Gas Rationing Sparks Roits in Iran

In a hearing Tuesday examining the legal basis for holding detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the focus turned to world opinion of the United States and the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies. (ABC News)

VENEZUELA

Chavez Prepares Army for Guerrilla War

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered his country's armed forces to prepare for a guerrilla war against the United States, saying there must be a strategy in place to defeat the superpower if it invades, reported The Guardian on Tuesday. (Daily Times Monitor)

SOMALIA

Blast Kills Five Women in Mogadishu

A suspected bomb blast killed five women outside a busy market in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses said. (Reuters)

KENYA

Bloody Toll in Kenyan Gang War

Kenyan police on Tuesday said they had shot dead at least 25 suspected members of the Mungiki criminal gang since last week, after at least 13 people were killed in a surge of violence blamed on the group. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS & OPINION

An Exit to Disaster

By Michael Gerson

History seems to be settling on some criticisms of the early conduct of the Iraq war. On the theory that America could liberate and leave, force levels were reduced too early, security responsibilities were transferred to Iraqis before they were ready, and planning for future challenges was unrealistic. "Victory in Iraq," one official of the Coalition Provisional Authority told me a couple of years ago, "was defined as decapitating the regime. No one defined victory as creating a sustainable country six months down the road." (Washington Post)

Gitmos across America

Toughness is the watchword in immigration policy these days. When you combine the new toughness with same-old bureaucratic indolence and ineptitude, you get a situation like that described by Nina Bernstein in The Times yesterday. She wrote about how the boom in immigration detention — the nation's fastest-growing form of incarceration — ensnares people for dubious reasons, denies them access to medicine and lawyers and sometimes holds them until they die. (NY Times)

Making Russia and China Less of a Nuisance in Middle East

By Dominique Moisi

Can Kosovo achieve independence without the tacit consent of Russia? And can there be a humanitarian and political solution to the tragedy in Darfur without the active goodwill of China? The two crises have nothing in common, but their resolution will depend in large part on whether these two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council use their veto power. (The Daily Star)

Should Hamas be Left Alone?

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

The three key players of Palestinian affairs have met in Sharm el Sheikh with Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] conveying a clear message to the world that he is the president of the legitimate Palestinian Authority (PA), not Hamas or its head of government, Ismail Haniyeh, who is only recognized as such by Iran and Syria. (Aawsat)

Breaking the Code of Secrecy

There is no end to the magnetic attraction of secrecy on government officials. So it is a healthy sign of democratic self-correction when the code of secrecy is set aside, as it was yesterday when, at the behest of CIA Director Michael Hayden, the agency released 693 pages of declassified files on CIA abuses from the 1950s to the 1970s. Among these were a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, subjecting unwitting subjects to LSD and the wiretapping of journalists. (Boston Globe)

A Note on Al Qaeda

By Joe Klein

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