While president Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are looking at the spoils of war, people in Afghanistan only want them out. Afghanistan is becoming a piece of realistate needed for control of the Middle-east.
From the Wichita Eagle, June 6:
The Associated Press
MOSCOW - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart agree that there hasn't been as much progress as they'd like to see in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan.
Their comments at a Monday news conference in Moscow followed a Russian commitment to let U.S. troops and weapons cross Russian territory on their way to Afghanistan.
Obama said it's too soon to measure the success of his new strategy in Afghanistan, which includes the deployment of additional U.S. troops. He says after that country's election is completed, the U.S. can take another look at the situation.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says in some respects, progress has been "insignificant" in Afghanistan. He said it's hard to say how quickly the situation will improve.
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From Shola Jawid, Website of the Communist (Maoist) Party of Nepal:
Obama in Cairo: Praising Islam to keep the people of the Mid East down
8 June 2009. A World to Win News Service. "The streets surrounding the university and across the city were largely quiet and empty on Thursday. Many workers in this Egyptian capital on the Nile had been told to stay home. The sidewalks were closed to ordinary people but lined by hundreds of soldiers – some dressed in black, others in white – who had been standing in place for hours before Mr Obama arrived." (The New York Times, 5 June) The Great Father had come from Washington to lecture some of America’s subject peoples.
The whole framework of Barack Obama's carefully crafted speech at Al-Azhar University in Cairo 4 June was meant to keep people's eyes focused on the surface of things. "We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Moslems around the world," he said. But is the basic problem a misunderstanding about religion and values, that people don't get that "America and Islam... share common principles", or is it deeply grounded in the material world and its economic, social and political relations – oppression, inequality and injustice?
These are the facts: control over the "Greater Middle East" stretching from North Africa to Afghanistan is a central requirement for consolidating American global hegemony in the world. All the countries in this vast region are dominated by foreign capital and their economic development subordinated to the interests of the imperialist powers. The regimes that rule over the people largely reflect these interests and where they don't, war is often waged or threatened. These foreign interests and powers have allied with reactionary local ruling classes to impose lives of frustration at best and misery for the vast majority of the people.