June 30th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

5 key articles: Talk to the Taliban?

1.  Op-Ed: “How the Taliban and America met in Munich.” Ahmed Rashid, Financial Times.

"At stake is not just peace for Afghanistan but the region, including a deeply precarious Pakistan. The talks are premised on the realisation that neither a successful western withdrawal nor a transition to Afghan forces can occur without an end to the civil war and a settlement between the government and the Taliban, but also Pakistan, the U.S. and the region."

2.  Op-Ed: “Republicans and the Thatcher Legacy.” Andrew Roberts, Wall Street Journal.

"The former Massachusetts governor is right to try to make unemployment the central campaign issue. No American president since Franklin Roosevelt has been re-elected with an unemployment rate higher than 7.2%, and the current rate is 9.1%."

3.  “A New Counterterrorism Strategy.” CNN

"A new U.S. counterterrorism strategy released Wednesday focuses on the ability of al Qaeda and its network to inspire people in the United States to attack the homeland, said John Brennan, White House counterterrorism adviser."

4.  “Top dogs take bigger slice of spoils.” Financial Times.

"Between 1976 and 2007 in the US, 58 per cent of the total growth in income was captured by the top 1 per cent. Not only that, but the trend appeared to be accelerating."

5.  “Repackaging the Revolutionary Classics of China.” New York Times.

"In recent months, the campaign has spread quickly across the country from its roots in the booming western metropolis of Chongqing, surprising many Chinese and leading to unusually loud criticism from moderates and liberals alarmed by its retro-red ideology."

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  1. Onesmallvoice

    It's about time the Americans and the Taliban got together to talk about some kind of way to stop the obscene butchery in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. We need to settle this war and bring the troops home as soon as possible and just ignore the special interest groups in Washington who seek to make a profit out of all this needless bloodshed and the right-wing politicians, too!

    June 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    “A New Counterterrorism Strategy.”
    "But Brennan acknowledged Zawahiri might try to launch new attacks to prove he and al Qaeda are still relevant."
    I still think he's too old for the new generaton Jihadists, who are under 30, crave for recognition and obsessed by resentments for the establishment they are familiar with. Bin Laden was just a founding father of the family tree, al Qaeda. Some branches will keep on going and some will break and die. Time will tell, how Zawahiri's branch developes.

    June 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  3. Ron

    Which Taliban? Islamic or Christian.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
  4. Ron

    btw, I'm NOT joking. Not all terrorists live in the Middle East.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply

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