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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Fixing the World and more...

The increasing support for the formation of a Truth Commission by Senator Patrick Leahy to investigate the warrantless wiretapping, torture and other allegations of wrongdoing by the Bush administration further illustrates the incipient anger of an American public increasingly cognisant of being duped by their leaders. In keeping with this trend as Americans celebrate their traditional red white and blue this year, they also seem to be accepting that the world is indeed grey. How Iraq has changed America —Rafia Zakaria

Eight Ways to Radically Remake the World By Bob Davis
The International Monetary Fund isn’t usually a font of radical thinking. But in a new paper published by the IMF, University of California at Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen – a usually modest sort — conjures eight “out of the box” proposals to remake the international financial system. None of the eight has much chance of ever being adopted — the Asia financial crisis of a decade ago produced a passel of proposals that went nowhere. But that sorry history doesn’t deter Mr. Eichengreen, who argues “there is reason to think that, like the Great Depression of the 1930s, [the current crisis] might occasion more radical reforms.

15 Ways to Fix the World
"Make no little plans," said President Barack Obama last spring as he rolled out a pitch for a high-speed rail network—yet another presidential initiative to lift America out of recession and chart a new national course. In that spirit, The Atlantic offers a few modest proposals for making the world a better place.

Who was Abdul Wahhab? Sophie Elmhirst
Historians differ on the detail of Abdul Wahhab’s life, but it is widely agreed he was born in the town of al-Uyayna, in the Nejd , in 1703. Tutored by his father in the strict Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence, Wahhab studied in Basra in southern Iraq, where debates with Islamic scholars led him to decide reform was needed. Wahhab’s main theological argument during his lifetime was for a more rigorous, conservative interpretation of Islam, in particular advocating monotheism in line with the Salafi tradition.

Saving Israel From Itself - The two-state solution is the only way to guarantee the Jewish state’s long-term security—and our own. By John J. Mearsheimer
The United States and Israel fundamentally disagree about the need to establish a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. President Obama is committed to a two-state solution, while Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu is opposed and has been for many years. To avoid a direct confrontation with Washington, Netanyahu will probably change his rhetoric and talk favorably about two states. But that will not affect Israel’s actions. The never-ending peace process will go on, Israel will continue building settlements, and the Palestinians will remain locked up in a handful of impoverished enclaves in the West Bank and Gaza. Anticipating this outcome, Obama has told Congress to expect a clash with Israel.


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