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  • Brazil's Woes Are The Wages Of Socialism

    06/22/2013 6:05:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/22/2013
    The Hemisphere: Brazil's rulers have been taken aback by the millions of countrymen surging up against them, venting their fury. What we have here is a fresh example of why socialism fails. Up until now, a million Brazilians in the streets usually had something to do with a soccer match or, perhaps, a samba festival. This time, it wasn't about festivities. What started as a protest against a 9-cent fare hike on public transport fireballed into a gigantic public protest against political corruption, high taxes and lousy public services — and the government itself. Protesters stormed state legislatures and set...
  • Hiroshima, Nagasaki to pitch for 2020 Olympics

    10/11/2009 9:12:32 AM PDT · by traumer · 67 replies · 1,597+ views
    TOKYO – Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the victims of the only atomic bombings in history, are teaming up to try to bring the Olympics to Japan in 2020, the cities' mayors said Sunday. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue told a press conference they will establish a joint committee to work on a proposal based on world peace. Both men are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, which advocates for a global ban on nuclear arms. In a speech last month in Mexico City, Akiba said he firmly believed the world could abolish nuclear...
  • What can we blame on Rio?

    10/05/2009 10:51:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 670+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/5/2009 | Peter Feaver
    I think Barack Obama's critics will face an irresistible temptation to Blame it On Rio from here on out and that would be unfair. The Olympic setback is hardly the defining moment of President Obama's foreign policy. But it is a window through which we can see some things a bit more clearly now than perhaps we saw before. With apologies to Fred Barnes, who beat me to the punch on some of these, here would be my quick hit list: 1. The decision shows the limits of soft power and those limits are greater than even soft power skeptics...
  • Rio to host 2016 Games after landslide win (Obamalympics only received 18 votes!)

    10/04/2009 9:19:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies · 10,577+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/4/09 | Kevin Fylan
    Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after the Brazilian city won a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting on Friday. -snip- Chicago went out after polling just 18 votes in the first round, despite the eloquent speeches on their behalf made by Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to address an IOC session, and first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Analysis: Chicago's Loss Is A Blow To Obama, Too [AP Report Forced To Admit The Obvious!]

    10/02/2009 10:33:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 1,399+ views
    AP Report ^ | October 02nd 2009
    Analysis: Chicago's Loss Is A Blow To Obama, Too By JENNIFER LOVEN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press Writers Oct 2 WASHINGTON – OK, so it wasn't health care, climate change or war. Still, President Barack Obama's high-profile failure to win the Olympics for Chicago could feed negative narratives already nipping at his heels — that he's a better talker than closer, more celebrity than statesman. And this could hamper his efforts on the weightier issues. Despite Obama's fabled charm and powers of persuasion, his in-person plea for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Games fell flat. It was a hugely...
  • Ready for an Olympic Party, Chicago Loses Its Date

    10/02/2009 10:10:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies · 2,716+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2009 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO — Talk about short parties. As word arrived that Chicago had been eliminated from consideration for the 2016 Olympics in a first round of voting, stunned silence fell over thousands of residents who had gathered in a plaza in the heart of this city’s Loop, for what nearly everyone here seemed certain was to be a victory party. Some people gasped, others gave frowns of astonishment, and then, still carrying their CHICAGO 2016 signs and wearing the orange Olympics T-shirts they had just been handed, people began to leave. “It’s unbelievable,” said Janie Carter, 55, staring up at a...