Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- February 29, 2012

North Korea: The Denuclearisation Dance Resumes -- Aidan Foster-Carter, BBC

North Korea loves to spring surprises. More unusual is for its US foe to play along.

Just a few days ago, both sides were blandly non-committal about the outcome of bilateral talks - their third in recent months - held in Beijing on 23-24 February.

This calculated coyness, it now seems, concealed quite a breakthrough. Presumably both sides needed a few more days to fine-tune the small print.

So Wednesday's simultaneous announcement from Washington and Pyongyang was both unexpected, and glad tidings.

The North Korean nuclear issue, stalemated for the past three years, is now back in play again - not before time.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

North Korea nuclear moratorium: Will it last? -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor

Can Diplomacy Solve Iranian Nuclear Crisis? -- Meredith Buel, Voice of America

US thinks Iranian retaliation would be calculated'
-- Jerusalem Post

Do Israelis support a strike on Iran? -- Shibley Telhami, Politico

Syria's uprising is being crushed but Assad cannot escape his fate -- Fares Chamseddine, The Guardian

The relentless violence in Syria: By the numbers -- The Week

A crucial referendum
-- Irish Times editorial

The prohibition of drugs has been an abject failure with a devastating human cost -- James Bloodworth, The Independent

Empty Politics Pose Biggest Threat to U.S. Power -- Clive Crook, Bloomberg

Brazil's New Swagger -- David Rothkopf, Foreign Relations

Afghans Don't Hate America -- Max Boot, Real Clear World/Wall Street Journal

A serious misstep in Afghanistan -- Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera

Despite the deepening crisis, the Afghan strategy is worth saving -- Washington post editorial

Pessimism grows after troops killed -- Jim Lobe, Asia Times

Afghanistan's Koran-burning protests: 'Time for us to leave'? -- The Week editorial

Why We Couldn't Change Afghanistan -- Michael Hart, The Atlantic

Commentary: Sad state of affairs in Afghanistan -- UPI

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