What we are reading

posted by Paul Hamill on May 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

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European leaders and financial markets braced for Greece exit from euro

The Guardian

Financial markets are hastily making preparations for a Greek exit from the euro after a day of political and economic turmoil ended with Europe‘s policy elite admitting for the first time that it may prove impossible to keep the single currency intact.

Venizelos: Greece talks fail

AP

Greek socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos says that Greece is going to new elections after talks produced no deal

 Iran envoy says talks with UN nuke agency ‘good’

GEORGE JAHN / Associated Press

Iran’s envoy to talks with the U.N. nuclear agency said Tuesday the meeting was going well, as the two sides began their second day of discussion of agency suspicions that Tehran might have tested atomic arms technology.

 Francois Hollande becomes France’s new president

GREG KELLER and SYLVIE CORBET / Associated Press

Francois Hollande became president of France on Tuesday in a ceremony steeped in tradition, taking over a country worried about Europe’s future and pledging to make it a fairer place

NATO invites Pakistan to summit

SLOBODAN LEKIC  / Associated Press

NATO will invite Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to the alliance’s summit in Chicago, after the country’s foreign minister proposed reopening its Afghan border to NATO military supplies, officials said Tuesday.

Pakistan Shuts Its Border; Pentagon Shuts Its Mouth

Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com

For nearly six months, Pakistan has closed its ground shipping routes to convoys resupplying the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Getting those resupply routes open is preoccupying U.S. military officers and diplomats as they haggle, sweet-talk, beg and cajole their Pakistani counterparts, since alternative shipping routes are vastly more expensive. Exactly how expensive, the Pentagon won’t say, probably because disclosing that figure could undermine the U.S. in its talks with its Pakistani frenemy.

Airlines ‘are conforming’ with EU rules on emissions

Richard Black / BBC

The vast majority of airlines have conformed with EU rules on reporting carbon dioxide emissions, the European Commission has said. 

On Our Flashpoint Blog

New ASP event: A Conversation with Walter Pincus: Nukes, Missiles, and the Truth

Gold: HASC and the NDAA: New Barriers to Safely Reducing the US’s Nuclear Arsenal

Last week the House Armed Services Committee produced their final Committee markup of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act.  The bill should go to the House floor for final passage sometime later this month.  Included in the bill are some sections that limit the ability of the president to safely reduce, pursuant to the New START Treaty signed with Russia last year, the strategic nuclear forces of the United States.

Wallin: Land of Dreams and Tourism

Yesterday, I was introduced to a new campaign to increase tourism to the United States. The material I have seen includes advertising spots, available here, which do a great job at showcasing the diversity of America. 

Holland: The Threats of Climate Change to Security Deserve Study

A Washington Times Editorial simply goes too far in attacking climate science over a statement made by Secretary of Defense Panetta.

ASP Reports and Media

The War on Terror: One Year On

One year ago, Osama bin Laden was killed in a daring nighttime raid by Navy SEALs on his compound in a small military garrison town in Pakistan. Since then, how has the war on terror changed? Should we be looking at it more critically than we are? In this essay collection, we examine the war on terror from several angles not often found in the popular discourse.

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