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This autumn’s senatorial elections in the United States could affect the Democrats’ control over the institution. The prospect of a Senate controlled by Republicans has determined America’s leading conservative and neo-conservative think-tanks to join forces against the Obama administration. The strategy employed by the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Foreign Policy Initiative… » read more

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The diplomatic tensions between Japan and China concerning the fishing boat incident in the East China Sea would have passed unnoticed a short while ago. Not this time. Judging by the latest developments, the US State Department seems determined to prevent the formation of an Asian trade bloc in the region at any cost. Mrs.Clinton’s… » read more

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Not all parliamentary elections are as important as those in Venezuela, where control of the parliament amounts to controlling the country’s large oil and gas reserves. On September 28 the Venezuelan electoral commission has communicated the uncontested results of the process: Chavez’s ruling party won 90 out of a total of 165 seats, with the… » read more

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Ninoy Aquino Visits the US

This summer, Benigno Aquino III won the presidency of the Philippines in a landslide election which ended the corrupt term in power of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Corruption, according to the new president, eats up to a fifth of the Philippines’ GDP, in a country of widespread poverty (a third of Filipinos live below the poverty line),… » read more

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Iraq’s power vacuum

More than six months since citizens voted in the country’s second parliamentary elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still without a government. Although no political bloc had won an outright majority, the secular Shiite Al Iraqiya alliance won most seats, two more than the sectarian Shiite alliance headed by the current premier… » read more

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Confronted with the waning of US influence in world affairs, American foreign policy experts and military strategists are currently fanning the flame of conflict between China and ASEAN nations on the one hand, and between China, Japan and Taiwan on the other. Such diplomatic moves have prompted an angry official reaction from Beijing yesterday. China’s… » read more

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Amid bombings and killings, low turn-out and allegations of large-scale ballot stuffing, the fourth post-Taliban elections took place on Saturday in Afghanistan. The official results are not yet known, but all the main foreign actors present in Afghanistan were – according to The Economist – quick to hail the elections’ “success”. The reason ? These… » read more

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Unilaterally proclaimed in 2008, Kosovo’s independence has been recognised to date only by 69 states out of 192 UN member states (source: Le Monde diplomatique). The unexpected outcome has surprised even Serbia, not to mention the United States and its allies. As Le Monde diplomatique notes in its September 2010 issue, the map of states… » read more

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Neoliberalism’s Ugly Legacy

30 years have passed since the launching of the Thatcherite revolution in Britain. From its very inception I was in a position to witness firsthand, in Australia, how the neoliberal agenda was sold to an unsuspecting Western public. It is high time today, when neoliberalism’s basic theoretical tenets have led the world onto a blind… » read more

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The release of the NATO 2020 Report on the 17th of May could be regarded as a disappointment by European military and political experts. The sages that put it together could not logically explain why we should continue to keep a military and political organisation designed to defend the Euro-Atlantic world from the threats posed… » read more

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