Friday, March 8, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- March 8, 2013

Venezuela Faces Difficult Times -- Spiegel Online

Venezuela is mourning the passing of President Hugo Chávez this week, but what does the future hold for the country? German commentators say it would do well to avoid another charismatic autocrat like Chávez.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans marched through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday, following the hearse carrying their deceased leader, President Hugo Chávez. The death of the socialist leader has turned the world's attention to the South American country, with observers pondering which political direction the country will now take.

Chávez died Tuesday at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer. His body is lying in state at a military academy in Caracas until Friday, when a state funeral is planned.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Chavez’s Death A Huge Opportunity -- If Venezuelans Can Seize It
-- Lawrence J. Haas, International Business Times

After Chávez, a Chance to Rethink Relations With Cuba -- Robert E. White, New York Times

Inclusive peace plan best option for Syria -- Gulf News

Syria's rebel own goal -- Daily Star

John Kerry Roasts Turkey -- Lee Smith, The Tablet

Israel's Dreaded Tipping Point Has Finally Arrived
-- S. Daniel Abraham, The Atlantic

The U.S. can’t afford a Chinese economic collapse
-- Zachary Karabell, Reuters

North Korea steps up rhetoric: How far will it push? -- Steven Boroweic, Christian Science Monitor

Kenya's election plagued by vote-rigging allegations, despite efforts at transparency -- Ryan Lenora Brown, Christian Science Monitor

Iran: Haven or prison for al Qaeda?
-- Pam Benson, CNN

Uncommon Criminal: Bin Laden Son-in-Law in NYC Court -- Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report

More oversight and disclosure on drones -- Washington Post editorial

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