God's tears over Syria
If you try to look at Syria from God`s viewpoint, the complexity dissolves into immeasurable suffering.
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US FOREIGN POLICY: Successful policies for America and the world
By Thomas Cromwell
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S.O.S. Pakistan
Saqib Ali laments radical trends in his native Pakistan.
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Three scenarios for Syria
None of the options for Syria are pleasant or free of strife and bloodshed.
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When the Greedy Feign Outrage
Frank Salvato questions what the Wall Street demonstrations are all about
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Corruption mars nation branding effort
Kazakh government turns a blind eye as official and Greek get rich on major campaign
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Meeting at "the Corner" on 25 January
The Arab Spring`s Egypt version has brought with it an unsettling chill between Muslim and Christian relations and various political movements
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The Winter to Follow this Arab Spring
The Arab world has changed one set of unsavory masters for another
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Evil, Useful Idiots and a Rising Tide of Muslim Rage
Religion and anger are being manipulated by leaders with a deadly agenda
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The Enabler
South Korea enables the North’s aggression, says Edward Luttwak
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Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant
Paul Malek argues that the peaceful majority of Muslims is irrelevant to the issue of radicalism.
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KAZAKHSTAN: We call for dialogue, not hate
By Ambassador Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakhstan`s ambassador to the United States
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The Obama Team's Misguided New Middle East Policy
Frank Kaufmann examines the new Middle East Policy and offers three reasons why to obstruct it.
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Middle East status quo is untenable
King of Jordan discusses US leadership in helping resolve the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.
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After Mubarak
Rose Aran discusses concerns about a change in direction for Egypt after Mubarak.
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Transformation in the Middle East -- What the rest of the world can do about it
Thomas Cromwell examines the future of the Arab world.
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He is a politician, not a leader
Thomas Cromwell argues that only real leadership can solve America`s domestic and foreign crises.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Seizing the moment
By Dennis Ross, Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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UNITED NATIONS: Ideas for a safer world
By Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
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Obama's Nobel Prize will Exacerbate His Narcissistic Tendencies
Sam Vaknin examines Obama and writes of the effects narcisism can have when when success and perfection materialize.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Morality and occupation
By Uri Avnery, journalist, peace activist, former member of the Knesset, and leader of Gush Shalom
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ISLAMIC WORLD FORUM: Dialog in Doha
DiplomaticTraffic.com`s managing editor, Thomas Cromwell, attends the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Qatar
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Ramifications of Turkish-Armenian rapprochement
Vahan Dilanyan writes of how relations between Turkey and Armenia are improving, and presage a new era of economic cooperation in the region.
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Natural Allies: NATO, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Collective Security Treaty Organization
Edward Lozansky discusses the importance of a US-Russia cooperation in creating a global security network.
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TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS: America and Europe must stay in tandem
By Louis Michel, Belgium`s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Macedonians in Denial about the Name Issue Dispute with Greece
Sam Vaknin explores Macedonia`s unprecedented choice between their identity and their future.
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TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS: The transatlantic divide: 60% of healing is awareness of the problems
By Melitta Schubert, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Austrian Embassy in Belgium
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Empowering the Women of Afghanistan
M. Ashraf Haidari discusses the contribution of women`s education and it`s significance in Afghanistan’s long-term development.
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The Republic of North Macedonia and Palestine: Obama Loses Patience with Bush Allies
Sam Vaknin writes of the price countries like Macedonia and Israel are now bound to pay for having been supporters of Republican administrations.
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KOSOVO: Why Kosovo must not submit to violence
By Carl Bildt, former Swedish prime minister and former United Nations special envoy to the Balkans, and current board member of the Centre for European Reform
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Brotherhood Faces Both Ways as Egypt Votes for President
The Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate has said Egyptians are free to choose their faith, but is this only an election tactic to win secularists?
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EU: Towards a wider Europe
By George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Institute
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SUDAN: The American media and Darfur
By Khidir Haroun Ahmed, Sudan`s ambassador to the United States
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Systemic Failure
Pat Buchanan examines the systemic failures that underlie the financial crisis in the United States, and its global ramifications.
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KAZAKHSTAN: Building democracy in a key region
By Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakhstan`s ambassador to the United States
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NATION BRANDING: The concept and benefits of nation branding
By Thomas Cromwell and Savas Kyriacou, principal partners of East West Communications
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Putin's Grasp of Energy Drives Russian Agenda
Andrew Kramer explains the strategic scheming of Putin in using energy to restore Russia`s global power.
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Obama and the Great Game
Pat Buchanan looks at the new Great Game playing out in Central Asia, with the US, Russia and China all raising their stakes in the region.
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CÔTE D'IVOIRE: France schemes to control Ivory Coast
By Dr. Gary K. Busch
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SWITZERLAND: Between two worlds, Switzerland strikes a balance with the United States and Europe
By Ambassador Christian Blickenstorfer
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Events drive the perception of countries
Thomas Cromwell discusses the impact of major events in a country on the perception of that country in international media.
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How China has created a new slave empire in Africa
Peter Hitchens writes about China`s abuse of African workers in its rush to secure minerals from the continent.
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SOUTH ASIA: Tsunamis and the passing of our brothers and sisters
By Dr. Frank Kaufmann
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US FOREIGN POLICY: 2005 can - and must - be the year of renewed Atlantic dialogue
By Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt
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Why Branding Korea is a Good Idea
In response to the president`s calls for a nation branding effort to raise a positive profile of Korea in the world.
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Would You Permit Me?
Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani appeals for a true form of religion, away from dogma and a focus on externals, for his children to be raised by.
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US FOREIGN POLICY: The danger for America is not theocracy
By Michael Gerson, speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bush
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How does the world view your country?
Thomas Cromwell introduces the first global nation branding index launched by East West Communications.
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IRAQ: The meaning of Iraq's vote to the Arabs
By Thomas Cromwell, President of East West Communications
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Religion Remains a Powerful Force in America
We look at the Pew study on religion in America and some of the conclusions to be drawn.
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NATION BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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AFGHANISTAN: Fighting the narcotics industry with human security
By M. Ashraf Haidari, spokesman at the Embassy of Afghanistan
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Turkish Politics: More Democracy and Europe or More Islam?
Narli looks at whether Turkey under the AK Party is becoming more democratic and moving closer to Europe, or trending towards Islam.
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Recommitting to Afghanistan in Paris
Ashraf Haidari argues for increased international commitment for Afghanistan to prevent it from sliding back into anarchy and radicalism.
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SENEGAL: Roll back malaria
By Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal
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TOGO: As Togo Buries Its Past: Reflections on A Nation's Future
By Media Strategist David Applefield
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TECHNOLOGY: The Internet and diplomacy
By Dr. Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus` consul general in London
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Cyrillic Alphabet Slows Economic Development
Sam Vaknin argues that the Cyrillic alphabet used by several Slavic states is an obstacle to development.
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BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing - The product
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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BRANDING: Is US democracy the best brand for the world?
By Randall Frost, author of The Globalization of Trade
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Let's 'Surge' Some More
Michael Yon discusses his first-hand knowledge of the success of the `surge` in US troops, and argues that more troops are needed to secure the peace.
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BRANDING: Nation Branding and Place Marketing - The Price
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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JAPAN: Japan's global strategy and the Japan-US global partnership
By Nobutaka Machimura, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
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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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WORLD POLITCIS: Kill people, break things, hug children
By Dr. Frank Kaufmann, Director of the Office for Interreligious Relations of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace
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KAZAKHSTAN: Evolution, not revolution
By Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakhstan`s ambassador to the United States
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Our Own Worst Enemy
By Mona Eltahawy The main target of Muslim violence is fellow Muslims in the Muslim world.
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BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing - The place
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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JORDAN: "Societies dedicated to their own advancement are required to fight corruption"
HM King Abdullah of Jordan appeals to Jordan`s Prime Minister
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Sharia Delusions in Canterbury
When it comes to Islamic law, or Sharia, words certainly do come easy if you’re a man.
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INDIA: America's new ally?
By Stephen P. Cohen, a Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution
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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Next year, Jerusalem?
By Jonathan Lincoln, senior research associate for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
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Afghanistan: The Silk Road to Opportunities
Since the fall of the Taliban, investors have found Afghanistan fertile territory.
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NON-PROLIFERATION: Safeguarding nuclear arsenals
By Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Foreign Minister of Cyprus George Iacovou
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WEST SAHARA: Conflict lingers
By Jacques Roussellier, adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute
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A Failing Nuclear Power
Pakistan is one of the world`s eight nuclear powers and the first one to be categorized as a failing state.
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BRANDING: Nation branding and place marketing - The sales force and marketing implementation oversight
By International Business Analyst Sam Vaknin
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EGYPT: Despotism and persecution of the moderates: The case of Issam El Erian
By Saad Eddine Ibrahim, chairman of the Ibn Khaldoun Center in Cairo
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Was Hitler a Christian?
Leading atheists seek to even the score with believers by portraying Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime as theist.
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IVORY COAST: ‘The key to ending the tragedy destroying the Ivory Coast is to get the French and their Force Licorne out’
By Dr. Gary K. Busch
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AFGHANISTAN: Afghan women achieve stunning result in national elections
By M. Ashraf Haidari, First Secretary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC
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Help Empower the Women of Afghanistan
The largest defeat of British-Indian forces in the Second Anglo-Afghan War came through the leadership of a heroic Afghan woman.
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SYRIA: Syria must choose pragmatism over isolation
By Rime Allaf, an associate fellow at Chatham House, Britain`s Royal Institute of International Affairs
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SAUDI ARABIA: The virtuous king
By Adel Al Toraifi, a Chevening Fellow at the Center for Studies in Security and Democracy at Birmingham University
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The Long View
Advisory thoughts on the 43rd president
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RELIGION: A call for religious moderation
By His Majesty King Abdullah II
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KAZAKHSTAN: We stand on the threshold of major breakthrough in development
By President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev
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Turkey’s Elections: AK Party Wins Through Broad Appeal
Erdogan demonstrated the willingness of the government to crush the PKK.
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GLOBAL AID: ‘History is watching what we do’
Remarks by rock star and activist Bono
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FOREIGN RELATIONS: Iran-US collision
By Claude Salhani, International Editor at United Press International
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Europe's epitaph
The devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S. didn`t change what European leaders were prone to dismiss as the soapbox rhetoric of Islam`s fundamentalists.
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IRAQ: Arab public opinion
By Shibley Telhami, a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution
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UNITED STATES: Maybe Congress should go home
By Dr. James J. Zogby
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Syrians wonder why springtime turned to winter as the Assad promise fades
“Syrians have paid a high price for their rights and freedom and we hope to be the last group forced to pay this price to help the great Syrian people."
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The curse of Arabs and Muslims strikes again
"Only when Arabs and Muslims rise up against false teaching, oppressive leadership and terrorism will they finally be free to live good lives in peace and security."
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Denuclearization is the way to go
"In order to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, the world must learn from the experience of Kazakhstan. . ."
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Kazakhstan in a Changing World
Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marat Tazhin, addressed a gathering of U.S. policymakers, business leaders, academics, foreign ambassadors and journalists on the role Kazakhstan is playing in the modern world.
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Religions as Conscience: The Interfaith Imperative
The evolution of interfaith consciousness is rapid and promising, but pioneers in the field have yet to intuit an endgame sufficient to bring world traditions to full and enduring harmony.
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Papal cannon misfires
"Any foreign policy adviser could have informed the pope that what he planned to say would be seen by Muslims as a force multiplier for extremists . . ."
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The Fun of Politically Incorrect Journalism - Coverage that leaves you naked
It is a rare treat to come across a news article that is so totally innocent of normal journalistic conventions and correctness that it leaves you gasping (and rolling with laughter) at its plainspoken criticism of political leaders.
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The Pope's speech at the University of Regensburg
The full text of Pope Benedict XVI`s address at the University of Regensburg which has aroused considerable anger in some Muslim circles.
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The Great Experiment
"The governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment. . . The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs are the million-and-a-quarter Palestinians living there."
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School Lunches for Kids Around the World: Hey, Why Not?
There is no greater act of public diplomacy the U.S. can undertake than to help feed and educate children abroad.
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Only Comprehensive Peace Can Work
"We tend to be compelled to think in terms of enemies and allies. . . An alternative approach must be that no one is left out who can then become a spoiler. Everyone must benefit so that the radicals in each camp will not have a political leg left on which to stand."
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As Jordan still mourns
We in Jordan believe that fighting terrorism entails more than security cooperation and prevention. It is the never-ending battle for ideas that needs to be superceded by a dialogue of civilizations and among faiths . . .
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Brand America: Taming Wild Perceptions
"Those tasked with communicating the American position to the rest of the world, and in particular now the Islamic world, seem not to have done well in achieving recognition of a shared sense or perception of what America is all about".
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The Pope and the Prophet
"Radical Muslims translate their version of God`s omnipotence into a politics of unlimited power. ... Once the primacy of force is posited, terrorism becomes the next logical step to power, as it did in the 20th-century secular ideologies of power: Nazism and Marxism–Leninism.
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Which One God?
"[Author Mark] Durie writes that profound contrasts exist in Islam and Christianity in their understanding of the identity of God. These have far-reaching implications, affecting attitudes, ethics, and politics."
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King Abdullah II of Jordan - Speech to Joint Session of Congress
There are no bystanders in the 21st Century, there are no curious onlookers, there is no one who is not affected by the division and hatred that is present in our world.
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Saudi-Iran clash via Lebanese
"Lebanon`s Sunnis enjoy the backing of the US, the EU, Saudi Arabia, and have even Israel secretly rooting for them."
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Hawks and doves over Iran
"Overlooked ... is the fact Ahmadinejad has no control over Iran`s nuclear program and cannot control his own military. His only authority is over his cabinet."
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Strategies for Scientific Development
The goal of becoming a knowledge-based economy may be a long hard climb, but the necessary elements of industry, finance, education and legislation are in place. How these are coordinated in the future will be the key to sustainability.
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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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