Friday, February 1, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- February 1, 2013

Victory In Mali? Not Even Close -- Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press

As usual, a well-trained Western army has gone through a fierce-looking but virtually untrained force of African rebels like a hot knife through butter. Two weeks ago, the northern half of Mali was entirely under the control of Islamist militants, whose forces were starting to advance into southern Mali as well. So France decided on very short notice to send troops and combat aircraft to its former colony in West Africa.

Today, every town in the north of Mali is under French control, and the surviving rebels have fled into the desert. But most of them did survive: after losing a couple of major clashes in the first days of the French drive northwards, the Islamist forces simply abandoned Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, the main towns of the north, as soon as the French forces came near. The easy part of the intervention is now over.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

The U.S. needs a completely different approach to Iran -- Flynt and Hillary Leverett, Reuters

Protests surge in Iraq's Sunni regions, testing Maliki -- Jane Arraf, Christian Science Monitor

Africa’s lawless lands
-- Michael Gerson, Washington Post

Saving Egypt from anarchy
-- Washington Post editorial

How Egypt’s failed leaders made soccer and politics run amok
-- Bessma Momani, The Globe and Mail

Egypt awaits Kerry. Obama aid should be conditioned on good behavior -- Washington Times editorial

Cameron Shows Grit in North Africa, but Stirs Concerns About New Entanglements -- Johhn Burns, New York Times

China’s Environmental Protection Racket
-- Wall Street Journal

Japan’s Demographic Disaster -- John W. Traphagan, The Diplomat

U.S. Skeptical About Argentina-Iran 'Truth Commission' -- New York Times/Reuters

Three ways U.S. immigration reform might impact Mexico -- Olga Khazan and Nick Miroff, Washington Post

Hagel’s Credibility Left in Shreds -- Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Hillary Clinton departs State: What's her legacy as top US diplomat? -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor

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