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As Prime Minister-elect Romano Prodi take the reins of power, Italians should seek evidence of Berlusconi's true role in the run-up to the Iraq War.
After nine years, Tony Blair's magic has worn off. His Labour Party has mutated from an imperfect conduit of progressive change into an active obstacle to it.
Slobodan Milosevic died without a definitive judgment of his
responsibility for war and crimes against humanity. Now others will
judge him, precisely what he wanted to avoid.
Michelle Bachelet has vowed Chile will be a different country by the
end of her four-year term. But she will likely be remembered more for
continuity than for change.
Russian human rights activist Gregory Shvedov examines how Vladimir Putin's tactics toward Chechnya align with George W. Bush's "global war on terror."
The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.
The inauguration of Evo Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous
president opens a new era for Bolivia and a turning point for
political, diplomactic and trade issues in the Americas.
Will Palestinians be compelled to live by Ariel Sharon's repressive vision or will they compel Israel to accept genuine self-determination for the
Suddenly, the Sharon era is over. And Sharon's centrist Kadima Party may emerge as the dominant force after the March 28 elections.
Ethnic cleansing, chemical weapons, self-appointed executioners: Sound
familiar? The US occupation in Iraq has created conditions just as
bad--if not worse--than Saddam Hussein's ruthless regime. And the
increasingly isolated George W. Bush insists on staying the course.
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