Wednesday's coverage: a united front for the US and South Korea, continuing protests in Iran, and new oversight for the US financial industry
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In international news:
• US and South Korean united front. Don Kirk on the first-ever meeting Tuesday between President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak. They put up a united front against an increasingly belligerent North Korea, in contrast to their predecessors.
• Protectionist move. Peter Ford on a new Chinese government edict requiring that economic stimulus money be spent only on Chinese goods, taking the world a step further towards a dangerous international trade war.
• Roots of Iran's conflict. Scott Peterson on how the current power struggle goes back three decades. Supreme Leader Khamenei faces an unprecedented challenge from the old guard of the revolution - Rafsanjani, Mousavi, etc.
• Colonialism's legacy. Robert Marquand on how the recent death of Gabon’s strongman leader has prompted critics to take another look at France’s colonial legacy. When Sarkozy attended the funeral, he was jeered.
• South African soccer. Scott Baldauf on a nation's debate over just how the current Confederations Cup (all top soccer teams in the world) makes South Africa look to the world, and whether it can really get its act together for the 2010 World Cup.