February 4, 2013 • 4:33 am
The so called “Arab Spring” seems to be turning into the “Democratic Quagmire” as the popular elections lead to discontent, factions and public frustration as the aftermath of destabilizing revolutions give way to hart times in the Middle East. The London Economist Magazine, ever the vigilant and sobering watchdog, gives us a glimpse on what is happening on the ground and the political currents that move the streets.
“WITH angry crowds across the nation baying against him, Egypt’s president wagged his finger at the people in a late-night televised speech. He declared a curfew for some cities, he called for support for the police, he deployed the army to the streets. Seemingly as an afterthought, he added a conciliatory call for …”
MORE via Egypt: To the barricades, again | The Economist.
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October 23, 2012 • 2:04 am
The PEW foundation reports that it’s polling research demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of Americans support the immediate removal of troops from Afghanistan … The Romney campaign insists on building the military in antiquated ways that do not match today’s modern military and geopolitical needs.
According to PEW:
“Six-in-ten Americans (60%) say U.S. troops should be removed from Afghanistan as soon as possible, unchanged from the percentage that said this in April. Just 35% currently say troops should remain in the …”
More via Daily Number: Majority Support Quick Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan – Pew Research Center.
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October 20, 2012 • 11:59 pm
The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch …
More via U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks – NYTimes.com.
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October 16, 2012 • 4:31 am
IF MITT ROMNEY’S latest foreign-policy speech, delivered to the Virginia Military Institute on October 8th amid much build-up from campaign aides, was a barnburner, it would …
More via Mitt Romney’s foreign policy: Wishful thinking | The Economist.
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