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What Should Atlantic Review Analyze in 2010?

Happy New Year!

Dear readers, here's your chance to influence this blog's focus in 2010: What international security and economic issues do you consider most important for North America and Europe this year? What should we focus on? Please brainstorm and discuss in the comments section.

And also please let us know what topics you are tired of. What should we write less about.

Thank you! All the best for the new decade!

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Joerg Wolf on :

Our reader Bruce emails: More: 1. critique of Europe's failure to either carry the international military "load"; 2. back vigorous EU sanctions on its trade with Iran; 3. intense focus on "human rights" in China, Vietnam, Iran, MidEast (that means Arab countries, not just Israel), and Africa, plus the Venezuela-Bolivia new "Cubas"

Pamela on :

Russian international energy policy Iran Climate Change politics Islam in Europe

Marie Claude on :

more europe defence Al quaida threats China supremacy Iran emotional policy less Nato

Pat Patterson on :

NATO NPT Integration of maritime assets of the developed and developing nations. I would add two words to Pamela's first item in that it might read, Russian and European internatinal energy policy.

Pamela on :

Pat, what is "NPT" please?

Pat Patterson on :

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, also Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT. Or if I remember correctly a Nigerian High Life band from the late 70's. Just kidding!

Pamela on :

Apropo of my sugesstion to cover Islam in Europe, Der Spiegel has a piece out. The West I Choked by Fear. "I believe that the republication of these cartoons has been unnecessary, it has been insensitive, it has been disrespectful and it has been wrong," commented then-British Home Secretary Jack Straw, referring to the decision by several European media organizations to republish the caricatures. Meanwhile, Vorwärts, the party organ of Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party -- one of the country's two largest political parties -- defended freedom of expression in general, but gave the opinion that in this special case, the Danes had "abused" the freedom, "not in a legal sense, but in a political and moral one." For Fritz Kuhn, the then-parliamentary floor leader for the Green Party, it was a déjà vu experience: "They (the caricatures), remind me of the anti-Jewish drawings from the Hitler era before 1939." With his statement, Kuhn, who was born in 1955, demonstrated that either he had a sensational pre-natal memory or that he had never seen a single anti-Semitic caricature in the Nazi's Der Stürmer propaganda newspaper. Like Eunuchs Talking about Sex It was like listening to the blind talk about art, the deaf about music or eunuchs discussing sex based on hearsay. Because with the exception of the left-wing Die Tageszeitung, the conservative Die Welt and the centrist Die Zeit, every German newspaper and magazine followed the advice of Green Party co-leader Claudia Roth, who said "de-escalation begins at home," and erred on the side of caution by not republishing the cartoons. Prominent German psychoanalyst Horst-Eberhard Richter advised: "The West should refrain from any provocations that produce feelings of debasement or humiliation." Of course, Richter left open the question of whether "the West" should also refrain from the wearing of mini skirts, eating pork and the legalization of same-sex partnerships in order to avoid causing any feelings of debasement and humiliation in the Islamic world." Eunichs talking about sex. Nice one. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,669888,00.html

Marie Claude on :

I still remember when movies, or photos, that carricaturated Jesus Christ, the associations of traditional catholics made a "reféré to forbid their diffusions too, and tribunals accorded them that. Now, if these carricatures were on persons or countries, or policies, I don't think that the reactios would have been so violent, beliefs, principles are the main motive for what persons would fight and die. So I think that they didn't bring more matter in the war against terrorism, but provocation. Generally you don't convince popuplations that have a strong tie to their beliefs in mocking at their object of devotion, but mocking at their behaviour is rather more effective, ie Molière parodies of religious hypocrits... It has been so effective that being called a "tartuffe" doesn't generate a mob empathy, but rather some irony. So measure is what we should consider when beliefs, principles are considered

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