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TO THE SUICIDE BOMBERS
Jerusalem went six
weeks in relative peace. It was too good to last. (BBC, Tuesday July 30,
DO YOU STOP A PALESTINIAN H- BOMB?
Luft, a former lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Defense Force, argues
that continued dependence on escalating violence against Arabs by the
IDF will not stop the suicide bombings. It makes more sense to steer the
Palestinians towards other options. By Gal Luft (Foreign Affairs, July-August
ARAFAT EVER REALLY WANT PEACE?
doubt it," says Dennis Ross, the former top U.S. negotiator in the
region. Now head of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ross
analyzes recent Mideast developments. By Dennis Ross in Foreign Policy
Magazine's July-August issue.
Powell's trip through Asia might have more impact if the preponderant
source of influence in shaping U.S. policy hadn't shifted to the Pentagon.
Powell's dilemma is that the more he does, the more he strengthens the
factions trying to steal power away from Foggy Bottom. By John Gershman
(Foreign Policy in Focus, July 26, 2002)
Press Briefing enroute to Asia
(State Dept. 07/30/02)
THE REST OF THE WORLD TO SIGN OFF ON AN AMERICAN VISION
Haas, Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, notes:
"In the twenty-first century, the principal aim of American foreign
policy is to integrate other countries and organizations into arrangements
that will sustain a world consistent with U.S. interests and values, and
thereby promote peace, prosperity, and justice as widely as possible."
Not everyone agrees. By Christopher Sands (Center for Strategic and International
Studies, July 2002).
Haas's speech in April 2002 to the Foreign Policy Association.
THE YELLOW PERIL?
and the U.S. share an interest in fighting terrorism, but Washington's
so-called "Blue Team" of policy advocates seems more concerned
about competition than collaboration. ByJim Lobe and Tom Barry (Foreign
policy in Focus, July 12, 2002)
NATIONS SUSPENDS OPERATIONS IN CHECHNYA AFTER KIDNAPPING
Moscow's claims to have brought the breakaway republic of Chechnya under
control, the violence there is escalating. The U.N. has suspended its
aid operations following the recent kidnapping of Nina Davydovich, 56,
the manager of Druzhba, an NGO financed by the Salvation Army. Davydovich
was specifically targeted and kidnapped in a Russian controlled zone of
chechnya where Chechen rebels have never been active. NGOs in the area
see the attack as an effort by the Russians to get foreign observers to
leave the region so that they can eliminate the remaining chechen resistance
without international interference. (Moscow Times, July 30, 2002)
RIGHTS GROUPS GIVE UP ON DIALOGUE WITH RUSSIANS OVER CHECHNYA
Human rights groups
have suspended meetings with the Russian military to discuss protection
for Chechen civilians, saying there is no point in continuing. Staff members
of one human rights group returned to their offices in Grozny recently
to find Russian troops had broken down the front door and were trashing
the reception area. By Timur Aliev in Nazran, Ingushetia (Institute for
War & Peace Reporting, 26 July, 2002)
JAILS SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR SAAD IBRAHIM AGAIN
After a brief taste
of freedom, Saadeddin Ibrahim, a political sociologist who is one of the
stars at the American University in Cairo, has been sentenced again to
seven years in prison. Ibrahim's crime, officially, was to have received
$280,000 in grant money from the European Union to fund a program to increase
voter awareness. By Khaled Dawoud
(Al Ahram 25-31 July 2002)
THIS THE TIME TO SELL AN ANTI- BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM TO INDIA?
and Pakistan have their own version of a small scale MAD (Mutual Assured
Destruction) stand-off. That precarious balance may end if Israel goes
ahead with a plan to sell its Arrow theater anti-ballistic missile system
to India. The deal needs approval from Washington since Israel employed
American technology. (Council for a Livable World, July 26, 2002)
TERM OUTLOOK LEAVES AFGHANISTAN'S FUTURE IN DOUBT
recent Loya Jirga was successful as far as it went, but it may not have
gone far enough. A comprehensive report by the International Crisis Group
points out that the transitional government still faces serious dangers,
and a more serious investment will be required from the West. (ICG, July
ALCYONEUS STRATEGY AGAINST AL QAEDA
best place to find a coherent strategy against a distributed transnational
terrorist network may be found in the ancient Greek myths. Heracles' battle
against Antaeus is just one example. His struggle against Alcyoneus is
(Project on Defense Alternatives, June 25, 2002)
NEAR MISS IN OHIO
When the David-Besse
Pressure-Water nuclear reactor went offline for routine maintenance last
February, no one expected to find anything amiss. Luckily inspectors looked
a bit further this time. They found that leaking boric acid had carved
a 4x7-inch hole through the 6-inch carbon steel in the reactor's head
containment vessel. 35 to 40 lbs of steel had been eaten away. A thin
sheet of stainless steel cladding--the only protective shield remaining--had
already begun to bulge under pressure from the radioactive coolant. What
has the experts particularly worried is that the corrosion developed over
a period of several years, but still went undetected by regular inspections
carried out by the plant's operator, FirstEnergy Corp. By Catherine Auer
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, July-August 2002)
THE DEVELOPING WORLD ACTUALLY DEVELOPING?
third world economies are regressing. Take Uganda, Malawi or Ethiopia,
where life expectancy is now under 45, or India where more than half the
children are undernourished. Benjamin M. Friedman reviews Joseph Stiglitz'
"Globalization and its Discontents" (New York Review of Books,
August 15, 2002)
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