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a collection of material related to the notion of "draining the swamps".

Kerry Langer: Drain the swamps where terror breeds

(Published: 2006-09-24 05:34 PM)
Article by keza which was published in The Australian (25 September 2006)

After Neoconservatism

(Published: 2006-08-10 07:52 AM)
Francis Fukuyama embraces "realism" and proclaims the end of neo-conservativism. Feb 2006.

Defending and Advancing Freedom

(Published: 2006-03-07 04:36 AM)
Symposium on the Bush Doctrine (November 2005). Useful for study of US strategy and the struggle within the ruling circle.

Arab liberals debate - Lebanese Pierre Akel hosts the popular Web site Middle East Transparent, which receives 50,000-60,000 hits a day. While the Paris-based site is trilingual (Arabic, English, French), its particular value is that it has become a forum for Arab liberals who would otherwise have no outlet for their writings.

(Published: 2006-02-09 05:06 PM)

UK ponders talking with Hamas and Hizbullah

(Published: 2005-05-20 08:46 AM)
The British government is considering a major Middle East policy switch that would mean engaging directly and openly for the first time with the militant groups Hamas and Hizbullah, who are expected to make significant gains in elections in the West Bank and Gaza and in Lebanon. .....the Foreign Office is swinging behind the view that it would be hypocritical to encourage democracy but refuse to accept the outcome, even if it means working with groups it finds distasteful.

Will US Policy Backfire in Central Asia?

(Published: 2005-05-19 08:04 AM)
Central Asian leaders are exploiting their part in the “war on terror” to legitimise damaging policies. By IWPR staff and contributors in Central Asia and London (RCA No. 273, 30-Mar-04)

The Shia Turn in U.S. Policy

(Published: 2005-04-01 07:44 AM)
The first quarter of 2005 has seen increasingly dramatic news from the Middle East, but equally significant developments, relevant to the future of Islam and the whole world, continue to emerge in Washington. When the United States took leadership of the Iraq intervention in 2003, few Beltway insiders grasped the immense importance of liberating an Arab country, with a Shia Muslim majority, that included in its territory the holy sites of the Shia sect, Kerbala and Najaf.

That Bleeding Heart Wolfowitz

(Published: 2005-03-24 10:52 PM)
Probably a lot of the misunderstanding begins with the word "neoconservative" itself. This was originally a teasing term, coined by Michael Harrington to embarrass his former leftist friends. (Harrington was the moral and political leader of the Democratic Socialists of America: a force that it would not be too rude or crude to describe as a part of "actually non-existing socialism.") Harrington mostly failed in his campaign to change the world, whereas the worst enemy of the neocons would have to say that they have succeeded somewhat in theirs. When the left hears the term "regime change," and responds with anxious whimpers about "destabilization," do we not detect a hint of what Marxists call negation? Who are the radicals here?

What the world is saying....

(Published: 2005-03-13 11:47 PM)
What the world is saying about democracy in the middle east.

The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy

(Published: 2005-03-13 08:46 PM)
book review and interview with Reul Marc Gerecht

Is Bush Right?

(Published: 2005-03-09 02:40 AM)
In countries where President George Bush and his policies are deeply unpopular, online commentators are starting to think the unthinkable.

Bush warns Russian leader to respect democratic values

(Published: 2005-02-25 03:34 AM)
President George Bush last night delivered a coded but pointed criticism of Vladimir Putin, questioning the Russian leader's commitment to democratic values.

Think strategically

(Published: 2005-02-23 12:37 AM)
forum thread. "An important reason for 'Why Iraq?' is that Iraq is a good place to start the process of "region change".

Text of Rice's remarks in Paris

(Published: 2005-02-10 03:54 PM)
Especially worth reading is Rice's response to a question from the President of the French Council of Muslims.

A beacon is lit in Iraq. But not in your names, Robin, Douglas and the BBC

(Published: 2005-02-02 06:18 AM)
The September 11 attack underlined, in the most terrible fashion, the consequences of our not-so-benign neglect of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. From Morocco to Iran a huge swath of humanity was sunk in oppression, denied not just democracy but freedom of speech, property rights, freedom of association, freedom from fear and freedom to hope.
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