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Rehabilitating Wolfie

David Brook's latest column begins:

Let us now praise Paul Wolfowitz. Let us now take another look at the man who has pursued - longer and more forcefully than almost anyone else - the supposedly utopian notion that people across the Muslim world might actually hunger for freedom.

Does Bolton Prefigure a Revived Unilateralism?

Here is one intelligent take on the Bolton nomination from the WP:

Svein Melby, a Norwegian expert on trans-Atlantic relations, warned against viewing the selection as a signal that Bush didn't plan to follow through on promises to take a more multilateral approach in his second term.

Read German in English

Sight and Sight is an exiting new service being live since March 1. It offers daily abstracts of the feuilletons of Germanys (and Switzerlands) biggest newspapers. A selected range of essays is also being made available in english translations.

Make sure you read the Sight and Sight Manifesto by Thierry Chervel.

Bush nominates John Bolton as UN Ambassador

A less diplomatic person would be hard to find. And it would be difficult to find some who despises the UN more than Bolton.

It's like choosing Pat Robertson as your liaison with NARAL--except that Robertson is far more diplomatic.

China Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record

Piqued at the annual critique by the U.S. State Department, China has turned the tables and prepared its own assessment of America's human rights record for the last year. Its first line:

In 2004 the atrocity of US troops abusing Iraqi POWs exposed the dark side of human rights performance of the United States.

Running the World Bank

Sebastian Mallaby has an interesting take on the possibility of Fiorina (or Wolfowitz) for the top job at the WB. He argues that appointing a failed private market leader (Carly F.) to the top public sector job would be foolish.

Google Has A Blog

Google has a blog! This is a tricky move for a public company, and I would hope that a lawyer is vetting posts to make sure that they comply with securities laws. And that a business person is vetting posts to make sure that they comply with the company's business strategy.

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