nuclear activities, U.S. officials said yesterday.

FT Chinese peasants seek land rights


U.S.–Pakistan Relations - Lisa Curtis, Heritage Foundation

China’s Olympic Battle Plan By: Mark O'Neill | Asia Sentinel
Before the games begin, China intends to clear Beijing of tens of thousands of unwanted people and set up detention centres in the suburbs to hold petitioners who are expected to flock to the capital, while 70,000 police will patrol the district where most Olympic events will be held.

Where Bin Laden Hides By: Sana Haroon | The Guardian Pakistan's impenetrable Tora Bora is unreachable because of its alienation, in legal and civic terms, from the rest of the country

Parliamentary Election an Anti-Democratic Exercise By: Imran Khan | Miami Herald
Elections by themselves don't bring democracy. Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, loves elections. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been holding elections for 27 years. Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov has been in power for 30 years.

Political Change in North Korea
Parliamentary Library - Australia

Bashing Private Oil Companies No Longer Valid By: Carlos Alberto Montaner | Miami Herald
The big oil companies are not much loved in Latin America. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez has pounced on Exxon-Mobil. He has decided to punish it because the U.S. company sued his government in international court for nonobservance or violation of contracts. To Chávez, the exercise of a right in response to the violation of some accords is an affront to the nation and the Bolivarian revolution

H11 IHT Serbs torch border posts in northern KosovoThe violence, two days after Kosovo declared independence, forced NATO troops to intervene and fanned fears that the Serbian-dominated north could boil over into violence and lead to the partition of the newborn country.

EUROPE European press review

Time Why Kosovo Divides Europe

[Fbis] OSC: Interview With UK's Miliband Describing Kosovo as 'Unique Case'

Nato troops close Kosovo border Nato troops seal Kosovo's northern borders after Serb protestors torch police posts at crossing points.

Vanished name
From kingdom to Kosovo split in 80 years

Kosovo Was Then, This Is Now... - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Kosovo, New Nation, Old Problems - Harry de Quetteville, Sydney Morning Herald


Birth of a Nation Depends on Luck - Michael Sexton, The Australian

BBC Pain in Spain
Economic woes put Spain's PM in tough election race

Kosovo: The Obedient Child
of Europe
by Philip Cunliffe

Kosovo's Troubled Independence
Human Events

Does Balkanization Beckon Anew?
By Patrick J. Buchanan

The Commission's '08 Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package Clingendael This 15-page Dutch paper presents an overview of the European Commission's proposals for emissions trading and the promotion of renewable energy,,

H12 RFE/RLNobody's Fuel

Until last week, a liter of gasoline cost Turkmen drivers about as much as a loaf of cheap bread. But a new rationing scheme at the pump marks President Berdymukhammedov's first departure from populism and could signal a true break with perks of the past. ...

CEPS Rebranding Russia: Norms, Politics and Power

Google News Azerbaijan

Angry Moscow Ponders Next Move After Failing to Block Kosovo Independence By: Richard Weitz | World Politics Review Kosovo's Feb. 17 declaration of independence places the Russian government in an awkward position. Neither Moscow's nor Belgrade's pre-declaration threats prevented Pristina's parliament from voting 109-0 in favor of severing ties with Serbia.

BBC 'Sulkiest state'
How a chill descended on Russia's relations with the West

Sargsyan on track to win election in Armenia; opposition cries foul. With ballots from more than 10 percent of precincts counted, Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan had 53 percent of votes. Levon Ter-Petrosian, with, 11 percent of votes, said there were "hundreds, thousands of violations" at the polls.

Count under way in Armenia poll

Moscow Wary With CIS Separatists By: Nikolaus von Twickel | The Moscow Times Buoyed by major Western powers' moves to recognize Kosovar independence, the leaders of two separatist Georgian regions said Monday that they would press forward in their own quests for statehood. But the endorsement Presidents Sergei Bagapsh of Abkhazia and Eduard Kokoity of South Ossetia received from State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov may have been more lukewarm than they expected

Good Instinct Is the Secret of Putin's Success By: Konstantin Sonin | The Moscow Times Vladimir Putin is indeed one of the most successful Russian leaders, so it is curious that as his last term comes to an end in May, he does not seem to know the reasons for his own success

[Fbis] OSC: Abkhazia preparing for war - Georgian TV

[Fbis] OSC: Kosovo does not set precedent for Azeri-Armenian conflict - US embassy

[Fbis] OSC: Armenian opposition candidate's HQ reports election fraud

[Fbis] OSC: Armenian voter turnout over 69 per cent - election officer

[Fbis] OSC: Armenian presidential candidate's proxy questions official turnout

Experts Says Azerbaijan "Most Likely" Terrorism Target in South Caucasus

[Fbis] OSC: Armenian NGO says ex-president leading exit polls

Saakashvili Addicted to Power, Georgian Opposition Leader Says By: Celestine Bohlen | Bloomberg News
Irakli Okruashvili, an ally turned critic of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, said the head of state is addicted to power and will do ``everything'' to assure victory in a parliamentary election in May

Ukraine Digs Into EU Trade Talks By: Catrina Stewart | The Moscow Times
Ukraine kicked off trade talks with the European Union on Monday, a step likely to further alienate Russia, which has been fiercely resistant to the pro-Western policies adopted by governments in Kiev and Tbilisi

Watching Russian Democracy in Action - Christopher Marcisz, Boston Globe

A George Washington Moment, Putin Style Foreign Policy By Mark Medish

EDM KOSOVAR INDEPENDENCE RECOGNIZED, RUSSIA’S BLUFF CALLED IN ABKHAZIA AND SOUTH OSSETIA


- NAZARBAYEV’S MESSAGE TO HIS PEOPLE FUELS CONTROVERSIES

H13 The Times Nato troops called to Kosovan border Demonstration of more than 1,000 Serbs rejecting Kosovo’s secession descended into violence as checkpoints were set on fire

Pakistani Poker The triumphant opposition must not overplay its election victory

He stood up to the US - and survived In the case of Cuba the transfer of power from one Castro brother to another reveals a complex and interesting process Mark Falcoff

Seize the Day With Castro's resignation, Cuba can fast-forward to 1989

Obama extends winning run with Wisconsin victory

Wall Street Journal Pakistan and the Bush Doctrine
The election results are being billed as a repudiation of Musharraf and Bush. Vindication is a better word.

Separation Anxiety By THOMAS DE WAAL

Our Economic Dilemma
By Martin Feldstein This time around, there's not much the Fed can do.

Beyond Musharraf
By Husain Haqqani Good news for everyone worried about an Islamist takeover.

49 Years of Fidel The ailing communist dictator passed the torch yesterday. It's not a sufficient condition for Cuban freedom, but a necessary one.

Balkanized Europe

Fidel Castro Steps Down

Castro resigned as Cuba's president, after nearly a half-century in power. The move paves the way for his brother to take over permanently and raises speculation of economic and social changes in the Western Hemisphere's only communist country

H14 Financial Times History’s hurdle for the Democrats The Reagan coalition of libertarians, hawks and the religious right is cracking up but it is not clear this will help the Democrats, argues Michael Lind

US risks mother of all meltdowns The link between the bursting housing bubble and the fragile financial system has created huge dangers for the US and the world, writes Martin Wolf

Crunch on defence Britain’s armed forces need a clear vision for the future but the national security strategy is likely to be so broad and vague as to be almost useless

Time for Pakistan’s politicians to unite President Pervez Musharraf should spare himself and Pakistan the trouble of impeachment and allow the new parliament to elect a new president

Raise the renminbi It has long been clear that the renminbi peg was storing up trouble but central bank losses mean China has a spur to let the currency’s rise accelerate

Gideon Rachman’s blog Kosovo and self-determination: The whole situation is a reminder that “European unity” can quickly shatter, when EU members feel that their basic national interests are at stake

WORLD NEWS: Maritime dispute draws EU into another Balkan tussle

Backlash against business intensifies German business is facing a dramatic loss of influence as a political force after the launch of the country’s biggest ever investigation targeting wealthy tax evaders

WORLD NEWS: Tehran's atomic ambition rises above domestic debate

Nuclear plans are peaceful, says Larijani Iran’s former top security official says the UN watchdog investigating Tehran’s nuclear plans has all the information it needs to establish the programme is of a peaceful nature

Transcript of Larijani interview

Iran’s vetting body reinstates candidates An Iranian hardline vetting body has reinstated another 250 candidates who had been barred from running for the country’s March parliament election, the official IRNA news agency reported

World powers tested over Kosovo stability

WORLD NEWS: Oil tips over $100 mark as Opec chief rules out rise in output

Query the case for aircraft carriers Ministers must look again at plans for two big aircraft carriers to deploy Royal Navy and Royal Air Force combat planes, writes Michael Quinlan

Nationalisation’ that is no such thing Governments have to act in extreme circumstances, but that does not mean they have succumbed to a rebirth of socialism, argues Will Hutton

Credit Suisse shocks with $2.8bn loss Credit Suisse sent fresh tremors through the banking sector when it revealed $2.85bn of losses on structured credit positions caused in part by “pricing errors” by some of the Swiss investment bank’s trade

H15 Los Angeles Times Analysis: Is Wisconsin the beginning of the end for Clinton? |

Cubans contemplate a future with Fidel on the sidelines It wasn't clear from Castro's resignation letter whether his brother would emerge as president or if the leadership would pass to a new generation.

Ringing in the Asian century

By Kishore Mahbubani The West needs to get used to the end of its era of world domination.

'Frontline' looks at the Haditha incident

EditorialShame, Sen. McCain

Editorial: His vote against a ban on 'enhanced' interrogation methods belies his opposition to torture.

Bush's final year The president has 11 months left in office — what's left for him to do? Jeff Lomonaco and Byron York debate.

U.S., major EU countries recognize Kosovo Other nations withhold support for fear of inflaming secessionist movements elsewhere

'Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World,' by Samantha Power

Top Marine sees hopeful signs in Anbar province

H16 American Politics

Obama, McCain win big in Wisconsin

Obama by the Numbers: Twice-Told Tales, and Nine in a Row

Obama Gaining Among Middle-Aged, Women, Hispanics

Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008

Exit Polls: Voters Seek ‘Change’ in Wisconsin

Roger Simon / The Politico: Clinton targets pledged delegates

Obama Closes In On Clinton In Ohio

How Obama won Wisconsin

From The American Conservative, a special issue on John McCain and the Great Betrayal.

McCain, small-c and large-C

By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY

It may strike some conservatives as odd, if not absurd, to see John McCain being subjected to an auto-da-fé by Torquemadas of the right

McCain's Rise May Upset Democrats' Western Strategy

If superdelegates pick nominee, Democrats face backlash The idea that party insiders would decide contest strikes many as 'undemocratic.'

Is Demography Destiny? - Kurt Andersen, New York Magazine

How McCain Should Take On Obama - Peter Wehner, RealClearPolitics


The Manchurian Conservative - Christopher Buckley, New York Times

realclearpoliticsABC’s The Note US News Political Bulletin

Early Bird GovExec Swamp Gas The Swamp

NYRB Dreams from Obama
By Darryl Pinckney

H17 Daily Telegraph Prepare for the unexpected in Russia In the Putin-Medvedev tango, writes Lilia Shevtsova, prime minister Putin president is going to be the lead dancer. Medvedev is left with a somewhat humiliating role

Musharraf urged to step down

Pervez Musharraf faces calls for his removal as president of Pakistan after being routed in parliamentary elections.

Gordon Brown's White House choice? Whichever Democrat might be sworn in next January, says Irwin Stelzer, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are having a serious flirtation with protectionism.

Cuba opts for hereditary rule

The welcome decision by Fidel Castro to stand down after nearly 50 years as Cuba's president and commander-in-chief should be an occasion for quiet optimism.

John F Kennedy 'assassins plot' revealed Lost documents said to be a "conspiracy theorist's dream come true" suggest Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby plotted to kill Kennedy

Iraq war dossier 'based on spin' The "dodgy dossier" on Iraq which the Government used as its basis for war strongly resembled a draft by a spin doctor.

First draft of the dodgy dossier

H18 Independent Musharraf resigned to ceremonial role as opposition parties prepare for power Severely weakened by a crushing election defeat and facing the prospect of possible impeachment, Pervez Musharraf has reportedly resigned himself to serving a "ceremonial" role as the country's president.

Revealed: the first draft of dossier that took Britain to war

Adios, Castro: Fidel is a relic of a vanished age and fossilised revolution Just a few more months and it would have been 10. Fidel Castro had already seen off nine US presidents, and had he hung on until 20 January 2009, George Bush would have joined them.

The Castropedia: Fidel's Cuba in facts and figures

H19Military Intelligence Terrorism

Multidimensional and Integrated Peace Operations NUPI A 15-page Norwegian discussion paper elaborating on the security challenges facing the UN, EU and NATO when carrying out peace operations in threatres around the world

Six Questions on the Politics of Intelligence Ken Silverstein interviews A.J. Rossmiller

NYRB The Greatest Threat to Us All By Joseph Cirincione
On Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race by Richard Rhodes, and three other books.

PBS Frontline’s Haditha: “Rules of Engagement”

Effort to Shoot Down Satellite Could Inform Military Strategy

[Fbis] OSC: OSC Report: International Officials, Media Question US Plans To Down Satellite

Spy Satellite's Scheduled Destruction Raises Concerns About Diplomatic Fallout By: Carmen Gentile | World Politics Review
The Pentagon's decision to shoot down a failing U.S. spy satellite has prompted speculation about why the orbiter must intentionally be destroyed and has reignited debate regarding the military and diplomatic implications of using weapons in space

Foreign Policy and the Center for a New American Security have conducted an unprecedented survey of 3,400 retired and serving U.S. military officers. The findings reveal a military stretched thin by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Financial Times has the scoop here; full findings will be published on ForeignPolicy.com at 10 a.m. today. [UPDATE: Here they are.]

Extremism's Deep Pockets: The Growing Challenge of Fighting Terrorist Financing

The Military vs. Marriages By: Laura Dempsey | The Washington Post The U.S. Army recently announced that it would pay captains up to $35,000 in retention bonuses to stem the tide of junior officers leaving the Army, in part because of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Justice at Guantanamo - Washington Post editorial


Pelosi's Wiretap Offensive - Wall Street Journal editorial


Ban on 'Enhanced' Interrogation - Los Angeles Times editorial

Analysis: Spy agency hunts tax evaders (UPI) -- A German spy agency has paid a secret informant some $7.3 million for a CD containing incriminating data on rich Germans who transferred billions to nearby Lichtenstein to avoid taxes. It's the biggest blow against tax fraud in Germany, and the first that has the country's intelligence agency involved.

European windfall A nosediving housing market; financial markets in disarray; gas prices near an all-time high: These are the symptoms of a nation in financial upheaval, at a potential inflexion point from which we may sink lower or emerge stronger. It's part of a disturbing trend of exporting jobs and capital, and importing cheap labor and products, all of which undermines America's working families and our economy.

REPORTER HELD IN CONTEMPT IN ANTHRAX CASE...

H20 Slate White Men Jumped

How Obama won over key Clinton supporters in Wisconsin, and why it matters. John Dickerson

Musharraf Powerless, Islamists Defeated What happened in the Pakistani elections?
Nicholas Schmidle

A Death in Damascus After the assassination of Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah finds itself squeezed between Syria and Iran. Michael Young

An Uncertain Future: Law Enforcement, National Security and Climate Change ORG A 22-page UK report exploring the environmental, socio-economic and security consequences of climate change

International Comparisons of Productivity, 11 pages; PDF

A Chartbook Of International Labor Comparisons: The Americas, Asia, Europe (January 2008 update) (PDF; 547 KB)
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The Internet's Vulnerability By: Adam Wolfe | ISN Security Watch
The recent outage of telecommunications service in the Middle East shows that while the internet is famously resilient, it remains remarkably easy to cut millions off of the network

GLOBAL WARMING? IT'S THE COLDEST WINTER IN DECADES

H21 From The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert reviews Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler

Their Deepest, Darkest Discovery Scientists Create a Black That Erases Virtually All Light

Can we teach people to be happy? Anthony Seldon and Frank Furedi debate

Which are the most popular conspiracy theories?

Why is the love song the most popular form of music in the world? Because love songs are about the very thing the music instinct is for... more»

BBC programmes on iTunes

Millions of iPod owners will be able to watch BBC programmes on the go following a ground-breaking deal with Apple.

Do professors indoctrinate students by expressing a political ideology in the classroom? Good question. Watch this space... more»

Dirty Pictures By: Tim Footman | The Guardian
The Wikipedia controversy over images of Muhammad reminds us that what's good for Florida isn't necessarily right for the rest of the world.

What Nietzsche means to philosophers today: Prescient and misunderstood or excessively sensitive and irrelevant?

'Google generation' myths The Web is changing the way everyone finds information, not just kids.

SPECIAL REPORT: Technology and government The road to e-democracy E-government is only the beginning

Floating a New Idea for Going Wireless Jerry Knoblach wants to bring wireless service to millions of rural Americans. His plan: Beam it down from balloons hovering at the edge of space. His company already launches 10 balloons a day and has caught the eye of Google, which is now pushing into wireless services.

Oxford's $4 million 'God' question
University to study if belief in divine being is basic part of our makeup.

If Kosovo, Why Not Vermont?

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Türkiye-Ermenistan Protokolü Üzerine Düşünceler 3 Eylül 2009
"Obama’nın Savaşı":AfPak Üzerine Notlar 20 Nisan 2009
Obama’nın Ardından 17 Nisan 2009
Obama’nın Türkiye Gezisi ve Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri 19 Mart 2009
ABD ve Orta Doğu Barış Süreci Mart 2009
Obama’nın “Kırkı Çıkarken” Mart 2009

ABD-PKK “İlişkisi” Üzerine Notlar Şubat 2009
Mahşerin Üç Atlısı: Ross, Holbrooke ve Mitchell 5 Şubat 2009
SOFA ABD için Irak’ta “Sonun Başlangıcı” mı? Ocak 2009
Obama Döneminde ABD ve Asya 15 Ocak 2009
Obama’nın Güvenlik Kabinesi Üzerine Notlar 4 Aralık 2008
Yeni ABD Başkanı Obama ve Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri 6 Kasım 2008
ABD Başkanlık Seçimlerinin Türk-Amerikan İlişkilerine Muhtemel Etkileri 30 Ekim 2008
ABD Başkanlık Seçimleri Ekim 2008
Obama’nın Biden’ı Tercihinin Bir Tahlili 26 Ağustos 2008
Amerikan Sağı Üzerine Notlar Ağustos 2008
Gürcistan Krizi, ABD ve Türkiye 11 Ağustos 2008
Obama'nın Dış Gezisi 29 Temmuz 2008
Başkan Bush’un Avrupa Gezisi ve Transatlantik İlişkileri 18 Haziran 2008
ABD Seçimleri (ppt) - 10 Haziran 2008
"Sessiz Tsunami": Global Gıda Krizi (ppt) - 29 Nisan 2008
Amiral Fallon'un İstifası 13 Mart 2008
ABD ve PKK İlişkisi Üzerine Notlar 22 Kasım 2007
“İçeride Liberal, Dışarıda Şahin”: K. Irak’a Harekat Üzerine Notlar 25 Ekimy 2007
K.Irak'a Ekonomik Müeyyideler Üzerine Sorular 25 Ekimy 2007
Irak "Hamle"sinin Muhasebesi Eylül 2007
Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri - Yeni Dönemin Gündemi Eylül 2007
ABD, K. Irak ve Türkiye Üzerine Notlar ve Sorular Haziran 2007
ABD ve Orta Doğu: "Müflis mirasyedi" mi "stratejik deha" mı? Mayıs 2007
Recommendations for Strengthening U.S.-Turkish Relations February 26, 2007
ABD'nin Irak'taki Seçenekleri Ocak 2007
'Topal Ördek'le İki Yıl Daha: 2006 Kongre Seçimleri Aralık 2006
U.S.: Empire, Gulliver or the “First Among Unequals” (ppt) - ASAM 2023 Conference - October 2006
Türk-Amerikan İlişkilerinde “İkinci Bahar” mı, “Sonun Başlangıcı” mı? Stratejik Analiz - Haziran 2006 -
Irak’ta Direnişin ve İşgalin Gölgesinde Demokrasi Deneyi Avrasya Dosyası - İslam ve Demokrasi Özel Sayısı
Gurur ve Önyargı: ABD İran Gerginliği ve Türkiye Stratejik Analiz Nisan 2006 - (pdf)
Arzın Merkezine Seyahat: ABD Ulusal Güvenlik Konseyi - Journey to the Center of the World: U.S. National Security Council Avrasya Dosyası 2005
Dört Tarz-ı Siyaset: Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri ve Başbakan Erdoğan’ın Washington Ziyareti Temmuz 2005
11 Eylül’den Sonra Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri: Eski Dostlar mı Eskimeyen Dostlar mı? Avrasya Dosyası - 2005
“Dört Yıl Daha”: Yeni Bush Yönetimi ve Dünya Aralık 2004
2004’ten 2005’e Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri Aralık 2004
Türkiye, Iraklı Kürtler ve Statükonun Meşruiyeti Nisan 2004 - eksik
Askerî Alanda Devrim: Askerî Bir Senfoni Ocak 2004
Çirkin Amerikalı’ ile ‘Güven Bunalımı’: ‘Süleymaniye Krizi ve Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri Temmuz 2003 - ( pdf )
The Middle East: A Land of Opportunity and Peril for Turkey - May 2003
Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri Üzerine Notlar: Ataerkil Yapıdan Tüccar Mantığına mı? Mayıs 2003
Türkiye, ABD ve Irak Harekâtı: Hayır Diyebilen Türkiye? - Şubat 2003
Değişim, ‘Sense of Proportion’ ve Tarihin Yararları ile Sınırları Üzerine Nisan 2003
ABD Güvenlik Politikalarında Güç Kullanımı ve Caydırıcılık Ağustos 2002
“Yalnız Kovboy” ya da “Eşit Olmayanlar Arasında Birinci”: ABD Dış Politikasında Tektaraflılık-Çoktaraflılık Tartışmaları Mart 2002
İyi, Kötü ve Çirkin: ABD'nin Orta Doğu Politikaları Ocak 2002
Unilateralism corrupts, absolute unilateralism corrupts absolutely Turkish News, May 21, 2002
ABD ve Afganistan: Çıkış Var mı? Kasım 2001
Realism and Change
Crime and Punishment - Deterrence and its Failure in Theory and Practice 2001
“Tüketebileceğimizden Daha Fazla Değişim” ya da Eskimeyen Dünya Düzeni Ekim 2001
“ABD-AB İlişkilerinde Metal Yorgunluğu” Haziran 2001
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