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territory and crossed the border in order to “reclaimed the territory” - Soldiers outnumber voters in junta’s widely discredited poll in Burma o It was a fake election o They did this in order to try and be accepted back into the international community o Famous activist Suu Kyi was released from prison in Burma in an effort to gain legitimacy in the world’s eye o She has been imprisoned for over 20 years (has won the Nobel peace prize and leads the movement for change in a nonviolent fashion) She is probably in more danger now than when she was in prison - 4 major ministers (equivalent to senators) in Italy quit in protest of Berlusconi o They are having a vote of confidence soon which if he get no confidence he is gone - General Petraus “astonished” at Karzai criticism o He said that the US should have less troops and end special force night raids (basically to “stop attacking the Taliban so hard”) o He is plotting for the future there (people in the area are thinking about an Afghanistan without US troops) o This is why there are increased talks with the Taliban o Although the US and NATO are kind of losing the war in Afghanistan they are winning this semester (winning the battle but not the war) The US troops are kicking the living dogshit out of the Taliban this semester and this is why Karzai said what he did o The US strategy right now is to overwhelm them with power right now in order to force the Taliban to get to a negotiation which would help allow us to leave - Sarcozy reshuffled his cabinet to become more right winged and conservative - Someone was arrested in Sweden and is being charged with a dozen or 2 murders of immigrants o Showing evidence of a conservative shift in Europe
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- NATO sees no alternative to Afghan operations o They are the world’s most premier and biggest military organization o Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the head of NATO - King Abdullah was voted the 3 rd most powerful person in the world by Forbes magazine (king of Saudi Arabia) o Wu Jintao was number 1 and Obama was number 2 o Record number of Muslims to participate in Hajj (it is making a pilgrimage to somewhere in Saudi Arabia) o The west loves King Abdullah (he is working hard to promote understanding between Islam and other religions) o Saudi Arabia is the hardest working government with regards to fighting terrorism) - Putin leaves Bulgaria with a deal to build an oil pipeline through Bulgaria and a puppy o Russia has gotten rich again by selling oil and other natural resources and this economic power has translated into political power - Russian president visited the Kuri islands which pissed off Japan o Russia also has a strained relationship with China over another island - Obama began a 10-day Asian tour - Obama backs India’s bid to get on the UN permanent security council - The countries that Obama visited were all US allies in Asia and all are democracies - Hilary Clinton wraps up 7-nation Asia-Pacific tour -
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