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Rousseff takes the reins in Brazil

Rising inflation and infrastructure issues among challenges for Lula da Silva’s successor.
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2011 19:25 GMT

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The rebirth of Arab activism

Lamis Andoni 31 Dec 2010 17:05 GMT
How one young Tunisian is emerging as a symbol of disenfranchised and impoverished Arab youth.
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Zimbabweans face South African boot

Hundreds of thousands of refugees may have to leave as amnesty is withdrawn…………….
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Twenty-one dead in Egypt church bombing

Bomb exploded as worshippers emerged from a New Year’s Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

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President-in-waiting Alassane Ouattara, right, greeting his supporters. He is under the protection of UN troops

Ivory Coast teeters on the brink, UN warns

Militias threaten to attack hotel refuge of poll victor Ouattara.

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Robert Fisk: Bombs make no moral distinctions where they fall

To Mannheim for its annual film festival and I am gripped by Armadillo, a documentary on a Danish NATO unit in Afghanistan, real bullets whizzing past one of the bravest directors of photography in the world, real soldiers falling wounded, one with a Wilfred Owen pallour of death on his face. 

 But he survives. Others don’t. After storming a Taliban position, the Danes find at least three Afghans, apparently still alive. There is a crack of gunfire and they are dead. “We eliminated them in the most humane way possible,” one of the Danes says afterwards, right there on the soundtrack. 

I am stunned. The words “war crimes” are in my mind. Then I stumble out into the cold afternoon to walk back to my hotel past the back of the 19th-century Kunstalle and there are shrapnel gashes up the red stone walls, deep wounds in the brickwork of the school next door, a slash in the basement window casing. Was this from the British fire raid of 1940, or the first attempt to raze the city on 16 April 1943, or the American raids of 1944? Well protected with underground bunkers, only 1,700 Germans were killed here, a mere 0.6 per cent of its residents. War crimes? ………..

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2011: calling time on capitalism

Recent decades have seen a massive redistribution of wealth, imposing the cost of successive crises on the poorest. Enough!

By Richard Wolff

Workers' protest at the New Fabris factory, France, 2009
An employee of the New Fabris factory, in Chatellerault, central France, walks next to a fire in front of the plant, in 2009, after 366 laid-off workers occupied the factory and threatened to blow it up unless they receive a bigger pay-off. ‘We want a bonus’ is written on the wall in the background. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

The end of 2010 brought renewed Washington rhetoric, media hype and academic me-too declarations about the US economy “recovering”. We’ve heard them before since the crisis hit in 2007. They always proved wrong………………………

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