Monthly Archives: November 2012

Distant Islands Defense of Japan

Distant Islands Defense of Japan (By ADM [Ret] Takashi Saito, former Chief of Joint Staff, JSDF; Monthly magazine “Sekai No Kansen”; December 2012 Issue) Advertisements

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Sunni Leaders Gaining Clout in Mideast

Sunni Leaders Gaining Clout in Mideast By NEIL MacFARQUHAR RAMALLAH, West Bank — For years, the United States and its Middle East allies were challenged by the rising might of the so-called Shiite crescent, a political and ideological alliance backed … Continue reading

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9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you’re like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life: 1. Start each day with expectation. If … Continue reading

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Japan’s nationalist turn signifies weakness

FINANCIAL TIMES November 27, 2012 Japan’s nationalist turn signifies weakness By Joseph Nye On December 16 Japan will hold an election and if the polls are correct, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will be replaced by Shinzo Abe, the opposition leader and … Continue reading

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Scottexalonia Rising

Scottexalonia Rising By ROGER COHEN London BANNERS at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou soccer stadium have long declared: “Catalonia is not Spain.” That notion got a boost this weekend as pro-independence parties won Catalonian elections and strengthened the region’s drive for … Continue reading

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Egyptian Judges Challenge Morsi Over New Power

November 24, 2012 Egyptian Judges Challenge Morsi Over New Power By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK CAIRO — Egyptian judges rebelled Saturday against an edict by President Mohamed Morsi exempting his decrees from judicial review until ratification of a constitution, denouncing it … Continue reading

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Morsi’s Moment

Morsi’s Moment By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN THE Israeli-Hamas miniwar last week was the first test of the post-Arab awakening order in the Middle East. Hamas, by getting embroiled in a missile duel with Israel and then calling on Arab countries … Continue reading

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How David Petraeus Mastered the Media

11/19/2012 @ 12:03AM |2,479 views How David Petraeus Mastered the Media By Willy Stern The evening before he was sworn in as CIA chief, I emailed David Petraeus seeking help with a story. The message he sent back is privileged. … Continue reading

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While Trying to Mediate, Egypt Blames Israel for Gaza Conflict

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK CAIRO — While holding itself out as an honest broker for truce talks between Israel and Hamas over the Gaza conflict, Egypt’s new government sought on Monday to plunge into the battle over international public opinion … Continue reading

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As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why

NYT 11/19/12 DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal … Continue reading

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