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  • Nick Kristof on Palestinian Civil Disobedience  The New York Times columnist offers Palestinians a strategy for dealing with Israel: "Imagine if Palestinians stopped the rock-throwing and put female pacifists in the lead. What if 1,000 women sat down peacefully on a road to block access to an illegal Jewish settlement built on Palestinian farmland? What if the women allowed themselves to be tear-gassed, beaten and arrested without a single rock being thrown? Those images would be on televisions around the world — particularly if hundreds more women marched in to replace those hauled away."
  • Dayo Olopade on South Africa's World Cup Achievement  The Washington Post contributor explains what World Cup soccer means for South Africa and the continent at large: "While it may be decades before less-wealthy African countries are prepared to host the tournament, the World Cup has been an essential engine for African self-confidence. This is particularly salient in South Africa, whose racial traumas still live in plain sight. As fellow competitors Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon celebrate their half-century of independence (Ghana broke with Britain in 1957, and Algeria with France in 1962), South Africa is catching up in terms of full freedoms."
  • Matthew Kaminski on South Africa's Post-World Cup Opportunity  The Wall Street Journal staffer says the country is at an important crossroads: "From Mr. Zuma on down comes the message that South Africa must not squander the warm vibes and new confidence. Greece felt good after the 2004 Olympics; look what happened later. Here the stakes go beyond recouping the 40 billion rand ($5.2 billion) it cost to put on this show. Will South Africa build up a free market democracy, or will cronyism, corruption and poor governance take it down the road to a failed state?"
  • Ron Brownstein on Obama's Suburbia Problem  The National Journal columnist explains how pervasive unemployment threatens the president's 2012 prospects: "With fear growing that the economy is slowing again, Obama faces a widening sense that his agenda may have purchased only temporary relief at the price of lasting debt. Particularly in Centennial, but among some residents in Littleton too, Obama has a genuine well of respect, and time to recover lost ground before 2012. But each month of economic unease drains a little more goodwill from that well.
  • Maureen Dowd on LeBron James  The New York Times columnist relives the hoop star's self-indulgent media circus: "ESPN’s 28 minutes of contrived suspense over James’s narcissistic announcement that he was going, aptly, to My-Am-Me played like 'The Bachelor,' without the rose for the winner."

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