Europe, Canada and US,

It is hard to sort through the hype and heat of Obamania, but one thing is clear: who's pulling the strings, argues Eric Walberg
24/7/8 -- As the United States election race entered the final stretch, Barack Obama as the candidate promising change revealed his true colours, much to the despair of anyone actually expecting any change. His call to declare Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel, his denial of Palestinians' right of return, and his support for a Bantustan Palestinian "state" which poses no threat to Israel show how completely he has caved in to the Zionist establishment on that issue.

Radovan Karadzic24/7/8 -- THE EUROPEAN Union hailed the arrest of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic after more than a decade on the run, calling it a key step towards lasting reconciliation in the Balkans and for Serbia's hopes of joining the EU.

Karadzic was born in Montenegro in 1945, and moved to Croatia only in 1960 to study medicine, working as a psychologist. He also published several volumes of poetry,

There appear to be no winners in Serbia's recent elections, bemoans Eric Walberg

15/5/8 -- The May 2008 elections in Serbia were hailed as a victory for Europe, a defeat for the "ultra- nationalist" Tomislav Nikolic and his Radical Party. But the "For a European Serbia" alliance of President Boris Tadic's Democratic Party, the G17-Plus and three smaller liberal parties,

The thought police are haunting Europe, says Eric Walberg

17/4/8 -- A French civil servant was sacked in late March for publishing what has been widely reported as a "violent anti-Israeli diatribe" on the website, a crime that was investigated by no less than Interior Minister Michele Alliot- Marie. Bruno Guigue, deputy prefect of Saintes, wrote that Israel was "the only state where snipers shoot down little girls outside their school gates." The author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Guigue also wrote of "Israeli jails where -- thanks to religious law -- they stop torturing on the Sabbath."

Bush and Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi NATO moved eastward, upping the ante yet again with Russia, warns Eric Walberg

10/4/8 -- The big news at the recent NATO meeting in Romania (April 2008) is that Croatia and Albania are now happy members of the family of peace-loving nations conducting a brutal war in Afghanistan. The bad news is that Ukraine, Georgia and Macedonia didn't get the green light, with Russian and Greek revanchism the culprit -- clearly a great setback to the cause of world peace.

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Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.

He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.

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