News and Analysis (4/27/10)

52 candidates have been disqualified as US Ambassador Hill begins to apply pressure to the Iraqi government

Abbas calls for an international boycott of Israeli settlement goods totaling up to $500 million in revenue:

“Everyone feels safer now,” says a tribal elder. “Nobody worries about getting killed anymore”:

As water quickly becomes the region’s most important natural resource:

Pakistanis speak out again to the government’s new restrictions on electricity consumption, “[t]he Pakistani people are a toy in the hands of the government”

A bad omen? “Reflecting the sharply deteriorating security situation in Kandahar”:

Once referred to as the “mad dog” of the Middle East, Gaddafi gushes over President Obama, thanking the American people who voted for him:

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