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30 April 2008
  April 30, 2008

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H1 Financial Times Food crisis is a chance to reform global agriculture Nobody knows how long these shocks will last, but they demand rapid policy changes across the globe. We must choose between fragmenting markets further and integrating them, between helping the poor and letting even more starve, writes Martin Wolf

Israel’s pride and prejudice at 60 If 60 is for an individual the age of maturity, it is a very young age for a state. Israel remains, for the lack of a better word, an adolescent state. Give Palestinians hope, urges Dominique Moïsi

The Shift Toward an Israeli-Syrian Agreement | Stratfor

Ha’aretz Top Syrian emissary: Israel peace won't cut our Iran ties Senior Syrian analyst tells Hezbollah TV 'it would be naive to think Syria would abandon strategic alliances.'

Bush: Disclosure of IAF strike on Syria sends message to Iran

Graham Allison Blocking Iran's Nuclear Bomb

New US carrier in Gulf a "reminder" to Iran: Gates

Washington Post Obama Calls Minister's Comments 'Outrageous'

Editorial Parting With the Pastor Sen. Barack Obama's painful journey

The Necessary Three-Front War By Michael Gerson Is America treating these related insurgencies with sufficient seriousness?

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars As Farmers Feed Ethanol Plants, a Costly Link Is Forged Between Food and Oil

U.S. Role Deepens in Sadr City Fierce Battle Against Shiite Militiamen Echoes First Years of War

Averting an Energy Crisis By: Graham Allison and Robbie Diamond | The Boston Globe
Gas prices are skyrocketing; the average price of a gallon of regular hit $3.50 last week. Venezuela has threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States. The dollar has fallen by 30 percent against the euro over the past two years. Could things possibly get worse?

The Times US blundered by crying wolf and keeping secrets

With its claims about Syria's secret bomb-building, the US has left itself open to every charge of bending intelligence to fit politics

Bronwen Maddox

US marines pour in to attack Afghan drug town

The 2,400 marines, many of them veterans of the war in Iraq, were involved in an assault on Garmser in Helmand province

Serbia inches closer to the EU

Foreign ministers toasted the new cooperation pact but it was seen as a gesture to help pro-EU politicians in Serbia

Los Angeles Times China's powerful weakness By Francis Fukuyama Beijing's reach isn't big enough to stop local governments from abusing the rights of ordinary citizens.

Jacob Heilbrunn: Former Reagan national security advisor Robert McFarlane says McCain presidency would be run by neoconservative hawks, not realists, at least initially.,,

Scowcroft: Obama-style diplomacy needed

Iran throws a counter lasso against the US GulfNews By Amir Taheri,

A Poisoned Chalice? The Crisis in National Security Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies Full Document (PDF; 1.6 MB)

Asia Times Iran holds key to India's energy insecurity In terms of its energy needs, India has woken to the simple fact that nearly all roads lead to Tehran, both as a source of energy as well as an outlet for other countries' energy exports to India. This could be the first step in a whole gamut of economic, trade, cultural, political and even security cooperation. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi

US embroiled in de-basing deal The George W Bush administration is in crucial negotiations with the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki over the future relationship between Iraq and the United States. The core issue relates to permanent military bases, but no one is saying so, even as a year-end deadline looms. - Daniel Smith

The State Department's annual report on terrorism, formally known as the Country Reports on Terrorism, is due out this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

FT The Fed should hold rates for now The past month has brought a dramatic change in expectations for interest rates over the next few years, without any dramatic change in Fed rhetoric

Guardian For the good of all its people, Israel must pursue diversity Amitai Etzioni: If Jews and Arabs alike had the right to practise their religions - or none at all - violence and hatred would be curbed

CBS 'Hostile' Iran Sparks US Attack Plan second American aircraft carrier steamed into the Persian Gulf Tuesday as the Pentagon ordered military commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran

US Brings Iraq-Like Surge to Afghan Conflict

Analysis: Future of EU-Russia relations By STEFAN NICOLA (UPI) -- The European Union hopes to soon finish weaving the fabric of a new partnership agreement with Russia amid continuing differences with Moscow over energy security and foreign policy.

Georgia-Russia tensions ramped up Russia warns it will retaliate if Georgia uses force against its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Christian Science Monitor

Fight Al Qaeda's plan, not its ideas The cold war showed it's easier to fight strategy than ideology.

An Afghan officer, NATO behind him, leads an assault

In Afghanistan's troubled south, one mission shows how far the Afghan Army has come –and what remains to be done

Graham Allison Case Study: Red Teaming Iran's Supreme Leader

Independent The power struggle The price of power and who foots the bill for Britain's rocketing energy costs took centre stage yesterday as the oil giants Shell and BP unveiled huge combined profits of £7.2bn, made in just three months, and consumers were hit with a new round of steep rises in prices from gas and electricity to air travel.

Hamish McRae: We will never have cheap oil again

Israel told to tackle West Bank plight Israel is coming under concerted international pressure to give swift agreement to specific measures to improve Palestinian life in the West Bank which senior diplomats believe could eventually make or break negotiations between the Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, and the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

Wolfowitz Admits 'Clueless' on Counterinsurgency by Eli Lake

EurasiaNet Azerbaijan: Did Washington Have a Hand in Stopping Nuclear Shipment Headed for Iran? Azerbaijan’s refusal to release Russian nuclear power plant equipment headed to Iran has put the country at the center of a diplomatic firestorm. Analysts are divided over the source of the trouble. A former Azerbaijani presidential aide believes that the United States asked Baku to halt the shipment, while another expert contends that Russia, ambivalent about Iran’s nuclear program, is deliberately delaying handing over the necessary documentation to release the shipment

H2 - IS TURKEY PLAYING A REGIONAL ROLE AT LAST?
Eurasia Daily Monitor By Gareth Jenkins

Murat YetkinABD, İran konusunda Türkiye'den ne bekliyor?

French ruling party seeks referendum on Turkey

Iraq's Kurds are mistaken in protecting the PKK - Daily Star - Lebanon Abdulkadir Onay

Turkey’s clash of values: memo to Europe, Cem Özdemir

Free speech reform said approved by Turk parliament

Kemal Derviş Perspectives on the United Nations and Development (mp3, video)

"Sessiz Tsunami": Global Gıda Krizi (ppt) - 29 Nisan 2008

NEFA: Interview of Turkish Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) Fighter "Abu Yasir al-Turki" (Interview)

BBC Turkey reforms controversial law Turkey's parliament approves the softening of a law criticised by the EU for limiting free speech, reports say.

Türkmen gazı Rusya'ya takıldı Nabucco'da ibre Irak'a kayıyor

Obama’dan Ermenilere destek

Turkey's parliament softens law restricting free speech

İç Basında Türk Dış Politikası Dış Basında Türkiye - BBC Turkish 0700 VOA TSİ 06:30 Turkish Press Review Google News Turkey TurcoPundit

Google News Fırat News Agency KurdishMedia Kurdish Kurdish Aspect Dış Basında Irak BBC Monitoring Inter-national

PKK'da Zaza çatlağı -

PKK’da iç hesaplaşma infazla sonuçlandı

Teröristlerin, 'askerî birliği havaya uçurma' planı son anda önlendi

Cevdet Aşkın Genelkurmay sert, PKK 'yaralı', gözler Barzani'yle görüşmede

Beril Dedeoğlu Suriye-İsrail ve Türkiye

Milli Güvenlik dersinde PKK tartışması

Golan Tepeleri’nden Erdoğan’a mektup ve Ahmet Davutoğlu

Sakık: Kürtleri hangi madde koruyacak

HAK-PAR Parti meclisi toplantısı sonuç bidirisi

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KADEP'den Basın Açıklaması

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Türk Heyeti, F.Kürdistan hükümeti Başbakanı Neçirvan Barzani ile görüşecek!

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Amed zindanı, “Dünyanın en kötü şöhretli“cezaevleri arasında!

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Perinçek, “şerefli Türk generali” dediği Küçük’e sadece “merhaba” etmiş!

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PKK Taksim’de silahlı çatışma çıkaracak demagojisi

Everyday Life for Kurds in Turkey

Bomba yüklü minibüs alarmı

PKK�da yine iç hesaplaşma

Google News Greece Cyprus Turkish Cypriot Press ABHaber Dış Basında Türkiye-AB İlişkileri Günlük Haftalık

French ruling party seeks referendum on Turkey

Sami Kohen Avrupa’nın ince ayarı

Almanya'daki Türkler: İki kültür arasında bir dünya

Türkiye'nin AB yolu

Fransa referandum için anayasa değişikliğine gidiyor

301'inci madde

Değişikliği MHP Milletvekili Gündüz Aktan'la konuştuk

Beril Dedeoğlu Lisbon Treaty? What’s that?

Amanda Akçakoca Turkey, the EU and the enemy within

UPDATE 1-Turkey to launch 2 power grid auctions Wednesday

Obama, Ermeni seçmenine göz kırptı

Obama’dan Ermenilere destek

Barack Obama'dan gecikmeli "Ermeni" çıkışı

Yunanistan ve Rusya 'Güney Akım'da el sıkıştı

'Dicle'deki ölümler'

AKPM Komisyonu: Türkiye nehirde öldüğü söylenen mültecileri araştırsın

Dışişlerinde devir teslim

CHP not getting European sympathy regarding EU policy

Ankara’da sürpriz toplantı

Turkey debates free-speech reform

Fransa’da Türkiye karşıtı son hamle

Gümrük Birliği’nde Çırak Çıktık

'Avrupa aynı zamanda bir İslam kıtasıdır'

Washington'da siyah vekillere resepsiyon

Armenian PM welcomes Turkish dialogue request

Özcan'dan AB'ye: "Türban yasağı kalkacak"

Turkcell Becomes the First Turkish Company to be a Member of the Centre for European Policy Studies

�Türkiye�ye hayır� kriteri

Turkish Trade Delegation In Florida For Talks

The Turkish question

“Marmara’nın altı fokur..

BM: 'Türkiye Gıda Krizinden Etkilenebilir'


Hedo Okur Tuncay Nihat Altintop

20 yıl öncenin grev gözcüsü Erdoğan

Cengiz Çandar 'Muasır medeniyet'e direniş, 'kaos'un zaferi

Güvenlikte tesettür kıstası

Fuhuş telefonundan onun ismi çıktı!

İETT hakkında �usulsüzlük� iddiası

Doktor ve avukata kıskaç

Diyanet’ten çok eşli evlilik açıklaması

[Exclusive interview]
Mario Jardel: Leaving Galatasaray was the biggest mistake of my life

Savcıdan çeteye teminat

Gezi ve konukta rekora koşuyor

2029’a kadar büyük deprem kaçınılmaz

Neler neler yaparız

Hüseyin Üzmez dinlemeye takılmış!

30 Nisan 2008 Basın Özeti

H3 Gece yarısı bildirisinin serencamı

Hasan Celal Güzel: Bildiri Büyükanıt'a emrivakiydi

Danıştay'da görmezden gelinen dört bağlantı!

Muhbirden ürperten iddia: Bombaları binbaşıdan aldım

Muhtırayı CHP teşvik etti

Demirel 23 Nisan'da Ağar'la buluştu ve baskı yaptı

MUHARREM SARIKAYAKarargâh ve konuttaki bildirinin perde arkası

Başbakan’a Yüce Divan iması

AKP'de savunma için geri sayım

Erdoğan hakkında dosya hazırlanıyor

Bunun adı yeşil alerjisi

1 Mayıs kâbus günü olmaktan çıksın

Şahin'nden sert 1 Mayıs uyarısı!

301 . madde değiştirildi

Milliyet Son Dakika

Ahmet Taşgetiren Ak Parti’nin içi

Kolay oynanan ülke

Ruşen - Çakır Tayyip Erdoğan: Hem tek hem tek başına

Taha Akyol İğrenç!

Fikret Bila Söyleyene değil, söylenene bakalım...

Hasan Cemal Hedef önce başı, sonra gövdeyi mi teslim almak?

Murat YetkinABD, İran konusunda Türkiye'den ne bekliyor?

İsmet Berkan1 Mayıs ve Taksim fetişizmi

Fehmi KoruFehmi Koru: Bölgede sular ısınıyor

Taha Kıvanç“Söylemedi” demeyin

Koç Gelişmiş demokrasilerde parti kapatma olmaz

Şamil Tayyar

İki Çiçek senaryosu

İsmail Küçükkaya
Cumhurbaşkanı’nın verdiği sinyaller...

Ali Bayramoğlu Kapıdaki büyük tehlike…

Paravanlar: Kapatma davası, tesettür tartışması

Yasemin Çongar

Ertuğrul ÖzkökSahi Koskotas şimdi nerede

Kılıç'ı doğru anlamak
M.Ali Kışlalı

CHP değişirse her şey değişir!..
Avni Özgürel

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Ali Bayramoğlu: Kapıdaki büyük tehlike…

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Kürşat Bumin: Başkan'ın 'çoğul' okumaya imkan tanıyan konuşması

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Taha Kıvanç: “Söylemedi” demeyin

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Hakan Albayrak: Erkan Mumcu: Resmi ideolojiye son!

Türker Alkan - Halkımızın yüzde kaçı faşisttir?

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Haluk Şahin - Takiyyenin romanı

MEHMET KAMIŞ - İktidar şehveti

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ABDÜLHAMİT BİLİCİ - Çocuk katliamı ve barış!

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A. TURAN ALKAN - Bu defa -neyse ki- devlet oradaydı!

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MUSTAFA ÜNAL - Terörden beter bir sorun

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ALİ BULAÇ - Altın sentez!

Şahin: 301'in tamamen kalkması doğru değil

Nuray Başaran Yarından sonrası

Ahmet Hakanİyi ki dönmüşüm

M Ali BirandTürkiye kendini imhaya götürüyor... (1)

Cüneyt ÜlseverLakin vakit geç değil mi?

Mehmet Altan ‘Danıştay’da Ergenekon Bulgusu...’

Eser Karakaş Yasaklar ve AKP

Mustafa Akyol İnsan onurunu kimler çiğner?

Sebahattin Önkibar Kapatılma sonrası süreç: Bölünme, dosyalar ve mahalli seçim!

Her türlü harekâta karşı biz tedbirimizi aldık

Sendikaların Taksim ısrarına MHP de karşı

Abdüllatif Şener yeni parti iddialarını yalanladı

Enis Berberoğlu

Oktay Ekşi 1 Mayıs’a 5 kala...

Bekir Coşkun Sen...

Meral Tamer Provokasyon yok, muhalif duruş var

Tufan Türenç AKP için büyük yanılgı

Özdemir İnce Hürriyet Gazetesi’ne para verdiğim ilk gün

Yılmaz Özdil Al sana IMF mektubu...

Yalçın Bayer Dağ fare doğurdu

Mehmet Y Yılmaz

Serdar Turgut İnanca daha açık toplum

Yeni parti kuruyor mu?

ERDAL ŞAFAKDepremler

ENGİN ARDIÇ Öpüjiymm

Gizemli bakanı herkes arıyor

TÜSİAD, �İnatlaşmaya son verelim� dedi

Güneri Civaoğlu 1 Mayıs arifesi

ERGUN BABAHAN Her yıl 10 bin can

EMRE AKÖZ 'Senin içişlerin beni ilgilendirir'

Umur Talu 31 yıl sonra, o sahne

HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN '1 Mayıs: İşçinin emekçinin bayramı'

NAZLI ILICAKGladyo-Kontrgerilla-Ergenekon

MEHMET BARLAS Sıkıştırılmış bir tarihin kısır döngüsü içindeyiz

MAHMUT ÖVÜR

YAVUZ DONAT

Gülay Göktürk Taksim neyin sembolüdür?

'Sine-i millet' one last time: An end to on-and-off democracy? by ŞABAN KARDAŞ*

Nagehan Alçı Fantezi medya yayında

Metin Münir Eski bir alışkanlığa dönüş: Ye Türküm ye!

On being a Muslim apostate and writing on apostasy Ziya MERAL

Baykal'ın 'çizik' öfkesi

Adalet Bakanından Taksim yorumu

Yükleniyor...

Trafik makam tanımaz, arka koltukta da emniyet kemeri takıyorum

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Gül, kampanyaya arka koltukta kemer takarak öncülük etti

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Katar eleştirilerine sert çıktı: Sermaye ırkçılığı yapmayın

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Gözler Cemil Çiçek'i aradı

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Baykal, muhaliflere zeytin dalı uzattı

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Haluk Koç'tan, 'yerel seçim' göndermesi

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Baykal'ın DSP'den söz etmemesi Sezer'i üzdü

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Sakarya'daki provokasyon tipik bir Ergenekon faaliyeti

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Soylu: Çiller ile birlikte hareket ediyoruz

Bahçeli'den öneri: 301'i halka soralım

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Kaboğlu ve Oran'a beraat

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AKP'de savunma için geri sayım

Danıştay davasının gerekçeli kararı hukukçuları şaşırttı

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Teröristlerin, 'askerî birliği havaya uçurma' planı son anda önlendi

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PKK'da uyuşturucu hesaplaşması: 4 ölü

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Yöneticiler hariç Taksim'e izin yok

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Terör örgütünün barınakları yok edildi

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Kanlı 1 Mayıs'ta görev yapan vali Muammer Güler'e destek verdi

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ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIM

Petrolde ekstra artışın faturası 10 milyar dolar

Ege Cansen Türkiye tetikte durmalı

Ercan Kumcu Finansal yatırımların riski artınca

Erdal Sağlam

Meral Tamer Provokasyon yok, muhalif duruş var

Merkez Bankası Başkanı'ndan itiraf: Enflasyon 2008'de hedefi tutmayacak

İbrahim Öztürk Managing the change in Turkey: the contribution of the World Bank

İ.Hüseyin Yıldız
Enflasyonda yeni hedef

Doğu Ergil With or without the IMF

UPDATE 1-Turkey to launch 2 power grid auctions Wednesday

Turkey sends IMF letter of intent, eyes $3.7 bln

Managing the change in Turkey: the contribution of the World Bank

Deniz Gökçe
Ya ABD ilk çeyrek büyümesi olumlu çıkarsa?

OKAN MÜDERRİSOĞLU
'En güvenli ada olursak mali krizi avantaja çevirebiliriz'

Pakistan’s Planned Accord With Militants Alarms U.S.

Editorial Mr. Obama and Rev. Wright This country needs a healthy and open discussion of race. Barack Obama’s repudiation of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. is part of that.

Obama’s Break With Ex-Pastor Sets Sharp Shift in Tone A week before two key primaries, the controversy surrounding his ex-pastor again erupted into a threat to Barack Obama’s ability to show that he could unify the Democratic Party.

Video | Text | Then and Now

What the Blogs Are Saying

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Dumb as We Wanna Be The McCain-Clinton proposal is a reminder that the biggest energy crisis we have in our country today is the energy to be serious.

MAUREEN DOWD Praying and Preying On Tuesday, Barack Obama, the Sort Of Angry Black Man appeared, reluctantly spurred into action by a Really Angry Black Man.

Bush Says Pain From Economy Defies Easy Fix President Bush accused the Democratic-controlled Congress of being uncooperative on bills that would address pocketbook issues. CNBC Video: Bush News Conference on Economy

News Analysis: Myriad Crises on the Nation’s Doorstep, but Inertia in Official Washington

H5 Washington Post Obama Calls Minister's Comments 'Outrageous'

Editorial Parting With the Pastor Sen. Barack Obama's painful journey

The Necessary Three-Front War By Michael Gerson Is America treating these related insurgencies with sufficient seriousness?

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars As Farmers Feed Ethanol Plants, a Costly Link Is Forged Between Food and Oil

U.S. Role Deepens in Sadr City Fierce Battle Against Shiite Militiamen Echoes First Years of War

Bush: Revealing Reactor Was Meant to Pressure N. Korea

Eisenhower Advisers Discussed Using Nuclear Weapons in China

Pakistan's Moment We Will Fight Terrorism -- Our Way By Yousaf Raza Gillani My country must take this opportunity to fight terrorism our own way.

Landing the White Whale By Harold Meyerson, Obama wants to win the support of working-class white voters, yet it eludes him.

Start Drilling By Robert J. Samuelson If we don't start now, our future dependence on foreign oil will grow.

In India, Even Gods Are Going Hungry Poor Struggle to Donate to Temples as Food Prices Skyrocket

Second Major Attack in a Week Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 18 in Afghanistan

Mr. Mugabe's Violence Zimbabwe's president continues to terrorize his opponents while withholding the results of the election he lost.

President Repeats First-Term Answers to Rising Gas Prices

S. Korean Principles Vs. Hunger in North

Seoul's New Conditions for Food Assistance Run Up Against Dire Need in Stalinist State

H6 Guardian For the good of all its people, Israel must pursue diversity Amitai Etzioni: If Jews and Arabs alike had the right to practise their religions - or none at all - violence and hatred would be curbed

This time with anger Michael Tomasky: US elections 2008: Barack Obama showed some steel today in decisively breaking with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright

Dealing with militants Brian Katulis America remains fixated on Iraq, but stabilising the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region will do more to improve US security

Picky feeders Ian Williams The UN is calling for an international response to the global food crisis, but it's not clear that countries will put their national interests aside

An irony lost on the Taliban

Nushin Arbabzadah: Badly planned, chaotic and lacking in popular support: everyone except the Taliban can see the tragedy of Afghanistan's suicide bombers

A question of belief Ziya Meral: Regardless of the theological arguments, the reality for converts from Islam in many countries is one of extreme hardship

A partial history Masoud Golsorkhi Persepolis, for all its strengths, leaves an important part of Iran's story untold: the suffering of the vast majority of poor Iranians

Rebranding and outsourcing

Leader: No lexicographic concoction is quite as sinister as 'extraordinary rendition'

Net benefit? Jack Shenker

Opposition to the government in Egypt is increasingly being organised via the internet. But can it really mobilise the masses?

Suffering lost in a numbers game

Simon Tisdall While the UN and Khartoum disagree over exactly how many people have died in Darfur, the long-term outlook remains grim

H7 Washington Times Needed: An entry strategy Much attention has been focused on the lack of a cogent post-occupation strategy, but almost none on the lack of a moral and legal compass for entry into that war.

Incoherence on deterrence (By Frank J. Gaffney)

SyriaComment News Round UP (29 April 2008)

Is the Weak Dollar to Blame for High Oil Prices?

A Bigger Neocon
Than Bush
by Matthew Yglesias

Commentary Prospects for "Flipping" the Syrian Regime - Noah Pollak

Bernard Lewis: Says Lack of Openness Makes Scholarly Discussion of Islam Dangerous via HNN

Bernard Lewis & other scholars who formed new Middle East studies group hold first conference via HNN

The Upside of High Food Prices By: Konstantin Sonin | The Moscow Times The rapid rise in food prices has caused unrest in the developing world and near panic in the developed world. People are talking about a looming deficit, the suffering of people in the poorest countries and the need for speedy humanitarian aid.

Just When it Ends in Basra, it Begins in Mosul! : Huda al Husseini

Shi'ite Fighters Delay Barrier By: Richard Tomkins | The Washington Times Mortar barrages and gunbattles in Sadr City forced the U.S. military yesterday to delay one of its most ambitious "hearts and minds" campaigns in the vast Shi'ite slum northeast of central Baghdad.

Blogs, Cyber-Literature and Virtual Culture in Iran (PDF; 365 KB) Source: George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (via DTIC)

Sand Into Gold: The Gulf Booms But Not Everyone Benefits By: Roula Khalaf | Financial Times
The Persian Gulf region’s economies are growing rapidly as oil prices surge spectacularly and investment flows into construction.

The Wall Street Journal reports on how rising nationalism has provoked a trade backlash and may hinder global environmental negotiations. A recent Foreign Affairs article looks at ethnic nationalism and its implications for global politics.

Talking to the Bad Guys By: Trudy Rubin | Miami Herald
One of Jimmy Carter's greatest talents is irritating people. The former president's deep religious faith and self-righteousness have convinced him he can jawbone any despot into responsible behavior.

Japan Times In an editorial on the global food crisis, the paper says perhaps the most important step forward would be the successful completion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations.

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

Iran's president posts photos online of his nuclear plant tour

Deputy PM: Iraq Must Not Isolate Sadr Movement

In Baghdad, Power Supply May Worsen

U.S. troops attacked from roofs The Baghdad stronghold of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr exploded with violence for the third consecutive day, with militants taking up positions on rooftops and alleys to attack U.S. troops.

Iraq: Small Fry Thrive as Al-Qaeda Big Fish Flee

Iraq funding lacks accountability
Published: April 29, 2008 at 10:19 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- An audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found billions of dollars of Iraqi reconstruction funds went unused.

Iraq's refugee crisis

Iraq's is one of the world's great refugee crises, in league at least by the numbers with major humanitarian crises such as those in Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.

Muzzled Egyptians turn to Facebook Egyptians are using the online social networking tool Facebook to defy the government's attempt to muzzle the media and hush reported incidents of police brutality during a strike by workers in a town in the Nile Delta.

Damascus doesn't want army commander to become president
By Antoine Sa’d Al-Akhbar Sa'd writes that the Syrian regime doesn't want the commander of the Lebanese army, General Michel Suleiman, to be elected president contrary to the continuous statements that keep coming from Syrian officials. He writes that the Syrians believe the new American administration coming into office at the end of this year will be more anxious to bargain with them so they don't have to present any concession for free now.
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H9 Ha’aretz Top Syrian emissary: Israel peace won't cut our Iran ties Senior Syrian analyst tells Hezbollah TV 'it would be naive to think Syria would abandon strategic alliances.'

Bush: Disclosure of IAF strike on Syria sends message to Iran

Israel objects to outline of Gaza cease-fire deal

Israeli-Palestinian report: 10 W. Bank roadblocks superfluous Team of experts concludes roadblocks have little security value, needlessly harm Palestinian economy

Is Israel finished? five questions

Deep regret would suffice Since Israel, unlike its adversaries, feels embarrassment when it harms innocent people, it would be better once and for all to formulate the text of a fitting response

ANALYSIS: Livni and Aboul Gheit starting to sing harmonious duet

Is Israel finished? five questions

Amos Harel: IDF acting as if no Hamas truce on horizon

Saudis deny Assad to visit kingdom

Jerusalem Post'We won't cut ties with Hizbullah, Iran'

Syrian emissary close to Assad: We will not cut ties even in framework of peace agreement with Israel.

Rice: Young Palestinians losing hope US secretary of state calls on Israel to make "difficult decisions;" casts doubt on Israel-Syria peace talks.

The myth of Palestinian moderation [ MICHAEL FREUND

Moving on to 'stage-two Zionism'
We need to redefine our Israeli civic enterprise, not as a Jewish state, but as a Jewish homeland

Turks try to find middle ground for Syria, Israel talks

Quartet to discuss ME conference

Touted Moscow int'l conference one of the main issues for discussion in London meeting this week

Yedioth Ahronoth 'Syria won't abandon Iran' Envoy reassures Tehran, says Assad only using Israeli overtures to solidify claim over Golan

200,000 waiting to be martyrs 'If Israel has 200 nuclear warheads, we have 200,000 suicide bombers,' Hamas threatens

This monstrosity isn’t ours

Israel shouldn’t be caring for Gazans who bite hand that feeds them, writes Gilad Sharon

US waited to disclose IAF raid Bush addresses US decision to reveal strike against Syrian nuclear reactor, warns Pyongyang and Tehran. President also accuses Damascus of aiding Hamas, avoids direct criticism of Jimmy Carter's meetings with Islamist group

Daily Alert.orgHebrew Press Editorials (2008) - Middle East Progress - EJC Israeli Press Review Google News Israel - Palestine

Salon Taking Back the Debate Over Israel by Gary Kamiya Sick of right-wing Jews speaking in their name, progressive American Jews have launched J Street to change the way the game is played in Washington

Boston Globe Editorial Israel gets ready to deal

U.S. Briefings on Syrian Nuclear Facility Seen as Boost for Israel's Deterrence

Newsweek Should the U.S. Be Doing More to Boost a Mideast Peace Settlement? - Daniel Stone

Mideast: Untold Stories of the West Bank

The Israeli Public Reaches Third Base By: Terry Newman | Turkish Daily News The Israelis now have realized that peace with the Palestinians must be part of peace with the Arab world -- not just the westernized Arab leaders, but also the Arab people

An excerpt from Shut Up, I'm Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government by Gregory Levey.

Trial for Pro-Israel Lobbyists Postponed

Egypt Builds a Wall, Changes Its Tune on Israel's Barrier

H10 Christian Science Monitor Fight Al Qaeda's plan, not its ideas The cold war showed it's easier to fight strategy than ideology.

An Afghan officer, NATO behind him, leads an assault

In Afghanistan's troubled south, one mission shows how far the Afghan Army has come –and what remains to be done.

New Gaza tragedy threatens Cairo truce talks Palestinian officials met in Egypt Tuesday to hammer out possible terms for a six-month truce between the Islamist militants and Israel

Untapped oil, overtapped politics High pump prices can be traced to oil exporters such as Mexico that play politics with oil.

The only way to alter China's hand in Darfur Shame won't work. But enlisting its self-interest can

U.N. pledges aid for farmers

At a meeting Tuesday in Berne, Switzerland, international agencies pledge to create a task force to cope with the global food crisis.

Tax rebates: How big a boost?

The $107 billion stimulus is now flowing to taxpayers, to spend or save as they see fit.

ASIA

A Pro-Taliban Threat By: Malou Innocent | The Washington Times
The militant group Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi is currently in talks with the North-West Frontier Province, one of Pakistan's westernmost provinces, to have Shariah formally imposed in the province's Malakand district.

China and Tibet: Olympic Boycotts Would Be Counterproductive By: Nirav Patel | World Politics Review
The international community has turned up the heat on China, demanding that Beijing engage in dialogue with the Dali Lama and stop repression of Tibetans and other minority groups, such as Uighurs

China intensifies war against splittism The Hu Jintao administration has intensified its efforts to suppress and contain "splittists" in Tibet and Xinjiang allegedly in cahoots with "anti-China elements overseas" - and it is using nationalistic sentiments to help achieve its goal. Significantly, Communist Party and state authorities have called for a people's-war-style crusade to round up "conspirators" and "traitors". - Willy Lam

China's Powerful Weakness By: Francis Fukuyama | Los Angeles Times Beijing's reach isn't big enough to stop local governments from abusing the rights of ordinary citizens.

NPQ Francis Fukuyama: CHINA, STRONG STATES AND LIBERTY

Baiting the Dragon: German Business Warns of Pushing China too Far

Ahmadinejad's trip to India by Michael Rubin

The Indians Are Coming The Economist Like China, India is looking for raw materials and new markets for its goods. New Delhi hopes that a nuanced, south-south relationship will give it the edge.

RFE/RL examines how the Taliban has evolved since its rise to power in Afghanistan in 1994, suggesting that the group has become much more fragmented than in the past.

U.N.'s Envoy To Afghanistan Sees Threats To Progress By: Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post A fragmented international effort and weak government in Kabul have combined to endanger everything that has been accomplished in Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban nearly seven years ago, the new U.N. envoy to Afghanistan said yesterday

Drugs for Guns: How the Afghan Heroin Trade is Fuelling the Taliban Insurgency By: Jerome Starkey | The Independent Russian gangsters who smuggle drugs into Britain are buying cheap heroin from Afghanistan and paying for it with guns

Malou Innocent of the Cato Institute says any deal reached between pro-Taliban militants and one of Pakistan's provincial governments to enforce sharia, or Islamic law, will only embolden radicals and undermine U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

FT inflation is good news for Japan. Rises in the prices of food and oil are an opportunity to establish expectations of a sustained rise in prices for a country mired in deflation, it says.

Michael Skapinker offers an op-ed on how to do guilt-free business with China, saying that as an illiberal China looks like being with us for some time, it is worth thinking about what companies should and should not do there – or anywhere else with a poor human rights record.

Atul Aneja writes that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to India on Tuesday, however brief, presents the two countries with a golden opportunity to clear the air and impart a positive momentum to their vital relationship.

The visit of the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Islamabad may be the first step towards inaugurating a new chapter in Iran’s geopolitical vision.

Sunday’s attack on President Karzai of Afghanistan may be read as a sign of the Taliban's frustration with a war it can prolong indefinitely but cannot win.

US is One of the ‘Central Pillars’ of Indian Foreign Policy - Council on Foreign Relations

For Chinese, a Shift in Mood, From Hospitable to Hostile By: Edward Cody | The Washington Post
Just weeks ago, most Chinese were welcoming foreigners as Olympic guests and partners in the country's meteoric economic development. But as the country enters the final 100 days before the Olympic Games in Beijing, the mood has changed.

Japan and Russia: Common Interests Drive Them Together By: Philip Bowring | Asia Sentinel
There have been so many false starts in Russia-Japan relations that it is understandable that last week’s visit of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to Moscow attracted little international attention.

The race is on for India's mega fighter deal
Six contenders, from the United States, Russia, Sweden, France and a European consortium, this week threw their bids into the ring for a US$11 billion deal with India for 126 multi-role combat aircraft. The number of bidders makes India's negotiating position strong, while well-oiled networks will count. - Siddharth Srivastava

We're Not Losing in Afghanistan By: Bret Stephens | The Wall Street Journal
Are we "losing Afghanistan," as people like John Kerry seem to think? Sunday's attack illustrates a point, made to me by Brig. Gen. Mark Milley of the 101st Airborne Division, that "security is perception" -- meaning that not only must the streets be safe, but people must believe them to be so.

Syrious Blow to Nonproliferation By: Ed Royce | National Review
Media reports indicate that U.S. intelligence confirms that North Korea had been assisting Syria to build a plutonium-producing reactor. That is, until Israeli warplanes struck. Given North Korea’s track record, it is not surprising that these two state sponsors of terrorism were collaborating

China, Taiwan: Mutual Non-Denial By: Axel Berkofsky | ISN Security Watch With a new government ready to take over in Taiwan, China relations are warming thanks to a policy of mutual non-denial, toned-down rhetoric and, of course, business considerations

H11 IHT May 1968 - a watershed in French lifeForty years ago, students in neckties threw cobblestones at the police and demanded that France's sclerotic postwar system change. Today, students worried about finding jobs and losing state benefits are marching through the streets demanding that nothing change at all.

Photos: Remembering May '68, 40 years on

IHT front page: May 4-5, '68 (pdf)

As inflation squeezes middle-class Europe, anxiety about the futureA generation of European workers is grappling with a rising sense of injustice as they face the reality that they may be becoming worse, not better, off than their parents.

EU cracks door for Serbia in advance of voteWith a fresh round of tight elections looming in Serbia, the European Union on Tuesday signed a pre-membership pact with Belgrade in a bid to help pro-Western forces avoid defeat at the polls on May 11.

Losses at Deutsche Bank reflect depth of credit crisis

Deutsche Bank announced a write-down of more than $4 billion, Dresdner Bank said it would write down its assets by €900 million, and HBOS said it would tap investors for about $8 billion in new capital

EUROPE European press review

Signing of US-Czech Deal on Missile Shield Postponed

In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims By: Molly Moore | The Washington Post
On a continent where immigrants and the children of immigrants are disproportionately represented in almost every prison system, the French figures are the most marked, according to researchers, criminologists and Muslim leaders.

The European Union will sign a pact on closer ties with Serbia on Tuesday (EUObserver).

Agriculture Policy : Deutsche Welle looks at EU agriculture subsidies, and whether they are partially responsible for the current global food crisis.

An excerpt from Pierre Manent's Democracy without Nations? The Fate of Self-Government in Europe (and part 2).

Attacks Imminent?: German Islamist Appears in New Jihad Video

H12 RFE/RLDemocracy Setbacks, Energy Gains, Take Toll

In the former Soviet Union, fading democratic movements and a mounting energy fixation have combined to see a near-total downturn in press freedom, says a rights watchdog.

Is Kadyrov Maintaining Hold On Power? As Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov has actively sought to establish a cult of personality and entrench his own power. But signs of possible internal discord are emerging in his second year in office.

Russia Building Up Troop Levels in Separatist Georgian Regions

EurasiaNet Azerbaijan: Did Washington Have a Hand in Stopping Nuclear Shipment Headed for Iran?
Azerbaijan’s refusal to release Russian nuclear power plant equipment headed to Iran has put the country at the center of a diplomatic firestorm. Analysts are divided over the source of the trouble. A former Azerbaijani presidential aide believes that the United States asked Baku to halt the shipment, while another expert contends that Russia, ambivalent about Iran’s nuclear program, is deliberately delaying handing over the necessary documentation to release the shipment.

Freedom House Media Report Paints Bleak Picture for Central Asia, Caucasus The news is bleak for media outlets in the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to an annual report released by Freedom House on April 29. And the forecast calls for periods of repression, heavy at times

Central Asia: Water Woes Stoke Economic Worries After enduring extreme cold this past winter, Central Asia is bracing for what some officials say will be a dry summer. Those predictions, in turn, are stirring fears of prolonged power shortages that seriously impair economic functions

Analysis: Future of EU-Russia relations By STEFAN NICOLA (UPI) -- The European Union hopes to soon finish weaving the fabric of a new partnership agreement with Russia amid continuing differences with Moscow over energy security and foreign policy.

Georgia-Russia tensions ramped up

Russia warns it will retaliate if Georgia uses force against its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

NATO allies put pressure on Russia (By Helle Dale)

Google News Azerbaijan

Georgia Challenges Russia's WTO Bid By: Miriam Elder | The Moscow Times
Negotiators aiming to speed up Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization overcame objections from Georgia during talks in Geneva on Monday, after Tbilisi threatened to block negotiations because of Moscow's decision to boost support for Georgia's separatist republics

Medvedev Good for West, Says Poland By: Stefan Wagstyl | Financial Times
The Polish foreign minister also suggested that Mr Medvedev could be good for relations between Russia and the European Union because the new president was a lawyer and would be well placed to deal with such a law-based organisation

EDM RUSSIA STRUGGLES TO ENCOURAGE JAPANESE INVESTMENTS


- NEW ARMENIAN LEADER FORMS CABINET


- TURKMENISTAN DOUBLES NATURAL GAS PRICES TO IRAN

Russia: Georgia is planning 'invasion'

In post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, entrepreneurship takes hold

It's the easiest place in Central Asia to start a business, but high interest rates make it hard to get small business loans.

Amid War Worries, Abkhazia Hails the End of Embargo Almost inured to conflict, residents of Sukhumi, capital of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, are focusing less on the Georgian plane shoot-down incident and fears of fresh fighting, and more on the likely benefits to be had from Moscow’s recent lifting of an economic embargo against the region

H13 The Times US blundered by crying wolf and keeping secrets

With its claims about Syria's secret bomb-building, the US has left itself open to every charge of bending intelligence to fit politics

Bronwen Maddox

US marines pour in to attack Afghan drug town

The 2,400 marines, many of them veterans of the war in Iraq, were involved in an assault on Garmser in Helmand province

Serbia inches closer to the EU

Foreign ministers toasted the new cooperation pact but it was seen as a gesture to help pro-EU politicians in Serbia

Surge in Iraq violence kills more US troops Hundreds of Iraqi militiamen and 44 US troops have died in April, the deadliest month in Iraq since last September

Obama finally disowns race row pastor Barack Obama declared he no longer recognises the Rev Jeremiah Wright as the same man who once inspired him

Chemistry

The rising price of oil should not bring tax relief

Hurrah! Oil profits are up

Without the inflated earnings of multinationals, we'd be even worse off than we are now

Carl Mortished

Wall Street Journal No, Spasiba
The Kremlin can't buy every retiring European leader. Romano Prodi, for one, will be leaving politics with his dignity beyond Putin's reach.

Iraq Oil Revenue May Top Outlook

Iraqi oil revenue will top a record $70 billion this year, a new forecast said, as U.S. lawmakers push measures designed to force Baghdad to spend more of its oil money on reconstruction.

Getting to Know John McCain
By Karl Rove The Arizona senator can't run on biography. Neither should he ignore it.

A Great Investor Gets a Close Look
By Dave Kansas Bookshelf: The gist – Buffett is a genius; Buffett makes mistakes; Buffett is a genius.

Roubini The Coming Global Economic Slowdown and Rising Inflation: Is Stagflation-Lite in the Cards?


How Europe avoided our mess

THE FEDERAL RESERVE is expected to decide today whether to cut interest rates yet again. But the Fed is about out of tricks, and leaks suggest that the rate cut will be small and the last one for some time. (By Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe)

H14 Financial Times Food crisis is a chance to reform global agriculture

Nobody knows how long these shocks will last, but they demand rapid policy changes across the globe. We must choose between fragmenting markets further and integrating them, between helping the poor and letting even more starve, writes Martin Wolf

Israel’s pride and prejudice at 60 If 60 is for an individual the age of maturity, it is a very young age for a state. Israel remains, for the lack of a better word, an adolescent state. Give Palestinians hope, urges Dominique Moïsi

Greece agrees to join South Stream pipeline Greece has agreed to join the Kremlin-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, further boosting energy ties with Russia, Greece’s Development Minister Christos Folias said

Obama denounces his former pastor

A visibly angry Barack Obama all but disowned Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, whose ever more provocative comments are believed to have dented the Illinois senator’s hopes of securing the Democratic party’s presidential nomination

Fall in US house prices accelerates

US house prices continue to plunge by a record amount, a new report showed, adding to pressure on consumers and threatening to prolong a domestic economic slowdown

The Fed should hold rates for now

The past month has brought a dramatic change in expectations for interest rates over the next few years, without any dramatic change in Fed rhetoric

A passing storm?Wall Street is optimistic the credit market turmoil is abating. Yet new losses could still develop

Gulf investor warns of EU over-regulation One of the most powerful Gulf investors has warned that European attempts to force greater transparency on sovereign wealth funds are making the continent unattractive for investment

Does Wright still want Obama to win? Clive Crook’s blog: The obvious theory is that Jeremiah Wright must want Obama to lose, and thus affirm the pastor’s account of all that is sick about the country

French retailer set for May Day protestsCarrefour has become a symbol in China of nationalist anger against foreigners in the wake of recent clashes in Tibet and the protests against the Olympics torch relay

EU food price rises seen as unjustified Only about two-thirds of the rise in food prices in Europe can be attributed to increases in the cost of ingredients, the European Commission said

A Roman triumph The election of Gianni Alemanno, of the post-fascist National Alliance, ends a period of 15 years in which Rome town hall has been run by the centre-left

Gideon Rachman’s blogDubious business propositions: I delete most emails containing such propositions without a second thought. But this particular communication has an unusual panache to it

WORLD NEWS: Herat's revival falls hostage to power-brokers and violence

H15 Los Angeles Times China's powerful weakness By Francis Fukuyama Beijing's reach isn't big enough to stop local governments from abusing the rights of ordinary citizens.

Tony Blair details role of his faith

By Kim Murphy

Breaking his silence on the topic, the former British prime minister says his belief in God has been an essential backdrop in his public life.

Serbia, EU sign Stabilization and Association Agreement

By Zoran Cirjakovic

The trade and political pact is immediately frozen pending Serbia's cooperation with the war crimes tribunal, making the signing in Luxembourg largely symbolic

In Iraq, air conditioning is No. 1 priority

Iraq jumps into U.S.-Iran tussleBaghdad says it agrees that Iran has supplied militants with weapons, but the Iraqi government seems to want the U.S. to back off threats of military action and let it pursue diplomatic solutions

Editorial

Economy puts heat on politicians As prices rise and constituents seek action, officeholders deflect blame

Looking for Mr. Wright Jonah Goldberg: The minister reveals that he's as radical and bigoted as his critics insist.

H16 American Politics

Obama's Remarks on Wright

Poll: Party voters increasingly dislike rival Democratic candidate


Obama says he's outraged by Wright's comments

Obama Divorces Wright

Is Jeremiah Wright a colossal disaster for Barack Obama or a press trick?

Gallup Daily: Clinton 47%, Obama 46%

The Democrats' God problem Obama and Clinton have trumpeted their religious credentials -- but is it really more secularism that they need?
By Walter Shapiro

The Wrongs Inflicted by Wright - Roger Simon, The Politico


An Opportunity for Obama - Dick Morris, The Hill

realclearpolitics memeorandum ABC’s The Note US News Political Bulletin Early Bird GovExec Swamp Gas The Swamp

The GOP on the verge of imploding: A look at how radicalism has forced the GOP to retreat.

Dukakis: Obama the favorite but run needs improvement

H17 Daily Telegraph Independent Scotland rejected

Support for Scottish independence is at an all-time low, with one in five voters north of the Border wanting to break up Britain

Sarkozy blames the generation of 1968

Newspapers, books, films and TV shows in Paris are all passionately debating the merits of la révolte to beat them all: May 1968, says Henry Samuel.

H18 Independent The power struggle The price of power and who foots the bill for Britain's rocketing energy costs took centre stage yesterday as the oil giants Shell and BP unveiled huge combined profits of £7.2bn, made in just three months, and consumers were hit with a new round of steep rises in prices from gas and electricity to air travel.

Hamish McRae: We will never have cheap oil again

Israel told to tackle West Bank plight Israel is coming under concerted international pressure to give swift agreement to specific measures to improve Palestinian life in the West Bank which senior diplomats believe could eventually make or break negotiations between the Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, and the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

Tariq Aziz, the public face of Saddam's tyranny, on trial

The trial of Tariq Aziz, the public face of Saddam Hussein's regime, began in Baghdad yesterday.

The Big Question: As Tariq Aziz goes on trial, who is left from Saddam Hussein's regime?

Brown plans barrage of policies to counter-attack after elections

Gordon Brown will unveil new policies next month in an attempt to fight back after what Labour expects to be disappointing local election results tomorrow.

H19 Military Intelligence Terrorism

A Poisoned Chalice? The Crisis in National Security Planning, Programming, and Budgeting
Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies Full Document (PDF; 1.6 MB)

The State Department's annual report on terrorism, formally known as the Country Reports on Terrorism, is due out this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

What drove so many Libyans to volunteer as suicide bombers for the war in Iraq? A visit to their hometown—the dead-end city of Darnah.

The Not-So-Great Wall of Mexico By: Lawrence Downes | International Herald Tribune
The U.S. government should have foreseen the fury of border-community officials who are fighting furiously to stop the building of a fence on the Mexican border.

DoD Computer Network Operations: Time to Hit the Send Button (PDF: 365 KB)
Source: U.S. Army War College (via DTIC)

Army to Launch Satellites After 50 Year Lull

Is suicide bombing rational?

Mukasey targets global crime kingpins using counter-terror measures (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey's new strategy for combating international organized crime will expand the use against its leaders of executive branch tactics already employed against known and suspected terrorists, like watch-listing and asset-freezing.

News Analysis: How Vulnerable Are Countries To Cyberattacks? Ask Estonia!

Cutting loose Jeremiah Wright to get back in step.
John Dickerson

Rising food prices strain relief agencies Spiraling food prices are hitting private charities and relief agencies, with some of the world's largest aid providers warning they will soon be forced to slash programs on their existing budgets.

Rising Food Prices and Displacement Brooking Institution
A commentary on the relationship between rising food prices, displacement and immiigration

The world’s food emergency, Paul Rogers

Putting Meat on The Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America (PDF; 6.2 MB)
Source: National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

Blogs, Cyber-Literature and Virtual Culture in Iran (PDF; 365 KB)
Source: George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (via DTIC)

H21 Here Comes Everybody: the power of organising without organisations

Augusten Burroughs’s memory: what sort of freakishly bloated cortex retains after eighteen years the color of some random person’s belt?... more»

Antiquity cannot be owned by any culture or any nation state. It is the inheritance of all humanity and ought to be open to all, preserved in museums... more» ... excerpt

Daniel Drezner & Megan McArdle: Bitter Academics Who Torture


Does language shape what we perceive or are our perceptions pure sensory impressions

The mother of all book battles

Michel Houellebecq is denounced by his mother who describes him as a dishonest and untalented egotistical social climber

Press freedom declines worldwide, NKorea listed as worst

From Wired, a series of articles on memory and brainpower

Cultural jihadists, says Bruce Bawer, hate the West’s freedoms because those freedoms defy sharia. So do we love our freedoms as much as they hate them? ... more»

From Scientific American, a cover story on Science 2.0: Is open access science the future?

From CRB, Harvey Mansfield reviews Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: the Making of a Political Philosopher by Eugene R. Sheppard and Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography by Daniel Tanguay

Sir Salman Rushdie attacks marriage

Biology

There are more creatures in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in class

Fritzl's victims: the scale of the damage emerges Authorities reveal the imprisoned children have defective immune systems, difficulty speaking, deformed posture and anaemia

Net under threat? Will the internet crumble under video boom strain?

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