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Confronting Terror in Open Society

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Confronting Terror in Open Society

Gordon Brown faced a trial by fire in his first week as Britain’s prime minister. Two days after his tenure began, Brown found himself beset by terrorism, first with the discovery of two car bombs (BBC) in central London, then later with a failed assault (Scotsman) on Glasgow’s airport. The incidents, detailed in this Telegraph timeline, draw attention to Britain’s terror response network, and more generally to how free societies interact with their Muslim citizens.


By CFR, USA.


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Mexico Tackles Reforms

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Mexico Tackles Reforms

The congressional brawls that preceded Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s inauguration did not bode well for his relationship with lawmakers or their constituents. Six months into his term, he seems to have won the respect of both. According to Mexico’s Reforma newspaper, Calderon’s approval rating in June was a strong 65 percent, up from 58 percent in March. Not bad for a man who squeaked into office by less than 1 percent of the vote over leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a disputed poll that left the country deeply divided.


By CFR, USA.


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Seeking Traction, Democrats Turn to Energy

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Seeking Traction, Democrats Turn to Energy

The new Democratic majority in Congress began its tenure pushing an ambitious agenda including everything from immigration to climate change to pulling out of Iraq. But, as the New York Times noted recently, “Congressional Democrats headed home for their Memorial Day recess with only a few signature accomplishments on the domestic front.” More notable so far are the retreats. Democrats backed off (CNN) an attempt to force a timetable for Iraq troop withdrawal, and failed to pass (ChiTrib) a controversial bill on immigration.


By CFR, USA.


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Pying-Pyong Diplomacy

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Pying-Pyong Diplomacy

The Bush administration’s policy of no direct talks with Pyongyang is no more. Christopher R. Hill, the chief U.S. envoy in North Korean denuclearization talks, made a surprise visit (KTimes) to the isolated country Thursday. With this trip, Hill aimed to breathe life into a February denuclearization deal that gave Pyongyang sixty days to shut down its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and allow inspectors to return to the country. In exchange, Pyongyang would receive desperately needed food and energy supplies from members of the Six-Party Talks. But the April deadline came and went with Pyongyang refusing to hold up its part of the bargain until it received $25 million in funds, which the United States says were connected to North Korean counterfeiting and money laundering, frozen in a Macao bank. After meetings in Pyongyang, Hill said North Korean officials were prepared to move past the funds issue and shut down Yongbyon (BBC).


By CFR, USA.


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