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16 May 2007

Mexico: Drug Trafficking Violence Increases

Mexico’s war on drugs has produced a violent backlash resulting in the deaths of over 1,000 Mexicans since the program’s initiation in December 2006. The bloodshed has evolved from gang on gang violence to high profile attacks on police, military, and political officials. In a recent trend, the attacks have

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16 May 2007

Syria, Iran: US Policy Shift

Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki’s prodding is one of several factors that led the United States to begin diplomatic dialogues with Syria and Iran concerning the future of Iraq and securing its borders. Following the May 4, 2007, close of the Iraq Conference in Sharm al-Shaykh, and as a result

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16 May 2007

Fort Dix Plot Indicates Potential Threat from Sanctuary Cities

Early last week, US authorities disrupted a plot by the “Fort Dix Six,” who allegedly intended to kill US military personnel by launching an attack on the Fort Dix army base located in New Jersey. Three of the suspects in the alleged plot- Dritan “Anthony” Duka, Shain Duka, and Eljvir

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16 May 2007

Thailand Passes Cyber Crime Bill

The junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly in Thailand passed a cyber crime bill on May 9, 2007, which would give the government legal authority to act on Internet abuses. The new legislation also mandates firm prison terms for guilty offenders. Once royal assent is given, the bill will be promulgated as

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16 May 2007

Koreas: Détente?

Relations between North and South Korea have warmed in recent months with new promises of food aid from the South and nuclear de-escalation in the North. Headway, however, has been slow to develop as North Korea angst over the slow release of frozen funds in an overseas bank, and demands

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