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Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (3/22)

An Argentinian fatwa, a blustering Saddam Hussein.

What Do They Do?

Would you recognize a torturer if you saw one?

Ugandan Human Rights Group Using U.S. Law to Sue Anti-Gay Pastor

Sexual Minorities Uganda has accused evangelical pastor Scott Lively of promoting anti-gay sentiment and policy in Uganda.

Is Egypt Being Primed for a Coup?

President Morsi is caught between the IMF, with its demand for austerity measures, and protestors.

SOPAC Expedites New Seabed Mining Legislation for Lockheed Martin

An organization intended, in part, to assess coastal protection and geo-hazards seems, instead, to be working on behalf of Lockheed Martin.

Ten Years After Iraq War, Neo-Cons Struggle to Hold Republicans

The split between the Republican Party’s two wings appears certain to grow wider, if for no other reason than deficit-cutting will remain the Republicans’ main obsession for the foreseeable future.

Pope Francis Has an Opportunity to Redeem Himself for His Sins of Omission During the Dirty War

Jorge Bergoglio may have acted cowardly during Argentina’s Dirty War, but at least he addresses the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

It didn’t take long for the world to recognize that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq constituted a “dumb war.” But dumb wasn’t the half of it.

Did the College of Cardinals Foresee the Dirty War Controversy?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s election to the papacy further tarnishes the position — and the Church.

Will China Wear Out Its Welcome in Africa?

In some corners of Africa, the seams of the tight Africa-China relationship are becoming stretched.

“The Gatekeepers”: “We Became Cruel”

Former Shin Bet chiefs turned professional killers for peace in this Oscar-nominated documentary.

From Hero to Villain: The Arab World’s Hugo Chavez Arc

His dalliances with the likes of Gaddafi and Assad may have soured the Arab public on a figure with whom it was disposed to be sympathetic.

NAFTA at 20: The New Spin

Nearly 20 years since NAFTA went into effect, its empty promises have been laid bare for the people of Mexico.

Promoting Peace, But Fueling War in Syria

Saudi Arabia is a dubious choice to team with to promote democracy in Syria.

Revisiting the Velvet Divorce

Czechoslovakia, though it no longer exists, remains a symbol of courageous resistance and sensible conflict resolution

The Pedigree of the “Horsewich”

How did Europe wind up eating horsemeat?

Intrigue Surrounds U.S. Arrest of Iran-based Bin Laden Son-in-Law

While Abu Ghaith’s trial venue provided the major source of debate on his fate in the U.S., foreign policy experts expressed more interest in how he came into U.S. hands.

Chavez: Washington Nemesis, Latin American Hero

What scared Washington most about Chavez was not his failures or idiosyncrasies. It was his success.

The Two Europes

Along with the divide between rich and poor in Europe, another has opened between the mobile and the stationary.