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Egypt's diplomatic card game on the Blue Nile
No electricity flows yet from the 6,000-megawatt Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a dream of the late rebel-turned-statesman Meles Zenawi. His unilateral decision to construct it is unravelling into an equally grand hydro-political fallout with Egypt. Addis Ababa has built strong regional diplomatic support behind the GERD. For Egypt, the preamble to its new constitution echoes Herodotus: "Egypt is the gift of the Nile and the gift of Egyptians to humanity."
Suspicion over what is set (...) - Blog posts
Too big to jail?
How the mighty have fallen. Once known as "Obama's favorite general," James Cartwright will soon don a prison uniform and, thanks to a plea deal, spend 13 months behind bars. Involved in setting up the earliest military cyberforce inside U.S. Strategic Command, which he led from 2004 to 2007, Cartwright also played a role in launching the first cyberwar in history - the release of the Stuxnet virus against Iran's nuclear program. A Justice Department investigation found that, in 2012, he leaked (...) - Open page
A run for freedom
Palestine held its second annual marathon last week in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. There was not one loser in the bunch of roughly 3,000 local and international participants. Personal goals were achieved, categories of prizes awarded, and records broken. The greatest win, however, was a group effort - a win not against oneself, one another, or even a clock, but against occupation. There was no stopwatch to record this win or finishing line to mark it or trophy to honor it. The evidence (...) - Blog posts /
Iraqi elections, but where are the women?
Iraqi women have been well known for their pioneering role in Iraqi society since the 1930s. They became members of political parties (especially the Iraqi Communist Party), actresses, singers, newscasters and lawyers. Their position was boosted when the first Iraqi (and Arab) woman was appointed minister in 1959, a year after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy. In 1967 a new constitution gave women equal voting rights. Between 1980 and 2003, under the Baathist regime, there were (...) - Blog posts /
Sumqayit, an ecological Armageddon
Sumqayit, in Azerbaijan, is one of the most polluted places on earth. For more than 40 years the city was an important center for chemical production in the Soviet Union. The people living here are still suffering from the consequences. And the current Azeri regime is not doing much to clean up the mess.
When Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union, Sumqayit was one of the most important centers for heavy industry and chemical production in the socialist empire, but no measures to protect (...) - Photo essays from around the world /
Iraqis await elections with a heavy heart
On April 30, Iraqis will wake from one nightmare only for another to begin.
National elections, barely two weeks away, are likely to reinforce Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's authoritarian grip on power in Baghdad and further marginalize any opposition. Elections are not the promise of stability for which many Iraqis dream, but rather the stabilizer itself. Once over, the slow sense of entropy in Iraq may well accelerate. A Maliki victory will shatter the country's already fractious (...) - Blog posts /
Washington fights fire with fire in Libya
Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?
That's what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). "I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands," he responded by email. "I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this."
As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General (...) - Open page
How green is my valley?
In part, Mary Evangelista's bio reads as follows:
". [She] has many years' experience as a critic and curator. Her past exhibitions have included Art New Zealand, a touring exhibition of contemporary Maori and New Zealand artists, two exhibitions of contemporary Israeli Art, and Designing a Nation's Capitol exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art. As a critic, she has worked for publications including ART News, Saturday Review and Newsday."
"In 2005, New York-based critic and curator Mary (...) - Open page
AFRICOM goes to war on the sly
What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things - especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command's activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the (...) - Open page
A Plan C for Europe
Elections to the European Parliament in May will have a special significance. They will either help the EU regain public trust or let it sink further: it's a "make it or break it" game.
Europhiles want to stick to the EU because the end of European integration is likely to hamper businesses and take Europe back to old style geopoliticswith numerous destabilizing implications. They want to reform the EU, but they cannot imagine integration without it.
Eurosceptics have little trust in the (...) - Blog posts /



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