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Discuss: Is Obama Steering the Country in the Right Direction?

<i>The Obama Syndrome</i> by Tariq Ali.
Policy Is Obama is steering the country in the right direction at home and abroad?

As Iran's President Heads to New York, an Opportunity

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a press conference in Doha on September 5, 2010 (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly later this month it will be his first appearance at the UN since the Security Council strengthened sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program in June.

Photo of the Day: An Afghan School Poisoned


An Afghan man closes the main door to the Totya Girls' School following the suspected poisoning of its students in Kabul on August 25, 2010.

Hopes for Afghan Election Reform

A poster urging Afghans to vote in upcoming elections is stuck to a wall in Kandahar province's Arghandab Valley on August 11, 2010. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy With Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections, the government will be watched closely for signs of reform.

Pakistan Flood Response Event at Asia Society

A boy rests at a new camp that opened on Aug. 14, 2010 for flood victims in Sukkur, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Lifestyle International figures gather at the Asia Society in New York for a discussion on solutions following the devastating floods in Pakistan.

Growing Catastrophe in Pakistan

US Army Staff Sargeant Matthew Kingsbury (R) from Bravo Company 2/3 Aviation and Pakistani soldiers sit on the cargo bay ramp of a CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter while looking down at a flooded area while in flight over Swat Valley on August 10, 2010. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

As Pakistan comes to grips with its worst floods in living memory, the UN is set to launch an appeal to help victims.

Asia Society Panel to Discuss the Future of Afghan Women

A burqa-clad Afghan woman walks on a street in Kabul on August 10, 2010. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

The Asia Society in Northern California will host a discussion on the challenges that women face in both Afghanistan and South Asia.

Photo of the Day: Afghan Harvest

Bamiyan stands in a valleyon the former Silk Road.

Bamiyan stands in a valley stretching 100 km. through central Afghanistan, on the former Silk Road that once linked China with Central Asia and beyond.

WikiLeaks and Afghanistan: The Fallout Continues

US soldiers patrol in the Dand district of Kandahar Province on July 26, 2010, a day after leaked documents laid bare the civilian toll of the US-led war. (Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States war effort in Afghanistan was roiled over the weekend by the WikiLeaks release of 75,000 official military documents pertaining to the war, which add up to a far more dire portrait than the Obama and Bush administrations had ever made public.

General Kayani Stays

Pakistani army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani takes his seat for the official oath-taking ceremony of new prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, at the Presidency on March 25, 2008, in Islamabad, Pakistan. This month, Kayani has been granted a three-year extension as Army Chief by Gillani. (Photo Warrick Page/Getty Images)
Policy In a timely though perhaps surprising move, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced on July 23 the extension of army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's term for another three years.