Thursday, December 15, 2011

HuffPost World Daily Brief: Iraq War Ends.. China's Carrier.. 'Baby Farm' Accusations

Thursday, December 15, 2011
(Reuters) - The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Putin: McCain Is 'Nuts'
Former French Prez Found Guilty Of Corruption
Satellite Image Shows China's First Aircraft Carrier
Grenade Attack Leaves Belgium Reeling
Sri Lanka Clears Nun Of 'Baby Farm' Accusations
John Feffer: Chicken Little and the Arab Spring Elections
Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. After Islamist parties won three elections in a row, columnists and pundits in the West threw up their hands in horror.
Graham Nash: Bradley Manning Is "Almost Gone"
Regardless of whether you think that Bradley Manning is right or wrong, innocent or guilty, hero or villain, saint or sinner, he is a human being and should be treated as such.
Richard Klass: The Inventive Historian
If Newt Gingrich had dug into the historical archives as deeply, say, as Wikipedia, he would have discovered that the word "Palestine" or linguistic variants thereof have existed since ancient times.
Menachem Rosensaft: Criminalizing Mass Murder: 65 Years After The UN's First Condemnation Of Genocide
We must keep in mind that while posthumous justice for the victims of genocide is an important consideration, the most critical imperative has been the prevention of future carnages. One need only look at Darfur to realize that this goal is far from accomplished.
Michelle Barsa: The Time Is Ripe for a National Dialogue on Reconciliation
The peace process rightly continues to be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led, but this has allowed the U.S. to avoid defining a coherent political strategy. The talk pillar falls short of fight and build, undervaluing local political reconciliation to achieve and sustain security gains.

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