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Obama’s Vietnam Newsweek | John Barry and Evan Thomas argue that the war in Afghanistan is showing disheartening parallels to the long conflict in Vietnam.
Idling Factories Keep the Kremlin Occupied New York Times | The global economic downturn has affected automakers not only in Detroit, but in Ulyanovsk, a Russian town heavy in manufacturing.
Somali President Faces Tough Task BBC | After defeating 14 other candidates, Somalia's incoming president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed faces an abundance of crises. Al-Shabab, an Islamist group that has gained strength in the southern part of the country, is among the most critical threats.
Big Government Fights Back Economist | Governments around the world are employing fiscal bailouts, leading to an inevitable increase in public debt.
Despite Odds, Women's Movement Persists In Iran NPR | A quiet but enduring women's movement has continued during the tenure of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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