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  • Mikhail Gorbachev accuses US of stoking ‘new Cold War’

    12/04/2014 12:31:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 2, 2014 | Tom Parfitt and Roland Oliphant
    Mr Gorbachev said there was still time to defuse the standoff between Moscow and the West, as he and his western counterparts had done during the Perestroika period. “Now there are once again signs of a Cold War,” he said in an interview with Tass, the state-owned news agency. “This process can and must be stopped. After all, we did it in the 1980s. We opted for de-escalation, for the reunification (of Germany). And back then it was a lot tougher than now. So we could do it again.” Mr Gorbachev, 83, who has run a civil society foundation since...
  • Gorbachev Urges Mutually Acceptable Solution In Ukraine Crisis

    03/15/2014 12:07:11 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    RT.com ^ | 03/14/2014 | RT
    In a letter published on his website on Friday the former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Prize winner said that his position on the Ukrainian crisis remains unchanged. “Our main task is to stop the dangerous escalation and find a solution that would be supported by Ukrainian and Russian citizens and prevent a new Cold War,” the message reads. At the same time, Gorbachev wrote that he would prefer not to get personally involved in the talks and the diplomatic contacts President Vladimir Putin is having with other national leaders almost daily. The former Soviet leader holds that the original...
  • Violence in Ukraine: Can Russia or the West Make it Stop

    01/25/2014 7:29:37 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 60 replies
    Time ^ | Simon Shuster
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, piped up on Thursday with a wake-up call for the Western world: Ukraine is now everybody’s problem. The turmoil in its capital, where pitched battles have raged all week between protestors and police, “threatens not only Ukraine and her neighbors, but Europe and the entire world,” he wrote in an open letter to the U.S. and Russian Presidents. He was certainly right about Europe, which now has a real dilemma on its hands. The only question is whether Ukraine’s neighbors can do much to resolve it. For the West, there are...
  • Tear Down this What? The Common Core on the End of the Cold War

    11/11/2013 10:24:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The ninth of November marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, probably the most important historical event since World War II and the most important lesson about human freedom experienced within the living memory of most of us. Presumably, next year there will be more of a commemoration, but the salient question now is how this lesson is being taught in the nation’s classrooms. For while those of us in our forties and older remember the fall of communism and its causes, today’s teenagers are wholly in the dark. What, then, are the high-school students of...
  • Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control. Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • The Long Rough Awakening of Russia

    12/24/2011 7:44:57 PM PST · by decimon · 18 replies
    Rosett Report ^ | December 24, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    Twenty years ago this Christmas day, Mikhail Gorbachev gave a speech announcing “I hereby discontinue my activities at the post of President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” And with that, the totalitarian and murderous construct of the USSR, already uncoupled earlier that month by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the presidents of Ukraine and Belarus, was no more. These were monumental events. Yet so tumultuous is the world right now that the 20th anniversary of the Soviet collapse is figuring as little more than a footnote in the news. In Russia itself, the events of the hour are...
  • Gorbachev Calls For New Election (Yes, THAT Mikhail Gorbachev)

    12/07/2011 10:24:29 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/07/2011 | BBC News
    ormer Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Sunday's Russian parliamentary election was marred by fraud and has called for a re-run. "The country's leaders must admit there were numerous falsifications and rigging and the results do not reflect the people's will," he said. Protesters were planning new rallies for Saturday as arrests in Tuesday's crackdown in reached 800 across Russia. Key figures in the protest movement are starting 15-day jail sentences. State TV channels have ignored the protests, giving coverage only to rallies in support of the government. Disregard for public opinion is discrediting the authorities and destabilising the situation”...
  • Egypt: Cenk Chides Obama For Not Being Like . . . Reagan!

    02/02/2011 6:10:51 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was 16 degrees warmer in my upstate New York town this morning than it was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If any further portent of the apocalypse is necessary, consider that on his MSNBC show this evening, uber-lib Cenk Uygur compared Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan . . . and clearly came down on the side of Ronaldus Maximus. The subject was Egypt. Uygur played the clip of Reagan's immortal "tear down this wall," and contrasted it with Obama's wan words on the need for "orderly transition" in Egypt. View video here.
  • Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev co-chair The Earth Charter Commission

    05/12/2010 2:59:30 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 12 replies · 674+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 12th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Glenn Beck gave us homework to research the green guru Maurice Strong. So let's begin with the global commission he is chairing at The Earth Charter. Steven Rockefeller is representing the USA. I posted the full list of the commission members on my site
  • MIKHAIL GORBACHEV: Perestroika Lost

    03/13/2010 8:32:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 687+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2010 | MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
    Op-Ed Contributor Moscow PERESTROIKA, the series of political and economic reforms I undertook in the Soviet Union in 1985, has been the subject of heated debate ever since. Today the controversy has taken on a new urgency — not just because of the 25th anniversary, but also because Russia is again facing the challenge of change. In moments like this, it is appropriate and necessary to look back. We introduced perestroika because our people and the country’s leaders understood that we could no longer continue as we had. The Soviet system, created on the precepts of socialism amid great efforts...
  • Earth Charter undone: Henry Lamb explains how town nixed 'syrupy' eco scheme

    04/21/2002 1:32:57 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 477+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Sanibel, Fla., was one of the first U.S. cities to endorse the Earth Charter nearly a year ago as a part of Earth Day celebrations. It was also the first U.S. city to withdraw its endorsement. This controversial document, promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong for a decade, is seen by many to be an effort to create a new "16 Commandments" to serve as the foundation for a new global religion. Sanibel citizens were not happy about the endorsement. Forty-two citizens and five former mayors signed an open letter, published in a local newspaper, demanding that the endorsement...
  • Just In Case You Forgot: Agenda 21

    03/25/2009 8:24:53 PM PDT · by datura · 10 replies · 988+ views
    The United Nations ^ | 11 Aug 2005 | The UN
    Agenda 21: Chapter 2 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO ACCELERATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND RELATED DOMESTIC POLICIES In order to meet the challenges of environment and development, States have decided to establish a new global partnership. This partnership commits all States to engage in a continuous and constructive dialogue, inspired by the need to achieve a more efficient and equitable world economy, keeping in view the increasing interdependence of the community of nations and that sustainable development should become a priority item on the agenda of the international community. It is recognized that, for the success of this new partnership,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-23-09 (DUmmies: Obasms vs Gorbasms)

    02/23/2009 5:32:01 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 59 replies · 1,078+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 23, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    The DUmmies are in a dilemma. Who is the true savior? Obama or Gorbachev? What set this debate off is that website mocking George W. Bush by comparing him to a chimpanzee, SmirkingChimp.com. An article at The Smirking Chimp (meaning that Bush was like a chimpanzee) stated that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was smarter than Barack Obama because he accepted defeat in Afghanistan and brought Soviet troops home 20 years ago. This set off an Obasm vs Gorbasm debate in DUmmieland as you can see in this THREAD, "Gorby smarter than Obama: Soviet leader accepted defeat and brought his...
  • A Path To Peace In The Caucasus (Mikhail Gorbachev Presents Russia's Case Alert)

    08/11/2008 9:32:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 205+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/12/2008 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    MOSCOW -- The past week's events in South Ossetia are bound to shock and pain anyone. Already, thousands of people have died, tens of thousands have been turned into refugees, and towns and villages lie in ruins. Nothing can justify this loss of life and destruction. It is a warning to all. The roots of this tragedy lie in the decision of Georgia's separatist leaders in 1991 to abolish South Ossetian autonomy. This turned out to be a time bomb for Georgia's territorial integrity. Each time successive Georgian leaders tried to impose their will by force -- both in South...
  • Gorbachev signed JP II KGB death warrant

    05/06/2008 5:40:25 AM PDT · by se99tp · 13 replies · 159+ views
    Polskie Radio ^ | 27.04.2008 15:50 | IAR
    The weekly Wprost, (..), shows a politburo document, signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, which appears to warrant a KGB contract killing on John Paul II. So claims Polish journalist John O. Kohler in a book, also released tomorrow, Chodzi o papie¿a. Szpiedzy w watykanie - (About the Pope: Spies in the Vatican). The politburo document says: "Use all available possibilities to prevent a new political trend, initiated by the Polish pope." The document, which dates back to November 1979, - one year after Karol Wojtyla became pope - is signed by eight top Party officials including Konstantin Rusakov, who coordinated action...
  • Former Soviet Leader Admits He is a Christian

    03/19/2008 1:46:50 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 29 replies · 530+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | March 19, 2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi. Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb. His arrival in Assisi was described as "spiritual perestroika" by La Stampa, the Italian newspaper. "St Francis is, for me, the alter Christus, the other Christ," said Mr Gorbachev. "His story fascinates me and has played a fundamental role in my life," he added. Mr Gorbachev's surprise...
  • Gorbachev Sets Up Russia Movement (Sole Committed Marxists In USA Alert)

    10/20/2007 10:30:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 87+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/20/2007 | BBC News
    The leader of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has founded a new political movement in Russia. Mr Gorbachev told the founding congress of the Union of Social-Democrats that its mission was to fight against "negative tendencies" and corruption. He said it supported President Vladimir Putin's efforts to reform Russia. The new movement will not take part in general elections in December, which are expected to be won by the United Russia party, backed by Mr Putin. "We are fighting for power, but only for power over people's minds," Mr Gorbachev told the 200 delegates gathered in Moscow. Among the...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-30-07 (DUmmies Have A Massive Gorbasm)

    07/30/2007 5:14:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies · 859+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 30, 2007 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    One of the great scenes in history took place at Ronald Reagan's funeral in Washington, D.C.. Speaker after speaker praised Reagan's leadership in bringing about the end of both the Cold War and the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union. What made it really memorial was the presence in the audience of the leader of that very failed Evil Empire, Mikhail Gorbachev. What must he have been thinking at the time? Most likely he must have gone away from that funeral with a lot of resentment over the fact that he ended up the LOSER in the global conflict....
  • Why There Will Never Be A Muslim Gorbachev (Islam No More Reformable Than Communism Alert)

    09/20/2006 12:24:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 430+ views
    Soviet General Secretary of the Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev is the Left's darling. For years, those loath to credit Ronald Reagan with ending the Cold War have labeled Gorbachev the ultimate reformer. In 1988, Time magazine made him its Man of the Year. In 1990, Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize. Radical leftist and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, architect of the disastrous Oslo Peace Accords, states, "The revolution Gorbachev initiated and headed is, in my opinion, one of the three greatest revolutions of the XX century." Former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali pants, "The name Mikhail Gorbachev...
  • Ronald Reagan Statue in Poland — What About Gorby?

    09/19/2006 12:47:05 PM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 559+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | September 19, 2006 | Doug Powers
    Ronald Reagan Statue in Poland — What About Gorby? September 19, 2006 Vox Populi, Doug Powers It’s commonly said, especially among the intellectualoids, that the downfall of communism in Europe was due mainly to Mikhail Gorbachev. The Polish people aren’t buying it — at least not a group of them. From Newsmax: "Polish admirers of Ronald Reagan plan to raise a statue of the former U.S president in Warsaw, where he is revered for his role in the downfall of communism in Europe. The 3.5-metre (3.8-yard) stone-and-bronze statue will stand across from the U.S. Embassy, the head of the group...
  • My Enemy's Enemy by George Crile

    09/22/2005 10:04:49 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 25 replies · 2,407+ views
    My Enemy's Enemy: The Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History -- the Arming of the Mujahideen by the CIA In the early summer of 1980, Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson walked off the floor of the House of Representatives into the Speaker's Lobby, a rich, wood- paneled room that stretches along the full length of the House floor. A Teletype at one end spewed out stories from AP, UPI and Reuters. Wilson was a news junkie, and he reached down and began reading a story datelined from Kabul. The article described hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan as...
  • Chernobyl's meltdown accelerated that of the Soviet Union (Mikhail Gorbachev Op-Ed)

    04/18/2006 3:25:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 838+ views
    Daily Star ^ | April 18, 2006 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago this month, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was a historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed. The morning of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear station on April 26, 1986, the Politburo met to discuss the situation, and then organized a government commission to deal with the consequences. The commission was to control the situation, and to ensure...
  • Selling Ark of Hope through the classroom (UN Earth Charter)

    12/17/2004 6:38:38 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 25 replies · 705+ views
    CFP ^ | December 17, 2004 | Judi McLeod
    Day after day in New York City, a small and strange procession can be seen moving along the pavement. While taxicabs whiz by and passersby move out of the way on Big Apple sidewalks, a handful of acolytes transport a large, hand painted box crafted from the wood of a sycamore tree. Make that "a sustainably harvested in Germany" sycamore tree. Dressed not in long flowing robes, but in average business apparel, the acolytes are garden-variety United Nations employees. There’s no need to hire Brink’s for protection and nothing but propaganda and hype worth robbing. The precious cargo of the...
  • The Secret World of U.S. Communism

    12/20/2005 2:27:08 PM PST · by Calpernia · 28 replies · 772+ views
    26 Jun 1999 | Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation
    0n March 27, 1962, the U.S. Communist newspaper The Worker exuberantly reported the following story: Attorney General Robert E Kennedy admitted, in effect, in a press conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, that the persecution of the Communist Party reflects a monstrous hoax perpetrated on the American people. He declared at the press conference that the Communist Party of the U.S. is no danger to the security of the U.S . For the CPUSA, such a statement from the then-highest official of the U.S. Justice Department (as well as the brother of the U.S. President) was astonishing and unexpected. Especially...
  • Cat Stevens Still Barred From U.S.

    01/07/2005 6:45:07 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 100 replies · 3,055+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | January 6, 2004 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is still barred from entering the United States because of terror intelligence that identifies him as a security threat. "The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months ago still exist in my mind," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday of Yusuf Islam, the "Peace Train" singer who largely gave up music after converting to Islam in the late 1970s. Yusuf Islam was removed from a London-to-Washington flight in September because of suspected links to terrorists — a claim he has strongly denied. In November, he was...
  • AIM Report: Saddam's Secret Campaign to Stop the War

    12/25/2004 11:28:41 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 25 replies · 1,523+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 23, 2004 | AIM
    The U.S. is engaged in a bloody war in Iraq for the purpose of eliminating the remnants of a terrorist regime, foreign terrorists, and bringing democracy to Iraq and the region. It is a big gamble that has put radical Islam on the defensive around the world. But shocking evidence demonstrates that controversial former U.S. Marine and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, who now writes for the anti-American Arab "news" organization Al Jazeera, was involved in a controversial effort to stop the war by enlisting prominent personalities in a "peace" campaign.
  • No peace from Gorbachev

    11/12/2004 8:43:05 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 357+ views
    CFP ^ | November 12, 2004 | Judi McLeod
    Funded-by-Americans, former Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev thumbs his nose at American authority. On Wednesday, Gorbachev will award a prize, through the international foundation he founded and operates, to a man expelled from the United States only last September. The singer once known as Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, was nabbed and expelled from the U.S. after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, on suspicion of ties to terrorism. On Wednesday, Islam, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, will be handed the Man for Peace award in Rome, where he’ll be feted by Gorbachev and...
  • New world, less order (Gorby laments America's Cold War victory)

    11/06/2004 9:45:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies · 790+ views
    Daily Times ^ | November 07, 2004 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    Looking back to the revolutions that shook Europe and the world 15 years ago this month, we should rejoice in what has been gained — freedom, democracy, and transcendence of Europe’s 40-year division. But we should also take stock of missed opportunities in the wake of the Cold War’s peaceful end. Ultimately, the end of the Cold War came because of the revolution underway in the Soviet Union. But the pro-democratic policies of glasnost and perestroika that I unveiled in the mid-1980s did not appear out of thin air. They arose from Nikita Khrushchev’s reforms of the 1950s and 1960s,...
  • Brokaw Features Gorbachev's Denunciation of Bush's Iraq Policy

    10/12/2004 10:11:56 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 461+ views
    MRC ^ | Tuesday October 12, 2004 | BrentBaker
    NBC's Tom Brokaw turned to Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he hailed as "the man who changed the course of Russian history," for an assessment of Bush's Iraq policy. Monday's NBC Nightly News showcased the denunciation of the war, by the media's favorite dictator, as "a mistake" which represented "a blow struck to international law" and the United Nations. The former leader of the expansionist Soviet Union also denounced Bush's "unilateral action." Brokaw generously explained how "Gorbachev is in this country as part of his twice annual speaking tour here. His main cause is the environment, getting more international cooperation on clean...
  • Gorby calls for new environmental 'glasnost'

    09/24/2004 1:25:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 395+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | 23/09/2004
    Former president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev called for a new “glasnost” - openness – on the environment today. Mr Gorbachev also said during his appearance at Holland Park School in Kensington in England that the Russian people were still feeling the effects of the quick fix from poverty promised by Boris Yeltsin. Speaking through a translator, Mr Gorbachev, aged 73, said: “The US, with 5% of the world’s population, consumes 25% of the world’s energy. If this is implemented globally, where do we get the energy? “We need to change the paradigm of our development, we have to look...
  • Gorbachev Pays Respect To Reagan (Lauds Reagan As "Great President")

    06/06/2004 5:11:24 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 9 replies · 147+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/6/04 | AFP
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has paid tribute to former US President Ronald Reagan, who died today aged 93. "I feel deep regret," said the last Soviet leader, who met Mr Reagan on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva in 1985 before the two held a historic summit in Reykjavik the following year as Mr Reagan launched a series of meetings that led to an easing of tensions, and eventually to the Soviet Union's collapse. "For me, Ronald Reagan is a great president," Mr Gorbachev told Moscow Echo radio. He said that Mr Reagan appeared at the right place...
  • Gorbachev: Cuba victim of super powers' Cold War confrontations

    10/03/2003 3:09:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 527+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 3, 2003 | AP
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev came to the defense of Cuba on Thursday, saying it was a Third World nation that fell victim to confrontations between the two super powers during the Cold War. "Now that we have ended the Cold War, it's time to lift the embargo," he said during a forum at the University of North Florida. Gorbachev is also to meet with government officials in Miami late Saturday concerning U.S. trade sanctions that were imposed against the Communist nation more than 40 years ago. "If you look at all the pluses and minuses, you will...
  • The UN's Global Malfeasance

    02/19/2003 3:43:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies · 452+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | February 19, 2003 | Tom DeWeese
    Anyone who has submitted themselves to the agony of watching the US Security Council debate has surely concluded the UN is not only incapable of fulfilling its primary mission to avert wars, but is criminally negligent. UN supporters have accused their opponents of over-stating the case about the threat it poses to national sovereignty, the right of ours and other nations to self-governance. They dismiss documents like the Charter for Global Democracy as merely a "wish list" of private organizations that do not reflect the true UN agenda. If, however, one accepts UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as the official...