Archive: May 28, 2006 - June 03, 2006

Rice's Big Move

Condoleezza Rice "calls Iran's bluff," headlines the Guardian's Simon Tisdall. This week's news that the U.S. will offer to negotiate with Iran directly over its nuclear program has thrust the U.S. Secretary of State into the full international limelight. But does her growing influence indicate a shift in strategy in the Bush White House?

By Jefferson Morley | June 1, 2006; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (55)

Egypt Protests Test U.S. Democracy Campaign

The Bush administration's campaign for democracy in the Arab world is facing its toughest test yet in Egypt, according to international online commentators. Three hundred Egyptian judges staged a silent protest last week against the government over interference in the judiciary. The country's best known blogger, Alaa Abd El-Fatah, was arrested earlier this month together with other activists engaged in a peaceful demonstration (the blog he co-authors with his wife, Manal Hassan, continues with message posts smuggled out of prison). Meanwhile, Ayman Nour, a liberal who finished second in last year's presidential election, was sentenced to a five-year jail term on disputed charges of forgery.

By Jefferson Morley | June 1, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (5)

Chomsky at Home Abroad

Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist and fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy, does not get much coverage in the U.S. online media. But overseas, his utterances on war and peace regularly make headlines, for better or for worse.

By Jefferson Morley | May 31, 2006; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (63)

Are British Soldiers Deserting Iraq?

The British government finds itself on the defense following a BBC report from this weekend that more than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted since the start of the Iraq war. With Iraq still engulfed in violence and...

By Jefferson Morley | May 31, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (27)

Migration Moves Into Mexico's Presidential Race

As immigration reform progresses in Washington ahead of the 2006 mid-term elections, the issue of how Mexicans, legal and illegal, are treated in America is becoming an issue in Mexico's political arena as well. While the issue isn't as divisive...

By Jefferson Morley | May 30, 2006; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mexico as Mere Spectator?

As a House-Senate conference committee begins its effort to reconcile two different immigration reform bills in Washington, Mexico finds itself a mere spectator to a story that will profoundly affect its economy and the lives of millions of its people....

By Jefferson Morley | May 30, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (29)

 

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