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Is North Korea Changing — Or Resisting Change?

In February, North Korea agreed to freeze uranium enrichment and missile tests and allow international nuclear inspectors — and then immediately announced a rocket launch. North Korea watchers are puzzled by the mixed messages and wonder who is calling the shots in a country with a new, untested leader.
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Boycotts Simplify Ongoing Issues In West Bank

Peter Beinart's new book, The Crisis of Zionism, argues that Israel cannot be a true democratic state as long as there are settlements in the West Bank and calls for a boycott of goods made in those settlements. Gary Rosenblatt, publisher of The Jewish Week of New York, disagrees with this argument.
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Should American Jews Boycott West Bank Settlements?

Journalist Peter Beinart supports Israel but thinks the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are compromising Israel's commitment to democracy. He has proposed a boycott of goods made in those Jewish settlements.
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Is Mexico's Drug War Worth The Cost?

President Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Monday, and praised him for his courage to stand up to his country's drug cartels. But former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda tells host Michel Martin that his country's president has produced few results from a deadly war that has killed nearly 50,000 people.
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Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy is a classical music star who was born in the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union. He moved to London in the 1960s. Ashkenazy is a renowned chamber music performer and six-time Grammy award-winning pianist. He is also a...

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U.S. Puts $10 Million Bounty On Mumbai Terror Suspect's Head

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is the alleged mastermind behind the 2008 attacks that left 166 people dead. He moves about openly in Pakistan. The bounty will likely further complicate U.S.-Pakistan relations.
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China Lifts Newly-Imposed Internet Restrictions

In China, the media is heavily controlled by the government. That reality was clear on Saturday when new restrictions banning commenting were imposed on two twitter-style websites. The government lifted the restrictions Tuesday, but the government certainly made a point about who's in charge.

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