United Nations Secretary-General Ban shakes hands with U.S. President Obama at the United Nations in New York. (Mark Garten/ Courtesy Reuters)

As the nation heads into an election year, it’s worth asking what role the electorate wants the United States to play around the world.

The answer, it turns out, is clear. According to a comprehensive digest of polling data compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations and Worldpublicopinion.org, Americans want the United States to play a less dominant but still active role in world affairs—one grounded in international law and support for the United Nations. In expressing these views, U.S. citizens have much in common with their counterparts abroad.

Obama says US influence will turn from the Middle East towards the "vast potential of the Asia-Pacific region".
Michael Klare

When it comes to China policy, is the Obama administration leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire? In an attempt to turn the page on two disastrous wars in the greater Middle East, it may have just launched a new Cold War in Asia - once again, viewing oil as the key to global supremacy.

Dr. George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D - President of the Free Africa Foundation based in Washngton, DC.

Catastrophic failure of leadership has been the bane of Africa's development. There have been about 215 African heads of state since 1960 but it is hard to find just 15 good leaders out of the lot. Names like Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere easily come to mind. But beyond ten, the list rapidly evaporates. Even if 20 can arguably be named, it is still a telling commentary on the caliber of leadership: An overwhelming majority - over 90 per cent - were utter failures. So where to find good leaders? From the ranks of the opposition? Distressingly, the record here is no better.

Occupy Wall Street might seem like a movement that would resonate with black Americans. After all, unemployment among African Americans is at 15 percent, vs. almost 8 percent for whites. And between 2005 and 2009, black households lost just over half of their median net worth compared with white families, who lost 16 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

The African Post : Daniel Kassa

After several calls to step down and hand-over power, Africa's longest-ruling Leader, Colonel Mummar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for forty-two years, was deposed from power, by the Libyan people, with the assistance of the International Community forces, primarily NATO.

There is no doubt that, without the backing of NATO, Gaddafi certainly would have remained in power, until he passed away from natural causes or handed-over power to a hand-picked individual. It was a tragic end for a Leader of forty-two years to be captured in a culvert; paraded on the street as a trophy; killed; and deposited in a cold meat-storage room, for grisly display.

Dr. George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D - President of the Free Africa Foundation based in Washngton, DC.

After publishing Africa Betrayed (1992) and Africa Unchained (2005), intellectual gadfly, Professor George B.N.Ayittey has crafted yet another masterpiece, Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World (2011) in which he adumbrates the deceptive habits of highly defective despotic regimes in Africa and beyond. Ayittey contends that a dictator is a dictator. He further points out that "The only good dictator is a dead one" (218).

Why is the U.S. sending its troops to finish off a fractured band of bush fighters in the middle of Africa? Political payback for the quiet sacrifices of Uganda's troops in Somalia could be one reason.

President Barack Obama announced Friday he is dispatching about 100 U.S. troops — mostly special operations forces — to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army — a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries. The first U.S. troops arrived Wednesday.  

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