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Downward Spiral

Downward Spiral | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Europe entered the year with an acute emergency in the periphery of the eurozone, the European Union's elite 17-member club that shares a common currency. Misdiagnoses and inadequate policy responses allowed the contamination to travel sequentially from the outer reaches of the zone (Greece, Ireland, and Portugal) toward its inner core.

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OSCE: US to Push for Rapid-Reaction Diplomacy in Central Asia

OSCE: US to Push for Rapid-Reaction Diplomacy in Central Asia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
US and European Union diplomats will be looking to reinvigorate the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe when a Ministerial Council meeting convenes in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 6...
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Clinton trip to Burma: a contest to define power in Asia

Burma's regime seeks distance from China by welcoming a Clinton visit. And the US can help bring freedom to Burma (Myanmar), but it must better understand legitimacy in this Buddhist society.
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China’s Latest Bid To Flex Its Regional Muscle And Intimidate Tibet

China’s Latest Bid To Flex Its Regional Muscle And Intimidate Tibet | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Kathmandu—After four prime ministers in four years, Nepal might finally be entering a period of stability. On November 1, Nepalese politicians reached a deal on demobilizing nearly 20,000 Maoist fighters who have been in limbo since a 2006 peace agreement ended the ten year insurgency. A second priority, drafting a constitution, may now also be within reach thanks to a compromise on power sharing among the major political parties.

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Erdogan's Moment

Erdogan's Moment | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Red carpets, honor guards and gun salutes are for garden-variety visiting politicians and monarchs: for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cairo put on the kind of reception usually reserved for rock stars. Turkey's Prime Minister was greeted at the airport by thousands of cheering fans, many holding aloft posters of their hero. Fusillades of flashbulbs turned night into day.

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Analysis: US overtures may lure Myanmar from China

Analysis: US overtures may lure Myanmar from China | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first visit to Myanmar in a half-century by the top U.S. diplomat opens a door for that nation's military-dominated government to reduce its international isolation and dependence on a staunch but mistrusted ally: China.

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The Globalization of Protest

The Globalization of Protest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

NEW YORK – The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across America. Globalization and modern technology now enables social movements to transcend borders as rapidly as ideas can. And social protest has found fertile ground everywhere: a sense that the “system” has failed, and the conviction that even in a democracy, the electoral process will not set things right – at least not without strong pressure from the street.

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The End of the Innocents

The End of the Innocents | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

By the time Jim Thompson reached his cramped corner of the temporary U.S. legation in Thailand each morning in 1946, a small crowd had already formed waiting to see him. In the soupy, humid air, they squatted on their haunches, chewing sour mango slices and dried pork skins, waiting for their savior, the best-connected intelligence man in Indochina, a man unaware that he would soon be among the last of a dying breed -- a lone idealist in an increasingly power-hungry, militarized CIA that would never be the same again.

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A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine

A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Eclipsed: U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
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Why Syria and Iran are becoming Turkey’s enemies, again

Why Syria and Iran are becoming Turkey’s enemies, again | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Soner Cagaptay is a Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is the co-author, with Scott Carpenter, of Regenerating the U.S.-Turkey Partnership.
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The new interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war.

The new interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The future face of American warfare is very likely on display now in Africa.
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India and China, the new Great Game

India and China, the new Great Game | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions are rising between the two giant Asian neighbours in what looks increasingly like a new great game - with the US and other powers upping their stakes, says the BBC's Andrew North.
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Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast

Analysis: Cold War with Iran heats up across Mideast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Worries of Israel striking Iran might or might not be overblown but across the region the largely hidden cold war between Tehran and its enemies is escalating fast, bringing with it...
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Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference

Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Three Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters, Russian wire services reported on Tuesday.
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Sinai: The New Frontier of Conflict?

On November 16, 2011, Ehud Yaari and Normand St. Pierre addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mr. Yaari is a Lafer international fellow with the Institute and a Middle East commentator for Israel's Channel Two television. Col. St. Pierre, a thirty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army, retired recently after completing service as the Egypt representative of the director-general of the U.S.-led Multinational Force and Observers. The following is a rapporteur's summary of their remarks.

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Africa Wants to Be Europe Without the Currency

While the euro zone convulses, several regional trading blocs in Africa are pushing for closer integration. But Africa is backing away from one prominent aspect of Europe's economic union: a common currency.
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China's 'Third Affliction'

China's 'Third Affliction' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With its latest edict on culture, the Chinese Communist Party is trying to influence global public opinion in its favor, but the move will only highlight China's political injustices.
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Dormant power revival

Dormant power revival | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ON A clear day in 2006 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, took a leisurely drive along the Turkish-Syrian border with Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, at the wheel.
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South China Sea tensions rattle China's neighbours

South China Sea tensions rattle China's neighbours | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
China rattles its neighbours across Asia with increasingly assertive demands to disputed waters in the South China Sea, writes the BBC's Charles Scanlon.
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Erdogan’s Turkey: strategic partner or liability for regional peace?

Turkey had been everyone’s friend as long as its foreign policy was driven by business and economic interest. Over the last couple of years, however, its ‘zero problems’ strategy has become more rhetoric than reality.

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E-Notes: Sovereignty Or Submission: Liberal Democracy or Global Governance? - FPRI

The concept of "global governance" is in the air.
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Democracy in revolution: the Mediterranean moment

By showing us the possibility of democracy in revolution, they have ignited a revolution in democracy, one that is redefining the meaning of both terms.

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