Without fanfare or comment I draw to your attention this piece by NewÂ Labour's favourite uber-Blairite,Â Hazel Blears. It is an edited version of a speech she will make to the Hansard Society. EverÂ wondered why journalists have such a long established tradition of resisting stateÂ regulation? Isn't Hazel marvellous?Â Â Â Â Â
The election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America is a truly momentous event. He has broken down racial barriers and proved that race is no hinderance to seeking high office. The most powerful man in the world is an African-American. This would have seemed unthinkable to people growing up in the Civil Rights era. Many thought that they would never see this day come.
Firstly, I'd like to congratulate Barrack Obama on a landslide victory following on from a campaign which has embraced and captured the hearts of Americans. His election as next President is a monumental historical event, and I truly believe that he is capable of improving the current financial situation. However, we have yet to see any concrete evidence of policies which will systematically change the electorate's lives for the better. I'm sure he is full to the point of bursting with political breakthroughs, but the hype of the election has in my eyes clouded over this somewhat.
Over the last several years, the tensions between Europe and Russia have been increasing on topics ranging from trade to direct military confrontation.
It is well known, that a major part of gas and fossil energy used in Europe, originates from Russia and its controlled areas. It is also well known, that US has been planning to build a missile-defense shield all over the worldÂ - including areas bordering Russia. Russia has been complaining about the unjust situation that would follow such decisions.