Morning Brief, Wednesday, September 6
Mexican elections Felipe Calderon is named president-elect by the main electoral tribunal in Mexico, but his opponent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost by less than 1 percent, vows to continue his campaign of civil disobedience and refuses to recognize the results. So how to negotiate out of the ensuing social and political mess? Some ...
Having the name Omar or Ali in Iraq can kill you. The sectarian fighting continues to drive Iraqis to change their names in order to protect them from death squads.
And in a must-read, Ali Fadhil, an Iraqi journalist, warns of the worsening environment for press in his country.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Don Oberdorfer (who spoke recently with FP about missile tests and Kim Jong Il’s questionable sanity) and Donald Gregg argue that sanctions against North Korea won’t weaken the regime or bring them to the table – but could drive Kim to test a nuke.
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