Commentary Week In Review

The Commentary Week in Review is posted on the blog every Friday. Drawing from more than two dozen English-language news outlets worldwide, the column highlights a handful of the week’s notable op-eds. Peel the lid off China’s activities in Africa, ponder what happened to the anti-ballistic missile treaty and laugh at the witty battlefield lingo being tossed around in Iraq. Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 was a diverse one in the opinion pages. Anene Ejikeme highlighted an astounding statistic in the Feb. 1 Christian Science Monitor: “Overall trade between Africa and China grew more than 50 percent in 2005 to […]

‘France has to be an ally of the United States’

A very interesting interview with Nicolas Sarkozy, from Charlie Rose: Some choice quotes: On U.S.-French relations: “In my vision of the world, France has to be an ally of the United States. France and the United States are friends. We share the same values. We have the same vision, which is that of a free world. . . . There’s one thing I want to say to the Americans: You are a great people and France loves you.” “The world doesn’t come to a halt at the borders of your country [theUnited States]. . . . Get interest in the […]

Serap Çileli, activist and author, was born in 1966 in Mersin, Turkey. Her family emigrated to Germany when she was eight years old. When she was 12, her father engaged her to a man for the first time. Serap attempted suicide and got out of the impending marriage. At 15, she was no longer able to avoid being married to a stranger. She left school in Germany and moved to Turkey. After seven years, the marriage ended and Serap was able to convince her parents to let her return to Germany with her two children. As soon as she returned, […]

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