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November 15 will open the lame ducks season in the US: in the six weeks left till the new Congress is to take over, voting by the politicians temporarily exempt from accountability to their constituencies may produce otherwise unlikely results

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the emir of the state of Qatar, met with Russian president D. Medvedev, prime minister V. Putin, and Gazprom's top brass in Moscow on November 2-3. In Moscow's widely publicized reading, the energy security should include the security of suppliers, and from this standpoint the recent gas market trends are alarming Russia as the world's number one natural gas exporter.

Troublesome times - what strange words, if you think about it. Vaguely in the heart, in the mind, and in the consciousness, we pass on the blame, and blame faceless time.

National Unity Day on November 4th falls at the same time as the holy day for the icon of Our Lady of Kazan. In this "coincidence" there are many symbolic meanings that are so closely intertwined with each other, which do not leave indifferent even those who believe in chance ... Let us start with how the icon was miraculously found.

What the phenomenon of WikiLeaks, a powerful outlet of classified information, reflects is not only the immense potential of the Internet but also the fact that the implementation of a sophisticated program of brainwashing must be underway.

The very first outburst of former secrets – the Afghan dossier containing reports by commanders of various ranks, details of combat missions, analytical papers, etc. – sent a shock worldwide

The majority of polls picked Dilma Rousseff as the frontrunner on the eve of the presidential runoff in Brazil. Brazil's outgoing president Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, a hyper-popular leader whose rating at the final stage of the term in office topped 80%, strengthened Rousseff's bid for presidency by reiterating that voting for Dilma was in fact the same as voting for him.

As a new world order ideology, globalism has to rely on myths for its own advancement. The key myths behind globalism are that the world is facing an ever-growing terrorist threat (the notion routinely serves to justify downright genocide disguised as war on terror) and that carriers of various cultural identities can coexist and interact smoothly within multicultural societies.

On October 30, Russian president D. Medvedev attended the second Russia-ASEAN summit in Hanoi (the first Russia-ASEAN summit convened in Kuala Lumpur in 2005). The forum was meant to give a boost to the cooperation between Russia and East Asian countries which, as a Kremlin official related to the media on the eve of the event, hope that Russia can balance the permanently growing US influence over the region.

Paraguay's current president Fernando Lugo used to be known as "the bishop of the poor". He made a fairly quick career in the Roman Catholic church's hierarchy, became a bishop, and later was overwhelmingly voted in as the country's president. Inaugurated on August 15, 2008, he planned to bring profound changes to Paraguay including a departure from his predecessor's markedly ruinous neoliberal course and an alliance with the populist leaders seeking to build the XXI century socialism.

The UN celebrated its 64th anniversary on October 24, 2010. Over the epoch of its existence, the UN established itself as the modern world's main international organization guaranteeing key international agreements and serving as a framework for a number of highly efficient international forums such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Health Organization, the Universal Postal Union, the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, etc.

In early November interior ministers of the EU`s 27 member states are going to discuss visa-free regime with the Balkan states. These are expected to be really hot debates with the EU chiefs probably revising the earlier approved principles and schedules. Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Serbia and Macedonia that have been enjoying visa-free regime with the EU since 19 December 2009, are running the risk of being excluded from the list.