Former CIA, NSA chief Michael Hayden: Open spy programs to reassure U.S. public
The U.S. economy continues to have a hard time recovering from the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Can regional powers replace the U.S. and Europe in policing perennial trouble spots such as the Middle East and West Africa? Or are their own weaknesses going to create new problems for the West? Recent events in Turkey and Nigeria have illustrated the dilemmas involved. It has become obvious that the middle powers the West nominated as regional policemen need to improve their internal policing instead.
In an email interview, Samer Abboud, an assistant professor at Arcadia University who has researched Syria’s political economy, explained the history of sanctions against Syria and the sectors most deeply affected by them.
The trans-Atlantic relationship is in a deep crisis for one main reason: The U.S. has come to see that NATO has outlived much of its usefulness. For Washington, it’s time for both sides to define their mutual interests and values as they stand today. The Europeans, in contrast, continue to believe that the old tenets of Atlanticism can be preserved. U.S. leaders will have to tell them, unequivocally, that the old relationship is over. Only then can both sides start building a new one.
After many months of false starts, Afghan peace talks may finally begin in Doha, Qatar. But a newly published study of almost three decades of negotiations with Afghan resistance movements should remind us that the likelihood of reaching a peace deal with the Taliban remains small: Although generalizing lessons from history is always precarious, none of the past negotiations ever yielded a peace agreement.
Nawaz Sharif took over as Pakistani prime minister this month, pledging to improve relations with India and address his country's crippling energy shortage. Pakistani and Indian officials met earlier this month to discuss cross-border energy cooperation, perhaps signaling that Sharif’s new government aims to follow through on plans its predecessor spent years talking about. That would be good for both countries.
The European Union is widely considered by students of international relations to be the most successful experiment in international cooperation in human history. Yet, the Union is also the subject of increasingly vitriolic criticism by populist parties across Europe, who attack it as an elitist, undemocratic albatross. If the EU is so easy to bash, it is in part because of how quickly the benefits of European integration have become taken for granted as part of the “new normal.”
In Kuwait, where the Constitutional Court has ordered the dissolution of parliament for the second time in a year, the Cabinet decided in an emergency meeting to call parliamentary elections—the sixth set of elections in seven years.
Today’s Pakistan features not just a tussle for power between the civilian government and the military, but also an assertive judiciary. This puts Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a tough spot, as in the past he has battled both institutions. Now, in addition to solving major policy problems, one of Sharif’s major challenges will be navigating his way around a powerful military and an activist judiciary.
If there was ever a threat to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s leadership in recent months, it was annihilated in the Tokyo government elections last weekend, when not a single candidate from Abe’s Liberal Democratic party lost. But Japan’s economic and political future remains shaky at best, and the lack of any meaningful opposition to the LDP can only bode ill for the country’s longer-term prospects.
This month, there were reports that Ukraine was considering seeking arms deals with both Mexico and Turkey. In an email interview, Taras Kuzio, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an expert in Ukrainian security and politics, explained the recent history and current state of Ukraine’s arms industry.
As Zimbabwe steels itself for upcoming elections, international investors are watching political developments with interest. Excitement about economic opportunities in Zimbabwe has fueled a growing desire to explore alternatives to the political stalemate, with some risk-tolerant investors waiting in the wings for the political hurdles to be removed. But is this sense of cautious optimism justified?
One year ago this Sunday, Mohammed Morsi became president of Egypt, 18 months after revolutionary euphoria flooded Cairo’s streets. It would count as a massive understatement to call Morsi’s first year in office a disappointment. To see just how thoroughly Egyptians feel Morsi has let them down, follow events in the country this Sunday, as the country marks the anniversary with expected massive protests.
The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for an attack over the weekend that killed nine foreign mountain climbers and their local guide, calling it retribution for a U.S. drone strike last month that killed Waliur Rehman, the deputy head of the terrorist organization.
The protests that began in Istanbul and soon spread throughout Turkey have become a globally watched demonstration against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent policies. The protests will undoubtedly represent a turning point in the country’s political life. However, the past month’s events do not represent the worst-case scenario for Turkish democracy that many have made them out to be.
U.S. should tread lightly on Iran
By: Matthew Duss and Lawrence Korb
June 28, 2013
Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association, on the Senate's Passing of Immigration Reform Bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) commends and applauds the United States Senate for its bipartisan efforts in passing immigration reform legislation today, demonstrating that our elected officials stand capable of exhibiting prophetic courage by reconciling conviction with compassion.CONTACT: To arrange an interview with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, please contact Kristin Cole or Larry Ross at 972.267.1111 (Kristin@alarryross.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Engaging a biblical narrative as a metaphor, as a result of this historic vote, the immigration cause no longer resides in the Egypt of political apathy or the desert of inevitable deportation. Today, 11 million people stepped into the Jordan called reform; just a few steps away lies a land full of secured borders, families, communities and above all, our most cherished values.
Now the question arises, can the House of Representatives demonstrate similar courage? Can the House repudiate pathetic political expediency and engage in prophetic legislative deliberation?
On behalf of the more than 40,100 NHCLC member churches and millions of God-fearing, family-loving Hispanic Americans, we call upon the members of the House to finish the work their Congressional colleagues started. As Evangelicals, born-again believers, and the spiritual heirs to the combined mantles of Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we affirm our conviction that now is the time to reconcile border security with the security of our values, which include faith and family.
At the end of the day, passing immigration reform is not about advancing the agenda of the donkey or the elephant, but rather about living out the agenda of the Lamb.
The NHCLC is the largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches. Seeking to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march of prophetic activism, the NHCLC emphasizes "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org .
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