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Wanted: A Few Good Triumphalistsbklunk

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:48:23 +0000

Hello, I’ve been away for awhile attending to pleasant summer activities. But I’m back now. This piece in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. Beware editorialists decrying “moral equivalence.”  I’m under no illusions about the subtlety of Bush administration public diplomacy, mistaking as it does public relations for public diplomacy.  What is suggested here, […](image)

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Pacific Mascot Reconsiders Plans for Asian Tourbklunk

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 05:27:00 +0000

Tigers, or how China will treat them, has become an interesting point of friction between China and its neighbors like India. PowerCat, beware. The Hindu News Update Service New Delhi, June 22 (PTI): A senior government official on Thursday sharply reacted to China’s reported plans to review its 14-year-old ban on trade in bones from […](image)

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A Difficult Observancebklunk

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 05:12:01 +0000

World Refugee Day is June 20. War and refugees go together like omelets and broken eggs. Refugees are supposed to be protected under international law, but that depends on (a) international institutions having sufficient resources to respond and (b) states being willing to provide asylum for refugees. BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Refugees’ fate […](image)

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Just An Oversight I’m Surebklunk

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 03:39:49 +0000

What the People’s Daily fails to mention is that China insisted on rules that would make it more difficult for the UNHRC to single out a specific country for criticism. People’s Daily Online — UN human rights watchdog formally adopts new working rules The UN Human Rights Council formally adopted new working rules on Tuesday […](image)

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If You Really Want to Helpbklunk

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 21:03:21 +0000

Here is an interesting plea for MORE military intervention in the Global South. If rich countries are to take the “Responsibility to Protect” seriously, they may have to consider argument’s like Kristof’s.  Better find some more puppies. Africa’s World War – New York Times One essential kind of help that the West can provide — […](image)

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Time Waits For No Onebklunk

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 04:23:19 +0000

Well, it has only been 28 years since the Vietnamese invasion that brought down the Khmer Rouge. It is hard to think of a country as devastated by war and violence as Cambodia. The extent of international support required for Cambodia to get this far has been remarkable. JURIST – Paper Chase: Khmer Rouge tribunal […](image)

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Number Four With a Bulletbklunk

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 15:53:09 +0000

Despite all our talk about the democratic peace, the benefits of globalization, and the replacement of the war-making state with the trading state, states still seem to think that maintaining expensive military forces is worthwhile. Go figure! China becomes Asia’s biggest military spender – Turkish Daily News Jun 12, 2007 China overtook Japan as Asia’s […](image)

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Anti-Social Networkingbklunk

Mon, 11 Jun 2007 20:28:53 +0000

Apparently YouTube opens up whole new possibilities for international misunderstanding. Turkey-Greece relations sour on the Internet – Turkish Daily News Jun 11, 2007 While bilateral trade sparks hope for the easing of tensions between Turkey and Greece, the skies over the Aegean Sea are witness to something contradictory. Few months ago a video on Youtube […](image)

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On Second Thoughtbklunk

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 04:57:13 +0000

First things first. Once upon a time Sheryl Gay Stolberg was my student. Okay, now that I’m finished bragging, Putin’s offer should keep the inter-agency process churning until a new president is elected. Putin Presents Bush With Plan on Missile Shield – New York Times After months of angrily rejecting a White House plan for […](image)

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Happy World Environment Daybklunk

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 15:49:08 +0000

There are many ways to slice this news: who will gain and who will lose from environmental change? who will be best able to adapt to changing conditions? what kind of cooperation will be needed or possible to mitigate the impact of climate changes? UN: Global Warming Will Change the Lives of Millions TROMSO, Norway, […](image)

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