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Poll shows EU resistance on Afghan war: FT
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Poll shows EU resistance on Afghan war: FT

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

From Financial Times By James Blitz in London Published: January 19 2009 23:51 | Last updated: January 19 2009 23:51 Any attempt by Barack Obama to get European Union members of Nato to send more troops to Afghanistan will be strongly rebuffed by EU voters, according to a new opinion poll for the Financial Times. As Mr Obama prepares to be sworn in as US president on Tuesday, a Harris poll for the FT shows that clear majorities of...

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David Miliband: Bush’s War on Terror was misleading and mistaken

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

Mumbai, Jan. 15, 2009 From Times Online David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, bid an acrimonious adieu to George W Bush today, branding the outgoing President’s War on Terror a “misleading and mistaken” doctrine that had united extremists against the West. Speaking in Mumbai, Mr Miliband said that the idea of a War on Terror gave a false notion “of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure...

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U.S. Construction in Afghanistan Sign of Long Commitment

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer The Army is building $1.1 billion worth of military bases and other facilities in Afghanistan and is planning to start an additional $1.3 billion in projects this year, according to Col. Thomas E. O’Donovan, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan District. Massive construction of barracks, training areas, headquarters, warehouses and airfields for use by U.S. and...

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We’re Borrowing Like Mad. Can the U.S. Pay It Back?

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

From Washington Post  By Greg Ip Sunday, January 11, 2009; B01 In its battle against the financial crisis, the U.S. government has extended its full faith and credit to an ever-growing swath of the private sector: first homeowners, then banks, now car companies. Soon, President-elect Barack Obama will put the government credit card to work with a massive fiscal boost for the economy. Necessary as these steps are, they raise a worry of...

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Washington not able to impose it views: say France and Germany

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

Reuters, Thu Jan 8, 2009 5:55pm GMT (Recasts, adding quotes, Bos, Kroes) By Anna Willard and Francois Murphy PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – France and Germany said on Thursday Washington was no longer able to impose its views on other major powers and they hoped incoming U.S. President Barack Obama would listen to them at a summit on overhauling the financial system. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

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The Worst Pakistan Nightmare for Obama

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

The New York Times  By DAVID E. SANGER TO GET TO THE HEADQUARTERS of the Strategic Plans Division, the branch of the Pakistani government charged with keeping the country’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons away from insurgents trying to overrun the country, you must drive down a rutted, debris-strewn road at the edge of the Islamabad airport, dodging stray dogs and piles of uncollected garbage. Just past a small traffic circle, a...

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Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction : From The Nation, New York

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

By Naomi Klein January 7, 2009 It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa. In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called on “people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment...

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Molten lead

Posted on Jan 6, 2009

The following article from today’s Daily Times should be read carefully to understand why Islamic Militancy serves the policy objectives of the US establishment. This is a subject that has been discussed a lot by experts like Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Fisk but is hardly covered by Pakistan’s media. By Uri Avnery  Uri Avnery is an Israeli peace activist who has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. He...

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Attacks Further Split Arab Rulers, People

Posted on Jan 4, 2009

Leaders Assailed Over Censure of Hamas By Anthony Shadid Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, January 4, 2009; A15 BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 — “War on Gaza” was the description the satellite channel al-Jazeera gave for the Israeli ground invasion that began Saturday, a culmination of eight days of bombing that have killed hundreds of Palestinians in the crowded seaside strip. But across the Arab world, the struggle was as...

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The Great Crash, 2008

Posted on Jan 3, 2009

A Geopolitical Setback for the West By Roger C. Altman From Foreign Affairs , January/February 2009 Summary: The financial crisis has called into serious question the credibility of western governments and may precipitate an eastward shift of power. ROGER C. ALTMAN is Chair and CEO of Evercore Partners. He was U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary in 1993-94. The financial and economic crash of 2008, the worst in over 75 years, is a major...

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Who Broke Global Finance, and Who Should Pay for It?

Posted on Jan 3, 2009

Book Review: The Making of a Mess Fixing Global Finance . Martin Wolf . London : Johns Hopkins University Press , 2008 , 230 pp. 24.95 .   By Harold James From Foreign Affairs , January/February 2009 Summary: The current economic crisis may have one winner: the Chinese financial model, which — together with the IMF — holds the keys to fixing the problem. HAROLD JAMES is Professor of History and International Affairs at the...

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Afghanistan and Pakistan take center stage in 2009

Posted on Jan 1, 2009

Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan. The Christian Science Monitor , from the January 2, 2009 edition Kabul, Afghanistan – At times in 2008 Afghanistan eclipsed Iraq in levels of violence, and international attention is returning to the country for the first time since 2001. With the Obama administration planning a massive...

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Pakistan’s Probe Finds Local Links To Attacks On Mumbai
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Pakistan’s Probe Finds Local Links To Attacks On Mumbai

Posted on Jan 1, 2009

Note: This story was strongly denied The Wall Street Journal Dec. 31, 2008  By ZAHID HUSSAIN, MATTHEW ROSENBERG and PETER WONACOTT ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s own investigation of terror attacks in Mumbai has begun to show substantive links between the 10 gunmen and an Islamic militant group that its powerful spy agency spent years supporting, say people with knowledge of the probe. At least one top leader of militant group...

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