Generally I like to read full articles, but this is a good way to get caught up!

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Fighting FailureForeign Policy‘s Douglas Wissing posts a damning indictment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan amid continuing violence over the burning of copies of the Koran. “This wave of protest is just the latest example of how the United States has botched its attempt to win “hearts and minds” in Afghanistan, and another indicator that its war effort is heading toward failure,” he writes.

Friends of Syria – Representatives from the U.S., Europe and Arab countries have convened in Tunisia to back an ultimatum for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  The “Friends of Syria” conference seeks to declare a cease-fire and allow much-needed humanitarian aid into the ravaged country. Russia and China, crucial allies of the Syrian leader, will not be in attendance. The Guardian is live-blogging the day’s events.

Democracy Test – South Africa-based News24reports on former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo’s meetings with Senegalese opposition leaders, including…

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