Morning Brief, Wednesday, September 13
Iraq More sectarian violence in Baghdad. Federalism off the table, says the speaker of the Iraqi parliament. A U.S. general confirms grim Anbar analysis. Prosecutor accuses judge in Saddam trial of bias. Turks blame Iraq and the United States for the rise in Kurdish terrorism. Iran and Iraq talk. Afghanistan The secretary-general of NATO tries ...
More sectarian violence in Baghdad. Federalism off the table, says the speaker of the Iraqi parliament. A U.S. general confirms grim Anbar analysis. Prosecutor accuses judge in Saddam trial of bias. Turks blame Iraq and the United States for the rise in Kurdish terrorism. Iran and Iraq talk.
The secretary-general of NATO tries to shame recalcitrant members into coughing up desperately needed troops. But his plea falls on deaf ears.
In a savvy move designed to split the West, Iran offers to suspend enrichment as soon as talks begin: Europe seems keen to jaw-jaw. Ignatius thinks that seat-belt wearing Iran is not a mortal foe of the United States. North Korea spurns bilateral talks with America. Robert Kaplan imagines what will happen "When North Korea falls."
An Israeli court orders the release of 21 Hamas parlimentarians and ministers taken into custody after the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. The head of Israel's Northern Command resigns amid criticism of the military’' failings during the Lebanon campaign. Tom Friedman argues that the peacekeeping force in Lebanon could become a model for future missions.
In other news
Republican prospects for holding the Senate improve as Rhode Island incumbent Lincoln Chafee holds on. The good news for Dems: Screen beauty Scarlett Johansson is to campaign for the Democrats this fall.
The Gates and Rockefeller foundations plan a green revolution for Africa. America is still the top destination for foreign students, but its lead is shrinking. Brazil and India sign a big trade deal.
Pope Benedict knocks Islam for its rejection of reason and the concept of jihad. Bush thinks there's a religious revival in America. A demob happy Blair tells the Trade Unions Congress the "brutal truth," while his oldest domestic ally calls Guantanamo a "shocking affront to democracy." Hugo Chávez's Venezuela is set to supply London—the richest city in the EU—with cheap oil. And finally, yet more gossip about Condi and a male foreign minister.
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