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Ramallah/Gaza City/Brussels - President Mahmoud Abbas’s threat not to run in the next elections is only the latest sign of the crisis facing Fatah, the movement he heads. Fatah’s challenge is to clearly define its agenda, how to carry it out and with whom. (Full Story)
Bogotá/Brussels - Against the spirit of the constitution, President Hugo Chávez is accelerating his “Bolivarian Revolution” by implementing radical laws that affect basic rights and liberties and thwart the political opposition’s fair chances in the December 2010 legislative elections. (Full Story)
Beijing/Brussels - China’s internal debate following North Korea’s most recent provocations was interpreted in some Western capitals as a sign that Beijing is finally getting tough with its neighbour. (Full Story)
Kabul/Brussels - Widespread fraud in the 20 August presidential and provincial council polls has deeply undermined the credibility of Hamid Karzai’s government, the main beneficiary of the rigging. (Full Story)
It cannot be held against anyone if he or she developed the impression during past months that the worst was over in the Gulf of Aden and that the reason for this has been an increasing presence of international warships off the coast of Somalia. (Full Story)
Islamabad/Brussels - The military operation in South Waziristan is unlikely to succeed in curbing the spread of religious militancy in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), unless the Pakistan government implements political reforms in that part of the country. (Full Story)
Dakar/Brussels - If military rule in Guinea is not rapidly ended, there is a serious risk the country will slide into a civil war that could destabilise all West Africa. (Full Story)
By Nicolas von Kospoth

Larry Dickerson, senior unmanned systems analyst for Forecast International, recently stated that the international demand for unmanned aircraft is rapidly growing, with the United States continuing to be the key driver of this trend. (Full Story)

On 17 September, US President Obama announced a considerable change on US plans for the deployment of BMD assets in Europe. (Full Story)
It’s the old political game of distributing money for the right cause (in this particular case, the balance between jobs in industry, strategic requirements and troops’ requirements) with the almost certain outcome that not all involved parties will be satisfied, to say the least. (Full Story)
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