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."