Done with the 4th of July

I knew I would remember my first 4th of July. There was going to be a noisy party, noisy fireworks, an excess of red white and blue and noisy people.
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American fans are winning the World Cup

I’m enjoying this World Cup more than the last. Not because my national team is doing well - it’s England, they’re out already - but because I’m watching this tournament from America.
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A Tale of Two Indias

Two stories emerged from India this week. One was the case of two Indian women in New York from two contrasting backgrounds being treated very differently in the media. But there’s just one issue in all thess dichotomies...

Old foes, new friends: Mali eases suspicious minds

In the old days, France was wary of the US messing around on its African turf. But the Mali intervention changed that. Then there’s Nigeria, France’s old Anglophone West African bogey, now turned new best friend. What a difference a war makes.

France aghast as Economist mocks baguette-wielding Obama

British news magazine The Economist has managed to upset the French again, this time by publishing a mock-up of Barack Obama in a stripy T-shirt, red scarf and blue beret, accompanied by the words “broken” and “lousy”.

Media-mad US jihadist in Somalia finally kicked out of al Shabaab ranks

America’s best-known jihadist in Somalia, Omar Hammami – also called “al Amriki” – has officially been kicked out of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab in one of the Islamist group’s smarter moves.

Clinton's Comments Explained

There has been a great deal of comment in Africa about Hilary Clinton’s statement made in Nairobi regarding China’s role on the continent. Here I explain why she doesn't really mean it.

Osama’s gone, Pakistan drones on and Afghanistan is the biggest loser

Osama bin Laden’s death exposed the trust deficit in US-Pakistani relations. But the US will continue to trust Pakistan with billions of dollars of aid while withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The losers? Afghanistan once again.

The Yanks Are Coming

The World Cup ambitions of US Soccer and the United States Mens National Team (USMNT) firmly rest on the shoulders of Clint Dempsey.  Most people would argue the fact that other players are more important than the Fulham FC midfielder, but the case remains that when Dempsey is on, he's ON.


Two players that are arguably more important would be Tim Howard and Landon Donovan.  Both players are undoubtably the best assets to Team America, but their time together at Everton would show you that both never have a dip in form.  Donovan showed his talent throughout his loan period in England, scoring vital goals and even helping in a 5-1 demolition of fellow American Jozy Altidore's Hull City.


All of this being said, Dempsey is the man that must not go missing in South Africa.  The American has struggled with injuries in the second half of the season but is now back to full action for Fulham.  The tale tell sign of a quality athlete is the ability to bring the people around you to greater heights, and that's just what he did.


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