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Foreign Policy The Threat-Monger's Handbook by Stephen M. Walt
Daily Star Realism is back, because democracy is an uncertain proposition By Richard N. Haass
Ha’aretz – Obama gets tougher with Israel on Palestinians, Iran National Security Adviser told a European foreign minister that White House will be 'forceful' with Israel
Jerusalem Post Netanyahu: Israel prepared to resume talks without delay Prime minister tells AIPAC conference Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state; calls for talks on political, security, economic fronts.
Mashaal: Hamas wants 10 year cease-fire Islamist group's political leader tells 'New York Times' that Hamas wants state on 1967 borders
'Hizbullah cell scouted Israeli targets' Source on defense team to 'Post': Palestinian suspects were planning attacks "deep inside Israel."
Analysis: Teheran's stake in regional insecurity
FT Masked gunmen kill 45 at Turkish wedding Local rivalries spill over into deadly feud
Dozens shot dead by unidentified attackers
Faruk Logoglu Turkey and Armenia: Hope for the future
“ This essay (.pdf) is a good place to start to get up to speed on Davutogu's very sharp analysis of Turkey's foreign policy posture. “
Ankara sees closer ties to Washington (UPI) -- Improved relations with Washington are Ankara's key foreign policy objective as Turkey becomes a key player in regional dynamics, the new foreign minister said.
Turkey Weighs Ending Economic Embargo on Armenia
Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 11, April 30, 2009 *Rival Islamist Groups Vie for the Support of Southeast Turkey's Conservative Kurdish Population
The National · Turkey Takes Lead in Battling Piracy Turkey’s navy yesterday took command of an international force to combat piracy off the Somalian coast in a move analysts say reflects Ankara’s increased role as a major player in the region.
FT.com / Comment / Opinion - Lay to rest ghosts of war in the Caucasus By Thomas de Waal
Independent Forty-four killed in attack on Turkish wedding
BBC Many die in Turkey wedding attack At least 45 people are killed in south-eastern Turkey, as unidentified men armed with grenades and automatic rifles attack a wedding party.
Going After a Scholar's Critic Inside Higher Ed
Former Armenian President Excoriates Government For 'Genocide Denial'
Man Utd launch £63m bid for Ribéry Bid for Bayern Munich midfielder dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid
Porous Border With Pakistan Could Hinder U.S. Troops Afghan militants are able to cross the border with ease, according to interviews with a logistics tactician for the Taliban
DAVID BROOKS The Long Voyage Home Republicans are so much the party of individualism and freedom that they are no longer the party of community and order.
Obama Calls for New Curbs on Offshore Tax Havens The proposed tax overhaul, aimed at benefits enjoyed by those harboring cash in offshore accounts, could help raise $210 billion, the administration estimates.
ROSS DOUTHAT A Hole in the Center The Republican Party needs centrists, but not unprincipled ones like Arlen Specter.
Editorial - Tax Salvos
There are no easy fixes to tax problems posed by global profits. The Obama proposals oversimplify the challenge.
BOB HERBERT Jack Kemp’s Futile Quest Jack Kemp meant well, but the great irony that cloaked his career was that it was not possible to achieve the ends he sought using the means he pushed with such zeal.
David Ignatius: The U.S. Plan For Pakistan
The Taliban Tightens Hold In Pakistan's Swat Region Pakistan Seeks Nonviolent Path Nation's military tries to maintain peace accord even as Taliban tightens its grip in Swat region
A Litmus Test That Counts By Richard Cohen Where will the next justice stand on the weakening justification for affirmative action?
A World Without the Globe? By Eugene Robinson, From pimped to pillaged: A tumultuous era for the Boston Globe and its owner.
Fiat Works Toward Deal for Opel With Chrysler deal in hand, firm looks to continue expansion with stake in GM's German unit.
Time and the Political Tides By Howard H. Baker Jr., The GOP may yet be attractive again, says the former Tennessee senator.
A Starbucks State of Mind By Anne Applebaum, The arrival of the coffee chain in Warsaw illuminates the psychology of post-communist Europeans.
Plan Would Crack Down On Individuals, Firms With Money Abroad
Editorial Corporate Tax Reform The president's tax plan can be the start of an important discussion
H6 Guardian · Swine flu pandemic warning levels may rise, says WHO chief Raising the alert to level six would mean that a global outbreak is underway
Michael Meacher: Financial meltdown, climate change and dwindling energy supplies demand a newer world order
Carlo Strenger: Richard Dawkins' tactic of ridiculing religion will inspire only hostility among those who feel their worldview to be under attack
· Conservative party: Thirty years on Editorial: The truth is that Britain did not really know what sort of government it had elected in 1979
James Denselow: Gordon Brown's description of Iraq as a success story is evidence of the huge gap between rhetoric and reality
Pashtuns caught in another proxy war Nushin Arbabzadah: Afghanistan's civilian majority are resented for their links to government and the Taliban, although
BY: John A. Nagl and Brian M. Burton | World Politics Review Iraq is sure to test your formidable diplomatic skills. The ad hoc bargains and ceasefires negotiated by your predecessor, Ryan Crocker, and the U.S. military -- deals that kept the country from plunging deeper into the throes of insurgency and civil war -- appear to be on the verge of unraveling
Predicting the death of Islam
Stratfor The Geopolitics of Pandemics
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· The Rich World's Dash for Food Security BY: John Berthelsen | Asia Sentinel Agriculture is in for a revolution, not only via trade but in vertical integration and technology. Rich countries that don't have enough land to grow their own food have been characterized as land grabbers buying up vast tracts of poor countries, particularly in Africa, to cultivate the land they need to feed their people.
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq · Human Rights Report 1 July - 13 December 2008
The CIA's Fight With Obama - Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Foreign Aid and Corruption in Africa - Francis Fukuyama, Slate
Britain bruised by its Basra adventure With a somber military ceremony in Basra, Britain bade farewell to its six-year, controversy filled stint in Iraq. Its legacy is still unfolding, but the country's involvement is by far and away its most problematic foreign adventure since the Suez crisis of 1956, and the costs are still being counted both at home and in Basra. - Ronan Thomas
Torture video hits UAE hope of nuclear deal Video showing a man alleged to be a half-brother of the UAE’s president torturing an Afghan deepens the problem of the US implementing the deal
Basra residents safer, but looking for work Iraqi governor talks about how to revive southern Iraqi city.
Critics: Egypt-Hezbollah row manufactured (UPI) -- The conflict between Egypt and Hezbollah is a miscalculated attempt by the Shiite militant group to insert itself into the regional conversation, critics argue.
(UPI) -- Iranian presidential contender Mohsen Rezaei said the era of aggression with Washington is over, adding that Tehran can exploit the U.S. position in the region.
H9 Ha’aretz – Obama gets tougher with Israel on Palestinians, Iran National Security Adviser told a European foreign minister that White House will be 'forceful' with Israel
Netanyahu: 'We want peace with Arab world' PM states in AIPAC address he wants to release young Palestinians from a 'cult of death, despair and hate.'
Syria looks to Lebanon War for tips on arming Hezbollah Sources: Syria intent on maintaining military strategy based on air defense and anti-tank weapons
Prime minister tells AIPAC conference Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state; calls for talks on political, security, economic fronts.
Islamist group's political leader tells 'New York Times' that Hamas wants state on 1967 borders
Source on defense team to 'Post': Palestinian suspects were planning attacks "deep inside Israel."
Ambassador called "dirty Jew," "Jew bastard" and "Jew murderer" by three men at Real Madrid game.
Lieberman blasts Egyptian Foreign Ministry saying Israeli arsenal poses more of a danger than Iran.
WSJ · U.S., Israel Diverge on Palestinian Plan Netanyahu pledged to pursue "without any delay" a peace process with Palestinians based on a new strategy of addressing political, economic and security issues concurrently.
Yedioth Ahronoth 'Ready for peace talks now'
Obama waiting for Bibi/ Somfalvi t’s still unclear what PM has in store for US president, entire Israeli public
How Jewish is the State of Israel? David Goldman wants to know.
From Forward, do Jews have a Jesus problem?
WSJ The AIPAC Case Fallout - Editorial
Daily Star Don't bet much on a US-Israel showdown By George Giacaman
A New Strategy for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon (Institute for Contemporary Affairs/Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
The Media Line Israel's media freedom ranking has been downgraded from "free" to "partly free," the first time the Jewish State has lost its status as the only Middle Eastern nation with a "free" press.
The number of Palestinians forced to provide information in return for being let out of Gaza for treatment is rising, a group says
H10 Christian Science Monitor Next Taliban conquest? A view from Pakistan's frontline.Residents living between the militants and the capital worry their understaffed security forces can't defend their town
Are US missile strikes in Pakistan a dud policy? Predator drones have negative consequences that should be openly debated
Fighting a high-tech war with a low-tech mule US Marines and soldiers are training to fight in Afghanistan, where mules and donkeys can haul supplies and weapons to places where Humvees and helicopters can't easily go.
The plan to crack down on individuals who hide cash in foreign accounts has broad support. But eliminating tax havens for American companies could put them at a disadvantage internationally, experts say.
Iraqi governor talks about how to revive southern Iraqi city.
A liberal appointee wouldn't affect the court's rulings much. A liberal who can coax conservatives would.
What If Pakistan Collapses? - Simon Henderson, Washington Institute
RFERL Strategic Hurdles As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for talks with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, his new "Af-Pak" strategy for combating extremism and restoring stability in the region is already facing rapidly evolving challenges.
WSJ U.S. Troops Calm
EUROPE European press review
The European Commission has a webpage outlining Europe's response to the financial crisis.
In a recent podcast with CFR, Robert Cottrell, formerly of the Economist and Financial Times, explains how financial strains in Eastern Europe are testing the fabric of the European Union.
FT Global Insight: apathetic voters aid extemists For the seventh time European voters have a chance to choose the European parliament in direct elections. But turnout has fallen, from 63 per cent in 1979 to a low of barely 45 per cent in 2004
Tensions and political extremism could increase to dangerous levels unless rising joblessness is tackled, warns the EU’s top employment official as Europe’s politicians balk at giving more power over social policy to Brussels
In search of Europe Jonny Dymond, from France, on what unites and divides the continent, before its biggest ever vote
Learning Labor Lessons from Germany - Jack Ewing, Der Spiegel
Basques set for landmark handover
The Times Europe in Recession
Growth and investment are collapsing, and inflation is moderating; yet the European Central Bank has been tardy in easing monetary conditions
Recognition of the historic significance of the EU’s eastward expansion is tinged by concern about costs, the global financial crisis and planned future enlargements
The end of Europe’s severe recession is in sight, the European Commission has declared, but it still expects job cuts in the next two years to almost wipe out employment gains since 2006
IMF gives $17.1bn loan to Romania The two-year standby aid will make $6.6bn available immediately, with the rest in quarterly instalments as the fund moves to help the eastern European country survive the global downturn
Europe is about to take an astronomical lead over U.S. McClatchy Newspapers
The world's astronomers are about to get a trio of powerful new eyes on the sky that can see better and farther than existing space telescopes
STATE OF THE UNION
Google News Azerbaijan
Russia: Coping with the Constraints of the Kremlin’s "Tandemocracy" BY IGOR TORBAKOV Western attitudes toward Russia tend to shift much like a swinging pendulum: euphoria quickly turns to dismay, or, alternatively, despair in no time morphs into hope. The reason that perceptions of Russia are so volatile is that the West tends to harbor all sorts of extravagant expectations about its proverbially enigmatic eastern neighbor.
OpenDemocracy Will There Be a Second Crimean War?
Andreas Umland Escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian quarrel over Crimea could destabilise European security
· Russian Government Keeps Eye on Social Unrest BY: Daria Solovieva | World Politics Review
With the confidence of the oil-boom years a casualty of the country's sharply deteriorating financial outlook, Russians have shed their traditional reluctance to participate in the political process. The official polling agency, VTSIOM, found that 48 percent of respondents are ready to mobilize and be more politically active, with the number trending upwards.
BY: Pavel Korduban | Eurasia Daily Monitor
As elections approach in Ukraine, controversial historical and linguistic issues are high on the agenda within a country divided along regional and cultural lines.
TURKMENISTAN: RFE/RL reports on whether recent moves by Turkmenistan's president, ostensibly aimed at opening up media in the country, will actually accomplish that end
Anatol Lieven Many Pakistanis who deeply oppose Taleban rule are also opposed to a tough military campaign against them In Pakistan they believe the US was behind 9/11. That is why opposition to the Taleban is lukewarm
Troops clash with Taleban in Swat Valley Controversial Pakistan peace accord is annulled after soldier in army convoy is killed during ambush by insurgents
Europe in Recession Growth and investment are collapsing, and inflation is moderating; yet the European Central Bank has been tardy in easing monetary conditions
God's return is greatly exaggerated Religion makes you happy. It may seem bad manners for we atheists to say it, but so do pets David Aaronovitch
· Don't Forget About Foreign Aid By Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell
When the US president suggests that America has made mistakes in its dealings with Europe or the Muslim world, he is quite deliberately sending a signal. To his conservative critics, it is one of weakness. But mature democracies should not be afraid of open discussion, says Gideon Rachman
If China loses faith the dollar will collapse Andy Xie on pressure for an alternative reserve currency
The region needs peace, says Thomas de Waal
Some view inflation as a clever way to eliminate the overhang of private- and public-sector debt. But it would also make another recession inevitable. The underlying aim should be to restore stability
With economic data showing a slowing of the rate of decline, opinions are split on whether the US can help lead the world back to sustained growth
FT Fifth anniversary fails to assuage concerns Recognition of the historic significance of the EU’s eastward expansion is tinged by concern about costs, the global financial crisis and planned future enlargements
Europe jobs crisis poses social order ‘threat’ Tensions and political extremism could increase to dangerous levels unless rising joblessness is tackled, warns the EU’s top employment official as Europe’s politicians balk at giving more power over social policy to Brussels
Plan to close offshore tax loopholes
We get less done, says Michael Skapinker
The next big thing US Venture capitalists blame the decline in the number of young companies seeking a stock market listing on regulation, a harsh tax regime and on Wall Street. Yet it is more to do with supply and demand
Antitrust in China Beijing is right to enforce anti-monopoly laws but it must be fair. If it is perceived that China is dressing up protectionist sentiment in antitrust robes, other governments will react in kind
'Everyday people' interviewed on the street cite deadly drone attacks and the struggles of the poor as their top concerns. Obama is to meet with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan this week
Adm. Michael G. Mullen says it's too soon to tell whether the military offensive against insurgents can be sustained.
David Frum on how to rebuild the GOP.
The "best and the brightest"? Spare me Some are arguing that if we prosecute Bush officials for torture, or reregulate the financial industry, talented people won't enter government or become bankers. No, they're not kidding.
Telegraph View: Tomorrow's visit to Washington by Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan, could hardly be more timely.
Thousands of civilians flee fighting between the military and the Taliban
a review of Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru
Exercise to simulate terror attack (UPI) -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department will conduct a multi-agency exercise Tuesday to test emergency response capabilities to a waterborne terrorist attack.
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Center for Terrorism Research (CTR)
International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)
Center for National Policy
National Security Archive
Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee
Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
Swine Flu: Coordinating the Federal Response [April 29, 2009]
· Cyber Security: Developing a National Strategy [April 28, 2009]
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Solving the Puzzle: Researching the Impacts of Climate Change Around the World (PDF; 5 MB)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Analysis: Global urban threats (UPI) -- Changing trends in social behavior in the new millennium have brought about an unprecedented migration from rural areas, where most people used to live, into heavily populated urban settings.
H21 Taking a Stand in the Grandstands Why do European soccer fans stand during games while U.S. sports fans sit? Historians point to everything from labor laws to gender roles to cultural expectations
How David Beats Goliath
FP's Terrible Taste in Movies BY FRED KAPLAN
Nostalgia can mean a melancholic flight from life. With Constantine Cavafy it turns into an element of cultural health and creative drive... more»
A Wired FAQ on the fight over the Google of All Libraries.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the earth wobbles under the weight of six billion beholders, what is beauty then? Ihab Hassan wonders... more»
Changing Values for a Just and Sustainable World Peter Singer
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