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  • Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Iran

    11/09/2011 7:48:37 AM PST · by casinva · 18 replies
    Rick Perry for President Website ^ | November 9, 2011 | Governor Rick Perry
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the recently released International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report: “The new IAEA report is the latest indicator that the regime in Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Evidence that this includes work on a nuclear warhead design is particularly alarming – and again puts the lie to Tehran’s claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful, energy-related purposes. “President Obama’s policy on Iran, based on outreach and limited sanctions, has failed. This administration has labored under the misconception that Iran’s nuclear program could be negotiated away. But the...
  • Meeting the Iranian Threat

    10/17/2011 6:08:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Oct. 17, 2011
    We need homeland missile defenses to counter Iran’s growing threat. As the United States withdraws its combat forces from Iraq and begins a similar drawdown in Afghanistan, Iran is rapidly broadening its reach and presence in and beyond the region — and its technological prowess in weaponry — to undergird a strategy of global proportions, to threaten Americans at home and abroad as well as our overseas friends and allies. As the United States draws down its presence in the region, Iran is moving to fill the resulting power vacuum. U.S. missile-defense plans and programs need to adapt to the...
  • Have Something to Ask President Obama - Via Yahoo Today

    10/03/2011 6:49:03 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 16 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/3/11 | Howard Morrison
    Today, we will present an exclusive live interview with the president, conducted by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and presented on both Yahoo! News and ABCNews.com at 2:35 pm ET. Submit your questions here. Yahoo! and ABC News will pick some of them to ask the president live.
  • Sarah Palin to visit South Korea (Newsworthy *IF* true)

    08/31/2011 7:49:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 7 replies
    channelnewsasia ^ | Wednesday August 31, 2011
    <p>SEOUL: US conservative politician Sarah Palin will visit South Korea for the first time to speak at a Seoul forum in October, the organisers said Thursday.</p> <p>Maeil Business Newspaper said the former vice presidential candidate would make a keynote opening speech at the forum organised by the paper from October 11 to 13.</p>
  • Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places

    06/20/2011 1:34:42 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/20/11 | Ian Swanson
    An overwhelming number of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should pull back its troops, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill. Seventy-two percent of those polled said the United States is fighting in too many places, with only 16 percent saying the current level of engagement represented an appropriate level. Twelve percent said they weren’t sure. Voters also do not think having U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has made the country safer, according to the poll. Thirty-seven percent said the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan makes...
  • Obama's lax dollar is to blame for oil's spike, not bankers

    04/30/2011 9:52:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/30/2011 | Garry White
    For the real drivers of the oil price, the President needs to look closer to home. The US has continued to devalue its currency by allowing the Federal Reserve to print dollars like they are going out of fashion. This has boosted the price of all commodities – and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of this year. Commodities such as oil are priced in dollars. When the dollar falls, these commodities – be they copper, wheat or oil – become cheaper in other currencies. This prompts "speculators" to buy. Prices of raw materials have therefore risen...
  • Finland election: nationalists make huge gains

    04/17/2011 5:12:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/2011
    Conservative National Coalition won a narrow victory in Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday, marked by the dazzling rise of the nationalist True Finns party that came in third, according to a final tally. Chairman Timo Soini of the True Finns Outgoing Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi's Centre Party was toppled from power, losing 16 seats in parliament to end up with only 35, in a deeply disappointing fourth place. The once tiny populist, anti-immigration and anti-EU True Finns meanwhile captured 39 seats, up from only six in the outgoing parliament, making them the only party to gain any seats in a...
  • The tar of humanitarian imperialism

    04/08/2011 11:12:09 AM PDT · by libertycause13 · 1 replies
    Freedom Politics ^ | 4/8/2011 | George Will
    Several weeks ago, when President Obama reportedly assured congressional leaders that America's intervention in Libya would involve "days, not weeks," skeptics mistakenly worried about mission creep. They should have feared mission gallop. Or perhaps mission meander. At about this point in foreign policy misadventures, the usual question is: What is Plan B? Today's question is: What was Plan A? When Obama inserted America into what was, and ostensibly still is, a pre-emptive war to protect Libyan civilians from Libya's government, he neglected to clarify a few things, such as: Do the armed rebels trying to overthrow that government still count...
  • Ousting the U.S. Ambassador Does Not Help U.S.–Mexican Crime Fight

    03/22/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 21, 2011
    The resignation of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, under pressure from President Felipe Calderon, is bad news for the Obama Administration. There is little doubt that this is a “blow to U.S.-Mexico relations, in that the personal overcame the institutional.” It will damage joint U.S.–Mexico efforts to fight organized crime in Mexico and protect U.S. security at home by turning a common fight against a real enemy into a political contest between national leaders. Since assuming the key ambassadorship in 2009, Pascual played an active role in efforts to speed delivery of Plan Merida assistance to Mexico, stand up...
  • Violence linked to Refugee Resettlement Program

    02/15/2011 7:55:52 AM PST · by Drayah · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/14/2011 | Frank York
    Since the 1990's the United Nations has dictated to the United States who is allowed be part of the Refugee Resettlement Program. President Obama issued a letter to Congress requesting an astonishing 80,000 Muslim refugees. In his letter he states " justified by humanitarian concern or in otherwise national concern". According to Refugee Settlement Watch,these refugees are eligible for the following benefits: TANF,food stamps, housing,supplemental social security,child care benefits,energy assistance,educatinal grants and loans,and health care. These individuals have been raised in a culture that hates infidels therefore any crime committed against infidels is justified.There have been increses in crime rates...
  • White House Losing Egypt

    02/10/2011 5:55:49 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 21 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | February 10, 2011 | Neoavatara
    I have been about as supportive as any conservative out there when it comes to the decisions made by the Obama Administration during the Egyptian crisis. I have, time and again, explained how the reserved response by Obama in this crisis, unlike Iran, was the right path. And even when the White House appeared confused during last weeks up and down roller coaster ride, I was willing to give them leeway. Today's events puts all of that into serious doubt.
  • EGYPT: MUBARAK HAS ALREADY LEFT COUNTRY - REPORT

    02/10/2011 11:43:05 AM PST · by FromLori · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/10/11 | Tyler Durden
    From Stratfor, citing BBC Arabic. EGYPT: MUBARAK HAS ALREADY LEFT COUNTRY - REPORT Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly already left the country, and his speech scheduled for the night of Feb. 10 has been pre-recorded, BBC Arabic reported. Some reports indicate Mubarak will speak within two hours, while other unconfirmed reports say he left the country as early as yesterday.
  • title:Palin Abandons Plan for Early Visit to Israel

    02/08/2011 9:44:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 2/8/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin turned down a chance to speak at the prestigious Herzliya Conference this week, abandoning her plan to visit Israel early this year. "She was invited; the president was invited,” a conference spokesman said, according to the Washington website The Hill. “All of the top people in the U.S. were invited. But it's not as if her attendance was imminent or expected." Palin's advisors have not commented on her no-show. The former Alaska governor reportedly planned to visit Israel early this year to try to improve her image of being poorly informed on foreign affairs....
  • They Got to Merkel: Her Call for a One World Europe

    02/05/2011 9:25:14 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2/1/2011 | Robert Wenzel
    NYT reports today: In a remarkable about-face, [German Cahncellor Angela]. Merkel now wants more economic integration in the euro zone, including regular meetings of its leaders. What will this mean for the average person in the EuroZone? Get a load of this: When they meet in Brussels on Friday, the 27 heads of government will hear new ideas on how to save the euro, delivered by Mrs. Merkel and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, but written largely in Berlin. In exchange for bolstering the euro zone rescue fund, Mrs. Merkel will press others to mimic Germany’s economic rise. She is...
  • The Rest of the World and Obama

    01/28/2011 8:22:16 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2011 | Steve McCann
    One of the primary narratives of the Democrats and the media during the entire tenure of the George W. Bush's term was that the United States was held in historically low regard throughout the rest of the world. This became, after "Bush lied," the second-most frequently repeated talking point. Whether there was any basis for this claim was immaterial; it was a handy cudgel for defeating and humiliating the president. For the past twenty-five-plus years, I have been involved in the international marketplace, having dealt in countries as varied as the United Kingdom, China, and Ghana. Never in that period...
  • Clifford.D.May: U.S. should heed Canada’s message to Iran

    01/27/2011 4:10:26 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Last week, Canada’s Free Thinking Film Society – love that name – was scheduled to screen Iranium, a new documentary about the regime that has ruled Iran since 1979, its drive to acquire nuclear weapons and the dangers that poses for the West. But then the Iranian embassy complained and – coincidently – threats and “suspicious letters” were received at the National Archives in Ottawa, where the event was to take place. The Archives cancelled the screening and shut the building. Archives spokeswoman Pauline Portelance explained: “We deemed the risk associated with the event was a little too high.” Apparently,...
  • The Direction of Turkey’s Foreign Policy and Strategic Partnerships (Michael Rubin)

    01/04/2011 5:04:18 AM PST · by nuconvert
    Euro-Atlantic Quarterly ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    For much of his first term in office, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan pursued a balancing act: He sought to reinvigorate ties to the Islamic world while, committing simultaneously committing Turkey to the European Union accession process. After winning reelection in 2007, however, ErdoÄŸan veered Turkish foreign policy further toward the Islamic world. TurkeyÂ’s European ambitions fell by the wayside, into the realm of lip service only. TurkeyÂ’s September 2010 referendum marked another milestone. While the poll centered on constitutional reform, the size of ErdoÄŸanÂ’s victory imbued him with new confidence. In its wake, he has cast aside any pretense...
  • The Queen and the Somali plot

    12/29/2010 7:13:59 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies
    Klein Verzet ^ | December 29, 2010
    In her Christmas speech, Queen Beatrix told people to show solidarity with others in society. She said we should try to find a good balance between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Fear and suspicion could be vanquished if people adopted a social perspective....These high-minded thoughts were nullified immediately afterward by the news that 12 Somali suspects of plotting a terror attack had been arrested in Rotterdam and Gilze-Rijen. Apparently, they were planning to shoot down an Apache attack helicopter at Gilze-Rijen airforce base, home to 85 of such aircraft. In the mean time all but one of the suspects have been released....
  • Obama Has Lost The World

    12/26/2010 10:44:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies · 18+ views
    Eurasia Review ^ | December 26, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield
    After the 2010 elections, it’s not exactly news that Obama has lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama’s cocktail party tour of the world’s capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party planning committee. Even the Bush Administration’s harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried...
  • Clinton Pledges Bigger Role for Besieged State Department

    12/15/2010 8:14:59 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec. 15, 2010 | Mark Landler
    Seeking to reassert the State Department's role as the primary agent of Washington overseas, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday announced an ambitious overhaul of diplomacy and development. And she promised to do it without spending a lot more money. Mrs. Clinton, in presenting a two-year review that has been one of her signature projects, declared that "leading through civilian power saves lives and money." Among key changes is a heavier emphasis on resolving conflicts and a pledge to reinvigorate the United States Agency for International Development.
  • EU £5.8bn diplomatic corps ready to swamp HM's Foreign Office

    11/02/2010 2:18:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2010 | Mary Ellen Synon
    The full staggering scale and cost of the European Union’s new global diplomatic corps can be revealed today. The so-called European External Action Service (EEAS) will have an annual budget of £5.8 billion and an army of ambassadors across 137 embassies, with up to 7,000 Eurocrats trained to pursue the EU’s foreign policy. It will be run by Baroness Ashton, the obscure Labour quangocrat and Blair-appointed peer who last year was surprisingly nominated by Gordon Brown to be the EU’s foreign secretary – even though she has never been elected by British or European voters. The former treasurer of the...
  • Journal: DoD QDR–incomplete, incoherent, incredible…

    08/08/2010 1:40:36 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 1 replies
    Public Intelligence Blog ^ | Public Intelligence Blog
    In simple terms, the collection of links below centered on the latest Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), come to the general conclusion that the Department of Defense (DoD) can no longer think, strategize, complete staff work, or acquire the right capabilities to do what DoD is supposed to do (which is also a topic lacking consensus).
  • The Failure of Long Range Planning

    08/07/2010 12:22:07 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 1 replies
    The Failure of Long Range Planning by Ari Bussel In 2000 Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak (today’s Defense Minister) orchestrated a sudden withdrawal from Lebanon in compliance with UN Resolution 245 (1978). Upon completion, PM Barak stated: “From now on, the government of Lebanon is accountable for what takes place within its territory, and the Lebanese and Syrian governments are responsible for preventing acts of terror or aggression against Israel, which is from today deployed within its borders.” As the attacks from Lebanon were playing out this week, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Head of Opposition (former Foreign...
  • Debate over rice aid [from South Korea] to [North] Korea

    08/06/2010 10:59:46 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | August 4, 2010 | Kim So-hyun
    Resuming rice aid to North Korea remains a point of debate as the South’s rice surplus nears 1.4 million tons and the North falls deeper into destitution. The opposition Democratic Party proposed organizing a special parliamentary committee to prevent a domestic rice market crash by sending rice to the North, a month after the Seoul government said old rice will be used to feed livestock. “The rice surplus amounts to 1.4 million tons, more than double the standard inventory, and is expected to reach 2 million tons by October,” Jeon Hyun-hee, the DP’s floor spokesperson, said on Tuesday. “North Korea,...
  • Debunking a Myth

    07/20/2010 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 2 replies
    Debunking a Myth by Ari Bussel “He made it his devilish business of his, to find out who this Ms. Doolittle is … Every trick that he could play, he used to strip her mask away, and when at last the dance was done, he glowed as if he knew he won, and with a voice too eager and a smile too broad he announced to the hostess that she was ‘a Fraud!’” My Fair Lady, “You Did It!” We were sitting on two aisle seats, one across from the other. She was determined to find out my employer, convinced...
  • Obama and the Rising Mob Against Israel

    06/18/2010 3:07:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 298+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 18, 2010 | James Lewis
    The Middle East is now teetering on the brink of war because a vast international mob has been unloosed, with the tacit approval of Barack Hussein Obama. That is the real meaning of the Gaza martyrdom stunt of May 31, 2010. That purposeful provocation is not past. The Gaza suicide operation is still being used all over the Middle East and Europe to whip up hatred and violence. As Mark Steyn just reported from a dingy cafe in Algeria, "I can just about make out the plasma TV up in the corner on which Jimmy Carter, dubbed into Arabic, is...
  • Obama’s security strategy falls short

    05/30/2010 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 454+ views
    FT.com ^ | May 30, 2010 | By Clive Crook
    The administration of Barack Obama sees its new National Security Strategy – a statement the White House sends Congress from time to time – as a work of great importance, a radical departure from its predecessor’s thinking. It is neither; nor, for that matter, is it a strategy.
  • Argentina To Open Defaulted Debt Swap Monday

    04/29/2010 8:06:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/28/2010 | Taos Turner
    The Argentine government Monday formally will open its long-awaited offer to swap up to $20 billion in defaulted debt, it said Wednesday in a statement. Argentine officials hope the swap will re-establish the country's access to global credit markets and rebuild relations with the international financial community. Argentina has been basically locked out of credit markets since 2001, when it defaulted on about $100 billion during a massive economic crisis. In a prospectus supplement published on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Web site late Wednesday, the government laid out fresh details about its offer to exchange up to $18.3...
  • US And Israel: An Unsettled Alliance

    04/12/2010 5:05:02 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies · 266+ views
    http://www.ft.com/ ^ | April 12, 2010 | By Daniel Dombey And Tobias Buck
    The world clustered around Barack Obama yesterday – with one very notable exception. Leaders of some 40 countries, from Argentina and Armenia to China and India, gathered in Washington to attend the nuclear security summit convoked by the US president. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, stayed away.
  • Hillary: Bull In China Shop Diplomat

    04/01/2010 4:46:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 618+ views
    Diplomacy: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is often described as sidelined from the big jobs in foreign policy, given her political rivalry with the president. But to look at the areas where she is active shows a lot of messes. As if it were not bad enough that the Obama administration is failing mightily to lead the Free World on security as Iran goes nuclear, the record of his secretary of state is one of misfires and small blunders in areas where she has a free hand. The latest was annoying Canada last Wednesday by horning in on a maternal...
  • Poll shows Obama, Dems losing ground

    03/08/2010 4:08:52 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 38 replies · 270+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2010 | Joseph Curl
    The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin -- 51 percent to 41 percent -- Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama's presidency. On the national security front, a massive gap has emerged, with 50 percent of likely voters saying Republicans would likely do a better job than Democrats, a 14-point swing since May. Thirty-three percent favored Democrats. "The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin," the pollsters...
  • Should the United States act with humility in international affairs?

    03/03/2010 10:17:45 PM PST · by Abakumov · 10 replies · 335+ views
    American Security Council Foundation ^ | March 3, 2010 | John Bolton
    American weakness, not our strength, is provocative, as the Europeans should better understand after almost sixty-five years of sheltering under the American umbrella. A United States infused with humility works right up until they - and we ourselves - need real protection. It is realism's virtue never to forget that lesson.
  • Obama And America Are Losing The Battle For Global Influence

    01/05/2010 8:45:46 AM PST · by FromLori · 17 replies · 626+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1/5/10 | Gideon Rachman |
    Ever since 1945, the US has regarded itself as the leader of the “free world”. But the Obama administration is facing an unexpected and unwelcome development in global politics. Four of the biggest and most strategically important democracies in the developing world – Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey – are increasingly at odds with American foreign policy. Rather than siding with the US on the big international issues, they are just as likely to line up with authoritarian powers such as China and Iran. The US has been slow to pick up on this development, perhaps because it seems...
  • Barack Obama and the Exhausted Presidency

    01/01/2010 3:30:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 40 replies · 1,501+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 31, 2009 | Paul A. Rahe
    In a recent puff piece, The New York Times reports that our President is tired. This is not the first such report. Back in May, when he treated England’s Gordon Brown so shabbily, the excuse given — according to The Daily Telegraph – was that wrestling with the economic crisis had left Barack Obama too exhausted to be able to focus on foreign affairs. We should perhaps discount what was said in May. For, as I have attempted to document in detail here, here, here, here, here, and here, President Obama is a gentleman, and, as such, he is never...
  • Obama and Islam

    11/07/2009 4:40:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 880+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 06, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama is playing out a drama on the world stage, addressing Islam as a virtual supplicant, and conceding serious issues, while getting nothing in return. Why? Richard Baehr writes: The President demanded a complete freeze on Israeli settlement building, including in sections of Jerusalem, supposedly in return for some conciliatory gestures by the Palestinians and Arab states toward Israel. The demands on Israel hardened Palestinian attitudes, and the PA made a total settlement freeze a precondition for resuming peace talks. No gestures towards Israel were forthcoming from any Arab party. Instead, the Palestinians and Arab states launched a full...
  • Venezuela begins takeover of Hilton-run hotel

    10/16/2009 11:22:07 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 16 replies · 1,128+ views
    CaribbeanBusinessPR.com ^ | October 16, 2009 | CB Online Staff
    CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez's government began taking over management of a Hilton-run hotel on Venezuela's Margarita Island on Wednesday. Tourism Minister Pedro Morejon said a 20-year concession granted to the company has expired and the government "has taken legitimate control of an asset that belongs to all the people of Venezuela." Chavez issued a decree last week ordering the "forced acquisition" of the Margarita Hilton & Suites and its marina, though news of the edict did not surface until Tuesday. Morejon said the government has held majority ownership of the hotel since 1995, when a banking crisis forced...
  • Obama's Five-Ring Circus (Why is the President Begging & Distracted)

    09/28/2009 10:33:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 2,358+ views
    NBC ^ | Mon, Sep 28, 2009 | ROBERT A. GEORGE
    Why is the president going to Denmark to beg for the Olympics?Between a still-existent worldwide recession and nuclear saber-rattling from North Korea and Iran, it's pretty clear that the White House has a lot on its plate in terms of international relations. A lot of serious stuff on the menu. So, why does President Obama need to add "seconds" to the plate by getting personally involved in the U.S. bid to attract the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago? The president is now planning on traveling to Copenhagen this week. Sure, it's the president's hometown, but that's no reason to put...
  • An Enfeebled Obama (Caroline Glick On How A Weak Obama Benefits Israel And The World Alert)

    09/25/2009 1:04:28 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 1,148+ views
    Caroline Glick ^ | 09/25/2009 | Caroline Glick
    If Zbigniew Brzezinski had his way, the US would go to war against Israel to defend Iran's nuclear installations. In an interview with the Daily Beast Web site last weekend, the man who served as former US president Jimmy Carter's national security adviser said, "They [IAF fighter jets] have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? We have to be serious about denying them that right. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not." Brzezinski has long distinguished himself as...
  • The constitutional case for Zelaya's ouster

    09/25/2009 11:59:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 834+ views
    HondurasThisWeek.com ^ | August 12, 2009 | F. W. Blake
    The Constitution of Honduras contains 379 articles, all which can be reformed or removed except for seven of them. These seven articles are known in Spanish as “articulos petreos”, meaning that they cannot be altered or reformed in any way; they define the form of government, the national territory, and the extent and limit of presidential terms. So, 372 or 98.15% of the articles in the Constitution of Honduras can be legally reformed. So then, why did Mr. Manuel Zelaya so desperately insist on summoning a National Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution? The answer is simple; he wanted...
  • CARTOON: Obama's UN Apology

    09/25/2009 7:26:25 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 9 replies · 2,169+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | September 25, 2009 | William Warren
  • Brazil accuses Chávez of orchestrating Zelaya's return to Honduras

    09/25/2009 6:42:45 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 16 replies · 919+ views
    (English-language translation) Sao Paulo - High-level officials with the Brazilian government are accusing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez of "orchestrating" the plan for the return of deposed Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya, who is sheltered at the Brazilian Embassy, the local press reports. Advisors to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Foreign Ministry interviewed by Sao Paulo newspaper O Estado pointed out that the "infrastructure, the logistics, and the advice to specifically seek the Brazilian Embassy" for Zelaya's clandestine return were prepared by Chávez. Zelaya's unexpected bursting into Brazil's diplomatic legation has caused an unprecedented and hard-to-resolve conflict, since...
  • Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda

    09/24/2009 3:20:39 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 2,004+ views
    The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies ^ | Republished 2009 | Lt. Col. Konstantin Preobrazhensky (KGB)
    Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda By Konstantin Preobrazhensky Konstantin Preobrazhensky, a former Lt. Colonel in the KGB who defected to the United States in 1993, is an intelligence expert and specialist on Japan, about which he has written six books. His newest book Russian-American, A New KGB Asset will be published in late 2007. This article was first published by Gerard Group International, Intel Analyses, 31 August 2007.Americans generally believe that Russia is afraid of Islamic terrorism as much as the U.S.A. They are reminded of the war in Chechnya, the hostage crisis at the...
  • [Honduran President] Micheletti weighs in on Zelaya's return

    09/22/2009 7:00:30 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 20 replies · 527+ views
    WAPA.tv (Spanish-language article) ^ | September 22, 2009 | AP
    (English-language translation) NEW YORK — Honduran de facto President Roberto Micheletti acknowledged that the return of the deposed Manuel Zelaya has put Honduras in an "unusual situation" but predicted that the current political crisis will be resolved with "free, fair, and transparent" elections on November 29. In an article published in The Washington Post on Tuesday, Micheletti wrote that "although a large part of the international community disagrees with us regarding our past actions, we all agree on the need to guarantee Honduras' total commitment to the electoral process. It is our citizens' opinion that the coming presidential election is...
  • Bolton Gives Obama His Foreign Policy Grade: "Absent"

    09/11/2009 1:39:50 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 12 replies · 1,390+ views
    RedState ^ | 9-11-01 | hillsdale1
    Today, Hillsdale College's Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship hosted John R. Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for their monthly First Principles on First Fridays lecture series in Washington, D.C. And in his talk he delivered a report card on President Obama's Foreign Policy, giving him an "absent." Click here http://www.redstate.com/academicelephant/2009/09/11/john-bolton-grades-the-obama-administrations-foreign-policy-record for a great interview with Ambassador Bolton by Academic Elephant at Red State following the talk.
  • Hunger in Guatemala

    09/09/2009 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 503+ views
    NotiUno.com (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | September 9, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of "public calamity" as a measure to face the food and nutrition crisis that affects 54,000 families and has claimed the lives of some 25 children. The declaration will allow the Guatemalan government to accept international aid for these cases and to mobilize resources from the national budget more promptly, according to the president's official address to the nation. "I have decided to use the public-order law and declare a state of public calamity throughout the entire national territory, since the consequences of food and nutritional insufficiency will affect not only...
  • Fidel Castro decries lack of money for healthcare in the U.S. [virtual support for Obamacare]

    08/20/2009 6:57:01 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 27 replies · 1,645+ views
    NotiUno.com (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | August 20, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) HAVANA - In a column in a Cuban newspaper, former President Fidel Castro commented that the United States spends millions of dollars in the arms industry but its President Barack Obama has to "sweat blood" to offer healthcare to its population. "In 2008, some $1.5 trillion were invested in defense budgets. Forty-two percent of worldwide expenses in that sphere, $607 billion, belonged to the United States, excluding war expenses," the former leader added in "Reflections", the opinion columns he publishes in the Cuban media. "While those colossal expenses in killing technologies are produced in the United States, that...
  • Cuban-Born Theologian Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    07/30/2009 6:34:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 697+ views
    (English-language translation) Radio Martí - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by acclamation the nomination of Cuban theologian Miguel Díaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, an appointment that must be ratified by the full Senate. If confirmed, 45-year-old Havana native Díaz would be the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Díaz, the son of a waiter and a typist, was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He studied at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Notre Dame, working as professor at...
  • A Talk With Obama: You Can't Make This Stuff Up

    07/30/2009 5:50:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 969+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2009 | Ross Mackenzie
    Ever wish you could rap with the president? Here's your chance - an imaginary conversation in an occasional series. Quotation marks indicate actual words Barack Obama has used. Mr. President, thanks for the opportunity. Happy to do it. What's on your mind? Could we start with health care? You've said you want a plan providing improved care for reduced cost, and extending health insurance coverage to perhaps 50 million more Americans. You also want a taxpayer-financed public option to private insurance. I set an August deadline that obviously will be missed. But it will happen, as Madame Pelosi has said...
  • Why Won't Obama Go To Kenya?

    07/06/2009 8:29:14 AM PDT · by FromLori · 18 replies · 1,225+ views
    Obama will not go to Kenya on his upcoming Africa trip. Why not? Here's why. Read all of it. It's eye-opening and shocking. And I encourage you to explore the whole website and discover plenty of eye-opening stuff that has been censored as much as possible by the Obamites. Even Fox News isn't telling us what's actually what. Odd, their incuriousness, again. Sometimes I think Fox News sounds no better than the also-ignorant CNN. In a nutshell, because his murderous, genocidal-against-Christians Islamofascist cousin didn't become the President. He's boycotting Kenya for not electing his cousin, the evil Islamofascist Ralia Odinga,...
  • It's time for real changes in Honduras

    07/01/2009 4:51:04 PM PDT · by FromLori · 28 replies · 642+ views
    Hondurans have united like never before and have stood up to the world to protect and defend their democracy no matter what. Today I saw a large group of brave men and women stand side by side yelling, singing, dancing, cheering, clapping, and making their voice be heard all over the world. The big peaceful manifestation that Hondurans put up this morning in Tegucigalpa’s Central Park in support of their new Constitutional Government has set an example to the world, that even though it is a small and one of the poorest countries in the world, it will not fall...