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Israel/Occupied PalestinianTerritories: Cutting vital supplies to Gaza would amount to collective pu

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Israel/Occupied PalestinianTerritories: Cutting vital supplies to Gaza would amount to collective punishment

Israeli government ministers are reported to have stated that they are considering cutting off water and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip in response to the launching of home-made "qassam" rockets by Palestinian armed groups from Gaza into Israel.


By Amnesty International,USA.


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Rethinking Terror Lists

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Rethinking Terror Lists

Terror lists are very much in vogue. Long the province of the U.S. State Department, which annually releases its Country Reports on Terrorism, the business of indexing terror organizations and “sponsor” states has diversified, with assorted think tanks and for-profit firms releasing their own, sometimes politically-colored rosters (WSJ.com). Now the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adds its brush to this canvas, crafting a blacklist of companies that report dealings with “state sponsors” of terrorism in their annual filings to the commission. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox says the project aims to protect investors from “indirectly subsidizing a terrorist state” (AP). But the list prompts outrage from companies and stirs debate more generally on the wisdom of releasing terror lists, given the potentially radioactive diplomatic consequences they tend to provoke.


By CFR, USA.


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Surge Faltering, Iraq’s Future Again at Issue

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Surge Faltering, Iraq’s Future Again at Issue

U.S. military analysts say the purpose of the Iraq “surge” is to buy time to allow the country’s political process to go forward. But signs are emerging that the surge, which reached its peak of 150,000 forces earlier this month, has failed to pacify parts of Baghdad and its surrounding “belts.” Gen. David Petraeus urges more time for the strategy, possibly until next spring (CSMonitor). He has a date with Congress in September to present a progress report.


By CFR, USA.


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The Taliban's Alleged Iran Connection

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The Taliban's Alleged Iran Connection

Afghan President Hamid Karzai brushed off a recent assassination attempt (al-Jazeera) by rather nonchalantly gesturing to those gathered before him to sit down so he could continue his speech, despite the nearby barrage of rockets. One week later, a bomb set off in central Kabul killed twenty-four (NYT), making it one of the country's worst suicide attacks since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. Lionel Beehner


By CFR, USA.


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