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Militant violence turns away tourism in Egypt’s South Sinai

Commentary: The challenge is whether Egyptian military can stem the tide of the attacks.

Argentina’s economy is in crisis. So it focuses on the Falklands, of course.

Commentary: President Kirchner is unable to improve the country’s economy, now on the brink of collapse.

It's gonna be another hard year for US efforts in the Middle East

If Congress doesn’t add sanctions, a deal with Iran could alter power balance in region.

Israeli and Palestinian talks may seem hopeless, but they must continue

Commentary: There could be dire consequences if negotiations end with no deal.
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Cranes are seen in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa in east Jerusalem on November 10, 2010 as construction goes on after Israel ruled out a freeze on the building of new settler homes in east Jerusalem, defying world powers who have warned the issue risks wrecking fragile peace talks with the Palestinians. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
SAG HARBOR, New York — Compelling Israelis and Palestinians to stick to the negotiating table was always going to be a difficult task. Previous negotiations have typically collapsed either in the middle of the process or at the very last minute. The reasons were many: domestic political obstacles, continued settlement building by the Israeli’s, immovable Palestinian preconditions or a lack of leadership from both sides. So, when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were returning to direct negotiations after three years, there was a lot of skepticism about the prospects for success.

Here's a plan to end the conflict in Syria: support Assad

Commentary: The US should back Assad now, end the fighting, and set conditions for his departure and a democratic transition.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attends an Arab-African joint summit in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in 2010. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Commentary: The US should back Assad now, end the fighting, and set conditions for his departure and a democratic transition.

To discourage immigrants, Brits try to create an image of the UK as undesirable

Commentary: Gags aplenty greet this right-wing idea, including invitations to visit from Romania and Bulgaria.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Prime Minister Gordon Brown's shadow is reflected on a back-drop as he talks on immigration in Shoreditch on March 31, 2010 in London, England. Mr Brown has called for the political parties to unite against people who oppose immigration because they simply don't like migrants. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA POOL/Getty Images) (Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - Staring down a flood of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants when restrictions expire at the end of the year, British ministers recently proposed a unique idea: an ad campaign to make the UK look like a terrible place to live. The proposal from the far-right wing of David Cameron’s coalition government aimed to highlight some of the more unappealing aspects of British life, from the infamously dreary weather to the lack of jobs.

America’s Asian ‘pivot’ reunites old friends with common values

Commentary: The oldest US ally in Asia, Thailand has an important role in American’s ‘Asians Century.’
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Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok at the start of his Asian tour in 2012. (Jack Kurtz/Getty Images)
Ask most Americans which country is the oldest ally of the United States in Asia and many would probably answer Korea or Japan, where US troops are still stationed. In fact, America’s first friend in Asia was and remains Thailand.

There is little the US can do to prevent Israel’s policies from being its undoing

Commentary: In reaffirming unbreakable US-Israel bond, Obama put this dilemma on the table.
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US President Barack Obama speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum on March 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
OWL’S HEAD, Maine - Until just before President Obama bade farewell to Prime Minister Netanyahu, it was looking as if Obama's visit to Israel and the West Bank had been the proverbial dog and pony show, Obama-style: long on verbiage, short on results. But in fact, the Turkish-Israeli rapprochement that he worked out at Tel Aviv airport was a significant accomplishment. It addressed the break in Israel-Turkey diplomatic relations when nineTurkish activists sailing to Gaza were killed by Israeli commandos the year before the Arab world exploded.

Why CNN does not owe anyone an apology for rape commentary

Commentary: Society should show compassion to all who are victimized by rape, including rapists.
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Candy Crowley, CNN anchor. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) (Michael Reynolds-Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
The uproar following an exchange between CNN reporters Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow, who expressed sympathy for two teenage boys convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio, was nothing short of predictable. Amid a flurry of blogs and tweets from popular media personalities, more than 271,000 people to date have signed a petition demanding that the news channel issue an apology. And when CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC all aired a clip revealing the Steubenville rape victim’s name, the cries of shoddy news coverage vociferously increased.

Focus on rape in India ignores gender violence as a global tragedy

Reported of number of sexual assaults in US many times greater than in India.
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Indian students shout slogans against Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu during a protest in New Delhi on January 8, 2013. Asaram sparked a backlash Tuesday after saying a 23-year-old student could have averted a murderous gang-rape by begging for mercy from her attackers. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
Attention to India’s “patriarchal culture” occludes the prevalence of rape and other forms of violence against women throughout the entire world.
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