Some call the present era one of U.S. hegemony. Others, especially in Europe, call it empire.
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
This week's official inauguration of the African Union (AU), which replaces the moribund Organization of African Unity (OAU), was held amid predictable fanfare.
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
Sharon and Bush as war mongers
Most liberal commentators seemed to agree that Bush was merely the paperback edition of an American president.
"Free and fair" elections under a military government imply continuity of military rule, not a transfer of power to an elected parliament.
Russia's former republics have fixed borders, but Russia's conception of its own southern frontier appears to remain undefined. After a casual meeting with the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Aktau, Kazakhstan on July 6
"The window of opportunity for peace in Sudan is beginning to close," according to the report.
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