Monday Headlines

The Middle East
Syria’s Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab was either dismissed from his position or defected depending on whether the reports are coming from opposition or government sources. One thing upon which they agree, however, is that Aleppo is  emerging as the focal point of the battle for Syria.

Making matters in the Middle East more tense, this weekend Iran tested an upgrade of its short-range missile.

China
Increased investment by China is resulting in more tension, rather than closer ties in several Japanese cities.

Unemployment Data
Using – and abusing – the unemployment rate to suit a preferred economic conclusion. Whatever the economic data proves or disproves, for many Americans the recession never ended, asserts Daily Beast columnist David Frum.

Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post on the social and economic challenges facing “generation squeezed.

 

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