Greg Myre

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Greece By The Numbers

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Greek crisis is messy and complicated, filled with nebulous terms being casually tossed around. Most every story has obligatory mentions of "austerity," "bailouts" and "capital controls," but it can be difficult to determine what, precisely, all that jargon means.

So let's stick to the numbers. Here's a primer on ...

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What's Next For Greece?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Greeks waved flags and danced in the streets after they overwhelmingly voted to reject further austerity measures from their international creditors. But now comes the reckoning, as Greece faces the realities of an economy out of money and creditors out of patience.

Here are some of the fundamental questions:

When ...

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Afghan Schools: Is The Success Story Exaggerated?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

In Afghanistan's rough and ragged reconstruction, one of the most frequently cited bright spots has been the surge in Afghan kids going to school.

When the Taliban were ousted in 2001, fewer than 1 million Afghans were in the classroom, and a minuscule number were girls. In recent years, the ...

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A Report Card On Global Cooperation: Decent On Iran, Lousy In Syria

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The past year has been a bleak one in global affairs: The relentless carnage in Syria. Russia's annexation of Crimea. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Is there anything to applaud?

The coordinated international pressure on Iran, which has led to detailed negotiations on the country's nuclear program, was one ...

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Just Before Deadline, Israel's Netanyahu Forms New Government

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

With a deadline looming Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cobbled together a new coalition government that gives him the bare minimum of parliamentary seats needed to govern, according to news reports.

The deal assures Netanyahu of a fourth term as prime minister, but it is not the ...

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Measuring Earthquakes With More Than Just One Scale

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

When a major earthquake pummeled Kobe, Japan, in 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed, many buried as their traditional wooden homes collapsed under the weight of heavy, unstable tile roofs.

The quake's power was extraordinary and demonstrated Japan wasn't as prepared as it thought it was. Still, it was ...

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Iraq's Leader Finds Friends In Washington, But Faces Battles At Home

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has a much better relationship with the U.S. than his predecessor. But he's still struggling to entrench his position in Iraq and defeat the Islamic State.

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Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Al-Qaida Leader In Yemen

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who had joined al-Qaida after his release, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the group said in a statement Tuesday.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish had fought in Afghanistan before being arrested and held in Guantanamo. He would go on to be one of the ...

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Obama's Remarks On Nuclear Deal Provide Fuel For Critics

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The president is trying to persuade Republicans and other skeptics to support the nuclear framework agreement with Iran. But he may have harmed his own cause.

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Can Obama Turn Pariahs Into Partners?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

President Obama is lobbying hard for a full-fledged nuclear deal with Iran. He hopes to raise the U.S. flag at an embassy in Cuba before he leaves office. He traveled to Myanmar last fall as he moves to normalize relations.

Obama's tenure has been marked by this outreach ...

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The Iranian Nuclear Talks: It Isn't Just About The Nukes

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Iranian nuclear negotiations have focused on one very big and specific question: Will a deal make it harder for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon?

But the talks are also part of President Obama's much broader quest to repair the fractured relations between the U.S. and Iran, one defined ...

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After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

Friday, March 27, 2015

During a tough Israeli election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to antagonize, among others, the White House, Israel's Arab citizens and the Palestinians.

Now that Netanyahu's Likud Party has come out on top, the prime minister has sought to ease tensions with a series of gestures.

The latest ...

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How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yemen's downward spiral toward civil war is a disaster for the poorest country in the Arab world and adds one more member to the growing list of Middle East states that have imploded in the past several years.

But how important is Yemen to the wider world?

One argument holds ...

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Netanyahu's Campaign Puts Him On The Path To Confrontation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

During his campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu aggressively opposed the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, ruled out a Palestinian state on his watch, and argued that Israel would be best served by a government of the right.

If Netanyahu now cobbles together the coalition government he wants, his fourth term as Israel's ...

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Taking U.S. Politics Beyond 'The Water's Edge'

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the spring of 1948, Arthur Vandenberg was a powerful Republican senator from Michigan with ambitions of unseating a vulnerable Democratic president, Harry Truman, in November of that year.

Vandenberg had considerable influence as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a moment when the U.S. was reordering a ...

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After Netanyahu's Speech, A Reality Check

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel. Yet Tuesday's speech to Congress, like many before it, sharply criticized the international response to Iran while offering relatively little as an alternative.

As a ...

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Less Than A Day Old, Bahrain News Channel Is Yanked Off The Air

Monday, February 02, 2015

A new pan-Arab television channel, Al-Arab, began broadcasting Sunday afternoon from the Gulf nation of Bahrain. By dawn Monday, it was off the air.

"Broadcast stopped for technical and administrative reasons. We will be back soon, inshallah [God willing]," the news channel wrote Monday on its Twitter feed.

Al-Arab's apparent ...

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What's Going On In Yemen?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Even in the best of times, it's hard to tell if anyone is in control of Yemen.

It's a particularly pressing question Tuesday amid reports that Shiite Houthi rebels have seized the presidential palace in the poor, unstable nation at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Some government ...

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What World Leaders Say, And What They Do

Monday, January 12, 2015

Plenty of world leaders have condemned the deadly attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a fair number took part in a rally held Sunday in Paris.

But as is always the case, it's much easier to condemn actions abroad than critically examine one's record at home.

"On ...

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From Threats Against Salman Rushdie To Attacks On 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

When Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa calling for the killing of British writer Salman Rushdie, many in the West could scarcely believe a literary novel would prompt an international death threat.

We've come a long way since then.

Radical Islamists now issue threats against ...

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