No Fiscal Cliff – Obama and Senate Republicans Strike a Deal

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Sharon Kyle: Up until this breaking news, President Obama maintained that a deal was “within sight” but most thought Congress would be unsuccessful.

Mexico’s Glass Ceiling: A Little Cracked

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The 10 million cracks that Mexican Presidential candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota got were nowhere near Hillary Clinton’s 18 million, but the mere opportunity at having a whack at that ceiling is impressive.

Atomic Energy Agency Holds Up Iran Cooperation Pact

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Gareth Porter: The Iranian proposals for change indicate Tehran believes that the IAEA draft is intended to keep Iran under suspicion for an indefinite period as part of a larger negotiating strategy by the United States and its allies.

U.S.-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or Special Ops Night Raids

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Gareth Porter: The disparity between the reality of the agreement and the optics created by administration press briefings recalls Obama’s declarations in 2009 and 2010 on the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

Obama’s Base Pact with Colombia Accelerates Dangerous Trend

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Sherwood Ross: Although much of Latin America is in the vanguard of the “anti-corporate and anti-militarist global democracy movement,” Grandin writes, the Obama administration is “disappointing potential regional allies by continuing to promote a volatile mix of militarism and free-trade orthodoxy in a corridor running from Mexico to Colombia.” Grandin’s article in The Nation’sFebruary 8th issue is titled, “Muscling Latin America.”

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