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December 2011

Short and Fine (US/Iraq)

December 31, 2011 // Veja - Brazil - Portuguese

For strategic and electoral reasons, the Obama administration tries to describe its troop withdrawal as something that must be seen as a success in the war that he inherited from George W. Bush (who spoke of victory carelessly, by the way). On Wednesday, in Fort Bragg, Mr. Obama welcomed back the American soldiers who [Read more]

The Cuban Blockade: An Atavistic US Commitment

December 31, 2011 // Prensa Latina - Cuba - Spanish

In the context of the complicated U.S.-Cuba relationship, professor Luis René Fernández-Tabío is one of the academics that have investigated the subject most deeply, with 20 years of professional experience studying Washington's policies, among other sociological and scientific disciplines of international impact. [Read more]

Out of One Tough Year Into Another

December 31, 2011 // The Cape Times - South Africa

No sitting president has ever recovered from the position Obama is in with less than a year to go to re-election. Yet he still stands a chance – because of the unbelievably low quality of his would-be Republican challengers.

Romney Prospers from New Iowa Strategy

December 31, 2011 // The Globe and Mail - Canada

Mr. Romney’s strategy this time involved never publicly making a play for Iowa, thereby lowering expectations. His absence was so glaring, it led the state’s GOP governor to warn: “Iowans don’t like to be ignored.”

And Obama Gets the Last Laugh

December 31, 2011 // Handelsblatt - Germany - German

All signs are seemingly against Barack Obama in the run-up to next year's election, yet his Republican adversaries can't seem to profit from that. Obama could end up with an undeserved victory.

The Legacy

December 31, 2011 // Népszabadság - Hungary - Hungarian

For America, Iraq is a closed chapter, of course with the exception of those soldiers and their families forever wounded or crippled by the war.

Biden and Conditions of US Withdrawal from Iraq

December 31, 2011 // Al-Iraq News - Iraq - Arabic

The past eight years of courageous Iraqi resistance to the American occupation cost the occupiers more dearly than they had expected. This resistance, combined with the ignominy of dishonest justifications for the war and the subsequent occupation, is responsible for the Americans’ rushed decision to withdraw in this rather uncomfortable manner. Now the Americans are reduced to trying to ensure that their withdrawal does not spell the complete failure of their venture in Iraq and in the wider region.
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