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The Peace Nobel Prize That Liked Deadly Toys

December 10, 2009 - Between January 2008 and April 2009, 60 drones strikes in the Pakistan tribal areas have caused the death of 701 civilians: among them, only 14 were suspected Talibans. These so-called "targeted executions" started in 2004 under the Bush administration but have drastically increased with President Barack Obama.

For the whole year 2008, there were 36 Predator strikes, with a death toll of 317. Since the beginning of 2009, the number of attacks has reached one per week, and the death toll for 2009 reached 432 in September and might be "improved" by the end of the year.

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Double blow for Obama as Republicans win Virginia and New Jersey

November 4, 2009 - Republicans retake governorship of Virginia and oust Democratic governor in New Jersey on day of elections across the US (by Ewen MacAskill in Washington for guardian.co.uk)

Barack Obama suffered a double blow last night when the Republicans secured stunning victories in the first electoral test since he won the White House a year ago.

The Republicans celebrated a comeback that reverses a trend of Democratic victories stretching back to 2005, winning the governorship of Virginia, the state where Obama's victory last year in the presidential race was one of the high points of his campaign.

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Obama in Cairo: Words, Words, Words

June 05, 2009 - He talks the talk – but will he walk the walk? by Justin Raimondo

The Obama fan club – and by this I mean the media, of course – is already hailing our President’s Cairo speech as the latter-day equivalent of the Sermon on the Mount, and there is no doubt that it was a splendid performance.

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Sonia Sotomayor To Replace Justice David Souter At The Supreme Court

U.S. President Barack Obama will appoint today Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States, according to an official of the White House. She will be, if confirmed, the first Hispanic judge to hold that position.

She will replace Justice David Souter, 69, appointed by George W. Bush in 1990 and who resigned a few weeks earlier.

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Torture: Obama leaves the door open to prosecution

In the midst of a strong political pressure, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, left the door open yesterday to bring to justice those responsible for having designed the legal framework that permitted to practice torture on terror suspects during the administration of George W. Bush.

With two Senate committees preparing reports and requesting the formation of a commission to investigate abuses committed during the Bush Administration, with human rights organizations demanding a voice for victims of torture and with UN reminding that Washington is no stranger to international law, Obama gave way to justice, and said it depended on the legal opinion of the Attorney General to prosecute or not the lawyers who drafted the memos permitting torture.

Once again, three weeks after the last reports on torture were published, the president expressed his support for "those individuals who carried out their work within the four corners of the officially laid down guidelines."

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Obama Calls For A New Round Of Negotiation In Middle East

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, invites the leaders of Israel, Palestinian territories and Egypt for a new round of negotiations on the peace process between Arabs and Israelis.

Although no specific date has been fixed for these negotiations, the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, announced yesterday that the reunion will be held "in coming weeks."

Washington invited the new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Egypt President, Hosni Mubarak. Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognized the Jewish state in the Camp David agreements of 1978.

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Obama defends the publication of CIA secret reports

The president attributed to "exceptional circumstances" his decision to allow the publication of secret reports

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, spoke Monday of "exceptional circumstances" to defend the publication last Thursday of four secret reports detailing some of the torture that the CIA used during interrogations between 2002 and 2005, under the Bush administration.

Coinciding with his first visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley (Virginia), Obama said that Washington decided to publish the reports at the request of a court, and stated that it would have been very difficult to organize an effective legal defense without disclosing them, adding that much of the information contained in them was already public.

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President Obama Invites Cuba To Build A New Relationship

Yesterday, Barack Obama opened the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago with a historic offer of reconciliation with Cuba.

"I think we can manage the relations between United States and Cuba in a new direction," said the U.S. president.

"United States seeks a new start with Cuba," said Obama. "I know there is a long road ahead to end decades of mistrust, but there are steps we can take toward a new day." "In the last two years I have indicated, and I repeat today, that I'm ready for my administration to get involved with the Government of Cuba in a wide range of issues, from human rights to freedom of expression, democratic reforms, drugs and economic affairs. "

"Let me say clearly," concluded the American president, "I am not interested in talking for talking. But I think we can bring the relationship between United States and Cuba into a new direction."

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Short '06 Lebanon War Stokes Pentagon Debate

This article published on April 6 in the Washington Post goes back to the debate that divides the Pentagon in Washington: what the outcome of the Lebanon war in 2006?

Since the end of the confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, the Department of Defense has sent a dozen delegations to the Israeli army to draw all the lessons.

Does the U.S. Army need to prepare itself to conventional fighting or, conversely, to focus more on counter-insurgency?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with the support of President Obama, seems to be in favour of the second.

This is confirmed by an other article by Greg Jaffe and Shailagh Murray, the next day: Gates Seeks Sharp Turn in spending.

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Listen Up: The CIA Hits the Radio to Recruit Spies

Being a spy may involve assumed identities and coded messages, but becoming a spy isn't exactly top-secret business. These days, in fact, all you have to do if you're interested in this particular career path is turn up your radio. The CIA is running ads on stations across the country for jobs in its clandestine service.

"Are you a person of curiosity and integrity?" asks one spot. "Are you ready for a world of challenge ... a world of ambiguity and adventure?"

The agency won't say how much it's spending on the ad campaign, but CIA spokesman George Little told TIME via e-mail, "We continue to seek highly qualified candidates to support the mission of America's premier intelligence agency." (See the top 10 Secret Service code names.)

The campaign is the first by the agency under its new director, Leon Panetta, who has said he would like to recruit more people with foreign-language skills as well as more minorities.

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