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Highlights from ForeignPolicy.com this week

Here at FP, we spent most of the week surrounded by cardboard and bubble wrap as we prepared to move into our swank new headquarters. But between sorting ancient office supplies  and torturing our amazingly good-natured research assistants, we managed to have a great week for Web content.

The latest controverisal appointment: The Cable's Laura Rozen originally broke the story of Chas Freeman's appointment to head the National Intelligence Council and was all over the controversy about his views and affiliations. Passport had more details and David Rothkopf stood up for the controversial pick.

The Speech: Rothkopf and Chris Brose loved Barack Obama's address to Congress, but Peter Feaver thought he was ducking a discussion of national security.

A little advice: Brazil's former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, told FP why it's time to end the war on drugs; Steve Walt imagined what advice Winston Churchill might have for Obama; and Dan Drezner told the WTO it should really consider getting some nuclear weapons. 

High-carb blogging: Passport examined the threat facing German pretzels and Palestinian pasta.

Reinvention: This week's photo essay looked at the new and improved Abu Ghraib and journalist James Card exposed how South Korea's infamous clone doctor has found a bizarre new line of work.

Cell phone photography by Joshua Keating

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Argentina tells the CIA to mind its own business

In his first on-the-record meeting with the media, held Wednesday, CIA Director Leon Panetta discussed the destabilizing effects of the global economic crisis. After he expressed particular concern over potential trouble in Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela, the Argentines are not happy. Yesterday President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner summoned the U.S. Ambassador to discuss the CIA director's comments, and speaking at a news conference, Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana had this to say:

We consider the statements an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of our country, even more so coming from an agency that has a sad history of interference in the internal affairs in the countries in the region."

While economists are predicting that Argentina's GDP will contract next year, none of them seem to be forecasting this sort of doomsday scenario. Ambassador Earl Wayne claims that Panetta's statements do not reflect the U.S. government's official position, but rather the CIA chief was merely recounting the opinion of a "foreign source." Even if that is true, it's hard not to get the feeling that the CIA is once again causing trouble in Latin America.

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