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The Next Margaret Thatcher?

March 25th, 2009 by dismuke · 7 Comments · Foreign Affairs

This very eloquent YouTube clip of British member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan taking Prime Minister Gordon Brown to task is simply incredible and certainly equally applicable to our own Presidents Bush and Obama. He has a blog too.   While I have not yet had a chance to read very much of it, his […]

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Losing the War

March 1st, 2009 by Chuck · 8 Comments · Foreign Affairs

Evidently there exists a non-binding resolution at the UN that urges member countries to pass laws restricting FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  The particular object of this restriction is the criticism of religion, so-called blasphemy, with the main impetus behind it coming from Islamic countries, who don’t like Islam to be criticized.  That such a non-binding resolution […]

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China’s Communist Party Losing Members

February 26th, 2009 by Chuck · 7 Comments · Foreign Affairs

The Epoch Times is a New York based newspaper that specializes in news on China, although it covers US and international news other than China as well. A lot of their stories have to do with the persecution of Falun Gong in China, which leads me to believe that the newspaper is owned or controlled […]

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A Curious Situation

February 19th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 5 Comments · Foreign Affairs

In researching African development for my entry on Ethiopia, I came across a startling fact about a neighboring country that I had never encountered before. When one thinks of Somalia, one thinks of pirates, the civil war (and Clinton’s disastrous humanitarian intervention in 1993), extreme poverty, and anarchy. From the perspective of the Western democracies, […]

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Cargo Cult Capitalism

February 5th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 16 Comments · Foreign Affairs

In December, I visited Ethiopia to pick up my newly-adopted son (proud father link, if you’ll bear with me) and I was struck by the prevalence of commerce throughout the capital city, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is known as a Third World country with widespread poverty; with a per-capita income of $780, there are few countries […]

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And On the Foreign Front…

February 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Foreign Affairs

…the news of where Obama’s policies are taking us could not be worse. First, Obama is letting legal considerations dictate policies of war. Bush also failed here, but I’m not sure if he would have done this: The captain of a ship that the United States Navy recently detained has said his vessel is now […]

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The Nascent Chinese Quest for Freedom

January 29th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Foreign Affairs

As a followup to a previous post about the Charter 08 movement in China, I’d like to draw your attention to this Washington Post article. I wondered in that blog entry whether it would “catch hold as a rallying point.” It has gained thousands more signatures since it came out last year, which is paltry […]

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A Confederacy of Dunces

January 14th, 2009 by Chuck · 8 Comments · Foreign Affairs

According to this article, Hugo Chavez is willing to allow foreign oil companies to begin investing in Venezuelan oil projects again, since Venezuela’s state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, is in dire need of new victims to despoil.  It is a telling sign of how deeply the global economic crisis has cut: President Hugo Chávez, who […]

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An International Embarrassment

December 28th, 2008 by Chuck · 4 Comments · Foreign Affairs

In a move typical of this body, the United Nations Security Council on Sunday roused itself to call for a halt to “all violence in the Gaza Strip” after Israel launched air strikes on several Hamas installations.  The preceding week of rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel elicited nothing from the UN.  In their normal role […]

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Enough Playing With North Korea

December 12th, 2008 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Enough Playing With North Korea · Foreign Affairs

North Korea has declined to make its oral agreements official, moving diplomatic negotiations to end its nuclear weapons program back to the starting line. So it is now not an official sponsor of terrorism, some of the sanctions against it have been lifted, and it faces an Obama administration that pledges “direct and aggressive diplomacy” […]

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Magna Charter

December 10th, 2008 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Foreign Affairs

Over 300 Chinese intellectuals have signed what’s called Charter 08, a manifesto calling for Western-style democracy to be instituted in China. Two of its authors have already been arrested. The document, as you might expect, is more Universal Declaration of Human Rights than Declaration of Independence but it’s still a wonderful start and contains a […]

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A Demon We Must Eradicate

November 26th, 2008 by Bill Brown · 2 Comments · Foreign Affairs

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have had a field day this year, successfully capturing 39 vessels including a Saudi supertanker. Navies from around the world are steaming around the Gulf of Aden trying to provide some cover in a joint task force. But so far, the most that has happened is eight pirates picked […]

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