Venezuela`s skyrocketing crime rate
Kevin Casas-Zamora looks at this negative feature of Chavez’ regime
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MIDDLE EAST: Where are the Arab Gorbachevs?
By Roland Flamini, Senior Writer for United Press International
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Steel to provide solid base for Kazakh economic plans
Martin Sieff writes about Kazakhstan`s move into steel production as a way to build its economy.
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KOSOVO: Roadmap for Kosovo Fraught with Uncertainty
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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Shakedown in Copenhagen
Pat Buchanan: Copenhagen has always been about an endless transfer of wealth from America, Europe and Japan.
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MIDDLE EAST: Happy New Year, Colin Powell
By William Fisher, former manager of economic development programs for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development in the Middle East
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SERBIA: Parliamentary Elections Fail to Ease Uncertainty
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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FRANCE: France vetoes neo-liberalism, US agenda
By veteran Arab-American journalist Ramzy Baroud
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A Quota Queen for the Court
Pat Buchanan: If the U.S. Senate rejects race-based justice, Sonia Sotomayor will never sit on the Supreme Court.
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MIDDLE EAST: The Regional Development in the Middle East
Summary of lecture by Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Marwan Muasher
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DEMOCRACY: The case for transatlantic partnership
By Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar of The American Enterprise Institute
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Plans for political reform in Morocco
King Mohammed VI outlines his plans for reform in the North African kingdom.
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KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan`s decision to dismantle nuclear weapons an example for the world
By Kanat Saudabayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States, Former Senator Sam Nunn and Senator Richard Lugar
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LIBYA: A Fox called Lion
By Uri Avnery, former member of the Knesset
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EU moves to secure Central Asia energy
Martin Sieff writes of the EU increased desire to gain access Central Asian energy resources.
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SAUDI ARABIA: The quiet Saudi revolution
By Edward S. Walker, president of the Middle East Institute and a former ambassador and assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs
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USA: The State of the Union
By President George W. Bush
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Taxing The Truth
The Investor Business Daily lays out the truth about recessions.
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CYPRUS: A Critical Period in U.S.-Cyprus Relations: Prospects for a Settlement
By Michael Klosson, the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus
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The Zawahiri Era
Michael Scheuer sees a post-Bin Laden Al Qaeda as decentralized but potentially more dangerous than ever
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GEORGIA: New President Faces Staggering Challenges
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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ISRAEL: Why not a single state?
By Mohamed Elmasry, national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress
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Morocco`s Model: Uniting Democracy-Building and Sustainable Development
Yossef Ben-Meir discusses prospects for Morocco`s future.
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Republic of Georgia desperate for reform
Irakli Alasania says the Rose Revolution is wilting under anti-democratic crackdown
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Kim Jong Il assassinated in military coup
Evidence exists for a coup rather than death from illness
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American-Catholicism`s Pact with the Devil
Paul Rahe argues that the Catholic Church in America should have long ago fought government intrusion
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Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine
Krauthammer argues that the recent spate of anti-American demonstrations underscores the failure of Obama`s `reset` of US relations with the Muslim world.
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ISRAEL: An Eskimo in Bantustan
By Uri Avnery, former member of the Knesset
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Failure to save East Europe will lead to worldwide meltdown
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard draws attention to the economic crisis in East Europe, which could spiral out of control into a worldwide meltdown.
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United States of Argentina
Philip Jenkings draws on the example of Argentina as a warning to an America that suspends fiscal responsibility.
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The Anti-Reagan
Patrick Buchanan writes of his view of Obama as the anti-Reagan.
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Ten Days That Shook Tehran
Patrick J. Buchanan: With this suspect election and millions having shown their revulsion of the regime, the legitimacy and integrity of the ayatollahs have been called into question.
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Strategic Aid In Pakistan
Dr. Yossef Ben Meir discusses the Pakistani situation of its displaced people and the importance of strategic aid.
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Our Pushover President
Pat Buchanan: Though Obama may be liked and admired, this counts for next to nothing in global power politics.
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Opportunities for Decentralization in Morocco
Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir offers suggestions for more specifics on the reforms and initiatives that will carry out decentralization.
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Contemplating Korean Reunification
Peter Beck discusses the increasingly unstable regime of Kim Jong II and the possiblity of future reunification with the South.
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Obama`s disdain for marriage
Schlafly discusses the impact of single moms and the resolution in Obama`s stimulus law.
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The Mohammed Film Trailer: An American Priest Reacts
A US-born priest in Egypt decries the making and distribution of a film critical of the Prophet Mohammed.
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ISRAEL: The price of silence
By Akiva Eldar, political columnist for Israeli daily Ha`aretz
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Bonn II: Seeking a secure future for Afghanistan
M. Ashraf Haidari highlights the importance of the second Bonn Conference
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UKRAINE: Political Turmoil Over Upcoming Presidential Elections
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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Be Good and Grow Rich: Reversing the Economic Meltdown
Frank Kaufmann offers a prescription for the economic meltdown.
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UN: Whither the UN?
By William Fisher, a manager of donor projects for USAID in the Middle East and North Africa
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Declining fortunes of the left
Europe’s liberal movement is bereft of ideas and leaders
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TURKEY: Turkey as the new terror frontline
By Soner Cagaptay of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
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Breaking Bibi
Pat Buchanan: In Israel, the betting is that Barack will break Bibi because Israel cannot defy its last great friend, the lone superpower, upon whom it depends for security.
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PALESTINE: Little-known progress in Palestine
By Timothy Rothermel, Special Representative of the UNDP in Jerusalem
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MIDDLE EAST: It`s Time to Tear Down the `Arab Wall`
By Shafeeq N. Ghabra
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Obama Team Ponders New Approach to Pakistan
Richard Weitz looks at president-elect Barack Obama`s efforts to craft a new approach to Pakistan.
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USA: Courting trouble to buy votes
By Hassan Nafaa of Cairo University
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South Ossetia: KGB Backyard in the Caucasus
Konstantin Preobrazhensky looks at South Ossetia as a backyard for the KGB.
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ISRAEL: Seizing the moment
By Dennis Ross, Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
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IRAQ: Can the U.S. Keep Iraq`s Shiites Happy?
By Juan Cole, professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan
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Greece buckles under austerity pressure
Roman Gerodimos argues that the economic crisis is causing political upheaval
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IRAQ: Kurdistan and a Federal Iraq: How the Kurds Created Facts on the Ground
By Peter W. Galbraith, former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and now a senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation.
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MIDDLE EAST: Regime change for peace?
By Hassan A. Barari of the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan
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The Russo-Georgian War and great power politics
Gregory Gleason discusses Russia`s new post-Cold War ambitions.
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Notes on the Credit Crisis of 2007-9
Sam Vankin analyses the financial crises and points to serious problems that can be expected in the bond market.
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ERITREA: A Secular Country with Absolute Freedom of Belief
By the Embassy of Eritrea
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Western Muslims and Terrorism Prevention
Preventing young Muslims from being lured into terrorism is a vital discussion that is too often ignored.
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Place branding Michael Collins
Jim Egan: Ireland’s economic catastrophe proves history`s circularity.
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MIDDLE EAST: Muslims need democracy
By writes Mohamed Elmasry, professor at the University of Waterloo and national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress
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MIDDLE EAST: Non-proliferation for all
By independent strategic analyst Ehsan Ahrari
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CYPRUS: Statement by the President of the Republic of Cyprus
By Mr. Tassos Papadopoulus, president of the Republic of Cyprus
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Georgia and the stakes for Ukraine
Ukraine`s President Yushchenko writes about his country`s response to Russia`s invasion of Georgia.
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MIDDLE EAST: Shaky progress
By Barry Rubin, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs
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IRAQ: Terrorizing Kurds
By Ximena Ortiz, the 2003-2004 recipient of the Pulliam Editorial Fellowship and author of a forthcoming book on the Iraq war
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A hymen, a veil and France
Mona Eltahawy looks at recent rulings by French courts on cases involving Muslims.
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MIDDLE EAST: Yes, Minister!
By Uri Avnery, former member of the Knesset and leader of Gush Shalom
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Resolution of the Greek-Macedonian Name Dispute
Sam Vaknin examines the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia.
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MIDDLE EAST: Middle East Aid
By William Fisher, a former manager for USAID in the Middle East
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EVENTS: Not the Hahnenkamm, but still a lot of fun...
Austria and skiing are almost synonymous. Carving down the mountain slopes is second nature to most Austrians and probably one of the things Austrians miss most when living in Washington. To make up for this, the Austrian Ambassador, Mrs. Eva Nowotny, decided to take the Embassy staff skiing.
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Get rid of the spoils system
Trevor Burrus argues that America needs to end the entrenched power of the public unions.
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USA: The dancing bear
By Uri Avnery, former member of the Knesset and leader of Gush Shalom
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IRAN: Under a cloud
By Patrick Clawson, deputy director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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Regional Rivalries Center on Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, a relatively poor country with few natural resources, has experienced two years of ceaseless political struggles.
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Where are the Moderate Muslims?
By Sara Horsfall The Muslim community needs someone who can mobilize young Muslims to a greater cause, giving voice to a community’s deeper longings.
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The Pope and Bin Laden
As the head of a much bigger flock, Benedict should wield his responsibility with more wisdom.
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Russia and Central Asian Gas: Recent Trends
Stephen Black discusses recent developments in the gas industries of Russia and Central Asia.
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America`s Food for Peace Critical During Global Crisis
William Lambers points to the good done by US food aid, and encourages more of it in a time of global food price increases.
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Obama`s Exit Strategy
Pat Buchanan: If actions speak louder than words, President Obama is cutting America free of Bush`s wars.
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SAUDI ARABIA: The US-Saudi schism
By Erich Marquard, an analyst with Power and Interest News Report
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Dark Saudi Minds Ruin Other`s Lives
In the Saudi kingdom men are the rulers, the judges, the policemen and the clergy. As men, they think of themselves as Muslims, or even good Muslims.
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Rumi and Iran today
William Stimson reflects on Rumi`s writings and how well they describe Iran today.
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IRAQ: `We got him!` Now what?
By Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Chairman of Arab Media Watch in the United Kingdom
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FRANCE: Hijab hysteria
By Muhammad Omar Masry, sergeant in the US Army and stationed in Iraq
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Another God That Failed
Patrick Buchanan: Is democratism our salvation -- or an ideology of Western suicide?
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KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan at Twelve: A Nation Reborn
By Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Kassymzhomart Tokaev
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Banks Exit From Embassy Business
Reiker, Palazzolo and McGrane: Moves By Largest Lenders Could Strain Relations Between U.S. Government and Other Countries
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MIDDLE EAST: Gulf states see a future with US
By Simon Henderson, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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A nation to call their own
Kristen Gelineau: Individualism spurs a rare breed to create do-it-yourself countries.
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ISRAEL: The risk of nuclear break out
By Gary Milhollin, Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control in Washington, DC
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Post-war Georgia`s Economic Challenges
Vladimir Papava discusses Georgia`s post-war economic challenges.
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Russian Arms to Armenia Could Change Azerbaijan`s Foreign Policy
Fariz Ismailzade addresses the impact of Russia`s arms sales to Armenia on Azerbaijan`s foreign policy.
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Bibi and Israel at Dead End
Pat Buchanan discusses the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the possible outcomes.
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It Can`t Happen Here
Pat Buchanan: So grave was the crisis in western China that President Hu Jintao canceled a meeting with President Obama, broke off from the G8 summit and flew home.
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Strategic uncertainty in Uzbekistan`s Afghanistan policy
Farkhod Tolipov says that Tashkent seeks elusive political balance.
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ISRAEL: No alternative but peace
By Saad Eddin Ibrahim, professor at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies
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The danger of tolerating intolerance
Thomas Cromwell discusses the danger of the media seeking balance in covering terrorism and terrorists.
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Betraying the revolution?
Maria Golia argues that all Egyptians should vote, whether they believe the elections fair or not
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ISRAEL: The ghetto inside
By Uri Avnery, former member of the Knesset and leader of Gush Shalom
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USA: US rights: pot and kettle?
By William Fisher, former USAid manager
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IRAQ: Iraq not ready for democracy
By Alon Ben-Meir, the Middle East Project director at the World Policy Institute in New York
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The Poor Nation's Defense Mechanisms
All the countries in the mutilated post-Communist parts of Europe inevitably ended up poor.
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Success of Turkey’s AK Party must not dilute worries over Arab Islamists
As a secular Muslim who has vowed never to live in Egypt should Islamists ever take power
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Happy Birthday, Saudi Arabia
The nation of Saudi Arabia is 77 years old - richer and more internationally prominent than ever. But there are still many rights denied to women.
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Why No One Really Wants a Syria Regime Change
Preparations for the November Middle East peace conference are proceeding.
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Bottom-Up Stimulus
Yossef Ben-Meir suggests that stimulus funding be used at the community level.
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MIDDLE EAST: Constitutions in perspective
By Patrick Clawson, deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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NATO Defense Ministers Fight in Vilnus Over Afghanistan
By Richard Weitz NATO defense ministers fight over Afghanistan
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EUROPE: Wrong way to integrate
By Egyptian journalist Alaa Bayoumi
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`Doha Debates` Picked Obama for Mideast
Mona Eltahawy discusses the preference for Barak Obama in the Middle East.
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CYPRUS: One last chance
By political commentator Saad S. Khan
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Does Japan matter in Central Asia?
Michael Leung looks at Japan`s regional approach to Central Asia as outlined by former Ambassador of Japan, Akio Kawato.
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Egypt’s bias in Palestinian negotiations
`Egypt is looking after its own security interests in the region and there are two agendas at hand here.`
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The Poor Nation's Defense Mechanisms
All the countries in the mutilated post-Communist parts of Europe inevitably ended up poor.
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Nato Confronts Its Eurasian Rivals
Stephen Blank looks at how NATO is responding to the rise of rival defense pacts in Eurasia.
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CYPRUS: Letter to the Editor: The Embassy of Cyprus responds to Saad S. Khan`s article
By Miltos Militiadou, press counselor at the Embassy of Cyprus
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Israeli and Palestinian victims of violence work for peace
`We can break this endless cycle of revenge, retaliation and punishment; the only way to do it is to listen to the pain of the other.`
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USA: Lessons of history
By William Fisher, a former manager for USAid
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MIDDLE EAST: The twin faces of Arab reform
By Robert Satloff, director of policy and strategic planning at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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Israeli and Palestinians victims of violence work for peace
"We can break this endless cycle of revenge, retaliation and punishment; the only way to do it is to listen to the pain of the other."
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ETHIOPIA: What Ethiopia Needs to do to Continue its Fight Against Terrorism: Poverty-Reduction and Territorial Integrity – Keys to Regional Stability
By H.E. Kassahun Ayele, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States of America
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YEMEN: Yemen’s lessons for Iraq
By Jonathan Schanzer, a Soref fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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Evil space signals
Finally, Jim Egan offers a critique of plans developed by a Google-led consortium to bring Internet access to the still-unconnected three billion of the world`s population.
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MIDDLE EAST: Shooting in the foot
By William Fisher, a former USAid manager
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ISRAEL: Three generals, one martyr
By Uri Avnery, a former member of the Knesset
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On Self-Hate and Fence-Sitting
Mona Eltahawy discusses her reflections as an Arab on the recent conflict in Gaza.
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Ten things Turkey can do to end Armenia impasse
Raffi Hovannisian offers a list to help enable an era of regional understanding that countenances neither victims nor victimizers.
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CYPRUS: Declaration by the President of the Republic of Cyprus
By President of Cyprus Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos
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KAZAKHSTAN: America in Kazakhstan: Backyard Nuisance or Unappreciated Asset?
By David C.M. Lucterhand, a trustee of the Foreign Policy Institute in Philadelphia
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Arab-Israeli peace: It`s not about Olmert, Abbas and Bush
Frank Kaufmann points to the need for more than political forces to bring peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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MIDDLE EAST: Assassinations distorting law
By Liaquat Ali Khan, a professor at Washburn University School of Law in Kansas
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LIBYA: Dial a dissident
By Claudia Rosett, a fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Hudson Institute
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Chechnya's New President: Rational Actor or Ideological Zealot?
Ramzan the rational actor moves cautiously and stealthily, extending his republic’s autonomy gradually as each opportunity presents itself.
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Kazakhstan: Evaluating Astana`s Democratization Intentions
Joshua Kucera looks at the controversy surrounding Kazakhstan taking over the OSCE’s helm in the future.
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IRAQ: Mission impossible
By Shlomo Avineri, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Qaradawi Damages Palestine’s Cause by Turning Global Issue into Islamist Weapon
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a Muslim issue. It is a dispute over land, it is about an occupation that must end and it is about a people who deserve a state.
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CYPRUS: Statement by the President of Cyprus
Following a Greek Cypriot rejection of the Annan plan for reunification of the island in a referendum on April 24, President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos made the following statement.
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Is Qatar Blinded by Bling?
Jim Egan comments on the need for Arab Gulf states to develop content to match the broadcasting infrastructure they are building.
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IRAQ: Split shift
By Soner Cagaptay, head of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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MIDDLE EAST: Real intellectuals
By Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah
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EU: An Expanding Europe, in Decline
By Anders Aslund, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace`s Russian and Eurasian program
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Running for land mine victims
Slovenia’s Ambassador to Washington, Samuel Zbogar is participating in marathons across the United States to bring attention to the Bosnian land mines and in particular six young victims.
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IRAQ: Iraq vs. Vietnam
By Ted Galen Carpenter, vice-president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute
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The Emerging China-Afghanistan Relationship
Nicklas Norling looks at the blossoming relationship between China and Afghanistan.
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A murdered Sri Lankan editor speaks from the grave
A slain Sri Lankan editor writes a moving `message from the grave` about the corruption of government that has ruined his country.
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MIDDLE EAST: Reform... when?
By William Fisher, a former State Department manager of economic development projects in the Middle East
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IRAQ: Saving face
By freelance journalist Ben Tanosborn
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The European Union Looks to Central Asia for Energy
Robert Cutler looks at Europe`s growing interest in Central Asia`s energy resources.
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Tourism the topic at luncheon at the Croatian Embassy
Tourism promotion was the topic when Ambassador of Croatia Ivan Grdesic hosted a luncheon on April 2. Invited to speak were Austrian Ambassador Eva Nowotny, Turkish Ambassador O. Faruk Logoglu and East West Communications President Thomas Cromwell.
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ARMENIA: A Month of Unrest Intensifies Showdown Between President and Opposition
By Vladimir Beron, Senior Risk Analyst with the international risk management group Sentigence
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MIDDLE EAST: A tale of two cities
By William Fisher, a former USAid manager
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Biddu’s struggle
By Tanya Reinhart, a professor at Tel Aviv University
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Shame and Sexual Harassment in Egypt
Mona Eltahawy writes about the shocking level of harassment foreign and Egyptian women face in her homeland.
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Hands Off Honduras!
Pat Buchanan discusses the hypocrisy and conflict behind the demand of Zelaya`s immediate return.
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ISRAEL: The golem turns
By Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery
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The Other War in Pakistan
William Lambers discusses how humanitarian aid is also critical to building stability in the troubled country.
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MIDDLE EAST: The letter at the summit
By William Fisher, contributor to The Middle East Times
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MIDDLE EAST: Reform In The Arab World: Tensions And Challenges
By Shafeeq Ghabra, President of the American University of Kuwait
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Azerbaijan and Europe: Toward Closer Integration?
`The time seems ripe for the Azerbaijani government to shift gears and take more active steps towards Euro-Atlantic integration.`
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Can the EU Resolve the Uzbekistan Dilemma in 2007?
`The EU’s failed campaign ... to induce political changes in Uzbekistan has led many EU members to press for substantial revisions in the organization’s approach towards Central Asia.`
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Threats unlikely to silence bloggers as Egypt jails youth for “insults”
Bloggers in Egypt have for months now irritated Mubarak’s regime with the audacity of those who know they have not simply youth on their side but the ability to shame a regime that has plenty to hide.
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Obama`s Most Powerful Tool for Peace
William Lambers explains his view that US aid aimed at helping children is President Obama`s most effective weapon for waging peace.
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GEORGIA: Future of two remaining autonomous regions uncertain
By Vladimir Beron, Senior Risk Analyst with the international risk management group Sentigence
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SUDAN: Human rights trumped
By William Fisher, regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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More on the Armenian-Azerbaijani debate
Two letters (by Adil Baguirov and Saida Mammadova) recently published in the Diplomatic Traffic`s Debate section are copy-paste examples of the Azerbaijani state propaganda designed to misrepresent and obfuscate the past and present of Nagorno Karabakh.
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Bangladesh Embassy hosts interfaith event
The ambassador is an enthusiastic advocate of inter-religious dialog and says he is “eager to extend networking opportunities among diplomatic, congressional and interfaith communities in the American capital.”
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Chirac’s Waterloo? Why Quaero Won’t Win Battles or Find WMDs
`Chirac has yet to embrace key lessons from French history that can power strategic counterpunches to the lightning thrusts by Google and others into the richest domains of today’s internet.`
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ISRAEL: Burning for justice
By Josh Ruebner, a coordinator of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
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Azerbaijan rejects efforts to achieve a final peace on Nagorno Karabakh
Vardan Barseghian responds to critics, `Time and again, Nagorno Karabakh has offered to implement confidence-building measures to establish an atmosphere of trust, conductive to reaching a final peace. . . . [but] Azerbaijan continues to reject any such efforts and contacts.`
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Macedonia to be Invited to Join NATO, Despite Greece
NATO officials plan to invite Macedonia to join the alliance if the negotiations between Macedonia and Greece fail.
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IRAQ: War crimes flashback
By Ahmed Amr, editor of NileMedia.com
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Afghanistan: NATO's Most Critical Mission
A resolute NATO, armed with requisite security and development resources, will be certain to secure Afghanistan and the entire region.
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PALESTINE: Showing the strain
By Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah
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ISRAEL: Tommy`s granny
By Uri Avnery, an Israeli journalist and peace activist
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NAMIBIA: Land reform in Namibia shakes up sentiments
By Karin Palmquist, Senior Editor of DiplomaticTraffic.com
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Dim Prospects for Sarkissian after Armenia`s Post-election Violence
By Blanka Hancilova The opposition rally on 1-2 March has opened up a gaping schism in the Armenian body politic.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Drinking the sea of Gaza
By Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery
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Religion: Getting Better the Hard Way
Frank Kaufmann explains why 9/11, contrary to conventional wisdom, actually spurred interfaith interaction and collaboration.
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IRAQ: A sordid tale
By James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute
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USA: War business
By Stan Moore
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TAJIKISTAN: Russia retains strong position in Tajikistan
By Vladimir Beron, Senior Risk Analyst with the international risk management group Sentigence
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IRAQ: Liberated thinking
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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"Nagorno Karabakh" an example of Armenian aggression
A former Azeri resident of Nagorno Karabakh outlines the Azeri perspective on Nagorno Karabakh.
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Greater responsibility needed in India terror aftermath
Frank Kaufmann that advocates a measured response to the terror bombings in Mumbai.
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PALESTINE: The nightmare comes true
By Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery
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An independent Nagorno-Karabakh lacks legal basis
`The DT interview [with Vardan Barseghian] omits to mention or grossly misrepresents many important background details,` writes Adil Baguirov.
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USA: Oops, he did it again
By Keith Vance
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Time to Recommit to Afghanistan’s Secure Future
`It is apparent that unless state institutions are strengthened to address security needs, the trust of Afghans in democracy and their support for the fight against terrorism may erode over time.`
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WAR ON TERROR: The four generations of war
By William S. Lind, director for the Center for Cultural Conservatism of the Free Congress Foundation
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WAR ON TERROR: Target ideas, not gunmen
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, managing director of the Dubai-based Strategic Energy Investment Group.
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Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas
John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, articulates his strong criticism of the Global Warming scare.
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PALESTINE: Elections key to peace
By Ziad Asali, president of the nonprofit Washington-based American Task Force on Palestine
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WAR ON TERROR: Financing Al Qaeda 2.0
By Steven Brooke, a program assistant at the Nixon Center.
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JORDAN: Q & A with Jordan`s Prince Hassan Bin Talal
Prince Hassan of Jordan, the man who would have been king, talked with Arnaud de Borchgrave, United Press International`s Editor at Large, about the explosive situation in his country in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq.
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EUROPEAN UNION: Priorities of the Dutch EU Presidency
By Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Bot and Dutch Minister for European Affairs Atzo Nicolaï
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Conflict tests ties between Georgian and Russian Orthodox Churches
Frank Kaufmann evaluates an article on the role of the Orthodox church in the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia.
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GLOBAL TRADE: Can insourcing trump outsourcing?
By Wolfgang Ischinger, the German ambassador to the United States
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A rabbi reflects on Abdullah`s initiative
Rabbi Michael Lerner discusses his encounter with some of the Kingdom`s young leaders at the conference, and how they changed his views.
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Is Russia Winning in Central Asia?
Martin C. Spechler and Dina R. Spechler analyze Russia`s influence in Central Asia.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Baby steps
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times.
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US-TURKEY: Still the Best of Friends
By Turkey`s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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UNITED STATES-ARAB WORLD: The need for Arab public diplomacy in the US
Current debates in the US over the many aspects of Middle East policy point to a disturbing reality: Americans do not know the Arab world, its people, or its culture. This is why US political discussions of Middle East issues are so wildly off base, why the American public has been so accepting of bad policy decisions, and why we continue to act in ways that alienate the Arab world from the US, writes Dr. James J. Zogby, President of Arab American Institute in Washington, DC.
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Memoir: Born and raised inside a North Korean concentration camp
An article about the horrors of North Korea`s prison camp system, seen through the experience of the first person born in the camps to escape.
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SERBIA: Pro-Western Reformist Becomes Serbian President
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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SINGAPORE: Why nation branding is important for Singapore
Marketing, advertising and public relations should be preceded by branding, whether it be for a corporation, product, service or place. Branding is all about establishing the identity of what it is you want to market, Thomas Cromwell, President of East West Communications, writes as he goes on to focus on the case of Singapore.
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QATAR: Advancing Free Trade & Democracy: Context and Perspective on the Fourth International Conference on Free Trade and Democracy
By John Duke Anthony, President and CEO of the National Council on US-Arab Relations and a consultant to the US Departments of Defense and State
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How Diasporas Can Help the Motherland
The key to a pacific and prosperous future lies in a multilateral agreement between brain-exporting, brain-importing, and transit countries.
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MIDDLE EAST: Emirates, an Arab model
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times
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USA: Flaw of omission
By Ivan Eland, the director of the Center of Peace & Liberty at the Independent Institute
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Kazakhstan Looks at the Trans-Caspian for Tengiz Gas to Europe
Robert Cutler writes about Kazakhstan`s plans to build a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea, bypassing the Russian gas pipeline network.
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USA: Nuance and style
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to The Middle East Times
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KAZAKHSTAN: “Strengthening of Intra-Regional Ties”
By Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kassymzhomart Tokaev
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MEDIA: News flash
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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PALESTINE-IRAN: Fatal attraction - the Hamas-Iran alliance
By Moroccan-Italian journalist Anna Mahjar-Barducci
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AFGHANISTAN: Saving Afghanistan`s cultural heritage
Speaking on the damage to Afghanistan`s cultural treasures during the Taliban regime, Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad said: `What took our archaeologists 70 years to discover took extremists less than a decade to sell off, burn, mutilate and demolish. The hollow cavities where the Giant Buddhas once stood in Bamiyan are a testament to the suffering of our country under the Taliban.`
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Pleas for Condemned Saudi `Witch`
Human Rights Watch has appealed to Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a woman convicted of witchcraft.
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LITHUANIA: The Role of Lithuania in the "New Baltic" Region
Speach by Lithuanian Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas
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Blogging in the Arab World
Why are bloggers so feared by authoritarian regimes in the Arab world? Because blogging is a way to express themselves in a world where they are ignored.
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ISRAEL: Jewish terror
By Matthew Levitt and Julie Sawyer of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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PALESTINE: Avoiding failure with Hamas
By Robert Malley, once a special assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli affairs and now the director of the Middle East program at the International Crisis Group
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IRAQ: Saddam sans mustache
By Greg Guma, editor of `Toward Freedom,` a Vermont-based world affairs magazine
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SUDAN: Sudanese Islamist branded apostate for pro-women views
By AFP reporter Mohammed Ali Saeed
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LITHUANIA: Enlargement of the European Union
By Lithuanian Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas
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Kyrgyzstan`s Pyrrhic Victory
Erica Marat examines the impact of the `Tulip Revolution` in Kyrgyzstan.
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USA: War of ideas
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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PALESTINE: Aid and a Palestinian financial crisis
By Mohammed Al Samhouri, a Gaza-based Palestinian economist and a former senior economic advisor to the Palestinian planning minister
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Nato Must Embrace Ukraine and Georgia
Ukraine and Georgia, having regained their independence, have undertaken the huge effort of reform, the objective of which is for their nations to rejoin the European family.
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USA: Itching for another fight
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for the New York Times and now the managing director of the Dubai-based Strategic Energy Investment Group
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Karimov-Nazarbayev Rivalry Pervades Bilateral Summit
Richard Weitz examines the rivalry between Kazakhstan`s Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan`s Islam Karimov.
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IRAQ: Shooting the messenger
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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PAKISTAN: Playing with America
By Kaushik Kapisthalam, a freelance commentator on US policy on South Asia
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IRAQ: A strange and troubling war
By James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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RUSSIA: Kremlin Favorite Wins Chechen Presidency
By Vladimir Beron, Senior Risk Analyst with the international risk management group Sentigence
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RUSSIA: An attack on civilization
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times and Energy Editor of the Wall Street Journal
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Central Banks and the Credit Crunch of 2007
Sam Vaknin analyzes the global financial crisis.
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USA: Dancing round the issues
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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USA: Big Brother again
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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SYRIA: Real fears or crocodile tears?
By Rime Allaf, an associate fellow at Chatham House
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NICARAGUA: Nicaragua notifies the OAS of CAFTA
By the Embassy of Nicaragua
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CHECHNYA: Chechnya’s Cold War curse
By Paul Goble, a professor at the University of Tartu in Estonia
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DEMOCRACY: Taming the volatility
By Washington Post op-ed columnist David Ignatius
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MEDIA: Al Jazeera endorses beheadings
By writes Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for the ‘New York Times’ and energy editor of the ‘Wall Street Journal’
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IRAN: False prophet
By Ilan Berman, vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC
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Peace and Democracy in Pakistan`s Tribal Areas
Zahid Anwar explores the prospects for democracy in Pakistan`s tribal areas.
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KAZAKHSTAN: Parliamentary Elections Show Democracy Still Work in Progress
By Vladimir Beron, a Senior Risk Analyst with the international risk management group Sentigence
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Islamists` Catch-22
Frank Gaffney describes the Islamists` Catch 22 in a discussion of the threat they pose to the West and the state of the response to that threat.
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IRAQ: Oil serves but also burns
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for the ‘New York Times’ and energy editor of the ‘Wall Street Journal’
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King Abdullah takes Saudi Arabia down a new, interfaith path
King Abdullah changes Saudi Arabia`s traditional avoidance of inter-faith discussions by convening a dialog of his own.
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BRANDING: Corporate strategies for a nation`s success
By Savas Kyriacou and Thomas Cromwell, principal partners of East West Communications
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USA: What we did not hear in the US debates
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the ‘Middle East Times’
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TURKEY: On Europe`s verge?
By Henri J. Barkey and Omer Taspinar of the Foreign Policy Association
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USA: Why stop at Jews?
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for the ‘New York Times’
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ARAB WORLD: The Tension Between East and West
By Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra, a professor of political science and the founding president of the American University of Kuwait
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SCO Fails to Solve Its Expansion Dilema
For the second year in a row, the existing members of the SCO declined to allow new countries to join the organization.
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The Macedonian Name Dispute
Athens has vowed to veto NATO`s enlargement, not allowing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to enter the Alliance.
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INDIA-PAKISTAN: ‘Open Skies’ for India and Pakistan?
By William Lambers, author of several books including The Road to Peace
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Spring Election Crossroads for Kuwait
Kuwait must ultimately create a model for society and government capable of successfully merging democracy and development.
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CÔTE D`IVOIRE: `Such an aggression will only bring frustration and no peace to the sub-region`
By Bamba Franck Mamadou, Communication & Press Counselor at the Embassy of Côte d`Ivoire in Washington DC
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ARAB WORLD: Challenges face the Muslim world
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times and Energy Editor of the Wall Street Journal
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What good were all the M.E. wars?
You might think society would have evolved differently in the two countries that have peace treaties with Israel -- Egypt and Jordan -- or that their treaties have rendered conflict out of the question. Think again.
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IRAQ: Fallujah not Stalingrad, but Vietnam?
By Harlan Ullman, senior advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC
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AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan receives `Country of the Year` award from USTDA
By the Embassy of Afghanistan
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The Appeal of "Radical Islam"
By Frank Kaufmann Kaufmann discusses the article `Young Muslims in UK attracted to radical Islam`
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USA: It’s the ‘values,’ Mr. President
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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The Washington Post, Corporate Council on Africa and East West Communications host debate and luncheon
Corporate Council on Africa and East West Communications hosted a panel debate and luncheon at The Washington Post on October 19
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US FOREIGN POLICY: The Tarnished Fig Leaf
By William Fisher, a regular contributor to the Middle East Times
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SYRIA: Choosing a new US strategy toward Syria
By Alon Ben-Meir, Middle East project director at the World Policy Institute in New York
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UZBEKISTAN: Parliamentary elections without the opposition
By International Risk Analyst Vladimir Beron
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Greece and its Investments in the Balkans: Trojan Horse or Reliable Partner?
By Sam Vaknin Greek Investments in the Balkans: Trojan Horse or Reliable Partner?
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US FOREIGN POLICY: President Bush`s second inaugural address
By President George W. Bush
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JORDAN: The path to reform
By His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
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Next Steps to Normalize Turkish-Armenian Relations
Hovhannes Nikoghosyan suggests what Turkey and Armenia might do to reopen their long-closed border.
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ISRAEL: The stalemate
By Uri Avnery, an Israeli journalist and veteran peace activist
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Astana Struggles to Regain Grip on Oil Sector
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov signaled to the West that the government will no longer tolerate even the slightest breach of contract and environmental regulations on the part of foreign oil companies operating in the country.
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IRAQ: Are Iraqi elections a panacea?
By Ivan Eland, senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute and assistant editor of The Independent Review
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If Iraq Falls
Cut-and-run from Iraq will not have the same serendipitous aftermath, because Iraq is not at all like Vietnam
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IRAQ: Iraqis getting used to the sights and sounds of freedom
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times and energy editor of the Wall Street Journal
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Visionary Leadership: A Week in Ambassador Jawad`s Diplomatic Life
By M. Ashraf Haidari, a Peace Scholar at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
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RELIGION: Is the right to be offensive the issue?
By American journalist and political analyst Jane Novak
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RELIGION: First comes the rage
By Washington Post freelance journalist David Ignatius
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UNITED NATIONS: Magnifying oil-for-food scam to monstrous levels
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times and energy editor of the Wall Street Journal
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The wrong game
By Yossi Alpher, a former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and a former senior advisor to Prime Minister Barak
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WORLD AFFAIRS AND RELIGION: Believers and religions should support peace process
By Dr. Frank Kaufmann, director of the Middle East Peace Initiative
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IRAQ: The Russian perspective
By Konstantin Eggert, the BBC`s Russian Service Moscow Bureau editor
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INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE: Universal values and lasting peace
By Speaker of Philippine`s House of Representatives Jose de Venecia Jr.
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RELIGION: Interfaith dialogue in Israel-Palestine
By Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an associate professor at American University`s School of International Service in Washington, DC
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IRAQ: Hiroshima, mon amour
By freelance journalist John Chuckman
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JAPAN: Foreign Minister: `There will be no normalization of relations with North Korea without the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues`
By Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso
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De Facto Russian Annexation of Georgian Regions
Svante E. Cornell writes about Russia`s de facto annexation of two breakaway states in Georgia.
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GEORGIA: Late premier leaves big shoes to fill
By International Security Analyst Vladimir Beron
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: This time, I`m hopeful
By Dr. Eyad El Sarraj, a psychiatrist and human rights activist in Gaza
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TECHNOLOGY: Experts explain intellectual property rights in new publication
By the State Department`s Bureau of International Information Programs
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BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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ISRAEL: The paradoxes of Israel
By freelance journalist John Chuckman
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An Inconvenient Price
Want to eliminate what otherwise will soon be the world`s second leading cause of death? Impose a global speed limit of 5mph.
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MIDDLE EAST: `Kifaya` is the bud of a new movement on Arab streets
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, managing director of the Dubai-based Strategic Energy Investment Group
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MIDDLE EAST: Losing the big picture
By Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU and the Middle East Project Director at the World Policy Institute in New York
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MEDIA: War, propaganda and public opinion
By Lowell Schwartz, an associate international policy analyst at the RAND Corp
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasuyk meets the press in Washington
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasuyk at the National Press Club
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IRAN: Nuclear weapons and Iran
By Paul Leventhal, founding president of the Nuclear Control Institute
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WAR ON TERROR: What war on terrorism?
By Alon Ben-Meir, a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU and the Middle East project director at the World Policy Institute in New York
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Challenges and Dilemmas of the ENP in the South Caucasus
A new ENP concept – labeled “ENP plus” – may emerge.
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MIDDLE EAST: Was Bush right after all?
By Sherri Muzher, a Palestinian-American activist and freelance journalist
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MIDDLE EAST: An effort to rebuild US-Arab relations
By Dr. James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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Remarks by HM King Abdullah at Georgetown University
By HM King Abdullah of Jordan
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BRANDING: Why nation branding is important for tourism
By Thomas Cromwell, president of East West Communications and advisor to the Communications and Press Department of the World Tourism Organization
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MIDDLE EAST: Arab nationalism is a misnomer
By Eric Rouleau, former ambassador of France to Tunisia and Turkey
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TECHNOLOGY: The Internet and diplomacy
By Dr. Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus` consul general in London
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I was a fanatic... I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist
How do Islamic radicals justify such terror in the name of their religion?
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US-PALESTINE: Congress` bad behavior
By Dr. James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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IDEOLOGY: Equality as an affirmation of our common humanity
By James H. Rutherford, author of Moral and Political Philosophy
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RWANDA: Rwanda`s giant stride: A promising walk
By Hilary Benn, a Member of British Parliament and British Secretary of State for International Development
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MEDIA: Al Hurra struggling for ratings
By Alvin Snyder, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The end of a viable Palestinian state
By Jeff Halper, Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
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KYRGYZSTAN: Popular Uprising brings new leadership of old regime cadres
By International Security Analyst Vladimir Beron
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RELIGION: Pope John Paul II knew the pain of Palestinians and Jews
By environmental and human rights activist Genevieve Cora Fraser
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EDUCATION: New ‘engine’ of development
By Shafeeq Ghabra, President of the American University of Kuwait
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SYRIA: Winds of change in Syria
By Marc Gopin, director of George Mason University`s Center on Religion and Diplomacy in Washington DC
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PALESTINE: The Palestinian ceasefire: A window of opportunity
By Mohammad Daraghmeh, a Palestinian journalist and commentator
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EU: Why Turkey and why now?
By Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU and Middle Project Director at the World Policy Institute New York
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OIL CRISIS: The oil tsunami
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former energy editor for the Wall Street Journal
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MIDDLE EAST: Clean up the cobwebs of outdated ideas
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East correspondent for The New York Times
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Palestinian state in Washington`s best interest
By Bassam Abu Sharif, former special advisor to the late Yasser Arafat
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OIL CRISIS: Black gold is becoming more precious and scarce
By Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former energy editor of the Wall Street Journal
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DEMOCRACY: The Polish experience
By Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski
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BELARUS: National assembly adopts statement condemning anti-Belarusian campaign
By the Embassy of Belarus
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Kazakhstan steps out to the world
Kazakhstan’s rising economic profile is the motor behind this process, and the foreign and domestic policies of the Nazarbayev regime intend to ensure the continuity of this growth and its international deployment.
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PALESTINE: Palestinian economic revival
By Nigel Roberts, director of the World Bank - West Bank and Gaza Country Department, and Stefano Mocci, the World Bank`s senior external affairs officer in the West Bank and Gaza
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PALESTINE: Inclusion means progress
By Palestinian Authority Minister of Planning Ghassan Khatib
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Turkmenistan reforms begin in education
President Berdimukhammedov’s recent education reforms are decisively promising given the president’s relatively short period of time as a head of state.
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EDUCATION: For Arabs the task is arduous
By Ramzy Baroud, a veteran Arab-American journalist and a program producer at Al Jazeera Satellite Television
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OIL CRISIS: Energy, US national security and the Mideast
By former CIA director R. James Woolsey
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GLOBAL CONFLICTS: Oil and Palestine: The new Cold War
By freelance writer Am Johal
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UN SUMMIT: Remarks by Silvan Shalom, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
By Silvan Shalom, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
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OIL CRISIS: Iraqi oil: black gold or curse?
By Jaafar Altaie
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The Afghanistan-Russia Rapproachement and its geopolitical implications
The major reason for Karzai to turn to Russia and other members of the Russia-led military bloc is the continuing deterioration of the military situation in Afghanistan.
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DEMOCRACY WATCH: Kuwait grants universal suffrage
By Karin Palmquist
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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM: Vision 2010 for the Arab World
Speech by His Majesty King Abdullah II
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UN SUMMIT: Remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
By His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
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WORLD POLITICS: War, journalists, and cultural blunders
By Frank Kauffmann, director of the office of inter-religious relations of the Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace
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EGYPT: Egypt must let its people go
By Brian Whitaker, The Guardian`s Middle East editor
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Understanding history to make peace
By James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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Dealing with Uzbekistan After Karimov`s Likely Re-election
Karimov’s sixteenth Independence Day speech provided indications of a wish for an opening to the West.
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EGYPT: Vote like an Egyptian -- early and often
By Ahmed Amr, former editor of NileMedia.com
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RELGION: The rise of Islamist feminism
By Saad S. Khan, an Oxford-published author and an analyst on Islam, politics and governance in the Muslim world
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UN SUMMIT: A defiant Sharon at the United Nations
By Samar Assad, publications manager of the Palestine Center.
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FRANCE: After French rejection of the EU constitution, Chirac speaks to the nation
By Karin Palmquist
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SINGAPORE: `The use of WMD by terrorists would result in untold catastrophic consequences`
Speech by Singapore`s ambassador to Washington, Chan Heng Chee
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Europe's Muslim 'parallel' society
The European cult of appeasement has given free rein to radical imams whose only goal is to Islamicize Christian Europe.
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MIDDLE EAST: Satellite TV and democracy
By S. Abdallah Schleifer, director of the Adham Center at the American University in Cairo
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RELIGION: `Nothing justifies taking innocent lives`
By King Abdullah II of Jordan
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N. Korean reveals childhood torture
The suffering of some 200,000 prisoners in the North Korean `gulags` was recently brought to the attention of the world by a young man.
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MIDDLE EAST: Islamists are intrinsically anti-democratic
By Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
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DEMOCRACY WATCH: Kuwait appoints first woman minister
By Karin Palmquist
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NORTH KOREA: Applying the antarctic solution to the Korean nuclear impasse
By William Lambers, author of `The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty`
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DEMOCRACY WATCH: Kuwait appoints two women to public office
By Karin Palmquist
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Changing course in Iraq
`How can we bring about the good we meant for Iraq that in part contributed to our harebrained and calamitous decision to invade Iraq?`
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MIDDLE EAST: Western democracy stillborn in Mideast
By W. Ata, a senior fellow at the Australian National University
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USA-ISRAEL: Shared destiny, shared defiance
By Ramzy Baroud, a veteran Arab-American journalist and the Editor-in-Chief of PalestineChronicle.com
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ISRAEL: Ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, Israeli style
By Paul Findley, a former congressman (R-IL) and the chairman of the Council for the National Interest
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Religious Faith and Charitable Giving
Using data from a survey conducted in 2000, Brooks investigates differences in charitable giving and volunteering between secular and religious people.
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EUROPE: Only radical change can save the European Union
By Dr. Frank Kaufmann, director of the Office of Interreligious Relations
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US-EUROPE: Transatlantic relations in the new geopolitical context
By Karsten D. Voigt, Coordinator of German-American Cooperation
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SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi economic health
By H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
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EUROPE-ISRAEL: EU states also need to deal with Israel
By Ramzy Baroud, a producer at Al-Jazeera
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Said Magomed Kakiev: Chechnya`s Strongman in Waiting?
"Assuming that Kadyrov is becoming a spent force in Chechnya, would Kakiev’s credentials suggest him as Moscow’s strongman in waiting?"
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Co-Founder of Greenpeace Envisions a Nuclear Future
Nuclear power doesn`t generate a lot of greenhouse gases, but it does produce long-lasting toxic waste.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: One Jerusalem for two nations
By Danny Rubinstein, Arab Affairs editor for Ha`aretz newspaper
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: A wall of protection
By Rajmohan Gandhi, a former member of the Indian Parliament
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SAMOA: A culture of peace
By Vaaletoa Sualauvi Tuimalealiifano II, Deputy Head of State of Samoa
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Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Disarmament, A Global Model for A Safer World
“The problem of total and global disarmament will be resolved . . . only if the solution is based on principles of collegiality and equality.”
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IRAQ: Working `with the dark side` to win a war
By Professor Adel Safty, UNESCO Chair of Leadership
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MEDIA: Arab media reinvented yet unchanged
By Ramzy Baroud, editor in chief of PalestineChronicle.com
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A Nation Unraveling
“I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger," Bhutto told supporters.
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UNITED STATES: Fighting the Iraq war at home
By James Zogby, head of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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The Pope Condemns the Climate Change Prophets of Doom
The Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.
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AFRICA: Political will, not just aid, can lift Africa out of despair
By Jagdish Bhagwati, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ibrahim Gambari, under-secretary-general at the UN
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CHINA: Is Democracy Stirring in China?
By Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President of the International Republican Institute
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TERRORISM: Thank Allah for Tony Blair
By Frank Kaufmann, Director of the Office of International Relations of the IIFWP
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KAZAKHSTAN: Interview with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Sauat Mynbayev
By Daniel Satinsky, the Managing Editor of Russia/Eurasia Executive Guide
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BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing - Promotion, sales, and advertising
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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TERRORISM: Battling the cancer within
By Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Britain Prince Turki Al Faisal and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Two scenarios - and then some - for Gaza pullout
By Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at NYU and the Middle East project director at the World Policy Institute in New York
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JAPAN: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan`s past aggressions
By Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi
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My Advice to Iran
As the world is concerned with the testing of long range missiles by North Korea and by the intentions of Iran, President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan shares his personal experience.
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Joint Statement Between the United States and Kazakhstan
Official statement on diplomatic and economic issues made by President Bush and President Nazabayev during the September visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to Washington, DC.
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WAR ON TERROR: Will media help Bush exploit the 9/11 anniversary?
By syndicated columnist Norman Solomon
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: A new dawn or a dead-end?
By NYU professor and Middle East Project Director at the World Policy Institute Alon Ben-Meir
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GAZA: Politically fraught but potentially win-win
By Nuala Haughey of the Irish Times
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UN SUMMIT: Remarks by Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait
By Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait
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LEBANON: The birth pangs of democracy
By Habib C. Malik, a professor of history and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University
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SCIENCE: The case for intelligent design in the classroom
By Jonathan Wells, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle
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BRANDING: Nation Branding and Place Marketing - Marketing Implementation, Evaluation, and Control
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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ISRAEL, LEBANON: The Escalation of Conflict in a New World
Thoughts on the meaning of conflict escalation in the Middle East.
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ISLAM AND DEMOCRATIZATION: The Winds of Change
By Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
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IRAQ: Ex-Rep. Findley: `It`s time to exit Iraq!`
By Baltimore attorney William Hughes
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IRAQ: Banning Baghdad falafel
Recent news reports from the Iraqi capital indicate that radical Islamists are launching a campaign to prohibit the sale of ... falafel. Yes, you heard right, falafel. Several vendors where shot and killed simply for selling the popular deep-fried chickpea sandwiches. The logic offered by the religious zealots - if there is any - in imposing this inane diktat on the people is that there were no falafels in the time of the Prophet Mohammed.
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RELIGION: Tolerance in Islam
By Lily Zakiyah Munir, director of the Center for Pesantren and Democracy Studies, Jombang, East Java
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ECONOMY: "There is a fundamental shift in the distribution of global economic power"
By Nandan Nilekani
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Chechnya`s New President: Rational Actor or Ideological Zealot?
Ramzan the rational actor moves cautiously and stealthily, extending his republic’s autonomy gradually as each opportunity presents itself.
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IRAN: Wagging the wolf
By Mark Perry, vice-president of Jefferson Waterman International, a Washington, DC, consulting firm, and co-director of Conflicts Forum
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ISRAEL: Another crisis temporarily averted
By Yossi Alpher, former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and former senior advisor to Prime Minister M. Ehud Barak
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GERMANY: "The Significance of US-German Economic Relations"
By Michael Glos, Germany`s Federal Minister of Economics and Technology
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CULTURE: Terrorism at the movies
By Shira Herzog, a columnist with the Canadian Globe and Mail
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UNITED STATES: If you talk to one enemy, talk to all
By Rami G. Khouri, editor in chief of Lebanon`s The Daily Star
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AFGHANISTAN: Afghan insurgency still a potent force
By Emily Hsu and Beth DeGrasse of the United States Institute of Peace
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BELARUS: Interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Martynov
By Reuters News Agency
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GLOBAL AFFAIRS: The clash of emotions
By Dominique Moisi, a founder and senior advisor at the French Institute for International Relations and a professor at the College of Europe in Natolin in Warsaw
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AFGHANISTAN: First Lady Laura Bush attends the Afghan Children Initiative at the Embassy of Afghanistan
By the Embassy of Afghanistan
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RELIGION: Jihad to win `war of ideas`
By Waleed Al Ansary of the University of South Carolina
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Rumsfeld on the war
Remarks as Delivered by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld at the American Spectator Annual Dinner
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BELARUS: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to White House statements
By the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
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AFGHANISTAN: Karzai must take a stand on convert
By Frank Kaufmann, director of the Inter Religious Federation for World Peace
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Rachel Corrie`s words
By James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC
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MIDDLE EAST: Mercury rising: Turkey`s Iran dilemma
By Iason Athanasiadis, a Tehran-based writer, photographer and television producer who has worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and Der Spiegel
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: So what! And then?
It has been a long-held belief by many observers of the Middle East conflict that if the Palestinian Authority (PA) did not exist already we would have to invent it. Now that the PA seems to be moving closer to a possible collapse, is this still the case, asks Christian Berger, who served in the Middle East for a number of years for the UN and the EU and is currently responsible for crisis management and conflict prevention in the European Commission.
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A Problem of Intelligence
Reflections on the role of "intelligence" on Iraq and the Israel-Hezbollah war.
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How to Win this Election
"The strong winners and losers in the upcoming elections will have far less to do with who comes into office, than it will in how candidates run and how their campaigns are conducted."
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