Whether by mischievous intent or happy coincidence, mere hours after Obama people announced that he would order the Guantanamo Bay detention facility closed, the Bush administration announced that 61 former detainees had returned to terrorism

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STOCK - Energy & Environment

Curious about the environmental impact of the web?  New research by Harvard physicist Alex Wissner-Gross found that a Google search generates around 7 grams of carbon dioxide, about half the energy required by a kettle to boil a cup of tea.  Google, however, begs to differ.

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David Miliband has absolved the Pakistani government of direct responsibility for the Mumbai terrorist attacks, while at the same time saying they need to do more to crack down on those responsible.

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Like his erstwhile opponent for the White House, John McCain, President-elect Barack Obama spent the last two years condemning the existence of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp and promising to close it if elected. Now, however, he's hedging his bets a bit.

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BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell believes Iceland will be forced into the Eurozone — and perhaps even the EU — as a result of the financial crisis.  The country has been particularly hard hit, with the krona plummeting in value as the home of some of the world's largest bank failures.

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Pakistan is adrift, and Washington is gripped with worry over the competence and prospects of Pakistan’s civilian government. The United States and Pakistan are caught in a dangerous spiral where Pakistani inactivity and incompetence lead to more heavy-handed U.S. policies, which stirs up more anti-Americanism among the Pakistani public.

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The Israeli assault against Gaza grinds on. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has put dusty boots on the ground (it doesn’t rain enough for them to be muddy), and the bombing and shelling by both sides continue. Civilians, as is usually the case in this part of the world, bear the brunt of the suffering. In the end, it will end, and nothing appreciable will have been accomplished. Hamas will not be destroyed, and the Palestinians will still not have their demands met. Some things seem never to change.

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Shuja Nawaz, head of our new South Asia center, was interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty yesterday on the Pakistan-Afghanistan nexus.  The entire feature appears below as a courtesy to our readers.

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Meeting in the ornate Treaty Room atop the State Department in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze on Friday signed the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership.  “I want the people of Georgia to know,” said Rice, “that they will always have a friend in the United States of America.”

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I've joined what seems to be a consensus of Western observers in decrying Israel's heavyhanded tactics and callous disregard for civilian casualties in its invasion of Gaza.  It's worth remembering, however, that it's fighting a terrorist enemy that commits war crimes with casual impunity.

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