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18 June 2008
  June 18, 2008

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H1 New York Times THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Iraq: Still Inscrutable What we do next in Iraq — how and why — is barely getting discussed in the presidential campaign. It might be useful to start talking about it.

At Least 51 Are Killed in Blast at Baghdad Market A car bomb exploded during the busiest time of day in a Shiite neighborhood. It was the deadliest attack in Baghdad in more than three months.

CEPS The Wider Black Sea Region in the 21st Century: Strategic, Economic, and Energy Perspectives Download PDF for free

Guardian Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire Egypt gets Hamas to agree to halt all attacks out of Gaza in return of Israel halting its military strikes

Iraq insists on right to veto US army Baghdad and Washington in talks on future status of troops, as Iraq sees biggest bomb in weeks

Succession at House of Saud: The Men Who Would Be King By: Anne Penketh | The Independent
King Abdullah created a council to choose his successor and avoid a bloody feud. But will the Saudi princes allow it to?

Washington Post Candidates Clash on Terrorism In Sharp Exchange, Each Side Calls Other's Position a Risk

Editorial Mr. Zebari's Message

Iraq's foreign minister has a chat with Barack Obama. Mr. Obama should take this opportunity to refresh his badly outdated plan for Iraq.

Iraqi Official: Security Pact Altered Change Aimed at Bypassing Need for Congressional Approval

France's Whirlwind of Change

By Jim Hoagland, Nicolas Sarkozy is giving France, and its allies, change they should believe in and actively support.

Learning From the Oil Shock

By Robert J. Samuelson, High oil prices may be here to stay. Will Americans adapt accordingly?

CFR Media Conference Call: Political and Security Developments in Iraq (Audio)

Text of Nuclear Package Deal Offered to Iran

Nuclear Dangers Rise With Oil Costs By: David R. Sands | The Washington Times
The rush of countries seeking to obtain nuclear power as the price of oil soars is going to make U.S. efforts to contain nuclear proliferation and keep terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction even harder, the Energy Department's top intelligence chief warned Monday

Daily Star Iran has made plenty of points, and now it's time to cash in

Some success and much American failure By Rami G. Khouri

Why Iran Will Get Nuclear Weapons - Amir Taheri

What Iraq Needs Next - Amir Taheri, New York Post opinion

The Times France: Aux Armes Sarkozy outlines his new strategic vision

Old Ties Exist Between Iran and Lebanon's Shiites By: Sadegh Zibakalam | The Daily Star
Contrary to common perceptions, Iranian involvement in Lebanon did not begin with the Islamic Revolution in 1979. First contact between Iranian Shiites and Lebanese Shiites was established at the beginning of the 16th century when some of the senior Lebanese Shiite ulama, or clergy, were invited to Iran by the newly established and powerful Safavid dynasty.

Ha’aretz ANALYSIS / Cease-fire deal means Hamas is in charge Israel won't be able to monitor Rafah crossing; release of abducted soldier Shalit won't be part of truce

ElBaradei: Syria lacks skills, fuel for nuclear facility

Financial Times Saudi Arabia should ditch its dollar peg The inflation problem in the Gulf region, which is hitting low-income workers, is exacerbated by the fixed exchange rate policy, writes Martin Feldstein

How global imbalances led to both credit crunch and inflation Martin Wolf explains the combination of a ‘credit crunch’ in the US with soaring commodity prices and rising inflation across the globe

France to push ahead with EU plans The French government says Europe ‘did not stop’ with the Irish No as it sets out an action-packed agenda for its six-month EU presidency that begins in July

Syria sees benefits of liberalisation Damascus is making up for falling oil revenue with the establishment of private banks and cuts in taxes and duties that have boosted investment, trade and non-oil exports

EU faces fresh Lisbon delay Leaders meeting for summit talks in Brussels on Thursday are braced for more delays in the ratification of the treaty after its rejection last week by Irish voters

UK must stay the course in Iraq

The withdrawal timetable should be genuinely dictated, as officials claim it is, by facts on the ground – and not by domestic political considerations

Slate The Taliban Are Back. What Now? The long road to fixing Afghanistan winds through Pakistan. Fred Kaplan

Carnegie Democracy Promotion in the Middle East: Restoring Credibility

Is the League of Democracies a good idea?

Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia

The Costs of Relying on Aging Dictators - American Enterprise Institute

Saliba Sarsar and David B. Strohmetz, The Economics of Democracy in Muslim Countries
What do GDP and military expenditures say about democracy?

Wall Street JournalLord, Make Me Conservative, But Not Yet

By Thomas Frank The Tilting Yard: A philosophy of government is discredited.

Death of U.S.-India Nuclear Deal Another Blow to Bush Legacy By: Adam Wolfe | World Politics Review In March 2006, President Bush signed a nuclear agreement in New Delhi designed to pull the world's largest democracy closer to the world's last superpower and dramatically alter Asia's balance of power. But the deal, President Bush's last, best chance for a positive legacy in international affairs, seems to have gone out with a whimper.

Talkin’ ’bout my generation: The economic impact of aging U.S. Baby Boomers Source: McKinsey & Company Download in sections or as full report. (PDF; 3.9 MB) + Slide show (PDF; 686 KB) + Related video

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Christian Science Monitor

How to silence that Iran war drumbeat War is not inevitable. Bold, transparent diplomacy can work.

IHT More than Just Talk By: Ban Ki Moon | International Herald Tribune Detractors often call the United Nations a "talking shop" of 192 nations where, it has memorably been said, "no issue is too small to be debated endlessly." But the real UN, almost invisible to the general public, is the action-oriented UN.

Foreign Policy The List: Five Reasons to Love $4 Gas

Cobban Washington: Concealing SOFA plans since November 2003

Newsweek The Gap Between Obama’s Promise, Washington’s Ways

Bush's Iran Rhetoric vs. Policies - Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post


Are the Taliban Making a Comeback? - Aryn Baker, Time

Independent Robert Fisk: Snapshots of life in Baghdad

The dangerous face of ordinary life has been captured by Iraqis on their mobile phones – reaching the places Western photographers can no longer go.

The Big Question: What is the new French defence strategy, and should we follow suit?

Russia Insists on Treating Sevastapol as an Open Question By: Pavel K. Baev | Eurasia Daily Monitor There is certainly far more to the Sevastopol problem than just the physical difficulty of moving the fleet, and Russian politicians, from Dmitri Rogozin to Yuri Luzhkov to Sergei Ivanov, have been arguing passionately during the last couple of months that there is not only no place but also no need to abandon the base at Sevastopol

Asia Times Myth-makers caught in oil speculation
As consumers demand to know why they are paying more at the pump speculators are being singled out as the bogeymen in the fuel markets. Their culpability is only one of the myths surrounding the doubling of oil prices over the past year. The slippery facts point elsewhere, while above all lies the cruel reality that it is hard to keep an unsubstitutable commodity down for long. - R M Cutler

Nuclear find raises the ante against Iran There is no evidence that Iran has got hold of electronic blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon recently found on computers belonging to the proliferation network once run by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan. All the same, the discovery of the blueprints comes at a bad time for Iran as it gives the United States cause to intensify its brinkmanship against the country. - Ehsan Ahrari

The great land grab At the core of the George W Bush administration's negotiations with Baghdad over the US's long-term presence in Iraq is the issue of bases. Over the past few years they have surged to over 100 in number at the cost of many billions of dollars. Whatever the outcome of the talks, the bases will still be there when the next administration hits Washington, whether the Iraqis like it or not. - Tom Engelhardt

An exit strategy for Iraq
The buildup to the war in Iraq was masterfully orchestrated by the George W Bush administration, think-tanks and lobbies. An equally masterful show of institutional and ideological forces will be necessary to bring about a withdrawal from the error and misallocation of resources the war has become. This is the challenge that would face Barack Obama as president of the United States. - Brian M Downing

H2 SEN. OBAMA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO U.S. ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RECOGNITION

"Soykırım" iddiasını yineledi

Middle East Progress Bolstering Turkey’s Faltering Democracy

Arming for the 21st Century: Turkey and Asymmetric Warfare

İran'la ilgili 6 Ortadoğu senaryosu

Guardian Democratic downturn Inayat Bunglawala: Turkey and Indonesia are two Muslim countries where democracy looks promising - or it did, until recently

EDM THE BLACK SEA OIL FIELDS MAY MAKE TURKEY ENERGY INDEPENDENT

Abdülhamit Bilici Washington'daki yanlış Türkiye hesabı (2)

Hearings In July on Turkey's Ruling Party

Turkey "Neutralizes" PKK Group In Northern Iraq

Turkey and the long decade with the IMF (Bretton Woods Project)

Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to the ABFT Innovation Conference, Istanbul

Jack Straw En büyük gururum Türkiye'dir *

Israel, Syria "Extremely Satisfied" With Peace Talks - Turkish FM

OxAn TURKEY: Food prices rise despite thriving agriculture

'Dava sonrası Türkiye'yi inceleyeceğiz'

Headscarves and Helmets

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

Atatürk'e sunulan Gizli Şark Raporu

Turkey kills 21 PKK rebels

DTP grubu yine toplanamadı

Erdoğan'dan GAP genelgesi

Cevdet Aşkın Genelkurmay sınıra bakıyor, ABD 'ince hesap' yapıyor

Paksüt ve Başbuğ doğruladı

Sınırda toplanan PKK'lılara bomba

Sadi Somuncuoğlu Türkiye'nin arabuluculuğu

Irak – Türkiye sınırı iki Kürt partisinin istihbarat dairesimi oldu acaba ?

'Türkiye'nin arabuluculuğu memnuniyet verici'

Dear Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani

Mayınlı arazi ihaleyle temizlenecek

Zana'ya savunma davası

Sızmaya çalışan terörist gruba, gece baskını

ABD ile İran’ın Irak savaşı

Beril Dedeoğlu The impasse in Maliki-Bush relations

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

Turkey Has a Big Problem Called 'Sarkozy' By: Mehmet Ali Birand | Turkish Daily News Turkey has an issue called Nicolas Sarkozy. He is some sort of obsession. The French president is trying to prevent Turkey's accession to the European Union and prioritizing policies to suppress Turkey to a secondary membership in the EU

Babacan, AB sürecinden endişeli

Başbuğ: Tarihi ziyaret

Hırvatistan: 20 Türkiye: 8

Babacan urges French fairness in EU talks

Dönem Başkanı: Bize kalsa 10 başlık açardık

Fransa, NATO�nun �komutası�na girecek

Sami Kohen “Hayır”a çare ne?

Yunan komutan 3 yıl rötarla misafirimiz

Ankara’da bir ilk daha

Türkiye’yi Sarkozy ile konuşacağım

'Lizbon anlaşmazlığı süreci etkilemez'

Rauf Denktaş Açıklanmıştır...

Ergin Yıldızoğlu Obama Kazandı Çok [U]mutluyuz

Amanda Akçakoca A shaken EU

Beril Dedeoğlu İrlanda’nın ‘Hayır’ı

Greek commander in Ankara, marking first visit

Talat: Hristofyas buluşmamız lazım

Yeşiller de türbana dolandı

AB yolunda iki yeni başlık

Obama ve McCain'in Dış Politikası

John McCain ile Barack Obama'nın dış politikaya yaklaşımı konusunda ne söylenebilir?

Turkey expects France to be fair negotiator in EU entry talks - International Herald Tribune

Turkish giant Oyak Group causes consternation in Brussels - Times Online

Prison for Turkey book 'insult'

Hedo Okur Tuncay Nihat Altintop

11 Eylül de Google da Siyah Kuğu’dur

Gecekonduya bir af daha

Google delillerinin anahtar kelimeleri

'Sevmiyorum' sözüne basın toplantılı savunma

Terim sayesinde mi Terim’e rağmen mi?
HALUK ŞAHİN

YouTube açıldı

Aselsan'dan sonra TAI'deki ölümler de mercek altında

Orduevinde artık 'brunch' yok 'kuşluk' var

Yayıncı Ragıp Zarakolu'ya bin 400 YTL para cezası

Euro 2008: Viewers discover a taste for Turkey

Özel hayatın gizliliği koruma altına alınıyor

Sistem, dershaneleri zorunlu kılıyor

Nagehan Alçı Futbolitika

18 Haziran 2008 Basın Özeti

H3 New constitution on agenda again

AK Parti kararı Temmuz sonunda!

AB: Dava başka, müzakere başka

Haşim Kılıç'a gizli plan

Cumhuriyet Başsavcısı: Gül yargılanamaz

AKP geri adım atmadı

Prof. Sancar’dan AK Parti savunması analizi

İş dünyası yeni Anayasa için harekete geçiyor

'Türkiye de Milli Takım gibi kaostan kurtulmalı'

Polis devletinin ayak sesleri

'Seçim fayda getirmez'

Sözlü açıklama 1 Temmuz

Ağustos ayındaki Şûra’da 4 paşanın kaderi netleşecek

AKP’yi sözlüde o savunacak

Gül hakkında flaş karar

Trenden inmedik

90+SİYASETİ

Aktarmalı yolculuğun dramatik tekrarı

Fitne- fesat yalan siyaseti

Milli maçtaki gibi kâbustan kurtulalım

İddianameye Google'dan 'kan' nakli

Kár etmeyen medya baskılara direnemez

�Beni savunmayın�

Bugün yarın seçim onlar yok

Erdoğan: Laiklik ancak demokrasiyle mümkün

Deniz Baykal'a göre yargıya karşı fitne kampanyası başlatıldı

Kamu görevlilerinin özel hayatı ifşa edilmemeli

Sözlü savunma için jet takvim

Kupür deliller yetmedi ‘ithal’ deliller de buldu

Şaşırtan iddiayı Unakıtan �mahrem� diye yanıtlamadı

Başsavcı: Cumhurbaşkanı dokunulmazdır, yargılanamaz

Paksüt ve Başbuğ doğruladı

AKP milletvekilinden `Yeşil`in `Devlet mafyası`na iltifat!
Dinlemeyi önleyemezsiniz!

Alevi köyüne Diyanet camisi

'Treni Erdoğan devirdi'

Son Dakika Milliyet Hürriyet Zaman

Murat Yetkin AK Parti kapatılmazsa ne olur?

Taha Kıvanç İki emanet mesaj

İsmail Küçükkaya Yüksek Askeri Şûra’da neler olacak?

Serdar Turgut İç savaş gibi

MUHARREM SARIKAYAYeni parti ve amblemi...

Cengiz Çandar Fatih Terim: Bizim “aşiret”in çocuğu...

Ahmet TaşgetirenMilli Takım - Ülke gündemi

Ruşen - Çakır

Taha Akyol Hukuk tartışması

Fikret Bila Milli Takım da siyasi malzeme

Hasan Cemal Çek zaferinden beri havamız çok iyi!

İsmet Berkan Güzel yasada polis devleti gölgesi

Fehmi Koru Gazete bunları yazmadı

Şamil Tayyar Google davasının şifreleri

Mustafa Akyol Ağlama Duvarı’ndaki general

Ali Bayramoğlu Ülkenin "ilk"lere ihtiyacı var.

Yasemin Çongar

Nuray Başaran Ankara kulisleri

Ertuğrul Özkök Onlara bir telefon kafi

Fatih Altaylı Aydın Doğan'a, 'Türkiye'yi terk et' diyen kim?

Ahmet HakanFatih Terim’den nefretimin 8 nedeni

M Ali Birand Türkiye'nin Sarkozy tepkisi ne olmamalı

Cüneyt ÜlseverÇelişkiler yumağıdır ülkemiz!

Enis Berberoğlu

Oktay Ekşiİçtihat deyince

Özdemir İnce Fesatlar harmanında Türkiye

Yalçın Doğan Sürpriz YÖK plase Abdullah Gül

Yeni dönemde Tayyip Erdoğan ve...
AVNİ ÖZGÜREL

Gazeteci dediğin MEHMET ALİ KIŞLALI

İBRAHİM KARAGÜL

Bülent Keneş General elections and new constitution the sole solution

Mustafa Ünal Türkiye, belirsizlikten bir an önce kurtulmalı

Sabahattin Önkibar Derviş-Hisarcıklıoğlu-Şener-Sarıgül dörtlüsü formülü!

[YORUM - M. NACİ BOSTANCI] Cemaatler

'Good Muslims' should listen to top cleric Burak BEKDİL

Yargıçların ‘evrensel norm’ları taşıması ORAL ÇALIŞLAR

Güneri Civaoğlu Sağduyulu ses

Melih Aşık Kılıç hakkında

Mehmet Y Yılmaz

Mehmet Altan Hangisi manşetlik?

Eser Karakaş Artık iyi görmek lazım

Ahmet Kekeç Bir Kanadoğlu icadı daha...

ERDAL ŞAFAK Bir eleştirinin düşündürdükleri

ENGİN ARDIÇÇekistan

ERGUN BABAHANSABAH'ı çerçevelemek

EMRE AKÖZ 'Radikal' nasıl 'Hürriyet'leşti?

Umur TaluHükümete emzik!

HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN

Sol olmayınca sorun oluyor

NAZLI ILICAK Gül'e Başgil formülü!!!

MEHMET BARLAS11 oyuncu mu yoksa 11 yargıç mı sizi daha çok etkiliyor?

MAHMUT ÖVÜR

YAVUZ DONATTesadüfün böylesi

Yavuz Baydar A puzzling journey

Common denominators and diversity by HERKÜL MİLLAS

Doğu Ergil Conceptual crisis

Hakan Aygün Düşük yoğunluklu askeri müdahale!

Nuh Gönültaş Google Google olalı böyle hakaret görmedi...

Mensur Akgün Dava da savunma da siyasi

Ekonomi

ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIM

Geriye kalan tek çıpa

Ercan KumcuSon şansımızı kullanıyoruz

Turkey and the long decade with the IMF (Bretton Woods Project)

Hurşit Güneş MB iyimserliğin faturasını ödüyor

Toplam verginin üçte biri taşıtı olanlardan alınıy

Erdal Sağlam

FDI inflow to Turkey sees sharp decline

Faiz artırımı sona yaklaştı
UĞUR GÜRSES

Deniz Gökçe Tarım dışı istihdam yükselişte

Güngör Uras Faizler yükselsin ki, döviz bol ve ucuz olsun!

Ege Cansen Tersane kazaları azaltılabilir

ING buying Turkish fund Oyak Emeklilik | Reuters

H4 New York Times THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Iraq: Still Inscrutable What we do next in Iraq — how and why — is barely getting discussed in the presidential campaign. It might be useful to start talking about it.

At Least 51 Are Killed in Blast at Baghdad Market A car bomb exploded during the busiest time of day in a Shiite neighborhood. It was the deadliest attack in Baghdad in more than three months.

A Fair Fight for Lebanon’s Army By NICHOLAS NOE The lack of equipment for a strong Lebanese army is a testament to how short-sighted and contradictory the American approach to Lebanon has been.

Mr. Bush v. the Bill of Rights

A proposed bill that would expand President Bush’s powers to spy on Americans without a court order is a threat to the Bill of Rights

After Attacks, Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction As her husband’s general election campaign gets into full swing, Mrs. Obama is getting a subtle makeover.

Bush to Seek an End to Ban on Oil Drilling Reversing a longstanding position, President Bush will call on Congress to end the ban on offshore drilling, underscoring how gas prices have become a major issue in the 2008 campaign.

H5 Washington Post Candidates Clash on Terrorism In Sharp Exchange, Each Side Calls Other's Position a Risk

Editorial Mr. Zebari's Message

Iraq's foreign minister has a chat with Barack Obama. Mr. Obama should take this opportunity to refresh his badly outdated plan for Iraq.

Iraqi Official: Security Pact Altered

Change Aimed at Bypassing Need for Congressional Approval

France's Whirlwind of Change

By Jim Hoagland, Nicolas Sarkozy is giving France, and its allies, change they should believe in and actively support.

Learning From the Oil Shock

By Robert J. Samuelson, High oil prices may be here to stay. Will Americans adapt accordingly?

Israel, Hamas Agree on Gaza Strip Truce Accord Would Be Phased In, With Cease-Fire Beginning as Soon as Tomorrow

Sarkozy Announces New Defense Policies France to Align More Closely With NATO

Blast in Baghdad Market Kills Dozens Bombing Was City's Deadliest Since March

Afghan Villagers Flee After Taliban Assault Officials Say Fighters Blasted Bridges, Laid Mines

Calling Fathers and Voters By E. J. Dionne Jr Will everyone dismiss Barack Obama's Father's Day call to responsible parenting as a simple political ploy?

CIA Played Larger Role In Advising Pentagon Harsh Interrogation Methods Defended - Pentagon officials solicited CIA opinions on harsh interrogation techniques, implemented them over opposition from military lawyers, papers show

Torture's Bad Seeds By Dan Froomkin

Editorial The Oil Future Government can't repeal the law of supply and demand, but it could curb speculative excess.

The Court McCain Wants By Ruth Marcus Conservatives want to turn the Supreme Court into election fodder. I hope they succeed.

Analysis Why We're Gloomier Than The Economy Consumer Anxiety Outstrips the Data

As Israeli Siege Strangles Gaza Strip, Hamas, Smugglers Profit Off Tunnels

Oil to the Fore in U.S.-China Talks U.S. officials shift focus from currency markets, call for China to stop subsidizing fuel for citizens

McCain's Declaration of Independence The Ad : John McCain stood up to the president and sounded the alarm on global warming five years ago. Today he has a realistic plan that will curb greenhouse gas emissions. A plan that will help grow our economy and protect our environment. Reform. Prosperity. Peace. John McCain.

Conflicts Displacing More People

H6 Guardian Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire Egypt gets Hamas to agree to halt all attacks out of Gaza in return of Israel halting its military strikes

Iraq insists on right to veto US army Baghdad and Washington in talks on future status of troops, as Iraq sees biggest bomb in weeks

The big squeeze Editorial: The crisis of our time is here to stay for a long time

Covering up the truthPhilippe Sands: The sanctioning of torture at Guantanamo is a story not only of abuse and crime but also of a cover-up by the US administration

A year in, it's clear: we got Brown wrong. He is simply not up to the job Jonathan Freedland: Tragically, the prime minister has been held back by his lack of the quality that most fascinates him – courage

Loathing of elections has led British democracy to atrophy Simon Jenkins: Unchecked by any formal constitution, power drifts to the centre, where the will of the people is treated with utter disdain

Big battle fears as Taliban fighters dig in Gambit comes days after Taliban smashed into Kandahar's main prison, freeing 400 militants

BP accused of arrogance and incompetence by oligarch partner in joint Russian venture

Getting from 'no' to 'yes' Richard Corbett: Europe must now work with Ireland to resolve its objections to the Lisbon Treaty

Grounds for optimism Dilip Hiro: Advances in technology mean that we have access to oilfields considered impossible to exploit in the past

An Irish wake-up call Shirley Williams: EU elites cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the no vote. That begins with the recognition of failings

The national security canard

Brian Beutler: As the fight over Fisa and warrantless wiretapping begins again, Republicans are using scare tactics to mislead the public

Obama snubs Clinton with job for ex-staff Move to offer key job to official sacked by Hillary seen as a strategy to rule her out as running mate

Sarkozy cuts 50,000 military jobs

French president says a slimmed-down defence force is necessary to better target resources at new dangers

Bush made the world a safer place

Oliver Kamm: We may jeer him and tell him to go home, but America's allies continue to benefit from some of George Bush's decisions

H7

Why Iran Will Get Nuclear Weapons - Amir Taheri

What Iraq Needs Next - Amir Taheri, New York Post opinion

Old Ties Exist Between Iran and Lebanon's Shiites By: Sadegh Zibakalam | The Daily Star
Contrary to common perceptions, Iranian involvement in Lebanon did not begin with the Islamic Revolution in 1979. First contact between Iranian Shiites and Lebanese Shiites was established at the beginning of the 16th century when some of the senior Lebanese Shiite ulama, or clergy, were invited to Iran by the newly established and powerful Safavid dynasty.

Daily Star Iran has made plenty of points, and now it's time to cash in

Some success and much American failure By Rami G. Khouri

Important, Doable, But (For Now) Improbable The good news is that Israel is talking peace with Syria, an important Arabic player. The bad news is that real peace can't happen between the two countries before the United States has a new president.

Al Maliki the Victorious By: Mshari Al-Zaydi | Asharq Alawsat Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki does not tire of reiterating the words national reconciliation, closing the ranks, eliminating sectarianism and foreign infiltration and purging the security forces of sectarian and partisan tendencies

New Ground Rules in Iraq? - Chicago Tribune editorial

Right Time for Tougher Sanctions - Bronwen Maddox, Times of London opinion

Rand Improving Outcomes in Iraq Depends on Better Tracking of Violence Against Iraqis

US Leads the World in Science and Technology With Help of Foreign Scientists

"Military Occupation" of Beirut by Hizbullah Awakes Suspicions Throughout the Arab World - Claude Salhani

The US-Iraq Security Arrangement - Herschel Smith, The Captain's Journal

“Obama’s Mideast Experts Emphasize Talks,” by Jay Solomon

“Should America push political reform in the Middle East?” by Eva Bellin

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

Baghdad bus stop bomb 'kills 51'
A car bomb at a busy bus stop in northern Baghdad kills 51 people and leaves another 75 wounded, say police.

Sadr's political clout said to be waning

Iraqis lack basic services despite gains

Syrian Foreign Minister Discusses Israel Talks in Address to Parliament

Indirect Israeli-Syrian Talks Complicating Efforts to Isolate Damascus From EU. Israeli Team in Turkey for More Talks With Syrians

Russia Insists on Schedule for Foreign Troops' Withdrawal From Iraq

Iranian Press Menu 17 Jun 08

Iran Ex-President's Saudi Visit to Improve Bilateral Ties - Report

Iraq Ain't No Insurgency, Say Former Petraeus Aides

Iraq base transitions to joint operation

Iraqi minister sees security pact settled

Iran Withdraws $75 Billion from European Banks

Rice Blesses Hizbullah Power-Sharing Government

India's Ties With Israel Shouldn't Be at Cost of Arabs: Syria

The clerics and I Iran's dissenting ayatollahs in the holy city of Qom

H9 Ha’aretz Hamas, Egypt back Gaza truce, Israel yet to confirm deal Deal reportedly doesn't limit IDF action in West Bank, includes pledge to ease blockade on Gaza Strip

Meshal: Any Israeli violation of deal would not go unanswered Hamas political leader says Shalit release not part of cease-fire; U.S. skeptical of news about truce

ANALYSIS / Cease-fire deal means Hamas is in charge Israel won't be able to monitor Rafah crossing; release of abducted soldier Shalit won't be part of truce

ElBaradei: Syria lacks skills, fuel for nuclear facility

U.S. pushes for Israel-Lebanon peace talks, deal on Shaba

To Republicans Iran's a threat, to Democrats not so much (WTR)

UN envoy: Israel has given Syria a 'huge gift' for free

Jerusalem PostIDF warns of terror attack ahead of Gaza cease-fire

Fears Gaza groups will try to sabotage truce; cease-fire expected to take effect 6 a.m. Thursday; Mashaal: Schalit and truce not linked.

Obama's promises fail at the AIPAC conference [ DAOUD KUTTAB

Washington Watch: AIPAC's unsung heroes [ DOUGLAS BLOOMFIELD

Candidly Speaking: Will Obama be good for the Jews? [ ISI LEIBLER

Assad to sit with Olmert at Paris parley Next round of indirect Israel-Syria talks set for next month; Turkish FM: Latest negotiations successful.

McCain for America - and Israel

American Jews should support the candidate who has long worked for the security of both countries.

Sanctions force Iran to look East Small, mid-sized banks in UAE, China, Malaysia are prepared to do business with Teheran.

Abbas to visit Gaza for Hamas dialogue Visit if first since group's takeover of the Strip; Fatah officials not ruling out talks with rival leaders.

Yedioth Ahronoth Gaza truce user guide Ron Ben-Yishai examines ceasefire, says Hamas and Israel yet to resolve three problems

IDF needs new attitude/ EldadWe never imagined IDF will evacuate troops from front while civilians stay there

What drives Ahmadinejad? Iranian president wants to set stage for appearance of Shiite messiah

'Too soon to declare truce'
Palestinian, Egyptian officials claim ceasefire between Israel, armed groups in Gaza to begin 6 am Thursday, but Barak says statement premature. Hamas' al-Zahar: No connection between truce, Gilad Shalit

US skeptical of Gaza truce

'Ceasefire with Israel will hardly take Hamas out of terrorism business,' State Department says

'Raise MIAs issue with Syria' Group writes Olmert letter asking that missing, captive troops be discussed during peace talks

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Israeli Ministers Mull Plans for Military Strike against Iran By: Ralf Beste, Cordula Meyer and Christoph Schult | Der Spiegel The Israeli government no longer believes that sanctions can prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. A broad consensus in favor of a military strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities -- without the Americans, if necessary -- is beginning to take shape.

BBC Israel and Hamas 'agree truce'

Israel and Hamas agree a truce starting this Thursday, Palestinian officials tell the BBC after Egyptian-brokered talks.

What chance of lasting peace?

Gaza voices: A year of Hamas

Frozen out Yonatan Mendel: Orientalism at 30 With Arabs still excluded from large parts of Israeli society, Said's arguments are as relevant now as they ever were

Daily Star Hamas feels it benefits more from a truce than Israel
By Shaul Arieli

Presbyterians Draw Fire After Backtracking in Statement Condemning Anti-Jewish Bias
Jewish Groups: ‘New Low-Point in Presbyterian-Jewish Relations’

Hamas, Israel reach cease-fire deal after months of attacks

Israel Seeks to Lower Expectations on Peace Deal with Palestinians

IDF Said Concerned Talk of Israeli Attack Will Spur Russian Missile Sale to Iran

Israeli Officials Wary of Temporary Cease-Fire With Hamas

Ahmadinejad Was Not Mistranslated: What Iranian Leaders Really Say about Doing Away with Israel - Joshua Teitelbaum (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

Antisemitism Embedded in British Culture, interview with Robert Wistrich

Will next U.S. Congress top current record number of Jewish lawmakers? by Shmuel Rosner

H10 Christian Science Monitor How to silence that Iran war drumbeat War is not inevitable. Bold, transparent diplomacy can work.

The Obama and McCain split on Guantánamo They are both partly wrong in their reactions to a high court ruling on the rights of Guantánamo detainees.

Low profile for Secretary Rice's Israel visit In Israel, the media focused on possible breakthroughs in which the US played no role, highlighting low expectations for Rice's trip.

Did rogue network leak nuclear-bomb design? Some US experts worry that a smuggling ring gave rogue states plans for a light warhead, apparently from Pakistan.

Hey, pundits: Trade hypotheticals for history Posing questions to the candidates without concrete context takes us in circles.

Afghanistan: Taliban keeps up pressure with assaults

Militants took control of a strategic district outside Kandahar. Afghan and foreign troops flew to the city in response.

Kuwait's empowered Islamists question all things Western

After an Islamist victory in Kuwaiti elections, lawmakers' new agenda reflects a regional debate over the pace of social change as economies

Iraqi interpreters: hope rises to go to U.S. President Bush extended a law that could give some of the thousands of interpreters working for the American military refuge in the US under a special visa program

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Death of U.S.-India Nuclear Deal Another Blow to Bush Legacy By: Adam Wolfe | World Politics Review In March 2006, President Bush signed a nuclear agreement in New Delhi designed to pull the world's largest democracy closer to the world's last superpower and dramatically alter Asia's balance of power. But the deal, President Bush's last, best chance for a positive legacy in international affairs, seems to have gone out with a whimper.

Heritage US-Pakistan Strategic Relationship

China has an 'old friend' in Medvedev
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's summit in Beijing last month has given Beijing a close look at how he and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will coordinate the Sino-Russian relationship. Despite being dismissed by some as lightweight, Medvedev has what it takes to further cement ties between the world's emerging manufacturing giant (China) and energy superpower (Russia). - Yu Bin

A Potent, Troubling Nationalism By: Philip Bowring | International Herald Tribune Much has been written about the rise of Chinese nationalism and its implications for the stability of Northeast Asia. But Korean nationalism could prove to be just as destabilizing

Pakistan Minister Says Tabling of Defence Budget in Parliament "Historic"

Reynolds' China Urumqi torch relay - fascinating, if you could see it...

H11 IHT More than Just Talk By: Ban Ki Moon | International Herald Tribune Detractors often call the United Nations a "talking shop" of 192 nations where, it has memorably been said, "no issue is too small to be debated endlessly." But the real UN, almost invisible to the general public, is the action-oriented UN.

SMART POWER Exaggerating America's decline By MICHAEL FULLILOVE America retains its hold on the world's imagination. Its politics are our politics as well.

Son of Africa or ugly American?

By JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN

Will Africans still love Obama when they learn how he stands on abortion and gay rights?

Help those who helped us By LUIS CARLOS MONTALVÁN AND TYLER BOUDREAU As American officers we feel it is our nation's moral obligation to address the Iraqi refugee crisis.

World refugee population jumps to 11.4 million The number of people fleeing to other countries to escape conflict and persecution rose in 2007 for the second year as factors from climate change to overly scarce resources threatened to increase the flow, the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday

Letter from Europe: A softer sales pitch for the Afghan war With committing troops to the war an increasingly hard sell in Europe, continued involvement hinges on a comprehensive plan for the country's reconstruction

French shifting strategic policy

Sarkozy to present plan for a smaller, more mobile army and an emphasis on working within Europe and NATO.

EUROPE European press review

EU: Is Brussels Preparing To Impose Sanctions On Iran?

CEPS Plan B Daniel Gros argues in this Commentary that the solution to the ‘Irish crisis’ could be simple if the other countries are really determined to go ahead. Download PDF for free

Ireland: A solution is emerging

Let 'Europe' Vote By: Kyle Wingfield | The Wall Street Journal
After the Irish voted down the Lisbon Treaty last week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had this to say: "A lot of Europeans do not understand how we are shaping Europe right now and building Europe, and we have to take account of that. . . . We have to change our way of building Europe."

French defence to counter terror President Nicolas Sarkozy says terrorism is the greatest threat to France as he presents a new defence strategy.

Fighting fit? Why cuts in the French military are no retreat

Size matters The strength of UK and French armed forces compared

For the European Union's sake, Ireland must agree to go
By Uffe Ellemann-Jensen

CEPS The Geopolitical Challenges of EU Energy Policy

Bosnia: The Anti-terror Back and Forth By: Anes Alic and Damir Kaletovic | ISN Security Watch
Four Bosnian Muslims arrested in Sarajevo in March have been released from custody after prosecutors failed to win a terrorism indictment against them due to lack of evidence, despite the fact that explosives and other military equipment were found the possession of the suspects

Bosnia Signs EU Pre-Accession Deal By: Elitsa Vucheva | EU Observer
Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a pre-accession deal with the EU on Monday (16 June) in Luxembourg after weeks of delay, with the move representing important progress in the Balkan country's EU integration process.

H12 RFE/RL

European Union: Democratization Key to Conflict Resolution in South Caucasus
BY JEAN-CHRISTOPHE PEUCH
The European Union views the establishment of democracy and rule of law in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan as being critical elements in the resolution of post-Soviet conflicts of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh

Pipeline Politics: Bulgarian Officials Tout Both Nabucco and South Stream Pipelines The Caspian Basin energy export contest is often portrayed as one in which there can be only one winner – either Russia on the one hand, or the United States and European Union on the other. Officials in Bulgaria, a country that is envisioned as a key transit hub in competing energy-export plans, say that burgeoning European demand for gas means that all sides can profit.

Armenian Opposition Gets Ready to Rally BY MARIANNA GRIGORYAN
Plans for a large-scale opposition rally on June 20 are sparking concerns about the likelihood of fresh violence on the eve of a critical vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about Armenia’s efforts to reverse the effects of its March 1 crackdown on opposition protestors.

Commentary: Russia's Outlawing Of Khomeini's 'Testament' An Extreme Step

EDM NEW TWISTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN DISPUTE
- RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN RELATIONS REVEAL DEEPER PROBLEMS
- KAZAKHSTAN’S ARMED FORCES LOOK FOR WESTERN “APPROVAL”

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Russia Insists on Treating Sevastapol as an Open Question By: Pavel K. Baev | Eurasia Daily Monitor There is certainly far more to the Sevastopol problem than just the physical difficulty of moving the fleet, and Russian politicians, from Dmitri Rogozin to Yuri Luzhkov to Sergei Ivanov, have been arguing passionately during the last couple of months that there is not only no place but also no need to abandon the base at Sevastopol

Russia Has Emerged at Last By: Stephen Jennings | The Moscow Times We live in an age of accelerating economic convergence. The world's new economies --with Russia among the leaders -- will drive global growth and value creation in the early decades of this new century.

Medvedev Reasserts Russian Leadership at St. Petersburg Summits By: Richard Weitz | World Politics Review At recent multinational meetings, Dmitry Medvedev has eschewed the sarcastic and at times menacing rhetoric of his predecessor. He has reaffirmed Putin's hard-line position regarding NATO expansion and echoed his predecessor's complaints about Washington's allegedly excessive and unwarranted influence on world affairs

BP, Russian Partners Vie For Control of Oil Venture By: Peter Finn | The Washington Post
A bare-knuckles boardroom battle has broken out between the British oil giant BP and its Russian partners over the direction and control of a prized joint venture, TNK-BP, which is Russia's third-largest oil producer and a key source of oil reserves for the international energy giant

H13 The Times France: Aux Armes Sarkozy outlines his new strategic vision

51 killed in huge Baghdad car bomb The most devastating attack for months ripped through a busy market place in the north west of the Iraqi capital

Israeli and Syrian leaders set for talks Sources say Olmert and Assad could hold face-to-face talks for first time in their countries' history next month

It's tricky doing business when Russia won't play by rules

Taleban dig in to face allied onslaught Nato prepares for major operation after shock gains by insurgents just 10 miles from population centre of Kandahar

Sarkozy takes France back to Nato France is to reverse de Gaulle's 1966 break with Nato, as President Sarkozy aims to create a more European alliance

The Economy: Now Comes the Test The threat of stagflation provides the independent Bank of England with its first truly serious choice. It is being tested. It needs to be tough on prices

Two Israelis arrested for West Bank assault Two Israelis have been arrested in Hebron over an attack on Palestinian farmers last week that was caught on film

Wall Street JournalLord, Make Me Conservative, But Not Yet

By Thomas Frank The Tilting Yard: A philosophy of government is discredited.

McCain's Energy Drill
A welcome reversal on oil exploration, in contrast to Obama

Why We Won't Talk to Sudan's Islamo-Fascists
By Abdel Wahid Al-Nur
'Did the world ever attempt to reform the Nazi regime?

Globalized Inflation
By Joachim Fels It's doubtful that the ECB alone can buck the world trend of higher prices.

H14 Financial Times Saudi Arabia should ditch its dollar peg The inflation problem in the Gulf region, which is hitting low-income workers, is exacerbated by the fixed exchange rate policy, writes Martin Feldstein

How global imbalances led to both credit crunch and inflation Martin Wolf explains the combination of a ‘credit crunch’ in the US with soaring commodity prices and rising inflation across the globe

France to push ahead with EU plans

The French government says Europe ‘did not stop’ with the Irish No as it sets out an action-packed agenda for its six-month EU presidency that begins in July

Syria sees benefits of liberalisation

Damascus is making up for falling oil revenue with the establishment of private banks and cuts in taxes and duties that have boosted investment, trade and non-oil exports

EU faces fresh Lisbon delay Leaders meeting for summit talks in Brussels on Thursday are braced for more delays in the ratification of the treaty after its rejection last week by Irish voters

UK must stay the course in Iraq

The withdrawal timetable should be genuinely dictated, as officials claim it is, by facts on the ground – and not by domestic political considerations

Israel and Hamas ‘call ceasefire’

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will begin on Thursday, according to Palestinian and Egyptian officials familiar with plan

Riyadh set to test power to move market Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has signalled an attempt to bring prices back under its control

EU backs Iran offer with new sanction threat Europe will impose additional financial sanctions if Tehran fails to respond positively to a fresh offer of incentives in return for suspending uranium enrichment

US enters missile talks with Lithuania The US and Lithuania are discussing co-operating on Washington’s missile defence system in a move likely to deepen Russian opposition to the plans

McCain risks ‘flip-flop’ jibes by voters John McCain’s increasingly finely balanced efforts to shore up his support among the shrinking Republican base while reaching out to independents is starting to fire up the critics

Senior lawyer hits at Guantánamo

The use of harsh interrogation techniques on detainees at Guantánamo Bay was a ‘mistake of massive proportions’ that damaged US national security, the former chief navy lawyer said

US limits oil trading in London

Turbulent conditions make the crude oil market vulnerable to illegal activity, US regulators warned, as they permanently imposed limits on the size of speculative positions that could be taken out on some trades made on overseas exchanges

Paulson eyes Sino-US energy pact

Hank Paulson called on the US and China to step up their co-operation on energy and the environment at the beginning of a two-day ­session of talks under the bilateral strategic economic dialogue

BETWEEN THE LINES - QUENTIN PEEL: Fears grow for migration and asylum reform

Food inflation threatens refugee crisis Soaring food prices and the effects of global warming threaten to drive ever more people from their homes, the head of the United Nations refugee agency warned

H15 Los Angeles Times Editorial U-turns on Iran Finally, Europe is ready to step up sanctions.

Iraq car bombing kills at least 51

The attack takes place on a busy commercial street in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Hurriya


Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza truce

If Palestinian militants maintain a cease-fire, Israel will gradually lift restrictions on the flow of goods into and out of the enclave

Torture began at the top Tim Rutten

'Curveball' speaks, and a reputation as disinformation agent remains intact The Iraqi speaks publicly for the first time. Charges that he fabricated intelligence that helped lead to war in Iraq are themselves fiction, he insists. But there are fresh doubts about his honesty

From 1968 to Eternity By: Todd Gitlin | Los Angeles Times
In 1968, in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Mexico, the young denounced the institutions of their elders, declared that some sort of a different world would be vastly better, tried to jam the old ways and press a huge restart button

Afghans flee Kandahar area as Taliban gears up for battle

Iraq car bombing kills at least 51

H16 American Politics

Obama facing uphill battle in South, polls show

McCain Camp Pounces on Obama Comments From ABC News Interview

George F. Will / Washington Post:

Contempt Of Courts

67% Support Offshore Drilling, 64% Expect it Will Lower Prices

Just 47% Oppose Nationalizing Oil Industry

Jeffrey Klein / The Huffington Post: McCain's Secret, Questionable Record

Why Hasn't Obama Pulled Further Ahead? - Jake Tapper, ABC News

Time For Obama to Slaughter Some Sacred Cows - Blake Dvorak, RCP


A McCain-Lieberman Ticket? - Walter Shapiro, Salon

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

Perot launches Website to highlight 'economic crisis' in U.S.

Can Mccain deliver his home state?

Even in Arizona his rift with the far right is cutting into his 'favorite son' appeal.

H17 Daily Telegraph President Obama would be bad for the UK John McCain is odds on to lose the coming war of words with the Democrat nominee, but as Irwin Stelzer argues, he may not lose the election.

Al-Qa'eda are showing signs of weakness David Blair says al-Qa'eda is losing the war with its pitiless ideology against the views of ordinary Muslims

Rights hamper fight against terrorism Some freedoms might need to be compromised in exchange for greater security from the terrorist threat.

Hamas and Israel agree truce

Months of talks to avoid bloodshed bear fruit in ceasefire.

Abu Qatada is released from jail Judge rules there are no grounds to keep the radical cleric described as Osama bin Laden’s “right-hand man in Europe” in prison.

Royal Navy boats may form EU fleet French plan to use warships in new European force.

H18 Independent Robert Fisk: Snapshots of life in Baghdad

The dangerous face of ordinary life has been captured by Iraqis on their mobile phones – reaching the places Western photographers can no longer go.

The Big Question: What is the new French defence strategy, and should we follow suit?

Iraq deal with US to end immunity for foreign contractors

H19 Military Intelligence Terrorism

Weekly Standard A Transformer in Disguise by Thomas Donnelly Robert Gates's surprise shake-up of the Pentagon

Analysis: USAF counterinsurgency, Part 1

POP on COIN - Marc Lynch, Abu Aardvark

Al Qaeda's Vietnam - Rich Lowry, New York Post opinion

Russian military tests weather manipulation; seeding clouds...

CRS “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments,” updated May 28, 2008.

“Coast Guard Deepwater Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress,” updated June 5, 2008.

Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red CrossThe minutes of an October 2002 meeting, released Tuesday, show that Pentagon and CIA officials openly discussed keeping detainees and their treatment hidden from the Red Cross. One officer acknowledged troops at a base in Afghanistan were using techniques that hadn't been approved.

Militants found recruits among Guantanamo's wrongly detained

| McClatchy Newspapers

When U.S. troops detained Mohammed Naim Farouq, he was just a thug in a lawless part of Afghanistan, with no al Qaida or Taliban connections. By the time he was released from Guantanamo — after more than 12 months of what he described as abuse and humiliation at the hands of American soldiers — he'd become a Taliban leader.

Newly published hearing records and Pentagon directives concerning intelligence policy include the following.

A House Intelligence Subcommittee examined intelligence community personnel security policy in “Security Clearance Reform,” February 27, 2008.

“National Security Letters: The Need for Greater Accountability and Oversight” was the subject of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 23, 2008.

The Senate Intelligence Committee considered “Modernization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” in a May 1, 2007 hearing.

“DoD Implementation of the Joint Intelligence Community Duty Assignment (JDA) Program” is the response to a DNI policy to promote employee rotations throughout the intelligence bureaucracy. See DoD Instruction 1400.36 (pdf), June 2, 2008.

Another new DoD Instruction (3305.16) addresses “DoD Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) Training” (pdf), June 12, 2008.

US interrogation debate detailed US military lawyers explain the development of harsh interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere

A nightmare of loose nukes

A NIGHTMARE scenario has come true, to judge from the revelation this weekend that the smuggling network once run by A.Q. Khan, the so-called father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, had acquired, and stored electronically, blueprints for an advanced, compact nuclear device. This means that the knowledge needed to produce an easily deliverable nuclear weapon may have already passed into the ... (Boston Globe)

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H20 Slate The Taliban Are Back. What Now? The long road to fixing Afghanistan winds through Pakistan. Fred Kaplan

Liberalism in the Levant? One man's dreams suggest some lessons.
Alexander Star

Straightening Out McCain's Straight Talk How his campaign is trying to get his message across.
John Dickerson

Rand Three Papers in International Health Policy: Modeling the Links Between Economics and Epidemiology

The much-needed replacement for World Bank conditions
By Dani Rodrik

From The American Prospect, a special report on the global freshwater crisis and the quest for solutions.

CRS “The Strategic Petroleum Reserve: History, Perspectives, and Issues,” updated June 6, 2008.

H21 'Super-Earths' spotted

Young radicals of the 1960s and today have mixed motives and impulses: at once craving autonomy and validation, guidance and self-definition... more»

The rise of the therapeutic and the eclipse of the tragic ensures college studentsexpectations soar even as their intellectual abilities to handle life’s setbacks erode... more»

Navigating the blogosphere can be trying: Vanity Fair has charted the most influential or amusing blogs about politics, gossip, Hollywood, media, and miscellany.

Celtics pound the Lakers to win 17th NBA title

Reading Into the Future The e-book may have its place, but for certain kinds of reading there is still nothing like a good old-fashioned hardback.

Should we care about book reviews? Reading is a personal act — so why submit to the critical tyranny of the newspaper books pages?

Q: “So is Marxism-Leninism scientific?” A: “Surely not. If it were, they would have tested it on animals first.” Old Soviet jokes... more»

From Skeptic, a look at how skeptics confronted 9/11 denialism.

Can a novelist write too well? Allan Massie investigates.

Now professors get their star rankings, too: The Social Science Research Network is an increasingly influential site that now offers nearly 150,000 full-text documents for downloading

Manhattan keeps the cars out ... briefly

New York mayor plans seven mile long car free route through city centre and hand it over to pedestrians

Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond by David Runciman

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UK Online ad spending to overtake TV -- this year...

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"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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