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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What Will Happen to Guantanamo's "Child Soldier," Omar Khadr? Amin Howeid, Mustapha Mahmoud, Welcome, comrade Maobama

What Will Happen to Guantanamo's "Child Soldier," Omar Khadr? By Suzanne Ito -Omar Khadr was captured at 15 and grew up in Gitmo. It's time to give him a fair shake at justice.

THE ROVING EYE : Welcome, comrade Maobama - United States President Barack Obama visits Beijing as China is organizing a new world order based on economic independence and respecting cultural and political differences - a hierarchical change all nations can believe in. Beijing welcomes being classed as the US's "essential partner" and "competitor"; being competitive is second nature when you have been a major economic power for 18 of the past 20 centuries. - Pepe Escobar

A Bonapartist in the Indian Ocean - Sri Lankan democracy may never be the same again now that swashbuckling army chief Sarath Fonseka has abruptly discarded his uniform to run for president. Fonseka is entering uncharted waters. But the United States Green Card holder knows that he has the full backing of a Washington seeking a malleable power structure in Colombo. - M K Bhadrakumar

Amin Howeidi and Mustafa Mahmoud - Abdel-Moneim Said remembers with respect two Egyptian giants of intellect who passed away recently but whose legacy lives on

An anxious wait in Afghanistan - While the United States agonizes over its Afghan policy, even with the re-election of President Hamid Karzai now settled, the country remains in limbo. Warlords and powerbrokers jockey behind fortified walls in the capital, while the United Nations and other organizations keep their heads down. Only the Taliban appear unfazed. - Derek Henry Flood

SPENGLER : Europe's tragedy, and Europe's tragedian - The 250th anniversary of the birth of German poet, philosopher, historian and playwright Friedrich Schiller passed last week with less attention than it deserved. Schiller understood European history not as the shift of power from obscurantist Catholicism to enlightened Protestantism, but rather as the death-tragedy of Catholicism and of Europe itself.

'Never say never' - Mohamed El-Baradei's refusal to rule himself out as a presidential candidate in 2011 has taken many by surprise, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Korean model triumphs over West South Korea's strong economic growth, as Western counterparts struggle to emerge from recession, makes a mockery of long-standing criticism from the West over the predominance of family-run conglomerates in the Korean economy. - Ian Williams

Law-fare, not warfare - Despite Israel and America's best efforts, the Goldstone Report refuses to go away, writes Graham Usher at the United Nations


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