By Mick Krever, CNN
The Taliban has long been known as an extremist group, but could it become a player in workaday politics?
The group said it hoped to do just that when it opened a political office in the capital of Qatar, Doha. So why come in from the cold?
“Their decision making is kind of mysterious,” Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan,” told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.
But he did have two leading theories. FULL POST
By Samuel Burke, CNN
Brazil is in the throes of massive protests, but its foreign minister does not think that his country will see the type of violence and confrontation that Turkey has seen in the past weeks.
“I think it’s a different situation; the manifestations have been peaceful, predominately,” Antonio Patriota told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview.
But federal riot police have been sent to five major cities.
“There may be episodes of violence here and there and, of course, the security forces have to be prepared because there are large numbers of people involved,” Patriota told Amanpour. “And our expectation is that they will continue to manifest in a peaceful way.” FULL POST
Syria may have dominated the G8 meetings, but at its heart, it is an economic summit.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the point of the G8 is to fire up economies and drive growth around the world, but leaders certainly have their work cut out for them with punishing unemployment weighing down the world economy.
Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard University, said the G8 leaders achieved “nothing” this past week. FULL POST