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Syria: no peace, no plan | Editorial, The Guardian

As sectarian violence deepens, Russia and China must enforce the Annan plan in order to avoid a long and bloody civil war Editorial Two massacres have now taken place since Kofi Annan launched his peace plan, a six point ceasefire plan which the UN envoy had to admit yesterday was not being implemented. All the indications point to the slaughter ...

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North Korea: damp squib | Editorial, The Guardian

Instead of launching a satellite that was supposed to beam the song of General Kim Il-sung from space, the missile launched by North Korea on Friday lasted less than two minutes before exploding in 20 pieces and falling into the Yellow Sea. Rod Stewart’s I Am Sailing would have been a safer bet to take on board. The question on ...

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Thinking the Unthinkable on Iran | The Nation

By Jonathan Schell, a member of the Promoting Enduring Peace advisory committee: The question of what to do about Iran’s nuclear program is a policy riddle of the first order for the United States and the world. It also signals a turning point in the nuclear story, requiring fresh thinking about the recent evolution of nuclear danger, about the strategies ...

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War Tax at the Gas Pump | Counterpunch

It’s hard to miss the higher cost of gas every time we fill up our cars these days, but the News Media doesn’t do a very good job of explaining why. There isn’t any mystery, though, if you read the financial press and oil industry sources: We’re paying extra for gas because of rising tensions in the Middle East and ...

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Don’t let Iran be a second Iraq | TheHill.com

Just as with the lead-up to the Iraq War, the pathway to war with Iran will be paved with false assertions, self-fulfilling saber rattling and political weakness that might seem insignificant now, but will in retrospect turn out to be disastrous. As nearly every current and former U.S. military and intelligence official has warned, war with Iran would not just ...

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Diplomacy may yet break Syria’s deadlock, and avoid a military crisis | Abdel Bari Atwan, The Guardian

Two weeks ago I met the Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu and we talked about the efficacy of the high-powered Friends of Syria gatherings – the latest of which took place in Tunis last weekend – in finding a solution to the present crisis, compared with that of the Friends of Libya. Davutoglu pointed out that the Friends of Libya ...

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