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American Foreign Relations

June 5, 2010, 6:57 AM
According to Al Jazeera, while the Obama administration is losing ground to the Israelis and the Chinese, it has reasserted its dominance over Japan, ousting a potentially valuable leader. "Unwilling to yield international real estate under the control of the Pentagon, Barack Obama, the US president, has just crushed the political life of Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's prime minister, who this week resigned from the country's top job," writes the Arab news network. And "even though Israel is completely dependent on US security guarantees and aid and is genuinely a client state of Washington, the pugnacious prime minister of Israel flamboyantly rebuffed Obama's call to stop settlements."

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