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Russia Aims to Be High on Obama’s Agenda

November 8, 2008

To the extent that he focused on Russia at all, Barack Obama’s attention was concentrated primarily on the need to keep Soviet nuclear weapons stockpiles out of the hands of terrorists.

But now, President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia has thrown down a gauntlet intended to demonstrate to the American president-elect that the post-cold war era may not be so post after all.

By Helene Cooper
The New York Times

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev looks at a banknote while ... 
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has his eye on Russia’s oil, Russia’s money, Russia’s importance in the world and barack Obama; photo taken in St. Petersburg in Russia, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Serivce)

On Wednesday, while leaders around the world were falling over themselves to hail Mr. Obama’s election, Mr. Medvedev delivered a harsh welcome-to-the-new-cold-war speech in Moscow.

He never mentioned Mr. Obama by name, but Mr. Medvedev said he would deploy short-range missiles near Poland capable of striking NATO territory if the United States pressed ahead with plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe, something that Mr. Obama has said he supports.

Mr. Medvedev put Mr. Obama on notice on the Georgia crisis as well, vowing that “we shall not retreat in the Caucasus.”

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits cosmodrome Plesetsk, ... 
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev visits cosmodrome Plesetsk, October 12, 2008.REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov

Even his one-paragraph congratulatory telegram to Mr. Obama was brusque. “I hope for a constructive dialogue with you, based on trust and consideration of each other’s interests,” Mr. Medvedev wrote.

“It was a giant, ‘Hey, welcome to the game,’ ” said George Friedman, chief executive at Stratfor, a geopolitical risk analysis company. “While Obama would like to deal sequentially with Iraq, Afghanistan and, when he gets to it, the Russians, the Russians themselves want to be a burning issue at the top of his list.”

A general view of the Russia's oil major LUKOIL oil refinery ... 
A general view of the Russia’s oil major LUKOIL oil refinery near the town of Kagalym in western Siberia, July 7, 2004 in this file photo.  (Viktor Korotayev/Reuters)
Russia's "Iskander" missile system on display ... 
Russia’s “Iskander” missile system on display at a military exhibition in the Siberian town of Nizhny Tagil in 2005. President Dmitry Medvedev has said Russia will place short-range missile systems on the EU’s eastern border to counter planned US missile defence installations in Eastern Europe.(AFP/VEDOMOSTI/File/Evgeny Stetsko)

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Salute to U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan

January 2, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 2, 2008

On New Year’s morning, 2008, a U.S. diplomat serving all his fellow American citizens died in the line of duty in Sudan.

John Granville, 33, an official for the U.S. Agency for International Development, paid the ultimate sacrifice when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum. Mr. Granville’s driver, Abdel-Rahman Abbas, was also killed in the attack.
This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)

This undated photo provided Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 by the Granville family via WGRZ-TV shows John Granville, right, with his mother Jane Granville.(AP Photo/Granville Family via WGRZ-TV)
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By all accounts, John Granville was a hero that knew and understood both the danger and the importance of his mission. He worked to implement the 2005 peace agreement between Sudan’s north and south that ended more than two decades of civil war. That horrible war’s legacy can still be seen at Darfur, where thousands of refugees have been subjugated, starved, abused, and many international groups say have been the targets of a genocide campaign.

“John’s life was a celebration of love, hope and peace,” a family statement said. “He will be missed by many people throughout the world whose lives were touched and made better because of his care.”

At Peace and Freedom we mourn, pray for and salute John Granville.
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Police In Sudan Seek Killers of American Diplomat

By Mohamed Osman
The Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese authorities on Wednesday questioned witnesses in the slaying of an American diplomat who was shot by gunmen in a drive-by attack in the capital. Sudanese officials insisted the shooting was not a terrorist attack but the U.S. Embassy said it was too soon to determine the motive.Read the rest:
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