The morning after Barack Obama's election, Dmitry Medvedev called Obama. "I hope for constructive dialogue with you, based on trust and considering each other's interest." He then went on to charge America with fomenting the Russia-Georgia war, and said he had been forced to put Iskander missiles in Kalingrad, formerly known as the German town of "Koenigsberg" = King's Mountain, to counter the US missile shield Bush had pledged to Poland.
Russia also indicated that the case for the deployment of Russian missiles in Kalingrad was not closed.
Moscow also offered Spain and Germany use of Russian territory to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan - the country where superpowers like Russia go, if they want to be humiliated. As our supply line from the Pakistani port of Karachi through the Khyber Pass to Kabul becomes ever more perilous, this has to be seen as a gesture of friendship by a Russia that shares, as a fellow victim of Islamic terror, the US detestation of al-Qaida.
In what the UN has described as "collective punishment", the Israeli government has cut all food shipments to the refugee settlements in Gaza, and placed the occupants under siege.
According to the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, there is no more food in the refugee camp's warehouses, and people, especially children, are starving. When Israeli Prime Minister Olmert was confronted with the situation, his only comment was: "I must look into that."