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On global trade and the middle east

In case you've missed: August 7, 2006 Baghdad, Beirut, Doha Trade-talks failure a blow to US strategy in Mideast by Leon Hadar In addition to being the capitals of three Middle Eastern countries, Baghdad (Iraq), Beirut (Lebanon), and Doha (Qatar) have something else in common, and it's President George W. Bush's global policy. While the violence taking place in Baghdad and Beirut is a direct consequence of the collapse of Bush's Middle East policy and much of its geo-strategic approach, the breakdown of the Doha round of trade talks is a reflection of the failure of the Bush administration to project U.S. leadership in the global economic arena. If Washington does not take immediate steps to reevaluate and re-energize its role in global affairs, then not only the United States but the entire international system could be threatened. (read the rest) And: American Proscenium After Zarqawi: The New Thirty Years’ War by Leon T. Hadar When the U.S. government toppled Sad­d