News and Analysis (12/29/09)

Denied access to the border by Egyptian forces, the protesters say they will organize a walk all the way to Rafah …

… Meanwhile, other protesters expecting to reach Gaza via the Mediterranean will probably be intercepted by the IDF:

Realizing broad sanctions will only hurt common Iranians and help fuel Ahmadinejad’s criticism, Obama seeks a more focused diplomatic plan:

The path to extremism — Abdulmutallab was confused and searching for answers that his immediate community wouldn’t or couldn’t answer; terrorists were ready to fill the vacuum:

… “For years I’ve been saying this: Only two things have made flying safer [since 9/11] – the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers” — security writer Bruce Schneier:

In an effort sure to eventually boost the changes for peace, HWW helps Gazans cope with the psychological toll of war:

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