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Hu’s remarks censored back home | The Washington Post

BEIJING – The BBC television report was airing a clip from Wednesday’s Obama-Hu news conference at the White House, on the touchy topic of human rights. “A lot still needs to be done . . . ,” Chinese President Hu Jintao started to say. And then the television report went black. Read more here: Hu’s remarks censored back home | The ...

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Obama must call Israeli settlements illegal | Ian Williams via guardian.co.uk

Provoked by the latest demolition in East Jerusalem, no fewer than 120 countries have sponsored a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity. Hillary Clinton has also condemned it as “illegitimate”, but the resolution introduces precision by terming the settlements as “illegal”. In a country where “all politics is local”, and in the face of the economic crisis, Obama could almost ...

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SUDAN: Referendum vote over, now the hard work begins | IRIN

Final results are not due to be released until 14 February, but early returns suggest an overwhelming support for secession, a view backed by the US-based Carter Center. US President Barack Obama congratulated Sudan on the peaceful vote. “The sight of so many Sudanese casting their votes in a peaceful and orderly fashion was an inspiration to the world and ...

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Sputnik Moment: Historic Meeting Between U.S. and China May Spur a Clean Energy Race | AlterNet

Next week, January 19 to 21, President Obama will host Chinese President Hu Jintao for their first bilateral summit this side of the Pacific. According to former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, this “will be the most important top-level United States-Chinese encounter since Deng Xiaoping’s historic trip more than 30 years ago.” While economic and military issues will be on ...

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Obama, Lebanese prime minister to meet Wednesday | The Washington Post

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet Wednesday with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Among the topics they are expected to discuss are political tensions in Lebanon stemming from an international investigation into the 2005 assassination of the former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. He was the current prime minister’s father. Read more here: Obama, Lebanese prime minister to meet ...

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Irony? Coincidence? Giffords was a cross hair on Palin map of Dems who voted for health care reform | TPM LiveWire

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page in March of 2010 showing cross hairs over the districts of Democrats who voted for health care reform in districts that Republicans carried. On the page, Palin writes:  With the president signing this unwanted and “transformative” government takeover of our health care system today with promises impossible to keep, let’s not ...

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Obama Should Read WikiLeaks on Afghanistan | by Ray McGovern, CommonDreams

Perhaps President Barack Obama should give himself a waiver on the ban prohibiting U.S. government employees from downloading classified cables released by WikiLeaks, so he can better understand the futility of his Afghan War strategy. For instance, if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hidden from him Ambassador Karl Eikenberry’s cables from Kabul, he might wish to search out KABUL ...

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U.N. Maps Out Afghan Security

Internal United Nations maps show a marked deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan during this year’s fighting season, countering the Obama administration’s optimistic assessments of military progress since the surge of additional American forces began a year ago. Read the whole story: U.N. Maps Out Afghan Security | WSJ.com

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Afghanistan ‘Review’ Shows Need for Journalism on Classified Information

Today, the Obama administration is announcing the results of its promised “review” of Afghanistan policy, a year after President Obama acceded to the demands of the Pentagon to send 30,000 more troops. The top line of the story the administration is presenting is “progress,” and the main evidence for that “progress” is the say-so of General Petraeus and his subordinates. ...

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