Non-Wikileaks Revelations on Libya



For those of you who can never get enough leaked U.S. government documents but are tired of Wikileaks, The Atlantic’s Max Fisher had a must-read scoop from this weekend about a once-secret deal to remove highly enriched uranium that very nearly went sour. He details the never-before-released news that the U.S.

Five G-20 Countries Placed on New America’s Current Account Surplus Watch



China ,Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia have been placed on a new Watch List for countries that have excessively large current account surpluses and for not taking adequate corrective measures. Check out the full list.

LIVE STREAM at 5:00 pm: Beyond Platitudes


Please join the New America Foundation, in cooperation with the Palestine Note and Tomorrow’s Youth Organization for a reception and panel discussion TODAY from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Beyond Platitudes: Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Middle East. You can RSVP for the event here, and it will also be livestreamed at TWN.

Close Call in Iraq



It was with surprise and then relief yesterday that I saw the news that the UN’s top representative in Iraq, Ad Melkert, and the chief of Najaf’s police had emerged unscathed from a car bomb targeting their convoy as it left the Shi’ite holy city in Southern Iraq: While roadside bombings occur daily in Iraq…

Technology Gets Less Open in Egypt



While not exactly a haven of free speech before, it looks like Egyptian authorities are cracking down on communications technology in the lead-up to parliamentary elections: Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has imposed new restrictions aimed at tightening control over the SMS messaging services provided by mobile phone companies and media institutions in an…