Yesterday, President Obama surprised 120 fellow world leaders with a tough defense of free speech and a challenge to Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi. We’ll hear how the world body is coping—and not coping—with various crises around the globe. California gets ready for driverless cars. And protests in Athens may shake a fragile coalition.
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On Day Two of the UN General Assembly’s annual session, an unwelcome reminder of the major issue on the minds of 120 world leaders: Syrian rebels staged another deadly attack on President Assad’s military headquarters in Damascus today. In New York, the focus was on other developments in the Middle East: the new government of Egypt, Iran’s nuclear progress and relations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations (@StewartMPatrick)
David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@ddknyt)
Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council / Al-Monitor (@barbaraslavin1)
Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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