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12 November 2008
  November 12, 2008

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H1 Iraq After Action Report - General Barry R. McCaffrey USA (Ret)

Latest US Security Draft Offer 'Not Enough'

The New Liberalism - George Packer, The New Yorker

Tom Barnett The Obama Presidency: A Grand Strategy Agenda Read on

Growing Foreign Policy Concerns Add Challenges for Obama
NewsHour Zbigniew Brzezinski BRENT SCOWCROFT

Guardian The president-elect is not a dove - he is just a much smarter hawk Jonathan Freedland: It'll be hard to demonise the Great Satan led by Barack Hussein Obama. But peaceniks shouldn't assume a kindred spirit

An end to the Russian chill

Jonathan Steele: Despite recent US policy, Europe's security is best served by finding shared ground with Moscow

Obama to stay away from G20 talks Incoming team respect incumbent's authority, as Bush agrees to proposal for car industry bail-out

Obama won't bring the troops home Matthew Harwood: The Iraqi security pact signals that Barack Obama will be forced to withdraw troops more slowly - and responsibly - than planned

What realignment? Steven Guess: Barack Obama's victory may have marginalised the Republicans geographically, but the culture wars are far from over

Self-evident truths Editorial: Guantánamo Bay must close if America is to restore its reputation as a nation which respects international law.

Row over claims of Syrian nuclear find Traces of uranium found at alleged nuclear reactor prompt row about politically-motivated leaks

Dear Mr President-elect: Europe puts Middle East at top of wish-list for new US foreign policy Election raises EU ministers' hopes for a fresh start in transatlantic relations

Washington Post Intel Leaders Expect Obama to Replace Them Influential Democrats oppose keeping director of National Intelligence and CIA director because they supported controversial Bush policies

Shutting Guantanamo a Priority

Obama administration to review classified files of detainees as part of intensive effort to close prison

Stopping A Global Meltdown

By C. Fred Bergsten, When the leaders of the Group of 20 meet on Saturday, they must adopt a global approach to counter the financial crisis.

A Painful Process of Adjustment

Column | The reason we are in this mess is we lived beyond our means for too long. The party is over.

Syria, Israel Talk Peace

Special Report | Brzezinski, Moubayed, Melman debate motives and prospects. Your thoughts?

Dear President: memos to Obama , John C. Hulsman

US News Now How Do You Like Globalization, China?

MESH Iran: Obama’s options

Financial Times Obama’s economic challenges The president-elect must build on the achievements of his predecessors rather than turn the US away from the world. He must push reforms that help most Americans gain from globalisation and promote reforms abroad, writes Martin Wolf

Economists’ Forum Dig into the IMF’s toolbox: One way to cushion the effects of the crisis could be to put back into action an IMF lending window that was retired in 1988

Analysis: Kurdistan, the other Iraq As sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni subsides further south, rising tensions over the disputed city of Kirkuk could complicate American plans to start pulling out its troops

Battle against time over forces' status

Oil price slides below $60 20-month low amid growing economic fears

Human frailty caused this crisis

People are not stupid, but when things get complicated they flounder: they suffer from bounded rationality, write Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Roubini The Dismal Outlook for the US and Global Economy and the Financial Markets

World Development Report 2009

World Bank A report considering the geographic challenges to development (single page linking to each section of the report)

Pundits Debate the Inevitability of a Nuclear Iran

WSJ Bush Intelligence Policy to Stay Largely Intact

Iraq Dissatisfied With US Reply on Security Pact

Obama Mulls Keeping Gates on Board

IHT Can Europe produce an Obama? Many Europeans are asking if there could be a French, British, German or Italian Obama, and everyone knows the answer is no, not anytime soon.

Ukraine may finally get nod from NATO Defense Secretary Robert Gates will join NATO defense ministers this week to discuss how to bring Ukraine rapidly into the alliance.

Al Gore, Colin Powell, Caroline Kennedy in Obama's Administration?

Foreign Policy Realignment?
by Leon Hadar

CBS Afghan Insurgency Stronger Than Ever

Geopolitical Diary: Seems Like Old Times in the Kremlin
Stratfor

Daily Star Obama deserves the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise

Global threats need coordinated responses
By Rami G. Khouri

Worse Than Bush? by Ted Galen Carpenter Obama based his campaign on shifting America’s direction. Will he actually promote change in foreign policy, or will he accentuate Bush’s worst qualities?

A Promising U.S. Policy Toward Iran By: Hasan Abu Nimah | The Daily Star The Bush administration will establish the first official US diplomatic presence in Tehran before it leaves office, according to recent reports. A US interests section in the Iranian capital would be the first step toward restoring full diplomatic ties, severed since the 1979 hostage crisis amid the tumult of the Islamic Revolution.

The Obama Presidency: Wilsonian Idealist or Progressive Realist? By: Nikolas Gvosdev | World Politics Review How is President-elect Barack Obama planning to shape the foreign policy of his administration? Is he a Wilsonian idealist? A progressive realist? Some mix of the two? The answer remains somewhat of a mystery

Obama's Win Promotes Arab Democracy - Daoud Kuttab, Jerusalem Post

Five Silver Linings By: Fred Kaplan | Slate It's a truism that Barack Obama faces the most intractable set of challenges that any president has faced in at least 50 years. But on a few issues in foreign and military policy, he's caught a break

Los Angeles Times Obama's election: a turning point in the perception of blacks? African American men wonder if the wider culture will finally start to see them as true equals or if the president-elect will just be seen as yet another exception

The GOP looking glass

Jonah Goldberg: Does the defeat of George W. Bush mean a defeat for conservatism?

Wall Street Journal Kurdistan Is a Model for Iraq By Masoud Barzani Our path to a secular, federal democracy is inspired by the U.S.

'Change' Is Coming to Asia

By Ying Ma Barack Obama's win doesn't bode well for the region.

This Election Has Not 'Realigned' the Country By Jennifer Marsico What 2008 has in common with 1980.

Goodbye to All That THE TILTING YARD By Thomas Frank A cheap cynicism has brought us to disaster. Let's try a little audacity.

Previewing 'Bretton Woods Two' - Council on Foreign Relations

Independent Leading article: President Obama must end the scandal of Guantanamo

Mary Dejevsky: Why did the West ignore the truth about the war in Georgia?

Daily TelegraphWe don't want another Bretton Woods

Europe's leaders are wrong to push for 'global governance', says Irwin Stelzer.

Obama looks to Iran 'to bring Afghan peace' President-elect Barack Obama is planning to involve Iran in a major shift in US policy on the war in Afghanistan.

H2 FT Analysis: Kurdistan, the other Iraq As sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni subsides further south, rising tensions over the disputed city of Kirkuk could complicate American plans to start pulling out its troops

Inside Kurdistan: A role model for Iraq?

McClatchy Kurdish expansion moves threaten stability in northern Iraq

WSJ Kurdistan Is a Model for Iraq

By Masoud Barzani Our path to a secular, federal democracy is inspired by the U.S.

Turkey in the Security Council: Goals and Dilemmas INSS An Israeli commentary on Turkey's mediating role in the regions adjoining it Lindenstrauss, Gallia

IHT NYT Turkey volunteers to mediate U.S.-Iran talks Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said his country wants to use its growing role in the Middle East to bridge the divide between East and West.

Is Turkey's EU membership dream vanishing?

FPIF Turkey Between East and West

AB'den şaşırtan PKK raporu

EU report reveals shocking PKK facts

Görüşme yok mesaj var

'Öcalan Kemalist propaganda yapıyor'

Ben Türkiye'nin avukatıyım

Azınlıklar bizim zenginliğimizdir

'Yeni dönemde dünyanın ateşi düşecek'

Erivan, Ankara'ya göz kırptı

Were Ataturk Alive Today | A lecture by Heath Lowry

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

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

Jetler yine sınır ötesinde

Cevdet Aşkın Rusya'nın tehdidi ne anlama geliyor?

Adem Yavuz Arslan Başbakan eksen mi değiştiriyor?

MUHARREM SARIKAYA Kürt açılımı ve kabine...

EDM FIRAT RESIGNATION MAY INDICATE A HARDENING OF AKP KURDISH POLICY

Kurds urge separation of powers (UPI) -- Members of the Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan discussed military and police reform at their latest conference in the regional capital, Erbil.

Bizi terbiye edemezsiniz

Güneydoğu uyarısına yanıt: Başbakan gelecek

KRG welcomes British trade delegation (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq welcomed a British trade delegation for a six-day tour to promote bilateral trade relations, officials said

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

Ben Türkiye'nin avukatıyım

Is Turkey's dream for membership in EU vanishing?

Gazprom'dan Türkiye ve Avrupa'ya: Nabucco için Rus gazından olmayın

Sarkisyan, gelecek yıl için çok umutlu

Sağ kolu Pritzker’in Türkiye tutkusu

ABHaber'in haberi Reuters'da:AB Hazar Doğalgazı için planını açıklayacak

İBRAHİM KARAGÜL

Abdülhamit Bilici 'Zamanında girsek, lider olurduk'

Melih Aşık Avrupa istemiyor...

Hedo Okur Tuncay Nihat Altintop

Guardian A new kind of warfare Norman Stone

Ece Temelkuran Mustafa

Türk okurları 1891’den beri Rus yazar Tolstoy’u okuyor

Tufan Türenç Ne ’ezber bozma’ ne de ’ihanet’

Kurtuluş Savaşı'nın son gazisini kaybettik

Turkish mayor suing Batman director for 'stealing his city's name'

H3 Levent Ersöz Özkök'ü dinletti

Sürpriz soruşturma

İşçi kıyımı başladı

Bu bir bomba efsanesi

Başbakanlık’tan gazetecilere ‘ayrımcılık

‘Oyumuzun yüzde 15’i ‘e-muhtıra’dan’

Telekom’da gizli buluşma iddiası

’İlk 4 madde’ tartışılıyor

Beğenmeyen istediği yere gitsin

Devrimci üsluptan totaliter gerçeğe: Kemalizm

Ağar davası daha çok uzayabilir

Bir nolu sanıktan el bombası savunması

Paksüt’ten Can’a ‘kurucu ilke’ tepkisi

Mahkeme yetki gasbı yaptı; halk yeni anayasa istiyor

Başbakanlık 6 gazeteciyi akredite etmedi

Mahkeme Başkanı kimden korkuyor

’El bombaları çarıklı senaristin iddiası’

Obama’yı alkışlayan aşağılık kompleksli

Üzerinde kendisinin parmak izi bulunan el bombalarını görmemiş!

'Şemdinli'de Ergenekon bağlantısı

' Perinçekler’le aile gibiyiz'

'PKK'nın istediğini yapıyor'

Sabah ve Yeni
Şafak’a
dava!

1 numaralı sanık sorguda

Aleviler anlattı, Oral Çalışlar yazdı

'Fethullahçılar beynimizi yıkıyor'

Dava başladı ama...

'Suç işlemek için silahlı örgüt kurmak' iddiasıyla yargılanacak

Başbakanlık, Dink suikastında üç karanlık nokta tespit etti

Hrant Dink cinayetinde soruşturma izni verilen astsubay sayısı 8'e çıktı

JİTEM davasına bakan mahkeme, Ergenekon iddianamesini istedi

JİTEM'de Ergenekon iddianamesi istendi

‘Alevi davasına ihanet ediyor’

AKP politikaları iflas edince Erdoğan şiddet burcuna girdi

Yasaklanan 6 gazeteci

Alman Savcı: AKP ile Deniz Feneri bağı yok

Erdoğan aynaya bakıp saysın: Hikmetyar Deniz Feneri

Mehmet Ağar'ın dosyası 'ağır'laştı

Bombalı savunma

Bir kahramanı yıpratıyorlar

Astsubay Mutlu Gözler Meclis'te

Lozan öyle diyor

'Fethullahçılar beynimizi yıkıyor'

'Din sekse alet edildi'

Atatürk yaşasaydı, CHP gibi yapmaz Avrupa Birliği üyeliğine destek verirdi

Erdoğan: Destek verin çeteleri tamamen bitirelim

'Mustafa' filmine yüklendi: Amaçları Atatürk'ü gözden düşürmek

Baykal, Ergenekon davasına müdahale edememekten yakındı

Son Dakika Milliyet Hürriyet Zaman GH Türkiye

Birinci Sayfalar Akşam Birgün Bugün Cumhuriyet Dünya Hürriyet Milli Gazete Milliyet Posta Radikal Referans Sabah Star Taraf Tercüman Türkiye Vakit Vatan Yeni Şafak Zaman Arşiv

Video NTV CNNTürk Milliyet

Cengiz Çandar Doğruya doğru...

Ahmet Taşgetiren Erdoğan’ı biçerken....

Ruşen - Çakır AKP’li Kürt milletvekilleri şaşkın, kaygılı ama hâlâ ümitli

Taha Akyol Atatürk ve Stalin

Fikret Bila TRT'nin Kürtçe kanalı

Hasan Cemal Medeni bir ülkede böyle bir bakan istifa ederdi ama...

Murat Yetkin Üç soruda AB işleri

İsmet Berkan Lame duck!

Fehmi Koru Ben buyum işte

Taha Kıvanç Reyting duvarına dokunalım

Şamil Tayyar

Ali Bayramoğlu Azınlıklar gitmeseydi…

Yasemin Çongar

Ertuğrul Özkök Apartmanda hayat öpücüğü

Hasan Ünal

Asker ne ister?
MEHMET ALİ KIŞLALI

Erdoğan’a öfke neden?
AVNİ ÖZGÜREL

Ahmet Hakan Gazetecileri isyana teşvik

M Ali Birand Obama'sız Türk zenciler: Aleviler

Mustafa Ünal Erdoğan değişiyor mu?

Cüneyt Ülsever Sivil anayasaya ne oldu?

Gülay Göktürk Anayasa değişikliği: Şimdi zamanı mı?

Enis Berberoğlu

KÜRŞAT BUMİN

Sabahattin Önkibar Atatürk dinsiz-ayyaş, Muğlalı Paşa hain ve Mehmet Ağar çeteci, öyle mi?

Bülent Keneş Change, Ankara criteria and Erdoğan’s self-isolation

Bilal Çetin İktidarda muhalefet dönemi bitti...

Mehmet Tezkan Ne diyorsa doğrudur denilen adam!

Serdar Turgut AKP'de sınıf ayrımı

Burak Bekdil Turkey’s Alevis: Wish you were not here

Oktay Ekşi Yıkım müteahhitleri

Özdemir İnce

Mehmet Y Yılmaz Nasıl oluyor da böyle oluyor?

Güneri Civaoğlu Alevi gerçeği

Güngör Mengi AKP niye yalnız?

Tayfun Devecioğlu Sabah’ın medyadaki ‘özel yeri’ ve VATAN

Okay Gönensin Çözemezsen çözerler

MUHARREM SARIKAYA Kürt açılımı ve kabine...

ERDAL ŞAFAK Değiştirilemez hükümler

ENGİN ARDIÇ Baba Vanga laga luga

ERGUN BABAHAN Sevsen de terk et

A Turan Alkan Yanlış, yanlış, yanlış!

Atatürkçüler faşist midir?
TÜRKER ALKAN

‘İyi Alevi’, ‘kötü Alevi’
ORAL ÇALIŞLAR

Ben de gördüm
HALUK ŞAHİN

Obama zaferi
MUSTAFA AYSAN

Ali Bulaç Krizden kimler nemalanmak istiyor?

EMRE AKÖZ Tıp fakültelerini diğerlerinden ayırmak gerek

Umur Talu'İnsan hakları' biraz böyle de bir şey!

HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN Obama ve Kürtler-2

NAZLI ILICAK Alevilere kulak verelim

MEHMET BARLAS Gazeteler medya yamyamlarının sofra örtüsü müdür?

MAHMUT ÖVÜR

YAVUZ DONAT Değişimin adı

Nuray Başaran Baykal'ı dinlerken

Mensur Akgün Vecdi Gönül'ün içinden geçenler

CHP spinning its cocoon by NACİ BOSTANCI*

Yavuz Baydar What lies beneath? 'It's the mentality, stupid!'

İsmail Küçükkaya Baykal’dan İstanbul’a “Milli Mücadele” görevi

Ekonomi

Ege Cansen Krizden çıkış mimarisi

ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIM

Ercan Kumcu Gelişmekte olan ülkelerin görünümü hoş değil

Erdal Sağlam

Güngör Uras Başbakan G-20 zirvesine ne götürecek? (Zirveden ne getirecek?)

Deniz Gökçe Reel ekonomide durgunlaşma arttı!

Yavuz Semerci 12 milyar dolarlık telekulak skandalı

Hurşit Güneş Bankalar yüklü kredi riski taşıyor

Metin Münir Nükleer santral: Durum raporu

OKAN MÜDERRİSOĞLU
Kaynak için G-20 ya da IMF'ye gidin

Çin’den gelen paket
METİN ERCAN

G20: İktisatçılar uyarıyor
UĞUR GÜRSES

Servet Yıldırım Koşullar Türkiye'yi IMF'ye itiyor

Ali Ağaoğlu Veriler durgunluk diyor

Kerem Alkin Başbakan'a G-20 için öneriler

Seyfettin Gürsel Ekonomi, enflasyon-durgunluk kıskacında

Türk bankacılık sektöründe birleşmeler kaçınılmaz

Aydın Ayaydın Plan-Bütçe Komisyonu’na çağrı

H4 New York Times After U.S. Breakthrough, Europe Looks in Mirror Many Europeans are asking themselves if there could be a French, British, German or Italian Obama.

On NATO’s Table, Ukraine and a Test of Russian Ties

World Leaders at Nation's Doorstep, but Next President Isn't Taking Meetings

Baghdad Bridge Reopens, Restitching a Divided Area

Iraq Signs $3.5 Billion Deal for China to Develop Oil Field

Militants in Pakistan Attack Convoy Bound for Afghanistan

Turkish Leader Volunteers to Be U.S.-Iran Mediator

Saudi Arabia Seeks U.N. Platform to Promote Pluralism Abroad

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN How to Fix a Flat Somebody ought to call Steve Jobs and ask him if he’d like to run a car company for a year. It wouldn’t take him long to come up with the G.M. iCar.

Editorial A Case of Religious Discrimination

Public property must be open to all religions on an equal basis — or open to none at all

Democrats Seek Help for Automakers Congressional leaders said they were ready to push for emergency assistance in a lame-duck session, setting up one last showdown with President Bush.

Obama’s Transition Team Restricts Lobbyists’ Role

Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for a Helping of the Bailout Pie The $700 billion economic rescue pool is evaporating after the plan set off a lobbying free-for-all.

Buying Binge Slams to Halt With Wall Street edging back from the brink, the crisis of consumer confidence has become the biggest short-term issue for the economy.

Google Uses Searches to Track Flu’s Spread Google is tracking the ebb and flow of Web queries like “flu symptoms” or “muscle aches” in an effort to identify outbreaks

Fast Track to Efficiency By PAUL C. LIGHT Barack Obama should revitalize the president’s fast-track authority to get reorganization plans through Congress.

MAUREEN DOWD Boxers, Briefs or Silks? Sarah Palin is now trying to unmake her McCain campaign makeover and morph from uptown cloistered girl back to down-home accessible girl.

H5 Washington Post Intel Leaders Expect Obama to Replace Them Influential Democrats oppose keeping director of National Intelligence and CIA director because they supported controversial Bush policies

Shutting Guantanamo a Priority

Obama administration to review classified files of detainees as part of intensive effort to close prison

Stopping A Global Meltdown

By C. Fred Bergsten, When the leaders of the Group of 20 meet on Saturday, they must adopt a global approach to counter the financial crisis.

A Painful Process of Adjustment

Column | The reason we are in this mess is we lived beyond our means for too long. The party is over.

Syria, Israel Talk Peace

Special Report | Brzezinski, Moubayed, Melman debate motives and prospects. Your thoughts?

Where Obama Can Be Bold By Michael Gerson His broad victory shouldn't dictate that all his policies have broad appeal.

Stem Cell Solution By Ronald M. Green Handled wrongly, it could energize conservative opponents and derail Obama's presidency.

Japanese General Defends Revised Version of WWII: Ousted Air Force Chief Tells Parliament He Doesn't Regret His Apologist Essay

Long-Closed Baghdad Bridge Reopens: Sunni, Shiite Areas Linked by Span, Scene of Deadly Stampede

He's the 'Barack Whisperer' Robert Gibbs, in line to become press secretary, can be funny and gossipy but pushes back against anything he considers inaccurate

You Report, We Marginalize By Harold Meyerson Dear Roger Ailes: Thank you for the gift Fox News gave to liberals and Democrats.

Ready, Fire, Aim By Kathleen Parker, To Republicans seeking what went wrong, please, don't shoot the messengers.

Editorial Pass the Pact U.S. economic woes strengthen the case for free trade with Colombia

Low on Cash, GM's Fate Debated

Firm says bankruptcy filing is not an option, but some analysts argue it could be positive outcome

H6 Guardian The president-elect is not a dove - he is just a much smarter hawk Jonathan Freedland: It'll be hard to demonise the Great Satan led by Barack Hussein Obama. But peaceniks shouldn't assume a kindred spirit

An end to the Russian chill

Jonathan Steele: Despite recent US policy, Europe's security is best served by finding shared ground with Moscow

Obama to stay away from G20 talks

Incoming team respect incumbent's authority, as Bush agrees to proposal for car industry bail-out

Obama won't bring the troops home

Matthew Harwood: The Iraqi security pact signals that Barack Obama will be forced to withdraw troops more slowly - and responsibly - than planned

What realignment? Steven Guess: Barack Obama's victory may have marginalised the Republicans geographically, but the culture wars are far from over

Self-evident truths Editorial: Guantánamo Bay must close if America is to restore its reputation as a nation which respects international law.

Row over claims of Syrian nuclear find Traces of uranium found at alleged nuclear reactor prompt row about politically-motivated leaks

Dear Mr President-elect: Europe puts Middle East at top of wish-list for new US foreign policy Election raises EU ministers' hopes for a fresh start in transatlantic relations

Palin looks for 'open door' to 2012 White House run

We just can't afford tax cuts

Larry Elliott: Gordon Brown has fallen into the trap of thinking bad economics makes good politics. He's wrong

Don't curb our enthusiasm

Heather McRobie: Barack Obama's win was due, in large part, to the youth vote. Maybe now people will stop accusing us of apathy

An auto industry bail-out will fail

Ryan Avent: Throwing money at America's carmakers won't help workers, taxpayers or the economy – it's a terrible idea

More personal debt is not the answer Chris Payne: Economic policy based on rising house prices and the availability of consumer credit is doomed to failure

It's not only the Queen. We're all screaming for an answer Simon Jenkins: This recession is a catastrophe that our government's economic advisers simply refused to believe would happen

H7 A Promising U.S. Policy Toward Iran By: Hasan Abu Nimah | The Daily Star The Bush administration will establish the first official US diplomatic presence in Tehran before it leaves office, according to recent reports. A US interests section in the Iranian capital would be the first step toward restoring full diplomatic ties, severed since the 1979 hostage crisis amid the tumult of the Islamic Revolution.

The Obama Presidency: Wilsonian Idealist or Progressive Realist? By: Nikolas Gvosdev | World Politics Review How is President-elect Barack Obama planning to shape the foreign policy of his administration? Is he a Wilsonian idealist? A progressive realist? Some mix of the two? The answer remains somewhat of a mystery

Obama's Win Promotes Arab Democracy - Daoud Kuttab, Jerusalem Post

Five Silver Linings By: Fred Kaplan | Slate It's a truism that Barack Obama faces the most intractable set of challenges that any president has faced in at least 50 years. But on a few issues in foreign and military policy, he's caught a break

The 4% Defense Spending Chimera - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Times

War is from Mars, love is from Venus Is the United States an empire of war or an empire of love? (By Timothy Snyder, Boston Globe)

US Can't Have Both Ways in Iraq - Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

Brazil demanding bigger role in setting the world's agenda

Brazil has surpassed the U.S. as the biggest producer of iron ore and coffee. It's become the world's biggest exporter of beef, poultry, biofuels and orange juice concentrate. It has $200 billion in reserves. When the G-20 meets to consider the world's financial crisis in Washington this weekend, Brazil wants a bigger role

Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ATTACK IRAN! — Without getting into the argument over what …

The Saudis' Sham - Ali al-Ahmed, New York Post

Asia Times SPENGLER
A Pyrrhic propaganda
victory in Rome?

After the fall of communism, the world's greatest barrier to freedom has been the absence of religious liberty in the Muslim world. With this in mind, free people everywhere took a profound interest in the outcome of Pope Benedict XVI's encounter last week with Muslim scholars. The result may appear to be a propaganda victory for the Muslims, but such pronouncements can be misleading.

US coaches Arab overtures to Iraq
Egypt is one among many Arab states rushing to restore diplomatic ties with Baghdad, despite past promises they would not do so until US troops had left Iraq. Pressure from Washington to counter Iranian influence, rather than the preservation of Iraq's "Arab identity", has led to the overtures

A Conversation with Manouchehr Mottaki

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

Lebanon and Syria Tussle Over Militants By: Ferry Biedermann | Financial Times
Syria and Lebanon have become embroiled in a bitter war of words that runs counter to their recent political rapprochement and centres on mutual accusations of support for militant Islamist groups.

An Initiative to Create the Federal Region of Basra Is Launched

Baghdad re-opens 'unity bridge'
Iraqi authorities formally re-open a key Baghdad bridge linking Shia and Sunni neighbourhoods on either side of the Tigris.

In Shift, Conservatives in Iran Back Ahmadinejad -

World Powers to Meet Anew on Iran Sanctions

IAEA Irked at 'Premature' Syria Nuclear Disclosures

Iraqi FM in Damascus to Hold Talks With Syrian Officials

Battle for Mosul Hangs in the Balance

Iran test-fires new missile near Iraq...

H9 Ha’aretz Secular candidate Barkat, after win: I'll be mayor of all Jerusalemites

Carlo Strenger: Why Barack Obama's win is 'good' for the Jews

Report: Hamas says its officials met Obama aides before U.S. election

Amir Oren: A Netanyahu win will put us on collision course with Obama Can Netanyahu avoid a confrontation with Obama? Not if he remains faithful to his present platform, which disagrees with negotiating with the Palestinians on the core issues of the conflict.

Benn Give him a chance, Netanyahu will say Likud leader hopes proximity between the change in the U.S. administration and the general election in Israel will work to his advantage

Footage emerges of Obama poking fun at 'foul-mouthed' Rahm Emanuel

Laughing All the Way to the Polls By: Yoel Marcus | Haaretz
For the moment, at least, Netanyahu, the man everyone thought was as dead as a doornail, is laughing all the way to the polls.

Nasrallah: Israeli hands that attack Lebanon will be severed

Jerusalem Post Olmert as oracle

The speech Olmert on Monday gave was - in tone and substance - one that Yossi Beilin could have given.

The Obama dialogues

[ DANIEL LANDES AND MICHAEL TOLKIN

Yedioth Ahronoth No Israeli Obama, thankfully

Amos Carmel pleased that Israel does not have the right conditions for Obama equivalent

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

UN warns over Gaza food blockade

The UN refugee agency in the Gaza Strip says it will run out of food aid in two days unless Israel's blockade eases.

Secularist 'wins Jerusalem vote' Israeli secular politician Nir Barkat is in the lead in the election to choose a new Jerusalem mayor, an exit poll suggests.

Hamas and the Art of Time-Wasting By: Tariq Alhomayed | Asharq Alawsat
An official Egyptian statement released the day before yesterday expressed regret over Hamas's decision to boycott the reconciliation talks with Fatah in Cairo and in the process wasting an opportunity for national unity.

The Bizarre Jerusalem Mayoral Race - Tim McGirk, Time

Don't Send Bill Clinton to the Middle East - Martin Peretz, New Republic

WSJ Battle for Holocaust Assets Roils Israel

The global quest to ferret out money and property left behind by Jews killed in the Holocaust is now targeting Israel, but is proving difficult as many big banks and the government itself have resisted the efforts

Arabs Uneasy About Joining Israeli Army

Bridging the divide between Fatah and Hamas won't be easy
By Jihad El-Khazen

H10 Christian Science Monitor Iraqi town defies Al Qaeda

Despite attack, Dulaim vows to bar Al Qaeda in Iraq, which it ousted from the town last year.

Taliban hijacking threatens key NATO supply route

Militants in Pakistan seized 13 Afghanistan-bound trucks – one carrying two Humvees – without firing a single shot.

The Obama of Brazil He came from the left and poverty, but da Silva rules from the center, as Obama must.

From stem cells to emissions, Obama set to reverse Bush policies The president-elect will issue many executive orders soon after taking office.

The US nuclear waste issue – solved Nuclear energy is a must. Disposal is within our reach.

Bush, other leaders to promote Muslim-Christian dialogue at UN

The gathering follows a successful Muslim-Catholic forum at the Vatican

Arms race, uneasy peace in Sudan In the south, the parliament voted to double its budget to cover military spending, and the north spent 20 percent of its budget on the military

Farming superpower Brazil spreads its know-how

It is bringing the technologies of tropical farming to other parts of Latin America, and to Africa and Asia.

ASIA

Afghanistan: Pondering New Directions Under the Obama Administration
BY RICHARD WEITZ
US President-elect Barack Obama is considering a sweeping overhaul of Washington’s approach to the war in Afghanistan, according to a report in the Washington Post, which cited advisors close to the incoming chief executive. The new approach would seem to place heavy emphasis on diplomacy and negotiations

Outside View: Talk to the Taliban? Not now

China, Japan Can Help by Helping Themselves By: Frank Ching | The Japan Times While many are hoping that China will help bail out Western banks from the current financial crisis, the country's leaders, as well as Japan's, see that the path to stability begins in the economic viability of their own nations.

China's big, big stimulus plan

A $586 billion stimulus plan is in the political self-interest of Chnina's rulers -- but also happens to be in the best interests of the world. (Boston Globe)

China's multi-billion dollar riddle China's US$586 billion economic stimulus package, targeted at giving a lift to the domestic economy, has raised hopes of a much-needed boost to demand for commodities and value-added products sourced from overseas. How much may depend on the extent to which the stimulus involves new money. - Olivia Chung

China Fears India-Japan Space Alliance By: Peter J. Brown | The Japan Times
China is concerned that an agreement between India and Japan to cooperate on the use of swift, dual-use surveillance satellites for monitoring national disasters may signify the birth of a powerful space alliance.

India Reels Over Obama's Silence By: M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times India's leaders are miffed that United States president-elect Barack Obama didn't give them a telephone call, as he did numerous heads of state around the world -- including Pakistan's

China aims to end pessimism with $586 billion economic stimulus package The money may not jump-start enough domestic spending, but signals to world leaders that China is engaged in resolving the global financial crisis

The Rise of India's Saffro-Nazis By: Sankar Ray | Asia Sentinel
A year before his death in 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru remarked that "The danger to India, mark you, is not Communism. It is Hindu right-wing communalism." Today a wave of Hindu terrorism is raising fears that the country's first prime minister could be right.

Captured Battle Plan Shows Strength and Training of Taleban Forces By: Anthony Lloyd | The London Times
America and Britain claim that the terrorist network and affiliated organisations are being hosted by the Taleban in the tribal areas, which they use as a base for training camps, refuge and recruitment. This, they say, extends the threat from the tribal agencies to the rest of the world

H11 IHT Can Europe produce an Obama? Many Europeans are asking if there could be a French, British, German or Italian Obama, and everyone knows the answer is no, not anytime soon.

Ukraine may finally get nod from NATO Defense Secretary Robert Gates will join NATO defense ministers this week to discuss how to bring Ukraine rapidly into the alliance.

H.D.S. Greenway: After the silence

By H.D.S. GREENWAY

The peace that followed World War I tried to make sense of the great collapse of empires.

The past is too much with us

By PETER FELLOWES

There is a point past which information detracts from rather than contributes to our ability to adapt.

EUROPE European press review

Europe's Leaders Can Seize This Opportunity to Fill the Leadership Gap By: Joseph Stiglitz | The Daily Telegraph France and the UK have recognised this as a new "Bretton Woods moment." This is their chance to push not only for the new regulations needed to restore confidence now and prevent this kind of global financial crisis from happening again, but also for a new global financial order

Germany's Feeble Stimulus Package The Economist The package amounts to mild fiscal loosening and should go some way towards offsetting the negative effects of the financial market crisis and the current global economic downswing, which the Economist Intelligence Unit believes will bring a three-year period of solid economic growth in Germany to a grinding halt

Germany's Hopes and Fears for Obama - Der Spiegel

Peacekeeping Is Not for Wimps By: David Cronin | The Guardian
An overly macho view of the role of peacekeeping forces means the EU is failing civilians caught up in the crisis in Congo.

Obama's victory stirs Europe to confront race issue For months before Barack Obama's election last week, his popularity ratings in Europe soared to levels never matched in America. Now that Obama is headed to the Oval Office as the first African-American president, his victory is prompting Europeans to confront some uncomfortable questions about race within their own countries

H12 RFE/RL

In Azerbaijan, the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
BY MINA MURADOVA
In the end, the announcement did not generate surprise. Re-elected in October with 89 percent of the vote, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev re-appointed all members of his former cabinet except for one minister. Experts say that the lack of change indicates that the government is unlikely to pursue reforms in the near future.

Google News Azerbaijan

Medvedev's Missile Myth By: Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times Imagine the following scenario: After the standoff between the United States and Russia has reached boiling point, the U.S. president decides to launch a nuclear first strike. Is this the script of the latest cheap Armageddon novel? Not at all.

Medvedev wants to re-democratize Russia [ ANDREAS UMLAND

Georgia, Russia and the New Administration - Melik Kaylan, Forbes

Medvedev bid to extend presidency Russian President Medvedev sends to parliament a bill that extends the presidential term from four to six years.

EDM ANOTHER DISASTER IN THE RUSSIAN NAVY


- COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVINCES TER-PETROSIAN TO HOLD INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF VIOLENCE IN YEREVAN

Russia: The Defense Industry Feels the Credit Crunch's Effects

The Kremlin is voicing concern over the impact of the global financial crisis on the country's defense industry

Geopolitical Diary: Seems Like Old Times in the Kremlin Proposed changes to the Russian government could open the door for another Putin presidency and give the ruling United Russia party more power

Georgians Flee Border Village as Russian Troops Leave By: Olesya Vartanyan and Ellen Barry | The New York Times Dozens of Georgians clambered over one another to crowd into a rickety bus on Monday to flee this remote mountain village, which has become a flash point of mounting tensions on the boundary of South Ossetia.

US Official Insists Missile Defense Not Targeted at Russia

Georgia: Unclear Future for South Ossetia’s Pro-Tbilisi Leader
BY MOLLY CORSO
When Russian forces occupied South Ossetia in August, a two-year initative by Tbilisi to win back the hearts and minds of Ossetians seemed to collapse instantaneously. The primary instrument in those efforts was the Tbilisi-backed administration of Dmitri Sanakoyev, who claimed authority over mainly Georgian-populated pockets of the separatist-minded territory. The future of Sanakoyev’s parallel authority is now up in the air.

H13 The Times Triumph of those who resist violence Obama's is a victory not just over the white supremacists, but also the black separatists Daniel Finkelstein

Don't count on China to save the world Beijing's £375bn economic package makes it a world player. But its own interests will come first Jonathan Fenby

Time for Prudence Fiscal stimulus is back in fashion, to mitigate a nasty-looking recession. But overborrowing could be a mistake

Realism about Russia However obstructive Moscow's policies, only diplomacy can achieve Western goals

Crash forces car giants to seek rescue deals Share price of General Motors has slumped to below its 1946 level while Ford and Chrysler face plummeting demand

Secular businessman is Jerusalem's new mayor

Nir Barkat, a software tycoon, has claimed victory over an ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbi in the city's mayoral elections

Beware. There's a Barack-lash on the way How the green worm of jealousy wriggled into my breast

Robert Crampton

We can't be surprised by this death A lethal mixture of bureaucracy, blame culture and fear of violence blinds us to the horror that is staring us in the face

Theodore Dalrymple

Wall Street Journal Kurdistan Is a Model for Iraq

By Masoud Barzani
Our path to a secular, federal democracy is inspired by the U.S.

'Change' Is Coming to Asia

By Ying Ma Barack Obama's win doesn't bode well for the region.

This Election Has Not 'Realigned' the Country By Jennifer Marsico What 2008 has in common with 1980.

Goodbye to All That THE TILTING YARD By Thomas Frank A cheap cynicism has brought us to disaster. Let's try a little audacity.

Speculators, Politicians and Financial Disasters

By John Steele Gordon
From Commentary: How Washington created a financial panic--in 1836, and in 2008.

Obama's Lame Duck Opportunity

Obama’s Ethical Transition Team No political action committees, corporations, or lobbyists may donate to the president-elect’s transition fund.

Same Old Berlin Wall

In Germany, a limit to the change we can believe in.

China's Stimulus Will Work

By Calla Wiemer
Finding ways to spur domestic consumption

World Needs Stronger IMF - Age Bakker, Daily Star

What Would a G.M. Bankruptcy Look Like?

Who is Getting Our $2 Trillion?

H14 Financial Times Obama’s economic challenges The president-elect must build on the achievements of his predecessors rather than turn the US away from the world. He must push reforms that help most Americans gain from globalisation and promote reforms abroad, writes Martin Wolf

Economists’ Forum Dig into the IMF’s toolbox: One way to cushion the effects of the crisis could be to put back into action an IMF lending window that was retired in 1988

Analysis: Kurdistan, the other Iraq

As sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni subsides further south, rising tensions over the disputed city of Kirkuk could complicate American plans to start pulling out its troops

Battle against time over forces' status

Oil price slides below $60 20-month low amid growing economic fears

Human frailty caused this crisis

People are not stupid, but when things get complicated they flounder: they suffer from bounded rationality, write Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Obama to steer clear of G20 summit

Barack Obama will play no part in this weekend’s Group of 20 economic summit in Washington, although his advisers will hold talks with visiting world leaders, it was announced

Saudis in move to improve image of Islam The kingdom, which has been accused of breeding extremism, is sponsoring a UN conference in New York to promote interfaith dialogue and a more moderate brand of the religion

Editorial comment: Pirates of the Horn One day the growing threat from Somali gangs will trigger a serious environmental disaster, and/or heavy loss of life. It is time to act

A plan to rebuild the housing market

The key to ending the housing crisis is eliminating excess supply by stimulating demand, argues Allan Meltzer

Toxic assets poison faith in Treasury

All eyes will be on Hank Paulson, the Treasury secretary, when he offers an update on the financial rescue package in Washington on Wednesday morning

Bush resists $25bn aid plan for US carmakers

China saves world?

Friedman and the limits of academic pluralism Anything does not go on campus, says John Kay

Obama urged to fulfil security pledges When Barack Obama takes up the presidency in January, he will have to decide how to handle a raft of controversial secret orders that George W. Bush issued to prosecute the ‘war on terror’

World Bank in $100bn aid push

Zoellick warns of spreading effects on developing states

‘Wise men’ predict flat German growth Report from advisers to Berlin cabinet predicts zero growth for 2009

H15 Los Angeles Times Obama's election: a turning point in the perception of blacks? African American men wonder if the wider culture will finally start to see them as true equals or if the president-elect will just be seen as yet another exception

The GOP looking glass

Jonah Goldberg: Does the defeat of George W. Bush mean a defeat for conservatism?

Dust-Up: Who should be on Obama's Cabinet?

Reopening of Iraq bridge symbolizes renewed unity

The Two Imams bridge in Baghdad was the site of a stampede that killed 1,000 Iraqis in 2005, and a link between formerly warring Sunni and Shiite districts, now rejoined

Britain's prime minister urges nations to tackle economy together

Gordon Brown calls for countries to boost the global economy, orchestrating stimulus packages and forging an international trade deal

A vote too late for Obama

By Norah Vincent At the time, not voting felt right. Now it's time for regrets.

H16 American Politics The New Liberalism - George Packer, The New Yorker

Anti-war camp urges Obama to dump Gates — Arms control advocates and anti-war activists are ratcheting up pressure on President-elect Barack Obama to dump Defense Secretary Robert Gates and replace him with a more strident anti-war voice

Obama 'to curb role of lobbyists' US President-elect Barack Obama introduces rules to restrict lobbyists, and Sen John McCain jokes about his election defeat

realclearpolitics memeorandum

Daily Beast Cheat Sheet

Politico ABC’s The Note MSNBC FirstReadTime ThePage Politico Playbook

PoliticsHome fivethirtyeight US News Political Bulletin

Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Will Congress cede its powers to the Obama administration?

Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep

Bush: ‘I regret’ some things 'I shouldn't have said'

Poll finds most Americans welcome Dem control

How the Palin debate helps McCain — Want an idea of how popular Sarah Palin was among Southern Republicans? You can check her numbers in exit polls or just see which element of the party is defending her the loudest.

James Pethokoukis / US News:

Why Obama Looks Like a One Termer

Pride in our Past, Hope in the Future - Madeleine Albright, Huffington Post

Goodbye, Reagan Democrats - Stan Greenberg, New York Times


Some Positive Election Reactions from the Right - Dennis Prager, Townhall


Obama Is a Pragmatist Above All - DeWayne Wickham, USA Today

The GOP Looking Glass - Jonah Goldberg, National Review


Obama's Debt to Howard Dean - Mike Madden, Salon

'Intellectuals' - Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics


This Election Has Not 'Realigned' the Country - Jennifer Marsico, WSJ

Analysis: Budget deficit may trap Obama

To the victor goes the advice

Victory has more than just a thousand fathers. It also has scores of kibitzers, claimants, and counselors. Nothing demonstrates that quite so clearly as the advice President-elect Barack Obama has received since his election. (By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist)

H17 Daily TelegraphWe don't want another Bretton Woods

Europe's leaders are wrong to push for 'global governance', says Irwin Stelzer.

Obama looks to Iran 'to bring Afghan peace' President-elect Barack Obama is planning to involve Iran in a major shift in US policy on the war in Afghanistan.

H18 Independent Leading article: President Obama must end the scandal of Guantanamo

Mary Dejevsky: Why did the West ignore the truth about the war in Georgia?

John Hutton: Values we defended in two World Wars are attacked in Afghanistan

Mark Steel: The losers who hate to love Obama

Hamish McRae: Cut taxes, but don't expect miracles

H19 Military Intelligence Terrorism

Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal: Intelligence Policy to Stay Mostly Intact

The 4% Defense Spending Chimera - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Times

Capacity Survey: Regional and other Intergovernmental Organisations in the Maintenance of Peace and Security produced by the United Nations University
Source: United Nations UniversityFull Document (PDF; 3.2 MB)

Getting the Basics Right
A Discussion on Tactical Actions for Strategic Impact in Afghanistan by Lieutenant Colonel Trent Scott and Colonel John Agoglia, Small Wars Journal Getting the Basics Right (Full PDF Article)

H20 Slate Christopher Hitchens Obama's victory didn't magically eliminate America's problems and enemies.

The Rich Voted for Obama? Why?
By Daniel Gross

Whites Didn't Vote for Obama? Why?
By Timothy Noah

What We Didn't Overcome
Obama won a majority of votes. He didn't win a majority of white votes.

America: Now More Divided Than in 2004
By Bill Bishop

World Development Report 2009

World Bank A report considering the geographic challenges to development (single page linking to each section of the report)

Inspiration for climate change

Barack Obama's election was inspiring. The question is whether this inspiration will lead to effective action on issues like climate change. (By Robert N. Stavins, Boston Globe)

H21

Guardian A new kind of warfare Norman Stone

Muslims in America
Source: Contexts Magazine/American Sociological Association

Egypt Unearths New Pyramid

Intelligent pill gets good gut reaction

Containing a microprocessor, battery, wireless radio, pump and a reservoir for medication, drugs can go to specific areas

Dan Drezner An abbreviated version of my “Public Intellectuals 2.0” essay was just published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Comments:
Interesting post and blog. Relevantly, many prominent experts and publications have pointed out that Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers.
This link takes you to a page you may find interesting: it has, among other things, excerpts from publications like Newsweek and the New York Times, and videos with over 25 top pundits, all talking specifically about Obama’s identity as a GenJoneser:
http://www.generationjones.com/2008election.html
 
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It never rains circa. 1991.
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