Archive: December 11, 2005 - December 17, 2005

Tale of Two (Women) Leaders

Voters in Liberia and Chile have said they are ready for a woman president. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former finance minister, was elected president of Liberia in a hotly contested vote on November 8 that will be decided in court...

By Jefferson Morley | December 15, 2005; 6:14 PM ET | Email a Comment

Why Arabs Don't Condemn Ahmadinejad

"International condemnation has greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent comments that the Nazi Holocaust was 'a myth'," reports the BBC. But the indignation has distinct geographic limits, notes retired Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar in the Asia Times. "What is...

By Jefferson Morley | December 15, 2005; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (33)

Bitter in Baghdad

Along with the hopefulness expressed by Iraqis on the eve of national elections, there's a current of hostility toward the United States. Nowhere is this attitude expressed more often or more pointedly than in Azzaman, a leading newspaper in Baghdad,...

By Jefferson Morley | December 14, 2005; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (21)

Iraq: Varieties of Optimism

Iraq's parliamentary elections are inspiring hope among online commentators in neighboring countries -- but for very different reasons.  Here are very different answers to what the elections will bring from four observers: Iran News: Real Democracy "The long and hard...

By Jefferson Morley | December 14, 2005; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (9)

Iraqi Optimism Not Necessarily Benefiting U.S.

Is optimism among Iraqis a victory for the United States? While two BBC analysts differ over the meaning of a new survey of Iraqis, another media sponsor of the poll, Germany's Spiegel Online, offered this take: While the United States...

By Jefferson Morley | December 13, 2005; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (13)

BBC Pundits Diverge on Iraqi Poll

Does an opinion poll sponsored by a handful of international media organizations vindicate President George W. Bush's Iraq policies? Two BBC correspondents have very different views. The poll, says a BBC news report, "suggests Iraqis are generally optimistic about their...

By Jefferson Morley | December 13, 2005; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Anti-Syrian Editor Assassinated in Lebanon

The dangerous profession of journalism in Lebanon turned deadly Monday morning when Gebran Tueni, general manager of An Nahar, a leading Beirut newspaper, was killed by a car bomb. His colleagues at the paper's Web site, Naharnet, are reporting the...

By Jefferson Morley | December 12, 2005; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

 

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