Pacific Pivot or APEC Misstep?

Inter Press Service, November 16, 2011 WASHINGTON, Nov 16, 2011 (IPS) – President Barack Obama intended to use the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting last weekend in Hawai’i to signal a shift in U.S. foreign policy away from the Middle East and toward the Asia-Pacific region. This was not simply a geographic shift. With a presidential election approaching in 2012, the...
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Trouble in Paradise – The Militarisation of Jeju Island

Inter Press Service, November 10, 2011 JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, Nov 10, 2011 (IPS) – The South Korean government has been campaigning to have its southern island of Jeju recognised as one of the seven new wonders of nature. A favourite honeymoon spot in Asia and an official “island of peace”, Jeju already boasts several UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. There’s an...
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Review: The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

Middle East Reads, November 8, 2011 The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda by Fawaz Gerges (Oxford University Press, 2011), 272 pages. Reviewed by John Feffer Even after the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the routing of his organization in Afghanistan, and the assassination of the leadership of the Arabian Peninsula affiliate, the U.S. government continues to promote the threat of al-Qaeda....
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