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Commentary Week in Review On Hiatus

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006

World Politics Review International News Editor Guy Taylor embarked on a reporting trip to Venezuela (funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting) this morning. Over the next six weeks, Guy will be writing the occassional post from Venezuela in this space.

But unfortunately, this also means he won't be writing our regular Commentary Week in Review column. Until he returns, we offer a stripped-down version here.

So let's get to it. Perusing our Media Roundup Archives, four main themes emerge from this week's opinion pages: Iraq, North Korea, Muslim integration in Europe, and Russian foreign and domestic policy.

The Iraq pieces fell into two broad categories. First, there were those that assessed the dire state of the situation there and lamented its consequences for Iraq and for the United States. (Note: Dates refer to the day articles were linked in the WPR Media Roundup, not always to publication date.):

A Nadir of U.S. Power By: Sabastian Mallaby. The Washington Post, Oct. 23.
Iraq and Your Wallet By: Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, Oct. 24.
America's Brittle Empire By: Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24.
We Have Turned Iraq Into The Most Hellish Place On Earth By: Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, Oct. 25.

Then, there were the prescriptions for what the United States should do now:

Stark Lessons From Iraq By: Jim Hoagland, The Washington Post, Oct. 23.
Three Choices, Mr. President By: Richard Holbrooke, The Washington Post, Oct. 24.
Bipartisan Redeployment By: U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Leslie H. Gelb, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 24.
Insult To Injury In Iraq By: Frederick W. Kagan, The Washington Post, Oct. 25.
There's One Last Thing To Try By: Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, Oct. 25.
Why Withdrawal From Iraq Is The Worst Option By: Michael Rubin, Financial Times, Oct. 26.

The North Korea opinion pieces were mostly focused on solutions to the crisis, and they recommended everything from Cold War-style deterrence to one-on-one diplomacy. Other pieces assessed the roles of China and South Korea in a possible solution:

China's Interests Go Well Beyond The Nuclear Issue By: Christopher Hughes, The Guardian, Oct. 23.
America Needs To Negotiate With N. Korea By: Maurice 'Hank' Greenberg, Financial Times, Oct. 25.
Why South Korea Isn't Keen On Sanctions By: Andrei Lankov, International Herald Tribune, Oct. 26.
N. Korea: Who's To Blame? By: Ralph Cossa, The Japan Times, Oct. 26.
Deterring Kim Jong Il By: Graham Allison, The Washington Post, Oct. 27.
Crisis Boosts U.S.-China Ties By: Frank Ching, The Japan Times, Oct. 27.

Next, the ongoing story of former British Foreign Minister Jack Straw's comments on British Muslim women wearing the veil brought the issue of Muslim integration in Europe to the fore:

Campus Jihad: The Radicalization of British Universities By: Anthony Glees, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 23.
Europe's Immigration Quagmire By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 23.
Veiled Insult, In Britain By: Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, Oct. 24.
The Veil: Too Obviously Hidden By: Zaiba Malik, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25.
Will France Ever Integrate Its Muslim Immigrants? By: Matthew Kaminski, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25.
Of Veils & Values By: Arnold Ahlert, New York Post, Oct. 27.

And finally, this week's opinion pages were full of comment on Russia's foreign policy, its domestic situation and its  seemingly resurgent power (see also our previous post on the latter subject):

What To Do About Russia By: Charles Grant, The Guardian, Oct. 23.
Moscow Plays Its Cards Strategically By: F. William Engdahl, Asia Times, Oct. 24.
Stand Up To Global Bullies Who Beat Back Democratic Progress By: Jennifer Windsor, The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 25.
Russia Investors Must Weigh Price Tag of Violence By: Matthew Lynn, Bloomberg News, Oct. 25.
Russia's Last Refuge: The Blogosphere By: Evgeny Morozov, International Herald Tribune, Oct. 26.

We'd love to hear your comments on this informal version of the commentary week in review. Drop us a line at info@worldpoliticsreview.com.