In The News

Frank Bruni April 17, 2003
The months before the US-led war in Iraq showed deep fractures in the EU, and according to this report on the first EU meeting since the war began, the divisions still linger. Aside from welcoming new and prospective EU members, two statements were passed at this meeting. The statement on Iraq, although “vague” and “brief,” held coalition forces responsible for restoring security in Iraq first...
Paul Webster April 16, 2003
France: some say isolated diplomatically, but determined to press on for Iraq reconstruction.
April 15, 2003
The rehabilitation and reconstruction of a post-war Iraq is quickly emerging as a complex issue of global proportions. Iraqi liabilities are estimated at over $380 billion. While the United States favors debt forgiveness, other major UN Security Council member countries, such as France, Germany and Russia are less inclined to support complete debt forgiveness. International financial...
Shada Islam April 15, 2003
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spain's Jose Maria Aznar have joined France and Germany in demanding that the United Nations play the central role in administering and rebuilding post-Saddam Iraq. Not only does the UN have the experience and the expertise to handle Iraq's reconstruction, it is the only body with a legal mandate to do so. UN oversight, EU leaders argue, will be...
Elaine Sciolino April 14, 2003
As part of a national project to create what Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has called "an official Islam of France," delegates from mosques throughout the country voted for members of a new council that would officially represent France’s five million Muslims. Mr. Sarkozy said that organizing France's Muslims is the way to fight "the Islam of cellars and garages that has...
Richard Bernstein April 14, 2003
The United States has long been acknowledged as a world superpower. However, following the success of the US led war in Iraq, some observers in Europe argue that the United States is also becoming an imperial power, akin to the great Roman and British empires. American military victories in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Persian Gulf War of 1991 are cited as examples of American global power and...
David Stout April 14, 2003
Following the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Bush administration warned Syria to "ponder the implications" of supporting terrorism, developing chemical weapons and harboring fugitives from Saddam Hussein’s regime. Despite issuing harsh warning, the Bush Administration insists that it will explore all diplomatic and economic options in dealing with Syria. Syria has denied all...