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La Frontera

  • By
  • Louie Palu,
  • New America Foundation
January 3, 2013 |

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Crossing the Line: Chronicling Mexico's Drug War

  • By
  • Louie Palu,
  • New America Foundation
January 28, 2013 |

It was the killings that initially drew me to the idea of exploring the U.S.-Mexico border. According to government figures, there were 47,515 drug-related killings in Mexico between late 2006 and late 2012, though many experts put the death toll much higher. Every aspect of Mexican life is affected by organized crime and its endless struggle for control of the distribution of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Most of the drugs are destined for the United States and Canada.

What Happens When the Lights Go Out in Karachi?

  • By
  • Shamila Chaudhary,
  • New America Foundation
September 20, 2012 |

Since 2001, U.S. dealings with Pakistan have been guided primarily by security concerns -- and with Hina Rabbani Khar traveling to Washington for the first time as Pakistan's foreign minister this week, the buzz about Afghanistan, terrorism, and security is unlikely to abate. Indeed, the last time a Pakistani foreign minister visited Washington, Richard Holbrooke, then the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, felt compelled to remind Americans that "We don't work with Pakistan because of Afghanistan.

Obama’s Silver Lining in Israel: Elections Weaken Netanyahu

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2013 |

When most Americans hear the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections, they’ll be confused. When Barack Obama hears them, however, he should feel at least a little hope.

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Lost Tribes

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2013 |

Israelis will go to the polls on Jan. 22 to elect a new parliament and, by extension, government -- an event that has so far attracted relatively little international attention. Understandably so: Benjamin Netanyahu just came closer than any Israeli prime minister in more than two decades to serving out a full parliamentary term, and nobody expects him to lose. His putative challengers from the center have been unable to find, coalesce around, or attract enough support for a credible alternative candidate.

Surviving in Aleppo

  • By
  • Barak Barfi,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2013 |

ALEPPO, SYRIA — Kneeling on a rooftop, a woman jams a stick down a long pipe. With no electricity, residents now use diesel fuel for heat, which clogs the chimneys with soot. Nearby, on Bab al-Nayrab street, goats rummage through a quarter-mile of garbage. Its putrid stench extends even farther.

As fighting in Syria’s largest city enters its sixth month, the economy has ground to a halt. There is no electricity, and the prices of basic goods such as bread and cooking oil have skyrocketed. Residents are selling off their possessions to survive.

Aleppo Dispatch: The Dark Side of the Syrian Opposition

  • By
  • Barak Barfi,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2013 |

Ibrahim al-Halabi was confused by my questions. He could neither tell me how he landed himself in a makeshift prison cell nor respond to even simple queries, like what job he held. The 27-year-old had been picked up at a routine checkpoint in the city of Aleppo by rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighting the Syrian regime. When he could not provide identification papers, they arrested him.

Mr. Schmidt Goes to Pyongyang

  • By
  • Emily Parker,
  • New America Foundation
January 7, 2013 |

On Monday, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt arrived in North Korea, a country that is almost completely cut off from the Internet. Schmidt, who is traveling with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, is part of what has been termed a private humanitarian mission. The State Department has nonetheless expressed dissatisfaction, saying that the timing of the visit is not “particularly helpful.”   

The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Alan M. Dershowitz
December 3, 2012 |

From the Gaza war and the upgrading of Palestine at the U.N. to Israel’s announcement that it will likely build new settlements, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spiraling out of control. We as coauthors disagree on the Palestinian U.N. bid, as on other important aspects of Middle Eastern politics. But on this we profoundly agree: negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must resume, and fast.

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On Pilgrims and Zionists

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2012 |

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to think about Israel.

That's not as nonsensical as it may sound. The Pilgrims who established our American Thanksgiving ritual thought about Israel a great deal: both they and the larger group of Puritan settlers who followed them a decade later saw themselves as New Israelites, forced into the wilderness by religious persecution.

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