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Washington continues to support Israel

Monday, January 05, 2009

This weekend, President Bush weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Vice-President Dick Cheney also made the rounds of talk shows to express support for Israel. As Israel continues its ground offensive in Gaza, there is increasing speculation that they timed their actions against Hamas to benefit from the last few days of the Bush administration. To explain why, Scott Shane, a reporter in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times joins us.

Read Scott Shane's article in the New York Times.

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Where in the world is Waziristan?

Friday, January 02, 2009

At least three people have been killed in the most recent suspected American missile strike along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. According to security officials, the attack targeted Taliban headquarters in the Waziristan region, a mountainous area in the northwest corner of Pakistan. It's the second missile strike in the region in as many days. Charles Haviland, a correspondent for the BBC in Pakistan, joins The Takeaway to discuss.

Have you been to Waziristan? Tell us what it is like.

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The long history of the White House in the Middle East

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The latest conflict in Gaza, and the challenges it poses to the Obama Administration, is the latest data point on a long line of history between the United States and the Middle East. Policy decisions there have profound implications on our global alliances, govern the price of oil, make or break presidencies, and draw us into war. Joining The Takeaway to explain what can we draw from our history in the region is Patrick Tyler, former reporter for The Washington Post and New York Times and author of A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East—from the Cold War to the War on Terror.

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A new year marks a new chapter for Iraq

Thursday, January 01, 2009

This morning U.S. and Iraqi officials had a ceremony to officially recognize the new U.S.-Iraq security pact. This pact, which is considered a landmark in restoring Iraq’s independence, requires all U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. For a look at what the pact's implications are for Iraq's future and the new role of U.S. forces (key words: baby steps), The Takeaway turns to Campbell Robertson. Mr. Robertson is the Iraq war correspondent for our partner The New York Times and is in Iraq and watched this morning's ceremony.

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America's role in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The conflict between Israel and Hamas rages in the aftermath of a six month truce, which expired earlier this month. Today marks day four of what Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, describes as a “war to the bitter end.” As of Monday the death toll had topped 360 with 1400 wounded. For an assessment of how this will end and what America’s responsibility will be under an Obama Administration, we are joined by Daniel Levy. Mr. Levy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation. Mr. Levy was a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the Israeli negotiating team to the "Oslo B" Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Rabin.

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What President-elect Barack Obama needs to know about Latin America

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"The reason for the terrible image is one single word: Iraq."
— Jorge Castañeda on the U.S.'s image in Latin America

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A diplomacy briefing for Obama

Monday, November 24, 2008

With rumors that Senator Hillary Clinton will accept the key position of secretary of state in President-elect Obama’s Cabinet, the nation is starting envision what American diplomacy will look like after President Bush.

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