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How a confrontation is shaping up between the US/NATO and the BRICS.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarko in the first-round vote. But the real victor may be National Front leader Marine Le Pen, now primed to play kingmaker.

What makes +972 such a unique magazine with an extraordinary ability to shake up conventional ideas about Israel and Palestine?

The prosperous, urban middle-class—those who benefit from the government’s policies—have revolted against it. If even they don’t support the existing order, what future does it have?

Angered by tainted parliamentary elections, thousands of Russians have taken to the streets.

On a recent visit to Gaza, officials from both factions told me they are ready to accept the results of new elections, win or lose.

A tank in Israel

As a Jew who has been an ardent supporter of Israel since its independence, it pains me to record what I saw on a recent trip to the West Bank. But if the occupation continues as such, Israel’s legitimacy and future are at stake.

Survivors of the first nuclear tragedies are now campaigning not only against nuclear weapons, but now also against the dangers of nuclear power.

As the Assad regime cracks down on protesters, it is waging a propaganda war on Syrians and stoking fears of a civil war.

Finding hope, small victories and larger opportunities in a world no one should write off as lost. 

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The Afghan president also faces armed resistance to a Taliban deal from his erstwhile allies in the old, anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, who are rearing and preparing for civil war.

October 20, 2010

Only two years left before Palestinians may give up on the idea. What's left? A single, binational state.

October 15, 2010

Seven months after Iraq's parliamentary election, there’s the first glimmer of a chance that an Iraqi government coalition might be within reach.

October 5, 2010

Lieberman gives Obama a deadline of the end of 2010 before he has to take the military option, yes, "off the table."

October 4, 2010

Playing its trump card, Pakistan has shut down a supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

October 1, 2010

US forces step up bombing of Pakistan and threaten cross-border ground attacks, and launch offensive in three districts around Kandahar

September 28, 2010

Reports that a computer virus in Iran is state-sponsored may signal that the United States is already attacking Iran.

September 27, 2010

General Petraeus, who opposes a rapid pullout of troops from Afghanistan, has worked himself into the good graces of Obama. What does this mean for the Obama adminstration's path in Afghanistan?

September 21, 2010

 More and more, as the economic crisis continues and unemployment stays high, many politicians, labor officials and economists want to blame China and worse, take it out on China by punishing Beijing with sanctions, tariffs and other measures, even at the risk of trade war. What the United States needs to do instead is to create a domestic industrial policy to revive manufacturing, tax the rich, strengthen education and job training, and other measures to revive American decline. One country that has done a lot of that already is Germany.

September 19, 2010