Posts Tagged “diplomacy”

Wednesday was Barack Obama’s 100th day in office. Everyone else has been talking about it. Why not me? A hundred days is a pretty arbitrary number, of course. But ever since FDR used it as a marker in 1933 for taking quick action against the Depression, it’s been a convenient hook on which to hang Continue reading →

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We’re all welcoming the arrival of spring, but in the Persian world, it’s not just a change of seasons, it’s a major holiday, a new year celebration known as Nowruz. And President Obama seized that occasion today to release a public message to the people and government of Iran, focusing on the theme of new Continue reading →

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I’d been meaning for  several days to write about the Obama administration’s appointment of Charles (Chas) Freeman to the chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council. It was a praiseworthy choice that promised new perspectives on foreign intelligence and international relations… and therefore, unsurprisingly, it was controversial in certain corners. But I hadn’t gotten to it Continue reading →

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President Barack Obama. Has a nice feeling as it rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? It feels like taking a deep breath of fresh, clean air after eight years of holding your breath. This kind of enthusiasm about the inauguration of a new president is unlike anything in living memory—certainly not mine, at least, and Continue reading →

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At a time of year when most of the rest of the civilized world has been trying to observe a little peace and goodwill, the government of Israel has apparently decided this is a good time to launch “an all-out war to the bitter end” against Hamas… and thus, by extension, against the population of Continue reading →

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So, who will Barack Obama appoint to the cabinet and other key positions in his incoming administration? To stipulate something up front: nobody really knows. When Obama and his transition team are ready to make announcements, they’ll announce them. All we can do at this point is speculate. So, let’s speculate!

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Interesting news today: US prepared to accept reconciliation with Taliban The United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Bush administration would be prepared to reconcile with the Taliban if the Afghan government pursued talks to end the war. However, he says there’s no chance of any negotiations with Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda organisation. Continue reading →

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