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Syrians’ pleas for western military help to stop the Assad regime have gone unanswered for the past three years, no matter how brutal the government’s methods of repression.
More than 200,000 deaths later, the US has entered the Syrian fray with the first air strikes as it also prepares to begin training and equipping a rebel force in Syria. The goal, in this case, is not to take on the regime, but to confront a jihadi menace that has spread spectacularly to Iraq, and has begun to pose a broader threat to the region.
But if fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group known as Isis, might just prevent Iraq from breaking up, the chances of this campaign bringing peace to Syria are more remote than ever.Continue reading: Five reasons to be cautious over Syria air strikes
By Gideon Rachman
In 1990 Kenichi Ohmae, a management consultant, published a book called The Borderless World, whose title captured the spirit of globalisation. Over the next almost 25 years developments in business, finance, technology and politics seemed to confirm the inexorable decline of borders and the nation states they protected.Continue reading: FT column: The strange revival of nationalism
• An oil smuggling network created to evade UN sanctions on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq is being exploited by the Islamist group Isis.
• In Libya hardline Islamists are pushing their agenda amid the chaos they created.
• Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs lifts the veil on its relationship with the Gaddafi-era Libyan sovereign wealth fund.
• The New York Times rounds up the latest books on Iraq: The outlaw state.
• China is risking a ‘balance sheet recession’ as the impact of its stimulus measures wane.
• Linda Tirado on why globalisation and technology are to blame when the poor are accused of failing to make long term plans.Continue reading: Smart Reads, 22 September 2014