Commentaries

Options for Ukraine

The Ukraine should seriously consider the option of working with all parties involved in its current crisis--including the European Union, Russia, and the United States--in taking possible steps toward its nonviolent dismemberment in a manner acceptable to its variegated population.

Elections without Democracy

Except for the lack of congressional resistance, the situation in the Israeli-occupied territories mirrors that of apartheid South Africa. Palestinians are being forced, either by choice or fate, to agree to "acceptable" candidates for elections to offices that will have only as much power as the Israeli government, underwritten by the Bush administration, grants.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 it has become a commonplace that religious extremism, particularly of the Muslim kind, lies at the heart of the problems that seemingly condemn the Muslim majority world to political and social backwardness, economic stagnation, and cultural oppressiveness.
The recent South Asian tsunami’s devastation has already claimed at least 144,000 lives, caused countless injuries and wiped out entire villages. Concern now turns to the escalating death count caused by the spread of disease.

Postpone Iraq’s Elections

Elections are needed, but the timing is wrong, with the insurgency growing with every passing moment and Iraqis bracing themselves for the worst.

Peace Accord in Sudan

In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars.

Neoconservatives Adrift?

Jubilant over President George W. Bush maintaining his position for another four years, neoconservatives who played a leading role in shaping the radical trajectory of U.S. foreign policy after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks appear increasingly divided on key issues and uncertain of their position in Bush's second term.
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