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Early this February, the South and North Korean army command envoys met in Panmunjom, on the de facto border between the two countries, to reach an agreement on the agenda, date, and location for the higher level talks suggested by Pyongyang at the end of January

Understanding the mentality of OPEC leaders should help to build the relations with the alliance “Russia and OPEC” was the theme of the January roundtable organized by International Affairs, the journal of Russia's Foreign Ministry, the Soyuzneftegaz company, and the World Policy and Resources foundation. The Financial Times recently quoted Russian President D. Medvedev as saying that Russia is open to policy coordination with OPEC short of joining the group.

In an attempt to calm down hundreds of thousands of protesters gathering on Tahrir Square in central Cairo, as well in other cities across Egypt, the authorities agreed to important concessions. Mubarak said he would not seek re-election but added that neither he would step down before September. He handed over power to Omar Suleiman he had earlier appointed his vice president, and to the Egyptian military.

The fact that, unlike Boris Yeltsin, the current Russian leadership is not intended to sell the Kuril islands, has prompted sharp reaction from official Tokyo, thus increasing tensions in the Far East.
On the 8th of February the Russian Embassy in Tokyo received an envelope with a bullet inside.

The successful completion of the 5-year cycle in China coincided in time with the Chinese leader's visit to the US, highlighting the contrast between the relative trajectories of the two economies. Now that the US economy's bankruptcy is an open secret and Washington is in the process of soliciting a global relaxation of payment schedules, the West's evasiveness about the situation reflects a naïve attempt not to admit the fact that the era of the US economical dominance is basically over.

February 6 was the 13th day since the outbreak of protests in Egypt during which the opponents and supporters of the country's president H. Mubarak got locked in a seemingly endless standoff at Tahrir Square in Cairo. In a sense, the course of the future developments depends on what contours the situation acquired on February 6.

The Anglo-Saxon globalization ran into a major roadblock: at the moment the Egyptian regime which the West has propped up for decades is on the verge of collapse. Even if Mubarak's nominee Omar Suleiman manages to cling on, the global centers of power will have to face a different reality in Egypt.

The tide of popular protests in Egypt shows no signs of subsiding. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Cairo, Alexandria, Asyut, Port Said, and Suez to demand the immediate resignation of the current Egyptian leader H. Mubarak dubbed Egypt's last Pharaoh by his opponents. Obviously, his regime which has been controlling the country for three decades finally ran into serious problems. 

As a participant in talks on how to strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), Germany opposes excessive responsibility for countries with stable financial system. During a meeting with their colleagues in Brussels on January 17, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made a critical remark: ''Solidarity cannot be limited to six triple-A rated countries...''

Chinese poet and historian Guo Moruo wrote in 1952: “German occupants demolished the monument to Victor Hugo in Paris in 1941. Recently, a model of the Ford plant was installed on the monument's pedestal to demonstrate the dominance of the US dollar empire. No less than the French people, we feel outraged as the act is an offense not only to the French culture, but to the culture of the entire humanity”.