Today's coverage agenda: Israel's Arabs, gay marriages, recession's end
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• Norway’s massive sovereign wealth fund voted against a proposal to divest itself of Canadian oil sands projects because of environmental concerns. But Tom Sullivan writes that ahead of Copenhagen climate talks, many Norwegians are pushing for their government to do more to become carbon neutral.Skip to next paragraph
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• Fred Weir in Moscow explores whether Russia can sway North Korea. Russia once had a lot of influence in North Korea, but Putin has had trouble persuading the Dear Leader to listen. Will this time be different?
• In Israel, Avigdor Lieberman’s party has proposed two pieces of legislation that are likely to bring unprecedented international attention to the status of Israeli Arabs. Both require stepped-up Arab commitment to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state: one through an oath of loyalty, the other through a ban on commemorating the mass exodus of Palestinians in 1948. Josh Mitnick in Tel Aviv looks at what’s motivating the bills, and how those issues might be addressed.
• Heba Aly reports from Nairobi on the undermanned and underfunded African peacekeepers in Somalia who are increasingly bearing the brunt of an ugly conflict pitting extremist Islamist insurgents against a new, moderate transitional government. Analysts say the mission, known as AMISOM, has held up well. But AMISOM officials say they are losing on one important front: the information war. Now, they’re out to change that.
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