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Going to hell in a handbasket–Musharraf style

The newest country to impose martial law is Pakistan. Following a fine tradition started eons ago, General Perez Musharraf has used the time-honored excuse that the citizens of Pakistan need protecting from themselves. I think the timing is suspect, based on the fact that this week the Supreme Court of Pakistan was going to hand […]

The votes are in and counted in Turkey.

The ruling Party, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party maintained control but lost 10 seats in the Parlement. Erdogan is a heavy-duty Muslim. At a rally yesterday he said, per AP:

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The List: Six Reasons You May Have to Buy a New Atlas Soon

Few new states have come into being since the fall of the Soviet Union. In this List, FP looks at six regions and territories that are craving international recognition. Each has its own government—even its own flag—but lacks independent status at the United Nations. Who will be next to win this coveted prize?

Seven Questions: The Wild, Wild East of Capitalism

Traders in London and New York aren’t quite sure what to make of China’s chaotic stock markets. In this week’s Seven Questions, renowned Asia economist Andy Xie explains the unique psychology of Chinese investors, why the country’s markets are crashing, and how that matters 7,300 miles away on Wall Street.

Earning It

Is it too late for America to win back its disappointed admirers? Not if the United States returns to its founding ideals and finally puts to bed the myth of “American exceptionalism.”

The List: Where is the Love?

Each year, the United States seems to slide ever lower in the world’s esteem. But not everyone hates America. Hidden inside a new 47-nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey are some surprising oases of support for the world’s sole superpower.

Seven Questions: The CIA Airs Its Dirty Laundry

Diamonds are forever. Government secrets, it seems, are not. The CIA just released its “Family Jewels”—nearly 700 pages of Cold War documents detailing plots of political assassinations, illegal wiretaps, and domestic spying. Secrecy expert Steven Aftergood tells FP what the release means for the Agency and for the future of American democracy.

The FP Memo: Don’t Be Beijing’s Puppet

Is Hong Kong destined to be a democracy? Ten years after the British handed over their former colony to Beijing, this basic question is still up in the air. Here’s how Hong Kong’s leader Donald Tsang can ride to the rescue—and leave the city better than he found it.

Why Nuclear Energy Isn’t the Great Green Hope

As the planet warms, leaders from Washington to Beijing are pushing nuclear power as a clean alternative to coal. But this new strategy for fighting climate change has a fatal flaw: It can’t possibly work.

The List: Deals Without Wheels

Is free trade doomed? U.S. President George W. Bush’s trade negotiating authority is soon to expire, Congress is on the warpath, and global trade talks are imploding. In this week’s List, FP looks at the U.S. trade deals whose futures are now anything but certain.