July 2006 Archives



Comment Roundup  |  July 4, 2006 10:28 AM

Mexicans, Readers Too Close to Call

Mexico's presidential election seems headed for the courts with Felipe Calderon holding a lead of less than one percent over his populist opponent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. PostGlobal readers, commenting on the pros and cons of a possible victory by Orbrador, were similarly divided as they challenged each campaign's talking points and drew parallels between the Mexican race and recent U.S. political history.

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Editor's Inbox  |  July 7, 2006 3:35 PM

Mediating Gaza: Dennis Ross's Plan

The Gaza situation has gone from really bad to even worse since we asked panelists from across the Mideast and readers what they would do as mediators. For a real mediators' perspective, PostGlobal panelist Moises Naim turned to former top U.S. Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross. His advice is below, and on Naim's Foreign Policy blog. To summarize: Palestinian President Abbas should create an emergency government with no members from Hamas or Fatah. Israel should negotiate with it for a dual exchange of prisoners. The UN should recognize the Gaza-Israel border.

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Editor's Inbox  |  July 11, 2006 10:43 AM

The Race to Succeed Kofi Annan

It's Asia's turn, say the pundits, but it's still a wide-open race. Top names include a South Korean, a Thai and a Sri Lankan. The U.N. race has already spawned a tipsters' blog. "Who Will Be the Next U.N. Secretary-General?" We assess the candidates and the odds.

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Editor's Inbox  |  July 15, 2006 6:53 PM

Extraditing Diplomacy

On Thursday, the UK extradited three possible white collar crooks, dubbed the "NatWest Three," for conspiring with Enron executives and embezzling $19 million. Despite their numerous appeals, the NatWest Three were sent to Texas where they will either post bail or await trial in jail.

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On the Ground  |  July 18, 2006 4:00 PM

On the Ground in Lebanon and Israel

PostGlobal invites readers in Lebanon and Israel to share what they feel and see. For starters, panelist Michael Young recommended we contact rising writer Hugh Naylor to get an on the ground look at Beirut today. Naylor, working from the Archrafiye district of East Beirut, describes bombs overhead and the fears of the Maronite Christian minority.

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Editor's Inbox  |  July 20, 2006 9:00 AM

Gangs of Sao Paulo

Last week saw 118 attacks, including 65 on buses, just two months after a similar crime wave claimed at least 175 lives. But do such PCC activities constitute terrorism?

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Reader Reports  |  July 27, 2006 12:13 PM

Voices from the Front: Israeli and Lebanese Readers Speak

PostGlobal encourages readers in Lebanon and Israel to share with us their first-hand impressions of the war raging around them. We also have been scouring the Web and contacting bloggers, who provide more tales from the front. Their responses are powerful, but don't take our word for it. Read on to learn what daily life has become for young students and professionals living under a canopy of missile fire.

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Editor's Inbox  |  July 29, 2006 3:00 PM

Congo's Election

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls on Sunday for the first time in nearly half a century for a vote that could help stabilize a region long ravaged by violence. But with rampant corruption and intimidation, change won't come easily. To get a sense of the challenges facing voters and the consequences of the election, we reviewed the international and Congolese press, and on-the-ground blogs.

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