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Death of bin Laden and a Strategic Shift in Washington

STRATFOR COMMENTARY Two apparently distinct facts have drawn our attention. The first and most obvious is U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement late May 1 that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The second is Obama’s April 28 announcement that Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will replace Leon Panetta as CIA director. Together, the events create the conditions for the U.S. president to expand his room to maneuver in the war in Afghanistan and ultimately reorient U.S. foreign-policy priorities. The U.S. mission in Afghanistan, as stated by Obama, is the destruction of al Qaeda — in particular,

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London meet focuses on Libya’s political future

Diplomats from world powers are meeting in London on Tuesday vowed to continue allied air strikes on Libya and called for an end to fighting between rebel forces and pro-government loyalists. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said world powers have prevented a massacre by using air strikes to cripple Gadhafi’s military. She added the strikes will continue until Mr. Gadhafi complies with the U.N. dictates. British Prime Minister David Cameron complained that forces loyal to Gadhafi are conducting “murderous attacks” on citizens in the city of Misrata. Pentagon has deployed AC-130 and A-10 attack planes. Such the deployment indicates

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Obama backs India’s bid for permanent UN Security Council seat

US President Barack Obama has endorsed India’s longstanding bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Obama announced the policy shift in his Monday (Nov Eight) afternoon speech to India’s parliament—a speech that was planned as the climax to his three-day visit to India. Obama used the occasion to make Washington’s case for a global strategic partnership between US imperialism and the Indian bourgeoisie. “In Asia and around the world,” declared Obama, “India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged. And it is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India—bound by

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On the way to Myanmar’s democracy Nirvana

By Malladi Rama Rao Myanmar goes to polls on November 7 to elect its new law makers and new government, according to the brief announcement carried on the state radio and TV on Friday, Aug 13. The junta describes the one-day ballot as the final step in the roadmap to democracy, which is a very elaborate seven stage plan of Senior General Than Shwe to establish ‘discipline-flourishing democracy’ in the country. How far the forthcoming one-day election will be free and fair is any body’s guess. Political parties are denied breathing time to put their act together for contesting the

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