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It was only last summer that the two leaders held ‘amity talks’ in a big Bedouin tent in the center of Rome ‘focusing on trade relations’. They celebrated the big friendship agreement singed two years earlier. It is astonishing that in 2010 these statesmen have celebrated their deal struck in 2008 where Italy pledged 5 billion dollars over 20 years to build a road across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt.

Central Europe had an important Austrian and a rather unimportant Belorussian parliamentary election yesterday. To call the process ‘elections’ in Belarus is somewhat premature: the opposition candidates did not win any seats in the national assembly. After the Russian invasion to Georgia many predicted that Europe’s last old-fascioned dictator (leaving aside the breakaway Trandnistrian rulers)… » read more

Wordle let’s you focus on the essence with these beautiful visualizations of the two texts. According to the tradition, Barack Obama spoke first as the contender from the opposition:And here are John McCain’s most accented words: I think this will be a tight and interesting match as the best candidates competing from both parties. For… » read more

I want to vote, too

The American democracy has an ironic twist: the campaign and the results have a global effect, but only American citizens can vote. There is a new site that wants to give a sight relief to those global citizens who are following the race but will not get the ballot. The multi-language iwanttovotetoo.com is a real… » read more

The Chinese policy has shut down a factory in the southern part of the country that was manufacturing Free Tibet flags for Western demonstrator. The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet. This story reminded me to… » read more