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September 2011

The Feeblest Branch

September 30, 2011 // The Economist - U.K.

In theory America’s three branches of government are equal. In practice the judiciary is the weakest, as Alexander Hamilton cautioned in “The Federalist Papers”, because it controls neither sword nor purse.

Open Goal, Useless Strikers

September 30, 2011 // The Economist - U.K.

It is the penalty shoot-out. Barack Obama stands in a corner of the goal mouth, his leg shackled to a heavy anvil labelled “the economy”. One by one, the Republican presidential candidates line up to shoot at goal. One by one, they trip up and collapse in a heap even before they have had a chance to connect with the ball.

U.S. Has Had Enough of Washington

September 30, 2011 // The Australian - Australia

Corporations argue that these perks are needed to attract and retain key people. This doesn't cut much ice with the unemployed because while the sharemarket may be struggling most companies are doing well.

Obama Goes on the Offensive

September 30, 2011 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

Barack Obama has no rival with sufficient enough credibility to be president. For now he is running against himself — or rather, against the expectation that his first election aroused and the promise of change that that campaign fueled. But he is losing that race. In a survey yesterday, Obama was ahead of Herman [Read more]

Obama, Palestine and the Arabs

September 30, 2011 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

This week in the United Nations, Obama's behavior toward the Palestinian tragedy was that of what Americans disparagingly call “just another politician.” The man whose words inspire dreams and who proclaimed that an unjust world can be changed has offered second-rate sophistry as an argument against the recognition [Read more]

No Plan for Afghanistan

September 30, 2011 // die Zeit - Germany - German

<b>Ten years into the Afghanistan War, there's still no development aid in the Hindu Kush; the international community doesn't even have a plan for it.</b> Nearly 10 years ago, on Oct. 7, 2001, the invasion of Afghanistan took place, and the international community has been supporting the nation with developmental [Read more]
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