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30 March 2009
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H1 The White House: A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

White Paper of the Interagency Policy Group's Report on U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan

New York Times: White House Debate Led to Plan to Widen Afghan Effort Obama's plan to widen United States involvement in Afghanistan came after an internal debate in which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned against getting into a political and military quagmire

New Yorker The Obama Administration’s chance to engage in a Middle East peace. by Seymour M. Hersh

FTFinancial Times A fine balance for Obama to strike The US president – in an FT interview – displays a familiar sureness of touch but also a resolute urge for unity

G20 communiqué steers clear of protectionism Draft document short on details

New York Times Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit Economic woes in the U.S. are emboldening allies and rivals as they question American power on multiple fronts.

Speaking Freely, Biden Finds Influential Role President Obama has found the verbose vice president a useful contrarian in the course of decision-making.

Rising Powers Challenge U.S. on Role in I.M.F. As world leaders gather this week, China and other rising powers see the fund as a place to begin staking their claim to a greater voice in economic affairs.

Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit Economic woes in the U.S. are emboldening allies and rivals as they question American power on multiple fronts.

Anglo-American Capitalism on Trial With the G20 summit meeting approaching, a global financial system dating to Bretton Woods is under siege.

Senate FRC FOREIGN POLICY AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS Mr. Martin Wolf +Mr. George Soros +Mr. Lawrence Lindsey

· How the West Lost Its Way in the East BY: Patrick Cockburn | The Independent After seven long years in which it seemed a sideshow to the bigger conflict in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical point. The US must now choose how far it will become further embroiled in a messy conflict which affects its relations with Pakistan, India and the wider Middle East including Iran.

John Markoff / New York Times: Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

Wall Street Journal · The Real Afghan Issue Is Pakistan By Graham Allison and John Deutch The president has his priorities reversed.

Mr. Obama's Surge

· Let's Put Bylines on Our 'National' Intelligence Estimates By Reuel Marc Gerecht Anonymity leads to mediocrity and politicization.

G-20 Set to Fall Short of Grand Goals When the world's financial powers meet at the G-20 summit in London this week, the results are likely to be far less sweeping than Gordon Brown initially envisioned.

China Unlikely to Get More IMF Power Despite China's stated willingness to increase funding for the IMF, it is unlikely to get a commensurate increase in voting power, a European Union official said

Inflation Could Tempt Indebted Nations As the U.S. and U.K. seek to lead the world into battle against the financial crisis, spending trillions of dollars, they could be tempted to use inflation to minimize the debt.

Washington Post Obama's Fine Print On Security By David Ignatius

TOPIC A : Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Thomas E. Ricks, Dennis Kucinich and others weigh in on Obama's plan for Afghanistan.

Fixing the Global Financial System - America's Way on Trial By Jim Hoagland, War is too important to be left to generals, France's Georges Clemenceau concluded during the organized butchery of World War I. Today's global economic collapse is convincing European and Asian nations that management of the dollar is too important to be left to the Americans.

In Iraq, 2 Key U.S. Allies Face Off Government Riles Sunni Awakening With Leader's Arrest

Obama Says He Is Sharpening Focus of War in Afghanistan

Afghans Pin Hopes on Spring That Could Instead Bring More Violence, Deeper Rifts

Factors Including Intensified U.S. Effort and Upcoming Election Converge to Create Conflicting Pressures

Desmond Lachman -- Welcome to America, the World's Scariest Emerging Market By Desmond Lachman, The U.S. economy today brings back memories of Argentina and Russia in their direst times.

For Obama, Three Time Bombs to Defuse in Afghanistan By Jackson Diehl, Three ticking time bombs buried within Obama's strateg

Los Angeles Times Pakistan remains a roadblock for U.S. in Central Asian affairs The United States has the cooperation of Afghanistan, which once harbored Al Qaeda, but has limited ability to maneuver in neighboring Pakistan, where the terrorist group is now based.

Pakistan State-Society Analysis IFP/Clingendael

This 47-page Dutch study aims to identify the underlying causes of weak interaction between state institutions and citizens, and to achieve a thorough understanding of the complex power dynamics that characterise state-society relations. The picture emerging from the exploration of how deep structures, formal and informal institutions, and the current context, shape the nature of the Pakistani state and its interaction with society

Atlantic Council and Chatham House · New Ideas for the London Summit: Recommendations for the G20 Leaders

A New Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Council on Foreign Relations

LAT Obama at G-20 summit: Popular president, unpopular plan

Sons of Iraq movement suffers another blow

Brookings Institution
· The G-20 London Summit 2009: Recommendations for Global Policy Coordination

Christina Lamb / Times of London: US and Iran open Afghanistan peace talks

Brookings To Rebuild U.S.-Muslim World Relations, Obama Is Not Enough

Jerusalem Post Gates: Harder sanctions on Iran needed US defense secretary says diplomacy alone is not enough; says Teheran can't yet build a bomb.

Obama: Afghan Is `America's War'

Christian Science Monitor

The US exit from Iraq: how to steer clear of danger The strategy must focus less on elections and more on political bargains that promote a new Iraqi national compact.

Arab Summit: New Syrian-Jordan unity Arab states will try to unite Monday on Palestinian talks and voice support for Sudan's president who faces an arrest warrant.

Will Arab leaders discuss Israeli airstrike in Sudan? Arab League likely support Sudan's Bashir against war crimes charge, but discourage ties with Iran.

Obama's Afghan plan: Leave Al Qaeda to others

Despite the surge, he wants others to take over and to ease the US out.

Guardian · Italy: Fascism's shadow Editorial: It is shocking there will be a head of government at G20 who has rebuilt his political base on foundations laid by fascists

· Brown and Obama may fail in Afghanistan, but they cannot give up Max Hastings: Western involvement in the region is hugely problematic, but the rise of al-Qaida in Pakistan has made it worth the risk

· US opens route to Afghanistan through Russia's backyard American influence in former Soviet countries key to Obama administration's new Afghan-Pakistan strategy

The Observer · It's easy to sneer, but this G20 summit will make a difference Will Hutton: The protesters have it right - global finance needs to be tamed. Fortunately we're about to hear some innovative proposals

· G20 - a vital meeting that can effect global change Editorial: The G20 will almost certainly commit to some reinforcement of the IMF

· What the G20 must do We asked key figures in Britain and abroad what the summit's most important goals should be

FT Nice-guy image buys Obama only so much goodwill Friction with allies will grow, says Clive Crook

Changing tack on Afghanistan
The overarching need is to win the trust of Afghans and Pakistanis by securing territory and extending the rule of law, and providing jobs and services. People have to see that the Taliban and al-Qaeda can be bested

What the G20 has to do in London At a time of economic crisis, the leaders of countries that generate the vast bulk of global economic activity must point the way towards shared solutions

Ha’aretz Arab League tells Israel: Accept Saudi initiative now or never Virtually more divided than ever, Arab countries meet in Qatar in bid to reinvigorate partnership

Report: Israel used unmanned drones to attack Sudan convoys Defense officials quoted as saying trucks carried missiles to Gaza capable of hitting Tel Aviv

Editorial / IDF lets rabbis blur boundaries between religion and state

Zvi Bar'el / Comprehensive Mideast peace is a fantasy The upcoming Arab League Summit bears a greater resemblance to the Arab Disagreement League.

The Times Out of Iraq The tyranny of violence that replaced the tyranny of Saddam Hussein has taken six years to bring under control. Rebuilding the country has only just begun

The Impact of the Coming U.S.-Iran Detente BY: Patrick Seale | The Middle East Times The outstanding development in the Middle East today is that the United States and Iran are on course to improve their relations, which have been frozen in sterile hostility for the past 30 years. The impact of the improvement will be felt on every political relationship in the region

Washington Institute for Near East Policy · Harmonious Discord Likely at Doha Arab Summit Monday's Arab Summit in Qatar may make Western headlines for the attendance or absence of indicted Sudanese president al-Bashir, but that issue will likely be a sideshow overshadowed at the meeting by a resurgent Syria, divisions over Iran, and the continuing intra-Palestinian crisis.

Daily Star There is no one Islam, but many Islams By Rami G. Khouri

The Doha Summit: A user's guide
Foreign Policy

H2 Erdogan Vote Shrinks in Election as Recession Bites

Bloomberg

NYT Turkey’s Governing Party Wins City Races

AP Exclusive: UN suggests power-sharing for Kirkuk The UN will call for a power-sharing system of government. A draft of the U.N. plan offers five options. Three of the options in the draft likely will be dismissed immediately as too extreme or unworkable. The remaining two are: 1) Making Kirkuk a "special status" province where both Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the Kurdish government in Irbil could have power. Final decisions would be left to provincial officials. The special status would likely last between three and 10 years, giving officials more time to figure out Kirkuk's final status. 2) Making Kirkuk politically autonomous but still somewhat reliant on Baghdad for funding. This plan, favored by the Turkomen with political ties to Turkey, also would allow Kirkuk to collect revenue from federally owned North Oil Corp. refineries in the province.

Obama Türkiye'nin kalbini hangi şartlarla kazanabilir?

'Obama'nın Türkiye Ziyareti Önemli Bir Mesaj' Ian Lesser Obama’nın Türkiye’yi Avrupa turuna dahil etmesinin Avrupa’ya gönderilmiş önemli bir jeopolitik mesaj olduğunu söyledi

Jones: 'Türkiye Güvenilir Bir Müttefik' Amerika Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı emekli Orgeneral James Jones, Türkiye'nin Afganistan'da özel bir rol oynayabileceğini söyledi.

PKK the most important issue on the agenda, Jeffrey says

FT AKP set to win Turkey elections

Turkey’s ruling party wins a fresh endorsement from voters in municipal polls, opening the way to tackle economic and political reforms that could smooth its EU membership bid – or revive tensions with secularist opponentsTurkey's voters cool on AKP

Beyaz Saray 'İslam Dünyasına Konuşma' Tartışmasına Açıklık Getirdi Beyaz Saray, Başkan Barack Obama'nın İslam dünyasına yönelik konuşmasını Türkiye'den yapmayacağını açıkladı.

Newsweek Putting Ghosts To Rest Turkey's prime minister will need political courage to reform his country and bring it closer to Europe.

ANALYSIS - Strong opposition shakes AKP’s dominance

Turkey and Israel : Alliance at a Crossroads (event)

Polls setback for Turkey's AK party Aljazeera.net

AK Party wins Turkish vote but reforms less clear

Independent

Yerel Seçimler Kana Bulandı

Özellikle Güneydoğu ve doğu bölgelerinde rakip siyasi gruplar arasında çıkan çatışmalarda beş kişi hayatını kaybetti ve en az 35 kişi yaralandı

Gül: 'Rasmussen'e Karşı Degiliz'

Turkey' Gul Gives Denmark PM Thumbs Up to Head NATO
Voice of America

Turkey’s Governing Party Wins City Races New York Times -

LA Times Turkey ruling party wins, but opposition makes gains

Turkey votes as tensions simmer Turkey's municipal elections are expected to favor its current rulers, but the country's secularists have voiced bitter opposition to the AK Party.

Erdogan Set for Election Win, Threatening Fresh Army Tensions Bloomberg

Turkish PM raises objections to Rasmussen's NATO bid

Turkey's local polls set to give Erdogan reform boost

Obama Türkiye'nin Önemini Vurgulamak İstiyor

What do we expect of Indonesia and Turkey at the G20 summit in London?

TURKEY- Slouching in Democracy

Gül denies inner rift over Rasmussen’s NATO candidacy

How IMF reforms will affect Turkey remains a mystery

Turkish Vote Tests Erdogan's Mandate--3/30/2009 12:00:00 AM

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

DTP multiplies votes in southeastern provinces

AP Exclusive: UN suggests power-sharing for Kirkuk the United Nations will call for a power-sharing system of government for Iraq's deeply divided region of Kirkuk in the oil-rich north.

Kirkuk Status by IraqPundit

Los Angeles Times Q & A Kurd sees 'very bad signals' from Baghdad Masrour Barzani, the Kurdish region's security chief, criticizes the failure so far to implement an article of the Iraq Constitution concerning control of oil-rich Kirkuk

Mahmood Osman: the solution for PKK problem is in Ankara

Rebel Kurds slam Iraq's Talabani

Iraq moves to counter Kurdish power in provinces Irish Times

Bosphorus future in the pipeline

Water exchanged for PKK elimination and the role of Turkey in Iraq ...

Kurdish rebel leader in Iraq vows not to disarm

Cevdet Aşkın

Israel planned to kill Erdogan: Report

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

Turkey Says Muslims Oppose Dane's NATO Candidacy

’No document found provoking the coup’

’Ties to be improved with the US’

Turkey ‘hawk’ touted as Obama’s man for Europe Cyprus Mail –

NATO trumps Roj for Dane

Turkey's local polls set to give Erdogan reform boost

Turkey, Russia discuss enhancing cooperation on natural gas

10 years after Clinton, a week before Obama

’Obama aims at revitalizing relations’

Özdemir, Lagendijk question EU on visas for Turks

Obama expected to visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque while in İstanbul

İhsanoğlu: NATO chief should be at ease with Muslim worldI

Timely Testimony: Armenian Assembly testifies to US Congress on ...

Don’t use treaty to discriminate, report

Turkey and Armenia Relations Continue to Warm as Deal to Reopen Border Inches Forward

BBC Turkey 'referendum' on ruling AKP Turkey holds local elections seen as a referendum on the governing Justice and Development Party (or AKP).

Barroso presses Turkish President on freedom of the press

Coalition builder

Facebook-friendly Danish PM looks set for top Nato job

Hedo Okur Tuncay Nihat Altintop

Turkey named 20th biggest importer in 2008

Turkey's middle class growing stronger, more diverse, observers say

H3

Son Dakika Milliyet Hürriyet Zaman GH Türkiye

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Video NTV CNNTürk Milliyet

Cengiz Çandar

Ahmet Taşgetiren

Ruşen - Çakır

Taha Akyol

Fikret Bila

Hasan Cemal

Murat Yetkin

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Fehmi Koru

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NAZLI ILICAK

MEHMET BARLAS

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Ekonomi

ABDURRAHMAN YILDIRIM

Ercan Kumcu

Erdal Sağlam

H4 New York Times Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit Economic woes in the U.S. are emboldening allies and rivals as they question American power on multiple fronts.

Speaking Freely, Biden Finds Influential Role President Obama has found the verbose vice president a useful contrarian in the course of decision-making.

Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit Economic woes in the U.S. are emboldening allies and rivals as they question American power on multiple fronts.

Rising Powers Challenge U.S. on Role in I.M.F. As world leaders gather this week, China and other rising powers see the fund as a place to begin staking their claim to a greater voice in economic affairs.

Anglo-American Capitalism on Trial With the G20 summit meeting approaching, a global financial system dating to Bretton Woods is under siege.

Editorial Questions for Reform Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s plan to reform the financial system is a start, but there are big underlying issues that need to be addressed

The Caucus: Obama Heads Back to Europe, Challenges in Tow

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Mother Nature’s Dow If Mother Nature had a Dow, you could say that it, too, has been breaking into new (scientific) lows.

MAUREEN DOWD Blue Eyed Greed? With the Obamas in the White House, brown eyes may finally — and rightfully — overtake blue as the windows of winners.

PAUL KRUGMAN America the Tarnished These days America is looking like the Bernie Madoff of economies: for many years it was held in respect, even awe, but it turns out to have been a fraud all along.

White House Announces International Meetings to Address Energy and Climate Issues

Guns Go Silent After 24-Hour Face-Off in Baghdad

Court Favors Karzai Term Until Election

Merkel Is Ready to Greet, and Then Resist, Obama

Iraqis Snap Up Hummers, Seeing Them as Icons of Power

Turkey’s Governing Party Wins City Races

No U.S. Plans to Stop Korea on ICBM Test

Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials

European Court Seems to Rankle Kremlin

Reinstated, Chief Justice Bears Hopes of Pakistan

Pakistan’s President Praises Obama and Offers New Concession to the Opposition

Troops Arrest an Iraqi Ally in Baghdad

Radio-Free Swat Valley By DOUGLAS J. FEITH and JUSTIN POLIN

The U.S. must fight back against the Taliban’s communications campaign in Pakistan.

U.S. Moves to Overhaul Ailing Carmakers The White House forced out G.M.’s C.E.O. and instructed Chrysler to form a partnership with the Italian automaker Fiat within 30 days as a condition for a new round of aid to be detailed Monday.

In Drug War, Mexico Fights Cartel and Itself Mexico has launched a war against drugs but it cannot fully rely on the institutions most needed to carry it out.

Tiny Island Surrounded by Tension in the Gulf

H5 Washington Post Obama's Fine Print On Security By David Ignatius

TOPIC A : Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Thomas E. Ricks, Dennis Kucinich and others weigh in on Obama's plan for Afghanistan.

Fixing the Global Financial System - America's Way on Trial By Jim Hoagland, War is too important to be left to generals, France's Georges Clemenceau concluded during the organized butchery of World War I. Today's global economic collapse is convincing European and Asian nations that management of the dollar is too important to be left to the Americans.

Russia's Reset Mr. Obama isn't contemplating change solely on the part of the United States.

Desmond Lachman -- Welcome to America, the World's Scariest Emerging Market By Desmond Lachman, The U.S. economy today brings back memories of Argentina and Russia in their direst times.

For Obama, Three Time Bombs to Defuse in Afghanistan By Jackson Diehl, Three ticking time bombs buried within Obama's strategy

Will China and America Save the World?

The Big Idea: Want to Fight Terrorists? Try Mocking Them. By Carlos Lozada, Here's an anti-terrorism tactic the president might want consider: Make al-Qaeda boring.

In Iraq, 2 Key U.S. Allies Face Off

Government Riles Sunni Awakening With Leader's Arrest

Obama Says He Is Sharpening Focus of War in Afghanistan

Afghans Pin Hopes on Spring That Could Instead Bring More Violence, Deeper Rifts

Factors Including Intensified U.S. Effort and Upcoming Election Converge to Create Conflicting Pressures

Sudanese Leader Gets Warm Welcome in Qatar as Arab League Ignores ICC Warrant Arab League Allies Ignore ICC Warrant, Give Warm Welcome

Where Are the Leaders? By David Rothkopf, Is this the best America can produce? Aren't great crises supposed to bring forth great men?

U.S. Eases Its Stance on Global Stimulus A Move to Dispel Conflict in Europe Ahead of Summit

No Givens As Obama Steps Onto World Stage Although wildly popular among Europeans, president faces tough task in selling his agenda to their leaders on first official trip across Atlantic

Neither Capitalist Nor Socialist

By E.J. Dionne Jr., If there is a trend in democratic nations, it is toward younger politicians who express disenchantment with the status quo.

Geithner's Rescue Plan Carries Risks

By Robert J. Samuelson, Geithner treads a narrow line between financial paralysis and populist resentment.

How Bill Gates Would Repair Our Schools By Fred Hiatt, How Bill Gates and other reformers would change education in the United States.

Dissenters in Former Soviet Areas Need U.S. Support Democracy in Former Soviet Areas Needs a Friend

By Ludmila Alexeeva and Gregory Shvedov,

GM Chief to Resign at White House's Behest Obama Pushes General Motors and Chrysler to Slim Down, Make More Concessions

Momentum Grows for Relaxing U.S. Policy on Cuba; Bill Would Lift Travel Ban

Senate Measure Would Eliminate Travel Ban

Baghdad Arrest Sets Off Clashes

American, Iraqi Troops Detain Leader of U.S.-Allied Sunni Group

Karzai in ‘Full Agreement' With Obama Plan

Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots Waterboarding, Rough Interrogation of Abu Zubaida Produced False Leads, Officials Say

Editorial Systemic Task Does Tim Geithner's new financial watchdog have enough bite -- or too much?

Bailing Out of the Constitution

By George F. Will, It is high time Americans heard an argument that might turn a vague national uneasiness into a vivid awareness of something going very wrong.

Planet War: Should We Fear North Korea?

Hiding a Mountain Of Debt By David S. Broder, With a bit of bookkeeping legerdemain borrowed from the Bush administration, the Democratic Congress is about to perform a cover-up on the most serious threat to America's economic future.

Book Reviews: 'Between Barack and a Hard Place' By Tim Wise | 'More Than Just Race' By William Julius Wilson Books challenge the claim that Obama has ushered in a post-racial era.

Climate Envoy Stern Vows U.S. Commitment

Todd Stern, a Washington lawyer, says at a U.N. conference that the United States will be "powerfully, fervently engaged" in global talks to reduce carbon emissions, but warns that a difficult path lay ahead.

H6 Guardian · Italy: Fascism's shadow Editorial: It is shocking there will be a head of government at G20 who has rebuilt his political base on foundations laid by fascists

· Brown and Obama may fail in Afghanistan, but they cannot give up Max Hastings: Western involvement in the region is hugely problematic, but the rise of al-Qaida in Pakistan has made it worth the risk

· US opens route to Afghanistan through Russia's backyard American influence in former Soviet countries key to Obama administration's new Afghan-Pakistan strategy

· Defiant Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir attends Arab summit Presence of Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes in Darfur, is extraordinary snub to UN secretary general

The hour of Europe Uffe Ellemann-Jensen: A clear message must be sent to those who are doubtful about the EU's worth: we are in this together

'Misplaced optimism' in Afghanistan

Military policy is being made up as they go along according to an account by UK soldiers

· China accused over global computer spy ring Reports detail 'murky realm' where cyber spooks infiltrate email and take over humble desktop computers

· An end to cold peace Dmitry Rogozin: Eastern Europeans should stop using Nato as a personal shrink. We need a new relationship

· These protesters are ragged, but don't brush them aside Jackie Ashley: The world's governments have sounded uncertain about the wider meaning of the economic crisis. But so do the world's protesters

UK begins Iraq farewell by saying: so long, and thanks for the fish

New blow to Gordon Brown on eve of G20 summit

Spending decisions to be deferred to later summit, narrowing the scope of UK talks

· Where will we find the perfect Muslim for monocultural Britain? Gary Younge: Labour's anti-terror strategy depends on mythical figures as elusive as WMD

The Observer · It's easy to sneer, but this G20 summit will make a difference Will Hutton: The protesters have it right - global finance needs to be tamed. Fortunately we're about to hear some innovative proposals

· G20 - a vital meeting that can effect global change Editorial: The G20 will almost certainly commit to some reinforcement of the IMF

· What the G20 must do We asked key figures in Britain and abroad what the summit's most important goals should be

· Gordon Brown - more piggy in the middle than global giant Andrew Rawnsley: The prime minister will have to apply every ounce of psychological pressure at the G20 summit

· 'Blue-eyed bankers' prompt G20 divide The G20 leaders will meet in London's Docklands for a crucial summit. But what can it achieve?

Do you trust the BBC or a blogger? Nick Cohen: As the internet imperils newspapers, we need a strong broadcaster

· Massive Chinese computer espionage network uncovered A study reveals the network GhostNet had invaded 1,295 computers in 103 countries

· Jewish writer raises a storm in America with his report from a 'tolerant' Iran New York Times journalist Roger Cohen is accused of being too critical of Israel

· UK backs Pakistan offensive Hutton insists Britain must back America in hunting down al-Qaida leaders across Afghan border

· US army fights to separate friends from foe in Afghanistan Barack Obama's new strategic plan for Afghanistan includes fresh troops for enhanced training of local forces

H7 The Impact of the Coming U.S.-Iran Detente BY: Patrick Seale | The Middle East Times The outstanding development in the Middle East today is that the United States and Iran are on course to improve their relations, which have been frozen in sterile hostility for the past 30 years. The impact of the improvement will be felt on every political relationship in the region

Washington Institute for Near East Policy · Harmonious Discord Likely at Doha Arab Summit Monday's Arab Summit in Qatar may make Western headlines for the attendance or absence of indicted Sudanese president al-Bashir, but that issue will likely be a sideshow overshadowed at the meeting by a resurgent Syria, divisions over Iran, and the continuing intra-Palestinian crisis.

Daily Star There is no one Islam, but many Islams By Rami G. Khouri

The Doha Summit: A user's guide
Foreign Policy

Iran Enters the Space Arena IDSA An Indian commentary on the strategic implications of Iran's February 2009 satellite launch

Leaders stress need for G20 unity

Key politicians from Australia, Russia, China and the UK urge a unified response to the economic crisis at the G20 summit.

The Obama Administration’s chance to engage in a Middle East peace. New Yorker

Ghosts of US’s unilateralist past rise Drawing comparisons to the faded Project for the New American Century, a newly formed neo-conservative foreign policy organization offers a flashback to the 1990s, when its predecessor staked out the aggressive foreign policy of the George W Bush years. For its formal coming out, it has chosen to push for a US military surge in Afghanistan. - Jim Lobe and Daniel Luban

Sons of Iraq Unraveling?

· In Which We Engage

BY: Leon Wieseltier | The New Republic Should we trust the Obama administration to promote democracy and champion human rights?

From Al-Ahram, is Bahrain another Kuwait? To blow things out of proportion is not the wise thing to do

the ascendance of a business class in other parts of the world has fostered democracy — can the same happen in the Arab world?

Detente with Iran last option?

(UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's policy of engaging the Iranian regime via mutual interests holds promise, but there may be few other alternatives, a review said.

· What to Do With Egypt's Wanderers BY: Theodore May | Global Post Lately, the Sinai is causing the Egyptian government a headache of a different sort. Tensions between President Hosni Mubarak's regime and Sinai's Bedouin population, a nomadic tribal group that spreads across much of North Africa and the Middle East, have risen to a boiling point.

· The Return of the Fatimids BY: Mshari Al-Zaydi | Asharq Alawsat According to Colonel Gaddafi, who believes in establishing a United States of Africa, the only way to solve the problems of the Islamic nation is by bringing back the Fatimid Caliphate -- a state of culture, art and development.

Heritage Foundation · Calling for G-20 Global Action for Economic Recovery: Obama Touches All the Bases but Fails to Score ·


· G-20 Summit: Rhetoric and Empty Promises Will Not Protect Free Trade


· NATO 60th Anniversary Summit: An Agenda for American Leadership
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· New Global Currency Proposal: Good Diplomatic Theater but Bad Policy


· Russia and Eurasia: A Realistic Policy Agenda for the Obama Administration

West Turns Blind Eye to Saudi Arabia, a Friend It Dare Not Offend - Catherine Philp

The Appointment of Prince Naif : Tariq Alhomayed

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

Saudi Arabia's Normally Secretive Royal Family Is Openly Clashing Over Who Will Take the Throne

Surprise in Riyadh: Saudi King Abdullah names Sudairi Prince Nayef second in line

Sunnis U.S. called allies in Iraq rebel after their leader's arrest Sunni Muslim militants staged a violent uprising in central Baghdad Saturday after Iraqi forces detained a leader of the Sons of Iraq, the mostly Sunni paramilitary force that U.S. officials credit with helping to quell Iraq's violence. Sixteen people were injured in the ensuing battle, and five Iraqi soldiers were missing — snatched Saturday night by members of the Sons of Iraq

Iraq Hopes Grow on Split in Sadr Body Some 200 followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have defected to form a splinter group, further weakening his hold on what was once one of Iraq's most influential factions.

Obama: Won't Speed Up Iraq Pull Out

Iran's Border Dispute May Hinder U.S. Iran renewed a sea-border dispute with Iraq, raising tensions that could become a stumbling block to Washington's recent outreach to Tehran.

AP Exclusive: UN suggests power-sharing for Kirkuk the United Nations will call for a power-sharing system of government for Iraq's deeply divided region of Kirkuk in the oil-rich north.

U.S. and Iraqi forces disarm Sunni fighters U.S.-backed Iraqi forces swept through a central Baghdad slum Sunday, disarming government-allied Sunni fighters who launched a two-day uprising to protest the arrest of their leader.

Iraq's Oil Minister Talks to Asharq Al-Awsat

Soldier sees three kinds of war in Iraq
Stars and Stripes

The Doha Summit: A user's guide
Foreign Policy

Mar 29 IA# 506 - Syrian Reactions to Initial Contacts with Obama Administration: The U.S. has Capitulated to Syria and Iran; The Resistance, Not Obama, has Changed the World

Iraq to Relocate Iran Opposition Group - Washington Post


Iraq to Move Saddam's Iranian Allies - Associated Press

Troops Arrest an Iraqi Ally in Baghdad - Alissa J. Rubin and Rod Nordland, New York Times

Egypt Skips Key Arab Summit on Unity - Toronto Star

Iran Opposition Outraged at Iraq Resettlement Plan

Iran Helps North Korea with Rocket Launch - The Times

American Language Center to Reopen in Syria After 5-Month Closure in Sign of Improved Ties

Yemen forces clash with militants

Yemeni security forces have clashed with militants linked to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

The Iraqi Government's New Target: NGOs

H9 Ha’aretz Arab League tells Israel: Accept Saudi initiative now or never Virtually more divided than ever, Arab countries meet in Qatar in bid to reinvigorate partnership

Report: Israel used unmanned drones to attack Sudan convoys Defense officials quoted as saying trucks carried missiles to Gaza capable of hitting Tel Aviv

Editorial / IDF lets rabbis blur boundaries between religion and state

Netanyahu cabinet: Heavy on coalition partners, light on Likud

Zvi Bar'el / Comprehensive Mideast peace is a fantasy The upcoming Arab League Summit bears a greater resemblance to the Arab Disagreement League.

An April Fool's government Without Barak, Netanyahu will not be able to carry out a military operation, but Barak will not be strong enough to prevent Netanyahu from freezing the diplomatic process.

Report: US Mulling Obama-Assad Meeting

Ex-Iranian minister: Germany soft on Iran due to financial considerations

Shin Bet: Nearly 70 tons of explosives smuggled into Gaza since IDF op Diskin: Groups other than Hamas still pursuing plans to kidnap Israeli soldiers, carry out terror attacks

Settlers using government transition to step up construction

Jerusalem Post Gates: Harder sanctions on Iran needed

US defense secretary says diplomacy alone is not enough; says Teheran can't yet build a bomb.

Politics: How long will it last? [ GIL HOFFMAN ]
A look at the new coalition's potential pitfalls and how Binyamin Netanyahu intends to survive them.

· Bibi and Barak, both on target

· Four done, none to go

[ HERB KEINON, ]

· Defamed and deaf to it

[ DAVID HOROVITZ,

· Umm el-Fahm and liberal democracy [ CAROLINE GLICK

Yedioth Ahronoth Military clash with Iran Tehran aims to create Gaza missile base that can cover whole of central Israel

A step away from reality/ Kasnett Israeli-Palestinian peace deal attainable but should not be rushed

Prepare to face the missiles

Avi Schnurr urges incoming gov't to change direction, make missile defense a top priority

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

Debka How did an US air strike in Sudan morph into an Israeli attack?

Israel's incoming, outgoing PMs gloss over growing rift with Washington

Human Rights Watch
· Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

WINEP Examining the Conduct of IDF Operations in Gaza

Report: Second Airstrike Hit Iranian Ship at Sea

Melvin Konner, author of The Jewish Body: An Anatomical History of the Jewish People, on the Jewish body: The circs; the sex; the nose jobs; and the muscle-Jews.

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, March 26, 2009, v. 7, no. 7 *Palestinians Skeptical of Osama bin Laden’s Plans for Gaza

With full plate, Israel won't bother Lebanon Daily Star

What the Koran Says about the Land of Israel - Simon Rocker

H10 Christian Science Monitor

The US exit from Iraq: how to steer clear of danger The strategy must focus less on elections and more on political bargains that promote a new Iraqi national compact.

Arab Summit: New Syrian-Jordan unity Arab states will try to unite Monday on Palestinian talks and voice support for Sudan's president who faces an arrest warrant.

Will Arab leaders discuss Israeli airstrike in Sudan? Arab League likely support Sudan's Bashir against war crimes charge, but discourage ties with Iran.

Obama's Afghan plan: Leave Al Qaeda to others

Despite the surge, he wants others to take over and to ease the US out.

ASIA

Major cyber spy network uncovered An electronic spy network, based mainly in China, has infiltrated computers around the world, Canadian researchers say.

Holbrooke, Petraeus Weigh In on New Afghan-Pakistan PlanPBS

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· The Afghan-Pakistan War: New NATO/ISAF Reporting on Key Trends

Rand Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan [testimony]

Book Stokes Nationalism in China A hot-selling new book that excoriates the U.S. and calls for China to be more assertive is fueling a debate among Chinese about their country's role in the world.

U.S. Pushes Afghan Plan in Hague After unveiling its strategy review for Afghanistan, the U.S. starts selling it in earnest to the rest of the world at a conference in the Netherlands this week.

Widening Afghan mission, Obama narrows goals

Graveyard myths ,By PETER BERGEN Afghanistan is no longer the graveyard of any empire. Rather, it just might become the model of a somewhat stable Central Asian state

Time Can Pakistan Be Untangled from the Taliban?

Henry L. Stimson Center
· The Search for Nuclear Stabilization in Southern Asia

International Council on Security and Development
· Afghanistan's Presidential Elections: Power to the People, or the Powerful?

US to consult Pakistan on strikes

US President Barack Obama says he will consult Pakistan's leaders before targeting militants in that country.


The Price of Realism Washington Post editorial

A new season in Iran relations

There is a real convergence of interests between the United States and Iran on Afghanistan. (By Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Boston Globe)


The Remembered War - New York Times editorial


Mr. Obama's Surge - Wall Street Journal editorial


Obama vs. Al Qaeda - Boston Globe editorial


Obama's Afghan Plan - Christian Science Monitor editorial


A New Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Commentary opinion


Defusing Afghanistan - Washington Post opinion

From Obama, a guide for avoiding defeat in Afghanistan Tony Karon : The keyword of US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan plan didn’t make it into the text of the speech in which he announced it on Frida

China’s ‘angry youths’ are novel heroes Bestseller recommends challenging the west

Europe lauds Obama's new Afghanistan strategy (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan was met with almost universal approval in Europe, but nations there will have to contribute a lot more to actually make it work.

Obama's Afghan Spaghetti Western To sum up the acronym-infested mess in western Afghanistan, the whole picture looks like Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The area's most important military base is Italian, where 3,000 men are charged with controlling a Mafia-run territory with Taliban Godfathers aplenty. The Italians are encircled, and even a "pizza surge" from Rome might not save them. - Pepe Escobar

Obama's Afghan Quagmire Deepens by Simon Tisdall

US Army Fights to Separate Friends From Foe in Afghanistan

US Hopes to Engage With Iran on Afghanistan Tuesday


The Right Strategy? - Washington Post opinion


Why Pakistan is a Stumbling Block - The Times opinion


'Lower Your Sights' is the Wrong Vision - Los Angeles Times opinion

Success and security in Afghanistan

The United States and NATO cannot succeed in Afghanistan without restoring some semblance of security for the people. (By Scott Payne and Peter O'Brien, Boston Globe)

Pakistan State-Society Analysis IFP/Clingendael

This 47-page Dutch study aims to identify the underlying causes of weak interaction between state institutions and citizens, and to achieve a thorough understanding of the complex power dynamics that characterise state-society relations. The picture emerging from the exploration of how deep structures, formal and informal institutions, and the current context, shape the nature of the Pakistani state and its interaction with society

The Af-Pak plan:
Is that it?
BY TOM RICKS

SHADOW GOVERNMENT

What happens if the Af-Pak plan doesn't work right away? BY PETER FEAVER

· DAVID ROTHKOPF Skeptical questions on the Af-Pak plan

The Af-Pak plan repeats Bush's mistakes BY HILLARY MANN LEVERET

Now there's an Af-Pak plan, but we still don't have a grand strategy BY BRIAN KATULIS

· Ultimate Exit Strategy

BY: Karl F. Inderfurth and James Dobbins | International Herald Tribune Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described the upcoming high-level conference on Afghanistan at The Hague as a "big-tent meeting, with all the parties who have a stake and an interest in Afghanistan." With the situation in that country growing more precarious by the day, those attending this meeting must also think big.

Afghanistan: Europe's credibility test EPC

A 4-page policy brief arguing that the EU needs to put both Afghanistan and Pakistan higher up its political agenda; coordinate and consolidate Europe’s different programmes, policies and representations; and take immediate action to ensure the success of its hitherto less-than-impressive EUPOL police mission

· 'Lower Your Sights' Is the Wrong Vision for Afghanistan

BY: Sarah Chayes | Los Angeles Times As U.S. officials talk down our goals, Afghans are listening and wondering what happened to our promises.

· Less is Not More in Afghanistan BY: Seth Rosen | World Politics Review

T.E. Lawrence wrote that "a bad start is difficult to atone for" in an insurgency or counterinsurgency effort. As the Obama administration prepares a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, it is learning that lesson all too well.

Militant links US generals turn guns on Pakistani intelligence service

Karzai Says US War Strategy 'Better Than Expected' - Barry Newhouse, Voice of America

Afghanistan's Karzai Endorses Obama Plan - Pamela Constable, Washington Post

US: Pakistan Intelligence Agency Elements Must Stop Support for Taliban, al-Qaeda - Daily Telegraph

‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’ and the Lost Chance to Win over Taliban Fighters - Stephen Grey, The Times

Japan on Friday began readying its costly ballistic missile shield, saying it would not hesitate to destroy any ballistic missile fired from North Korea if it - or its debris - looked like hitting the country. Similarly, South Korea has mobilized its premier warship equipped with the Aegis counter-missile guidance system. If Pyongyang does indeed let loose a Taepodong-2, the best thing that can happen in this tense situation is that the Japanese and South Koreans are way off target South Korea on alert - Donald Kirk Japan takes aim - Kosuke Takahashi

Production Networks and Spatial Economic Interdependence: An International Input-Output Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Region

IDE This Japanese discussion paper not only analyzes the intrinsic mechanism of spatial economic interdependence, but also shows how value added, employment and CO2 emissions induced are distributed within the international production networks

Daily StarObama and others need to find ways to bring real benefits to Afghans

· Russia Takes Broad Look at Afghanistan

BY: Alexander Lukin | The Moscow Times

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference on Afghanistan, which starts on Friday in Moscow, marks an important stage in the SCO's development -- particularly, in its role as a mediator for solving regional problems.

· Indonesia: Obama's New Buddy Keeps Bad Company BY: Simon Roughneen | World Politics Review

On her recent Asian tour, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made Jakarta a key stop. The move signaled a new direction for American foreign policy in the region following that of the Bush administration -- which was accused by critics of having neglected Southeast Asia, and of having alienated Indonesians with its military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

H11 IHT

EUROPE European press review

McClatchy Will Europe embrace President Obama like candidate Obama? They gave him their hearts when he visited last summer. Now, the question hanging over Europe is how much more they'll give Barack Obama as he returns for the first time as president of the United States.

Merkel warns on further stimulus German chancellor focuses on preventing reoccurence of crisis

G20 draft communiqué pledges to avoid protectionism Document is short on details of a global fiscal stimulus

Merkel: No 'global NATO' (UPI) -- The German chancellor said she doesn't want a "global NATO" a week before the alliance celebrates its 60th anniversary at a summit in France and Germany

· Eastern Europe and the Financial Crisis By David Roche
Easy credit fueled a boom in the ex-Communist world too.

Impetus For EU Enlargement Grinds To A Halt

Germany Signals Enlargement May Be A Step Too Far

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made headlines when she said the EU needs to "consolidate" before the bloc can take on new members. As EU foreign ministers meet in the Czech Republic with prospective entrants, many are asking what Merkel's statement means for the future

ANALYSIS: Czech blunders highlight need for EU Lisbon Treaty

In Levi factory town in Hungary, promise of globalization fades

A jeans plant that helped usher in capitalism is expected to shut down in June, another victim of the worldwide economic crisis

Facing Pressure Over Banking-Secrecy Tradition, Switzerland Braces for Fight Blacklist Threat Looms Over Tax Havens

· Prague Falls to Animosity BY: Jeremy Druker | ISN Security Watch For all the divisiveness of the radar issue, it was personal animosity between some top political players that toppled the Czech government.

European court seems to rankle Kremlin

The Kremlin's dispute with the European Court of Human Rights is underscoring its growing antipathy toward international organizations.

Obama may find Europe reticent on some US goals

Afghanistan: Europe's credibility test EPC A 4-page policy brief arguing that the EU needs to put both Afghanistan and Pakistan higher up its political agenda; coordinate and consolidate Europe’s different programmes, policies and representations; and take immediate action to ensure the success of its hitherto less-than-impressive EUPOL police mission

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· Optimism and Obstacles for Obama in Europe

Berlusconi’s new party urges reform Media mogul closed a three-day congress in Rome with reiterated calls for institutional reforms that would diminish the authority of parliament and enhance the powers of the executive

H12 RFE/RL

Google News Azerbaijan

Senate FRC PROSPECTS FOR
ENGAGEMENT WITH RUSSIA
Mr. Andrew Kuchins +Mr. Ariel Cohen +Mr. Stephen Sestanovich

· Russia Takes Broad Look at Afghanistan BY: Alexander Lukin | The Moscow Times The Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference on Afghanistan, which starts on Friday in Moscow, marks an important stage in the SCO's development -- particularly, in its role as a mediator for solving regional problems.

FT Tension in remote regions tests Moscow

Recent events in autonomous republic of Dagestan underline the balancing act that characterises relations between Moscow and Russia’s outlying regions

Summit marks new phase in ties with US

There is something faintly artificial about the warm atmosphere surrounding the first US-Russia summit of Barack Obama’s presidency, taking place in London this week

Charm offensive

Andrew Marr meets media-savvy Russian president

Dual personality History splits Ukraine between east and west

Upping the stakes: Some lessons for the EU from the recent Russia-Ukraine gas crisis Clingendael

An 8-page Dutch briefing paper calling for a new European approach to applying the lessons of tghe recent Russia-Ukraine gas crisis

Kremlin Says Medvedev, Obama to Discuss Arms Reduction at G20VOA


European Court Seems to Rankle Kremlin - New York Times

Heritage The Obama–Medvedev G-20 Meeting: The Agenda for the First Encounter

09-6: Pressing the "Reset Button" on US-Russia Relations

Opening Salvos of a New Gas War: Russia Versus the EU and Ukraine

Georgia's New Unrest Led by Protest Singer

Oligarchs Entangled In Georgian Political Intrigue

Georgia's mounting political drama intensified further today when Georgian television aired photographs of the husband of former parliament speaker and opposition leader Nino Burjanadze in Kyiv earlier this month. The pictures showed Burjanadze's husband meeting with a shadowy Georgian oligarch known for his ties to the Moscow government. The new evidence has increased speculation that Moscow is playing an active role in Georgian politics ahead of a major opposition protest scheduled for April 9

H13 The Times Out of Iraq The tyranny of violence that replaced the tyranny of Saddam Hussein has taken six years to bring under control. Rebuilding the country has only just begun

Chinese hackers ‘control embassy computers’ Spy network hacked into classified documents on government and private computers in 103 countries, say internet researchers

COMMENT: Computer hacking is cheap and effective The days of drop boxes and secret agents have been superseded by internet intelligence gathering

No more queues for Baghdad petrol A crackdown on insurgents means that oil is flowing without interruption through pipelines to refineries and on to consumers

The end of Britain's military role in Iraq Party in Basra is the latest step in a carefully choreographed handover that will end all foreign forces’ presence in Iraq

ANALYSIS: Obama must carry US opinion For all the promises in the US to slash greenhouse gas emissions, there remains a strong rump of scepticism on Capitol Hill

Obama tries to halt a ticking time-bomb The Middle East will have more bearing on whether his presidency is accounted a success than this talking shop Martin Ivens

One man's plan is another's poison

A massive fiscal stimulus may be what America needs, but it's not right for EU countries

Mirek Topolánek

US ‘can’t wave magic wand’ on climate change Climate change negotiators have been told expectations of what can be achieved by US in fighting global warming are unrealistic

MoD took eye off Iraq as Afghan instability grew General Sir Richard Dannatt explains how his men became overstretched as military chiefs followed Tony Blair's orders

Sunday Times 'World's biggest cyber spy network' discovered

In development that will increase concerns about spying from China, 1,295 machines compromised in ministries and organisations including Nato

Danger of discord at Gordon's beanfest The G20 need not be a waste of time. 'Do no harm' is not a bad motto and the leaders could achieve important objectives

Scared Cheney puts his head in the noose By Andrew Sullivan

US and Iran open Afghanistan peace talks As Obama unveiled his new strategy on Afghanistan, his officials attended a historic meeting with an old enemy

Gordon Brown is raising expectations faster than Obama and others can lower them

Wall Street Journal · The Real Afghan Issue Is Pakistan By Graham Allison and John Deutch
The president has his priorities reversed.

Mr. Obama's Surge

· Let's Put Bylines on Our 'National' Intelligence Estimates

By Reuel Marc Gerecht
Anonymity leads to mediocrity and politicization.

· Eastern Europe and the Financial Crisis By David Roche
Easy credit fueled a boom in the ex-Communist world too.

Robert Reich: Obamanomics Isn't About Big Government

Tax responses to the global economic crisis Source: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Full Report (PDF; 250 KB) Free registration required.

Another financial London summit, another failure expected
By Harold James

An Assessment of the Credit Crisis Solutions Levy Economics Institute This 7-page US policy note outlines a modified “good bank” approach, with the government either guaranteeing a large proportion of the personal sector’s assets or assuming the first loss in case the old banks fail. It has the same advantages as the original good-bank model, but it makes sure that, in the eventuality that the old banks become insolvent, the economy is shielded from falling into depression, and recovery is ultimately ensured.

The Financial Crisis: Address Structural Problems Immediately AJISS A 4-page Japanese perspective on the global financial crisis

Is the worst over? Some economists see glimmer of hope With the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising around 20 percent over the past few weeks, a down Friday notwithstanding, the question on many lips is whether the stock market has hit bottom and, if so, when might the broader economy follow?

H14 Financial Times A fine balance for Obama to strike The US president – in an FT interview – displays a familiar sureness of touch but also a resolute urge for unity

Nice-guy image buys Obama only so much goodwill Friction with allies will grow, says Clive Crook

Changing tack on Afghanistan
The overarching need is to win the trust of Afghans and Pakistanis by securing territory and extending the rule of law, and providing jobs and services. People have to see that the Taliban and al-Qaeda can be bested

What the G20 has to do in London At a time of economic crisis, the leaders of countries that generate the vast bulk of global economic activity must point the way towards shared solutions

God is Back Editors of The Economist observe how the US, by decreeing religious freedom, has successfully exported a Christianity that is driving social progress in the developing world, writes John Lloyd

Now we get what we deserve – inequality rage John Lloyd on the rise of an equalising wind

Now we get what we deserve – inequality rage Suddenly we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it from these bloated creeps any more. John Lloyd on the rise of an equalising wind

America’s liberals lay into Obama

Sharp criticism aimed at bank bail-out


The stock of Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, has rebounded to the point where politicians hang on his words

No need to panic in interesting times Hard as it may be for a public accustomed to instant gratification, this is a good time to sit back, breathe in and give crisis-tackling policies time to work

Equities show us the way to recovery

As the level of fear recedes, stock market values will rise. Restoring a viable degree of financial intermediation is vital to recovery. Failure to do so will significantly reduce any positive impact from a fiscal stimulus, writes Alan Greenspan

A new plan needed as the cycle grows vicious

Wolfgang Münchau on banks’ urgent requirements

Sunni unrest challenges Iraqi government

Iraqi soldiers backed by US troops and combat helicopters swept into a central Baghdad neighbourhood, arresting US-allied Sunni fighters to clamp down on a violent two-day uprising

Obama calls for G20 ‘unity’

President Barack Obama is voicing optimism that this week’s crucial G20 summit will set the framework for recovery, saying that world leaders know they must “deliver a strong message of unity” for the sake of the global economy.

The Rotten State of Britain

Polemic and anecdote, although they may be entertaining, are no match for reasoned debate about the ills of British society and what to do to cure them

H15 Los Angeles Times Pakistan remains a roadblock for U.S. in Central Asian affairs The United States has the cooperation of Afghanistan, which once harbored Al Qaeda, but has limited ability to maneuver in neighboring Pakistan, where the terrorist group is now based.

Sons of Iraq leader Adel Mashadani arrested in Baghdad Clashes break out after Mashadani is detained. The Sons of Iraq, considered a Sunni militia by Baghdad, helped the U.S. turn the tide against Al Qaeda in Iraq, but recently has been marginalized

Q & A Kurd sees 'very bad signals' from Baghdad Masrour Barzani, the Kurdish region's security chief, criticizes the failure so far to implement an article of the Iraq Constitution concerning control of oil-rich Kirkuk

'Lower your sights' is the wrong vision for Afghanistan By Sarah Chayes As U.S. officials talk down our goals, Afghans are listening and wondering what happened to our promises.

Obama's uphill climb at the G-20 summit Doyle McManus The president was once Europe's darling. Now he'll find that the global economic...

Editorial

Obama pledges more troops, funds to fight militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan

His plan calls for the addition of 4,000 troops to train Afghan security forces and a $1.5-billion annual increase in spending for civilian efforts in Pakistan.

GM, Chrysler bailout pleas turn off buyers

By Ken Bensinger

The automakers painted a dire picture of their health to win government aid. But now consumers are taking their business elsewhere.

Military buildup in Afghanistan warranted, Obama says

Take the Limbaugh Challenge

By Andrew Klavan Liberals who hate Rush Limbaugh -- why don't you actually listen to his show before bashing him?

H16 American Politics

Evan Thomas / Newsweek:

Obama's Nobel Headache — Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic. He's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy. Why the establishment worries he may be right.

Mark Leibovich / New York Times: Speaking Freely, Biden Finds Influential Role When President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meet for their standing Friday lunch engagement, Mr. Obama always picks the cuisine — a subtle break from previous administrations in which the president …

realclearpolitics memeorandum

Daily Beast Cheat Sheet

Politico ABC’s The Note MSNBC FirstReadTime ThePage Politico Playbook

PoliticsHome fivethirtyeight US News Political Bulletin

GM chairman to leave US car maker

The chief executive and chairman of troubled US car maker General Motors will step down at once, at the request of Barack Obama.

H17 Daily Telegraph Hardline Prince moves closer to Saudi Arabia's throne

One of Saudi Arabia's most conservative Princes has moved closer towards the throne, casting a shadow over the Kingdom's tentative reforms.

Only a united front can save the world from ruin Industrial production is collapsing faster than during the Great Depression. Social and political devastation will not be far behind, unless the G20 can heal global divisions, writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.

H18 Independent Aid comes at a price for 'AfPak' leaders Questions are being asked about the ability of Afghan and Pakistani governments to control terrorism.

Iraqi troops fire at Sunni gunmen in Baghdad

Most Afghan Taliban want peace, ex-commander says

Prime Minister loses battle for global stimulus Ministers talk down expectations that summit could produce agreement.

Chinese cyber spy network hacks into 103 nations China accused of running ‘GhostNet’ after Dalai Lama’s office raise alarm

Basra on suicide watch after deaths

H19 Military Intelligence Terrorism

The Big Idea: Want to Fight Terrorists? Try Mocking Them. Here's an anti-terrorism tactic the president might want consider: Make al-Qaeda boring.

Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots Waterboarding, Rough Interrogation of Abu Zubaida Produced False Leads, Officials Say

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) · CREST (CIA Records Search Tool)

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) · Dysfunction and Decline: Lessons Learned From Inside al-Qa`ida in Iraq

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) · NATO at Sixty—Time for Reassessments

John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments - The Army’s leadership has rightly concluded that it needs a force capable of performing across the full spectrum of conflict at a high level of effectiveness. But in its attempts to become equally effective across a range of conflict types, it risks becoming marginally competent in many tasks, and highly effective at none.

Dr. Peter Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair in Military History, The Ohio State University - The transformation of American land power for the wars of the 21st century remains incomplete. In Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, Allan Millett lays out three prerequisites for effective military innovation: revised doctrine, changes in professional military education, and the creation of operational units that meet real strategic needs. The U.S. Army has met the first two fundamentals, but not yet the third

Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Senior Managing Director, Enterra Solutions LLC the United States defense community currently accepts far too much risk and casualties and instability on the low end of the conflict spectrum while continuing to spend far too much money on building up our combat capabilities for high-end scenarios.

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· Provincial Reconstruction Teams: How Do We Know They Work?

Exorcising the torture demon

There is a great need for an inquiry on the past practice of torture -- to show the rest of the world that it was an aberration and to inoculate Americans against a repetition in the future.

an excerpt from P. W. Singer's Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century (and more from Bookforum)

Hezbollah Uses Mexican Drug Routes Into U.S. BY: Sara A. Carter | The Washington Times Hezbollah is using the same southern narcotics routes that Mexican drug kingpins do to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, reaping money to finance its operations and threatening U.S. national security, current and former U.S. law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism officials say.

Intelligence and Third-Party Intervention in Unconventional Civil/Sectarian Conflicts:
The British in Malaya and American Military in Lebanon
by Augustine Marinelli, Small Wars Journal Intelligence and Third-Party Intervention (Full PDF Article)

Winning Today’s Hybrid Warfare (Full PDF Article)

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
· Connecting the Dots” and the Canadian Counter-terrorism Effort – Steady Progress or Technical, Bureaucratic, Legal and Political Failure?

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee · Hearings

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Hearing schedule *Climate Change and the Arctic: New Frontiers of National Security [March 25, 2009] *Update on Lebanon [March 24, 2009]

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· Consolidating DHS: An Update on the St. Elizabeths Project [March 26, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Current and Future Roles, Missions, and Capabilities of U.S. Military Land Power [March 26, 2009]

· Reserve Component programs of the Department of Defense [March 25, 2009]


· United States European Command and United States Joint Forces Command [March 24, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations · Alleviating Global Hunger: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Leadership [March 24, 2009]


· Foreign Policy and the Global Economic Crisis [March 25, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
· Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities [March 25, 2009]

Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee · Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation [March 25. 2009]

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) · Intelligence Community Policy Guidance (ICPG) 801.2 - Contracting and Procurement Policy


· Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 106 - Intelligence Community Strategic Enterprise Management

Dogs of War: The good, the bad and the contractor (UPI) -- For more than six years, Iraq has served as a test case of the strengths and weaknesses of private military and security contractors. They most often operate well. At times, they are primarily bad. But most of the time, they have elements of both -- meaning that even if a contractor does exactly what it is supposed to do, the end result may still be negative.

H20 Slate

The Civil Heretic By NICHOLAS DAWIDOFF How did Freeman Dyson, the world-renowned scientist and public intellectual, wind up opposing those who care most about global warming?

H21 The one thing markets don't make: No amount of regulation will restore our sense of honour and shame — economics needs ethics.

The experience of beauty ought to tell us we are at home in the world, argues Roger Scruton, that it is a place fit for the lives of beings like us... more»

Narcissistic tendencies – confidence, extraversion, a desire for power – can actually help to make you a good leader. But if youre a true narcissist... more»

From Prospect, goodbye, homo economicus: The economics profession must bear a lot of the blame for the current crisis — if it is to become useful again it must undergo an intellectual revolution, becoming both broader and more modest

after capitalism: The era of transition that we are entering will be disruptive — but it may bring a world where markets are servants, not masters.

A review of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment by Michele Lamont.

Why bluffing about books is a civilised art.

Rewiring the Brain: Wired goes inside the new science of neuroengineering (and part 2).

With the Web’s advertising engine stalling just as newspapers are under pressure, some publishers are second-guessing their liberal attitude toward free content.

Modern life can allow little time to maintain meaningful relationships, so what's the optimum number of friends?

Sex is natural, so why are so many people so bad at it?

'Intelligence and How to Get It' A prominent cognitive psychologist stresses the nonhereditary factors in determining I.Q.

In Europe, possible survival lessons for U.S. papers

Endowed Newspapers: A Solution to the Industry’s Problems?

From The New Atlantis, Ari N. Schulman on why minds are not like computers: Fundamental confusion about artificial intelligence

Book Review: 'How God Changes Your Brain' by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman A neuroscientist argues that God can change your brain.

Sleeping pill use grows as economy falls More Americans are turning to such medications, but they're not without risks, such as dependence, memory loss, next-day drowsiness and sleep-walking.

Buy local, vote Conservative

Conservatives in Britain try a new idea: defend the community from global corporations. (By Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe)

· Google's Book Settlement Is a Ripoff for Authors

By Lynn Chu
Why allow a single publisher to throw out a functioning copyright system?

Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City The user-generated encyclopedia mimics the basic civility, trust and self-organization of a city.

’Ties to be improved with the US’

Authors fight free books site for ‘pirating’ work Bestselling novels reproduced without publishers’ permission on Scribd raising fears that piracy may have spread to books

The genius behind Google’s web browser

From his farmhouse in the Danish countryside, Lars Bak has developed a computer software program called V8 – a lynchpin in the company’s online domination

Keeping Our Heads

By MICHAEL PAUL MASON We’re fascinated by the inner workings of the brain, yet we aren’t very serious about protecting our most prized organ

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