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just might signal the end of Burma's military junta, one of the most corrupt and oppressive dictatorships on earth. Many citizens in this superstitious country seem to believe that the storm represented nothing less than divine retribution -- cosmic payback for the violent sacrilege committed by the junta last September, when the military put a quick and bloody end to the "Saffron Revolution." Now many Burmese see the monster cyclone as proof that Sr. Gen. Tan Shwe and his junta have lost the "mandate of heaven" -- the supernatural right to govern.

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War Is the Answer. Special Correspondent Jeremy Kahn reports that in the past year, Sri Lankan government officials seemed tantalizingly close to the end of the 25-year long conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The remarkable progress achieved already is challenging the conventional wisdom about civil wars from Yugoslavia to Iraq: that there is no military solution.

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The Hunt for Mr. Europe. Denis MacShane, a Labour M.P. and a former British minister for Europe, writes in an essay that whoever is chosen by the European Union's 27 government leaders to become president of Europe will define the EU for a generation to come. "The EU has a chance to have someone who can speak for Europe and pick up the phone when America or India or Brazil calls ... If EU leaders flunk this test, Europe's global status, and with that the EU's standing with European citizens, will decline still further," MacShane writes.

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The Closing of the Church Door. Special Correspondent Mike Elkin reports Spain is loosening the binds between the Roman Catholic Church and state. Amid growing religious apathy nationwide,
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