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  • Beware of China’s Meteoric Rise

    01/18/2011 6:01:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 47 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | January 15, 2011 | Salim Mansur
    For the past several years, the buzz among those who take more than passing interest in world affairs has been about the meteoric rise of Communist-controlled China as the new global power. There are those around the world who view China’s emergence as a certainty, long anticipated, and deserving celebration. For them, this historic development is also indicative in some ways of the diminishing importance of the West, and in particular the decline of the U.S. from its pre-eminent superpower status. Among the many voices who have thrown caution to the wind in embracing China’s rise as inevitable and good...
  • The Dumbing Down of Democracy

    07/09/2009 12:18:59 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 1 replies · 536+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/09/09 | Daniel Henninger
    The pivotal foreign policy event so far in the Obama presidency was not this week's summit with Russia. It was instead that rarest of all events: Barack Obama's silence. When the people of Iran filled the streets of their country demanding a fair election, the U.S. clutched for a week. Uncertain of whether U.S. interests lay with the nuke-building ayatollahs or the democracy-seeking population, the Obama team essentially mumbled sweet nothings through the first days of the most extraordinary world event in this young presidency's term. That moment of hesitation, when a genuine and strategically useful democratic moment needed support,...
  • Tick-Tock

    02/17/2006 9:45:01 AM PST · by oldtimer2 · 5 replies · 586+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 17, 2006 | ohn Mendez
    Tick-TockFebruary 17th, 2006 The sounds you’re hearing are the last gasps of life of the Middle East’s autocracies and the bankrupt ideology of the American left. A left that was once idealist when it should have been realist and now has discovered “realism” at a moment in history ripe for idealism. Cynics would conclude the shift occurred to counter the paradigm shift in American foreign policy itself. The catalyst that has set the sands dripping through the hourglass is the strategic invasion and subsequent principled reconstruction of Iraq. The failed policy of past administrations that merely demanded stability in the...
  • Eritreans flee as war fears mount

    11/29/2005 3:57:12 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 305+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 29 November 2005 | Nicolas Germain
    Eritreans are fleeing their country in growing numbers amid fears of a new war with Ethiopia and economic hardships blamed on authoritarian government policies, according to diplomats and United Nations figures. In the first eight months of this year, more Eritreans have risked death to leave the impoverished Horn of Africa nation than in all of 2004, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) statistics seen by Agence France-Presse. As border tensions with Ethiopia rose and Asmara tightened already tough economic restrictions, 6 113 Eritreans fled between January and August, compared with 5 542 last year, the statistics show....
  • Some Marines Doubt They Are Even In Baghdad...

    04/07/2003 12:25:44 PM PDT · by Registered · 69 replies · 201+ views
    Registered ^ | 04.07.03 | Registered