Monday, January 28, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- January 28, 2013

In Liberated Timbuktu, New Rains Begin To Wash Away Harsh Rule Of Rebels -- John Thorne, Christian Science Monitor

After months of blasphemy laws, destruction of precious monuments, and brutal punishments, locals dance at arrival of French and nature's cloudbursts.

In Timbuktu, rains out of season are a portent of hope. Rain fell unexpectedly here today in a gentle spatter on streets and houses, and on the French and Malian soldiers who drove through town and the crowds who turned out to applaud them.

“Today, to see this, I feel joy, joy,” says Adaraoui Maiga, Timbuktu’s acting mayor, who joined the procession. For the first time in nearly a year, he wore an official sash striped green, yellow, and red after the Malian flag.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

In N. Africa terror battle, U.S. should lead from way behind -- Blake Hounshell, Special to CNN

A Tale of Two Islamisms -- Hannah Armstrong, New York Times

Is Iran´s mystery nuclear explosion too good to be true? -- Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

Iraqi Sunnistan? Why Separatism Could Rip the Country Apart—Again -- Emma Sky and Harith al-Qarawee, Foreign Relations

Why sticks don't work with North Korea
-- Charles Armstrong, Special to CNN

The Cloud Over China -- Steve Chapman, Real Clear Politics

China Demands U.S. Taxpayers Clean Up Its Air -- Gordon G. Chang, Forbes

Is China Next To Suffer A Debt Crisis?
-- Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Egypt: Turning social justice into a reality
-- Adel Safty, Special to Gulf News

Egypt's Mursi and Opposition Are Risking Military Rule -- Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Analysis: Is Egypt facing another revolution? -- Ariel Ben Solomon, Jerusalem Post

Wanting Egypt to Fail -- Steven A. Cook, Council On Foreign Relations

Hope, and Lessons, in Somalia -- New York Times editorial

Britain's Economy Is a Disaster and Nobody Is Entirely Sure Why -- Matthew O'Brien, The Atlantic

Obama Buries the Reset
-- Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

How to prevent the next Benghazi
-- James Jeffrey, Washington Post

Omar Abdel Rahman: The push to free the imprisoned Islamist extremist -- Colum Lynch and Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post

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