This week saw the emergence of a new twist in the riddle of the Middle East "great game". Syria and Iran have announced an alliance to counter American influence in the region. Iran has already been fingered as part of the "axis of evil" while Syria was understood to be the same, but remained unnamed. While both nations are a bit unnerved over the developments in Iraq they are playing the next card in this ever changing region.
The European Parliament is now under the leadership of the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and the next six months will likely see passionate debate as Europe strives to assume a major role in world affairs...
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