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English: US President Barack Obama and British...

English: US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These pages will reflect the view of the Editor on topical issues of the day on a local, national and international theme and will form the basis of a “column” and it is a privilege to be able to address the public in this way.  

So much has been said, done and carried out during this year in the name of peace, success and progress but what real movements towards one goal has been met.  The beginning of this year seemed bright and full promise and as we approach the closing moments of 2012 a backward glance reveals that we have not come as far as first thought.  War  continues in Syria; North and South Sudan still seem to have no clear defined borders, Libya struggles towards full democracy; North Korea is gaining ground in the arms race and fires a missile; Japan is rocked by more earthquakes and Africa is still struggling to break free from a round of aid, poverty, disease and what would seem to be the status of dependency.  These comments paint a dismal picture of 2012.  The good times normally outweigh the bad times and as I sit here typing this editorial it is increasingly hard to remember the good times of 2012.  

In the USA the re-election of President Obama is an act that just had to happen – the alternative does not bear thinking about.   The struggle for President Obama to establish himself as the Leader of the First World has been more than adequately documented.  The further struggle to leave his distinct mark on history is a struggle  that only he himself can win.  The suggestion of a return to “focus on the things that matter” by David Cameron on is election as UK Prime Minister is carefully being observed by all.

The resignation to the misery of 2012 gives some hope for a brighter 2013 and amongst the HARD TALK – Diplomacy pages it is hoped that reflections of a successful 2013 will be found.


13th December 2012



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