Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- May 21, 2013

Syrian Intervention Would Be A Minefield -- Michael Sexton, The Australian

THE calls for international, by which it is essentially meant US, intervention in Syria raise some important questions about the relationship between sovereign states and the global community.

There are, of course, some recent precedents for outside intervention in the affairs of nation states to bring about a change of regime or even to create a new national entity out of one region of the original country.

So in the 1990s NATO bombing forced Serbia to surrender its province of Kosovo which had an Albanian majority with a still significant Serbian minority population. Kosovo was then recognised as a new national entity by most of the international community. And it was a NATO-sponsored no-fly zone over Libya that largely resulted in the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's rule and the takeover by a new government.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Hezbollah’s decisive factor -- Khaleej Times

Ghosts of Iraq -- Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest

Rafsanjani exclusion shows Iran establishment's weakness -- Saeed Barzin BBC

The Arab collapse: Middle East a vulture’s feast -- Ralph Peters, New York Post

Why China’s Riches Won’t Bring It Freedom -- Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

China's New Governing Style: Crisis Management -- Elizabeth Economy, The Atlantic

Cause for hope -- and fear -- in Pakistan -- Peter Tomsen, L.A. Times

China and India's smoldering problem -- Jonathan Levine, Special for CNN

Seas of troubles: Taiwan and China share the same maritime claims, but have very different interests -- The Economist

Nigeria: Why Islamism succeeds, in miniature -- Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post

The Pope and the Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist? -- Nicole Winfield, AP

Russia’s spy games -- Washington Post editorial

Forget Paris: Stymied by Socialist Policies, the French Start to Quit France -- Vivienne Walt, Time

Spain's Angry and Unemployed Young Men -- George Friedman, Stratfor/Real Clear World

Leaks turn to deluge for reeling White House -- John Podhoretz, New York Post

Stop the Leaks -- William Barr/Jamie S. Gorel;ick/Kenneth L. Wainstein, New York Times

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