Alyssa Rayman-Read

Alyssa Rayman-Read is a former American Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles

Afghanistan Rebuilds as Israel Crumbles

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia Peace At Last? Asia's newspapers are filled with detailed analysis of the Afghan power sharing agreement signed this week in Bonn, Germany. Response to the carefully brokered deal -- which sets up a transition government led by Pashtun leader Hamid Karzai -- has been cautiously optimistic. News articles focus on the divvying up of power; the transition government will have a Pashtun leader, but several top cabinet posts will be held by members of the Northern Alliance. Men and women will also share power. "The new government includes a deputy chairwoman," notes The Kashmir Observer , "marking a return of women to public office in stark contrast to the repression they suffered at the hands of the Taliban, who banned them from work and study and made them wear head-to-toe veils." Asian papers also report on the size of the new government's job. According to the Pakistani newspaper...

The International Anthrax Scare

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive ASIA Afghanistan The Leaders : Afghanistan's political future is getting heavy treatment in most Afghan papers and media outlets. Papers cite reports of defections within the Taliban, raising hopes in the U.S. and Pakistan for possible future inclusion of moderate Taliban officials in a broad based Afghan government. Contradictory reports emerge on whether the Taliban's foreign minister has been attempting a negotiation that would involve the handover of bin Laden for an international trial. The United States and the United Nations are discussing a way to put Kabul under temporary control of UN peacekeeping forces or other international or foreign authorities. Northern Alliance officials said October 15th that they will hold off on a Kabul take-over until firmer post-Taliban political plans are made. Meanwhile, foreign correspondents report back on conversations with Al Queda leaders who...

Fanning the Flames

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas International Commentary Column Archive The Middle East The response of a country or a leader to the Israel-Palestine conflict is the barometer of justice used by many Mideast commentators. Adel Darwish, in the MIDEASTNEWS surveys the Arab coverage of the terrorist attacks, pronouncing that the current reporting echoes "its coverage of the Gulf War, but show[s] little more maturity or expertise than it did a decade ago." Darwish attributes the lack of maturity and expertise to the complicated relationships many governments have with their journalists -- sometimes directly compromising or prohibiting free press, and rarely giving the press free reign. Still, the papers Darwish reviews, as well as those reviewed here from Arab countries, Israel and elsewhere, all opine on the terrorist attacks in the U.S. in reference to local and regional Israel vs. Arab politics. Many of the editorials, even in the most respected and...

War on Many Fronts

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Middle East and Africa The PR Campaign Heats Up In the Middle East region, the spin is all the buzz. Or the buzz is all the spin. As public opinion in favor of the Afghan invasion wavers, especially in key partner nations like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the U.K., international leaders, both in the Gulf states and elsewhere, are realizing that PR, not military operations, may be the key to winning the "war on terrorism." The papers this week note that the diplomacy troops are now the ones being deployed for combat, seeking to keep wary partners in the game. U.S. President Bush beamed his pep talk on Tuesday to leaders of Central Europe meeting in Poland. Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have also given interviews to Al Jazeera, the Arab television station broadcast by satellite out of Afghanistan, and...

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