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February 23, 2009

NSN Daily Update 2/23/09
Posted by The National Security Network

See today's complete daily update here.

What We’re Reading

Iraq charged a sitting Sunni lawmaker with masterminding a series of murders, kidnappings, and bombings including at attack on Parliament.

Iraqi war widows’ needs exceed available help and many are forced to turn to begging, prostitution, the insurgency, and “temporary marriages.”  Many U.S. soldiers are still waiting for promised stop-loss bonuses.

EU leaders called for the IMF’s resources to be doubled in reaction to the financial crisis.  China fears unrest as unemployment rises.

Despite controversy, India celebrates Slumdog Millionaire’s victory at the Academy Awards.

Commentary of the Day

Will Hide writes about the friendliness of ordinary people in Iran; Roger Cohen discusses Iran’s Jews.  Ali Reza Eshraghi argues that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be the Obama administration’s best bet in Iran.  Trita Parsi and Stanley Weiss argue that in talking to Iran, "begin with the end in mind."

Former presidents of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia declare that the war on drugs is a failure.


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