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  • Russia puts brakes on further nuclear cutbacks

    01/18/2011 9:44:03 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan 19, 2011
    The cheer over Russia's approval of a new nuclear disarmament treaty is short-lived as it masks Moscow's reluctance to ensure further cuts, threatening US President Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world. Russia is going through the final motions of ratifying a new START treaty ... The US Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists estimates that Russia has 2,050 deployed tactical warheads that could be deployed in small nuclear campaigns in its periphery. The United States has just 500. Lavrov said Russia's commitment under the new START treaty will not be "fulfilled" for another seven years, and some analysts interpreted the...
  • Moscow Discusses the Future Development of ICBM’s

    01/14/2011 9:09:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 1/13/2011 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The ruling United Russia faction has revealed in the Duma the amendments it will attach to the new START III arms control treaty. The ratification draft will contain several points that mimic two US Senate non-binding resolutions approved together with the ratified treaty, requiring the spending of $85 billion over ten years to modernize the US nuclear arsenal and a pledge to continue unrestricted development of ballistic missile defense (BMD). The Duma draft is lengthy, but not precise: it demands the “upholding of Russia’s strategic nuclear potential on a level, sufficient for safeguarding national security,” calls for the “development, testing,...
  • Russian Duma to link missile defense to START limitations

    01/03/2011 7:55:08 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Russian Duma delivered two embarrassing blows to the Obama administration over the holidays on the START treaty, one of which may end up scotching the deal altogether. First, the Russian legislature refused to do what Barack Obama insisted of the US Senate, which was a quick ratification. More importantly, however, the Duma will do what Senate Republicans wanted, which was to amend the treaty to clarify the relationship between START and missile defense. However, the Duma’s changes will link the two and recast START into a de facto anti-missile defense pact: The State Duma (the lower house of the...
  • Nuclear treaty 'goes easy on Russia'

    12/27/2010 10:05:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 5+ views
    breitbart ^ | 12/27/10 | afp
    The new Russia-US nuclear arms pact may have been hailed as historic but analysts said that all Moscow really has to do is phase out Soviet-era missiles and warheads that are already out of date. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was ratified by the US Senate on Wednesday after a passionate months-long debate and given initial approval by Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament two days later. It will face two more hearings in Russia and almost certainly come into force within the next few months. The first nuclear pact in two decades has been feted as...
  • Reid: Treaty buffs Obama as Nobel Prize winner (Barf yourself inside out alert)

    12/23/2010 9:21:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Washington comPost / AP ^ | December 23, 2010 | Laurie Kellman
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the Senate's ratification of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia solidifies President Barack Obama's role as a world leader. [According to Reid] the treaty was about ... whether Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Reid says Obama has turned around American foreign policy.
  • Senate's Number-Three Republican Announces Support for START (Lamar Alexander Folds!)

    12/21/2010 7:19:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/21/2010 | Matthew Jaffe
    Another GOP senator today came out in favor of the START pact – and it’s no less than the chamber’s number-three Republican. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, said he will vote in favor of ratification. “I will vote to ratify the treaty because it leaves our countries with enough nuclear warheads to blow any attacker to Kingdom Come,” Alexander said in a speech on the Senate floor. “In short I’m convinced that Americans are safer and more secure with the new START treaty than without it,” he noted. Alexander said he and three other senators had written to President Obama earlier...
  • Ten key Republican swing votes on Start Treaty with Russia

    12/20/2010 7:28:24 PM PST · by FR_addict · 26 replies ^ | 12/20/2010 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, On Tuesday — tomorrow — the lame duck Senate will vote on ratifying the START treaty with Russia. It needs 67 votes and we must not let it pass!!! While maintaining parity in strategic nuclear weapons, it locks in a 10,000 to 200 Russian advantage in tactical nuclear weapons and bars the US from developing interceptor missiles as part of a shield against incoming warheads — whether Russian or Iranian or North Korean. Putin snookered Hillary and Obama and they are desperate to pass the treaty to appease the left. There are ten key Republican swing votes. Please...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama's START secrets--Nuclear-weapons treaty disarms missile defense, not terrorists

    12/20/2010 5:06:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Wasington Times ^ | December 20, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama administration is frantically trying to deliver a ratification win on the New START (or START II) nuclear arms treaty. The harder Democrats push the agreement, the more troubling questions arise.On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "It is time to move forward on a treaty that will help reverse nuclear proliferation and make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on a nuclear weapon." Rebranding START as a counterterrorism tool in this way is disingenuous. The treaty has nothing to do with terrorism, and the word doesn't appear anywhere in the text. The treaty limits...
  • Fate of Arms Treaty Tied to Policy on Gays (and why wouldn't it be?)

    12/17/2010 11:32:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/17/10 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Fate of Arms Treaty Tied to Policy on GaysBy JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: December 17, 2010 WASHINGTON — Vexed and cornered, Republican opponents of the advancing effort to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military pulled out a final card Friday, suggesting that the future of an arms treaty with Russia was endangered by Democratic efforts to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” at the end of the lame-duck session. “It poisons the well,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, on the floor of the Senate during debate on the New Start treaty. Mr. Coker said he...
  • GOP Senator to Dems: If you try to pass DADT, Republicans won't pass START

    12/17/2010 1:48:09 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 42 replies
    UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: In an interview with me just now, Senator Bob Corker doubled down on his contention that if Dems move on DADT, Republicans will be less likely to support START. "I felt like momentum was growing for START," Corker said, adding that since Reid announced he was holding votes on DADT and DREAM, it has had a "chilling effect." "I'm watching support for the treaty erode, because of highly partisan political issues being brought up solely because activist groups in the Democratic Party want this done," he continued. Corker said he wasn't issuing a personal threat, and was...
  • Reagan Would Put A Stop To START

    12/15/2010 5:11:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    SDI: Despite claims by this administration, our 40th president would not have agreed to the New START treaty if it meant abandoning U.S. missile defense. He had that choice with the Russians and just said "nyet!" When Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped Reagan would be willing to trade his Strategic Defense Initiative in exchange for arms-control agreements and vague promises of making nice with America. But America held all the cards and didn't fold. Reagan refused to negotiate SDI away. He opposed the proposed nuclear freeze and put Pershing missiles in...
  • The New START Treaty: President Obama is pushing for a monumental surrender to Russia

    12/14/2010 10:24:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 12/14/10 | Nile Gardiner
    The Obama administration has an impeccable track record of caving in to Russian demands, as part of its controversial “reset” policy. Last year, it threw key US allies Poland and the Czech Republic under the bus, ditching plans for Third Site missile defences in deference to Russian opposition. It is now planning another surrender to Moscow, by pressing for Senate ratification of the new START Treaty in the lame duck session of Congress. Instead of allowing the newly elected Congress to vote on the treaty, the Obama administration is trying to ram New START through without proper debate. No major...
  • Dangerous United Nations Women’s Treaty Looms on Horizon

    11/23/2010 5:04:10 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 22 November 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    While Americans are thinking about turkey and the TSA (and turkeys in the TSA), as is often the case, the most destructive governmental shenanigans are occurring behind the scenes. On Thursday, November 18, the Senate held hearings on the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a treaty that could be used to justify sweeping social engineering across the nation. While the CEDAW was adopted way back in 1979, the Senate has thus far refused to ratify it. But with the Obama administration at the helm, and some lame-duck Democrats in office, plus the...
  • A New START Treaty? No Deal

    11/18/2010 4:41:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 17, 2010 | Staff
    National Defense: The election obviously means big changes coming on fiscal policy. But one national-security-conscious GOP senator just proved it's a whole new ballgame on defense, too. The Republicans may have fallen short of gaining a Senate majority, but Minority Whip Jon Kyl just let it be known there will be no rubber-stamp approval by the lame-duck Senate of President Obama's highly questionable nuclear arms deal with Vladimir Putin's Russia. Under the Constitution, 67 senators are needed for ratification. Kyl says New START can't be considered this year "given the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex...
  • Obama enlists big names to push for nuclear treaty

    11/18/2010 5:25:57 AM PST · by AU72 · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2020 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, pressing for quick Senate ratification of a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms-reduction treaty, summoned a number of former secretaries of defense and state, Republicans and Democrats, to the White House to rally support for the imperiled agreement. The White House said Obama wanted to discuss at the gathering why it is in the national interest for the Senate to approve the treaty this year, a move that a key Senate Republican says would be premature. Those invited to the Roosevelt Room meeting Thursday include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry,...
  • AP source: WH moves to break impasse on arms pact

    11/13/2010 8:29:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/13/10 | Desmond Butler
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is offering to add billions of dollars in funding for the U.S. nuclear stockpile in a deal that it hopes will win enough Republican support for approval of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. White House officials outlined the proposal to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who is seen as the key to winning enough support to ratify the New START treaty, according to a congressional aide briefed on the proposal Friday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment.
  • The UN Rights of the Child. The reality check

    11/05/2010 12:33:29 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | Mainestategop and Mac Houlton UN RIGHTS OF THE CHILD TREATY IN A NUT SHELL... 1. First of all, the government (unelected in this case)will be the parent not you. Dont like it, you lose them. 2. Your child has a right to be forced to go to a communist indoctrination center (school) to be dumbed down, and conditioned to be a loyal marxist who will never question authority and grow up to be an illiterate factory worker 3. Your child has a right to grow up in a marxist country with no freedom of speech, freedom of the press and has the right...
  • Britain Signs 'Treaty Between Nations' with PA

    11/05/2010 9:38:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 11/5/10 | Maayana Miskin
    British Foreign Secretary William Hague signed a “treaty between nations” with Palestinian Authority leaders on Wednesday. “This agreement is the first ever bilateral treaty between the two nations,” the British Consulate-General site proclaimed. The treaty covers cooperation in the film industry. Hague signed a similar agreement with Israel. Aside from its reference to the “treaty between nations,” the UK Consulate site also referred to Hague's trip to visit PA leaders in Ramallah as “his first visit to Palestine,” apparently recognizing a new country of “Palestine” before even PA leaders have declared one to exist.
  • Russian MPs cool on missile treaty after US vote: official

    11/04/2010 1:17:27 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    AFP via Space News ^ | 11/4/2010 | AFP via Space News
    A Russian parliamentary committee has withdrawn its recommendation to ratify a new nuclear disarmament treaty with the United States after the results of the mid-term polls, an official said Wednesday. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in April but the accord has still to be ratified by the Russian lower house, the State Duma, or the US Senate. The passage of the treaty -- which envisages major nuclear weapons cuts -- through the Senate already looked complicated before the elections and the polls have seen Republicans pick up seats at...
  • The Case for a ‘Repeal Amendment’ [2/3 of state legislatures can repeal fed law]

    09/16/2010 12:42:26 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 15 replies
    Volokh Conspriacy ^ | 9/16/2010 | Randy Barnett
    The Case for a ‘Repeal Amendment’ Randy Barnett • September 16, 2010 6:00 am William Howell, the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, and I have an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal making the case for a constitutional amendment giving 2/3 of state legislatures the power to repeal any federal law or regulation. Here is the wording of the Repeal Amendment: “Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose...
  • A Treaty I Will Proudly Sign

    08/06/2010 8:31:07 PM PDT · by jackv · 8 replies
    Prayers For the People ^ | 8-6-10 | Daniel Eggers
    A Treaty (Berit, Covenant, Amana) between Jewish and Greek believers in Yeshua haMashiah (Jesus Christ).
  • DeMint: U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Would Turn Parental Rights ‘Over to International Community’

    08/06/2010 3:35:08 AM PDT · by Man50D · 41 replies ^ | August 6, 2010 | Christopher A. Guzman
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) said that if President Barack Obama gets his way and the Senate ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the precedent would be set to place parental rights under the jurisdiction of the international community. “We believe we need to take clear action here in Congress to protect the rights of parents to raise their children," DeMint said at a Wednesday panel discussion. "This treaty would, in fact, establish a precedent that those rights have been given over to the international community." DeMint is lead sponsor of S. Res. 519, a...
  • National Ocean Council & Executive Order 13547; Obama’s Latest Assault on Liberty is Severe

    07/31/2010 1:47:00 PM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 23 replies · 7+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | July 31, 1010 | Henry Lamb
    President Obama’s Executive Order 13547, issued July 19, further extends federal power, embraces global governance, diminishes the rights and privileges of individuals and brings the United States into compliance with Agenda 21, Chapter 17.6, which says: Each coastal State should consider establishing, or where necessary strengthening, appropriate coordinating mechanisms (such as a high-level policy planning body) for integrated management and sustainable development of coastal and marine areas. … The National Ocean Council created by the executive order creates this mechanism – and much more. The genius of the American system of governance created by the U.S. Constitution is the delicate...
  • National Ocean Council

    07/30/2010 8:16:09 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    MORPHCITY ^ | July 30, 2010 | swampsniper
    By Cassandra Anderson Thirty states will be encroached upon by Obama's Executive Order establishing the National Ocean Council for control over America's oceans, coastlines and the Great Lakes. Under this new council, states' coastal jurisdictions will be subject to the United Nations' Law Of Sea Treaty (LOST) in this UN Agenda 21 program. America'a oceans and coastlines will be broken into 9 regions that include the North East, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, the Gulf Coast, West Coast, the Great Lakes, Alaska, the Pacific Islands (including Hawaii) and the Caribbean. Because of the decades of difficulty that the collectivists have had trying...
  • Poll: If Obama Imposes the U.N. Gun Ban On America... (55% choose Revolution)

    07/20/2010 7:36:49 AM PDT · by DTogo · 99 replies · 1+ views
    United States of Earth ^ | June 12, 2010 | N/A
    If Obama Imposes the U.N. Gun Ban On America, Which Would Dissolve Our Bill Of Rights And Orders Gun Confiscation What Will You Do?The new United Nations Treaty is being designed to disarm citizens of each nation that signs. The treaty will give all governments a free hand to do as they please. It is making headway in Washington D.C. and it is feared that President Obama may very well try to use the treaty to consolidate his power in America. The treaty specifics are now being negotiated and Obama has given the OK For the U.S. to be a...
  • Obama's Suicidal Nuclear Arms Policies Endangering America

    07/08/2010 10:07:28 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 17 replies
    CDS ^ | 7/8/2010 | B. Chrysostom
    Barack Hussein Obama is not only the most radical, incompetent, and leftist president we’ve ever had, but he is also one of the most dangerous. His unilateral approach to drastically reduce America’s nuclear missiles arsenal and abandon key missile defense capabilities both in Europe and at home, are not just criminally reckless, but downright suicidal. The latest attempt by Obama to destroy America’s nuclear defense and strike capabilities is detailed in the president’s New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New-START) with Russia, that he signed in April of 2010.
  • Senate Republicans Find New START Agreement Problematic

    06/24/2010 12:25:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/2010 | Fred Barnes
    Ratification of the new nuclear arms treaty with the Russians may not be as easy as the White House, Senate Democrats, and the media appear to expect. The pact, called the New START agreement, faces early trouble in the Senate – serious trouble. Republicans, led by Senator John Kyl of Arizona, have balked at proceeding with consideration of the treaty until the Obama administration turns over the full record of negotiations with the Russians and follows through on its promise to fund modernization of the American nuclear arsenal. Republicans also want the official reports on how the Russians are complying...
  • Russian President's Big Silicon Valley Splash

    06/22/2010 9:34:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Jun 22, 2010 | JACKSON WEST
    Dmitry Medvedev dining in San Francisco tonight Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is on a friendly visit to the Bay Area before flying across the country to meet with President Barack Obama, and he comes in peace. Which must be why he brought along the flagship of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet, the nuclear-capable missile cruiser Varyag. Makes total sense. Medvedev will be dining with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State George Schultz Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he'll be visiting technology companies including Twitter, Apple, Google and Cisco Systems, in part to promote an "innovation center" modeled on Silicon...
  • Sen. DeMint (R-SC), Sec. Gates Clash Over Missile Defense During First START Hearing

    05/22/2010 2:21:44 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 786+ views
    RS News ^ | 5/22/10 | Heritage Foundation
    Missile Defense News On Tuesday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) clashed head on with Obama administration officials in the first hearing over a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a proposed nuclear arms control treaty that the White House has submitted to the Senate for ratification. Senator DeMint hammered home the point that the treaty would limit how future presidents could pursue missile defenses. Secretary Gates brushed off the concerns as did the Committee Chair Senator John Kerry (D-MA) dismissing the notion that the White House has come up with anything but the perfect missile defense plan. But others argue the...
  • U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade

    05/21/2010 12:37:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,161+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/21/10 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto. The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would support the talks as long as the negotiating forum, the so-called Conference on...
  • Constitution takes hit from SupremeCourtCiting unapproved treaty act of most fundamental

    05/19/2010 8:53:30 AM PDT · by day21221 · 16 replies · 1,271+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    Constitution takes hit from Supreme Court Citing unapproved treaty is 'act of most fundamental reordering of legal system' The fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution possibly have been shoved one step closer to irrelevance by the U.S. Supreme Court, which yesterday cited as support for its opinion an international treaty that has not been adopted in the U.S. The issue is raising alarms for those who have been fighting the trend toward adopting "international" standards for American jurisprudence rather than relying on a strict application of the Constitution. "It is bad enough for the Supreme Court to engage in judicial activism,"...
  • UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - Obama considering signing UN treaty

    05/04/2010 6:36:20 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 22 replies · 486+ views
    Canada News Wire CNW ^ | April 23, 2010 | na
    UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - AFNQL and several human rights organizations urge Canada to endorse the Declaration unconditionally KAHNAWAKE, QC, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, during the 9th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), intervened, on behalf of the AFNQL, AFN and other human rights organizations, to welcome Canada's first steps toward the endorsement of the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples. This joint statement he read from stated: "we request the government to instantly adopt this vital...
  • How the Convention on the Rights of the Child Will Destroy Family Sanctity

    05/03/2010 3:49:23 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 45 replies · 907+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | May 2, 2010 | Adam Raezler
    The Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty commonly referred to as CRC, is one of the greatest threats to parental rights our country has ever witnessed. Fasten your seatbelts for the fight for ratification. The CRC’s devastating impact on American children and their families can be seen easily in the text of the treaty and its application in both foreign states and in recent U.S. court decisions. Do not be misled by the arguments of American legislators, legal scholars and transnationalists who say U.S. ratification of the CRC would prove our commitment to the protection of...
  • A Treaty for Utopia

    04/19/2010 7:17:51 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    National Review ^ | John Bolton
    On April 8, in Prague, the United States and Russia signed what they call the “New START” bilateral arms-control agreement, important specifics of which, in hallmark Obama-administration fashion (see health care), were still being negotiated. Nonetheless, the president and his acolytes are calling for the treaty’s swift ratification. The Senate would better protect our country’s future by actually deliberating before rushing over the precipice. A vital constitutional imperative, the Senate’s role in making binding treaty commitments, is at stake. While some consider it passé to insist that legislators read and understand what they vote upon, senators should insist on their...
  • New arms treaty lifts 'burdensome limitations' on Russia

    04/09/2010 11:08:17 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 16 replies · 695+ views
    Today at 19:14 | Interfax-Ukraine The new Russian-American Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed in Prague on Thursday by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, lifts limitations in control matters discriminatory toward Russia, said former head of the Strategic Rocket Forces Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin. "Russia has been rid of the burdensome limitations on the structure of its strategic nuclear forces imposed on it by the START I treaty," Yesin said at a news conference at Interfax's main office in Moscow on Friday. A START I provision, under which Russia had no right to have more than 154 heavy carrier...
  • Obama gives away national security, then urges other Americans to give (VIDEO)

    04/08/2010 7:06:57 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 4 replies · 220+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/08/10 | Michael Naragon
    Barack Obama was sort of obligated, of course. He had, after all, been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because he’d said he envisioned a world without nuclear weapons. So it was only logical that Obama would push to reduce our nuclear arms drastically. The treaty was a start to Obama’s goal of making “the United States, and the world, safer and more secure.” Russian president Dmitry Medvedev echoed Obama’s sentiment, saying, “I believe that this signature . . . will create safer conditions for life here and throughout the world.” The question is, safer for whom really? As syndicated talk...
  • Bush cuts nuclear weapons by two-thirds (Nov. 13, 2001)

    04/07/2010 3:30:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies · 805+ views
    United Press International ^ | Nov. 13, 2001 | By NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Senior White House Correspondent
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- President Bush took the first step in a historic reduction of strategic nuclear weapons Tuesday, slashing the U.S. stockpile by two-thirds and winning a commitment from Russian President Vladimir Putin to "try to respond in kind." In a joint news conference at the White House on the first day of a three-day summit meeting, Bush said he had informed Putin "that the United States will reduce our operationally deployed strategic nuclear weapons to a level between 1,700 and 2,200 over the next decade." "Current levels of our nuclear forces do not reflect today's strategic realities,"...
  • START Negotiations Restart Next Week

    01/13/2010 10:11:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies · 302+ views ^ | January 13, 2010 | Ariel Cohen, Ph.D
    Washington and Moscow will restart talks with Washington on a new arms control treaty this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We hope it will happen somewhere in the second half of January,” Lavrov said in televised remarks. However, as I’ve written a few days ago in the New York Times, the negotiations are stuck in the muck. Obama administration has failed to complete the negotiation of a treaty to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired on Dec. 5. The two superpowers are now in unchartered waters. Moscow and Washington have stated that START still...
  • Treaty to cut US-Russia nukes; signing in 2 weeks

    03/24/2010 6:38:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 528+ views
    yahoo ^ | 3/24/10 | ROBERT BURNS and LYNN BERRY
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. and Russia reached a breakthrough agreement Wednesday for a historic treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War rivals, the most significant pact in a generation and an important milestone in the decades-long quest to lower the risk of global nuclear war. After long and trying negotiations, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are to sign the treaty in two weeks in Prague, once final technical details are worked out, officials in Washington and Moscow said. The accord is expected to cut the number of long-range nuclear weapons held by each...
  • Obama and Medvedev Talk About Arms Treaty

    03/13/2010 9:03:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 338+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/13/10 | Peter Bakwe
    WASHINGTON — President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia moved closer to agreement Saturday on a long-stalled arms control treaty that would slash the active nuclear arsenals of both countries by more than one-quarter, officials from both countries said. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev spoke for 30 minutes by telephone to try to resolve remaining differences and set the stage for an accord before a nuclear summit meeting in Washington next month. In a statement, the Kremlin suggested that the two sides were ready to plan a signing ceremony for the treaty, which would replace the expired Strategic...
  • The U.N. Gun Ban Treaty That Threatens Your Gun Rights

    01/23/2010 6:28:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1,304+ views
    Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 22 January, 2010 | Gerard Valentino
    U.N. Gun BanDuring his presidential campaign, Barack Obama assured gun owners that he was no threat to gun rights. And so far, his administration has publicly steered clear of the issue. After all, Obama knows that a direct assault on the Second Amendment would be political suicide. However, behind the scenes, he and his staff have shown support for the U.N. Gun Ban, an international treaty on small arms sales that could sidestep established American gun rights and pose a serious threat to the Second Amendment. But how could a U.N. Gun Ban affect the rights of Americans? The United...
  • Can Obama Sign A Climate Treaty Without Congress?

    12/19/2009 12:07:21 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 96 replies · 4,131+ views ^ | Fri Dec. 18, 2009 12:01 AM PST | By Kate Sheppard
    Why some environmentalists believe the president has the power to sidestep the Senate and commit the US to a global pact. In 1997, in the Japanese city of Kyoto, the Clinton administration agreed to a groundbreaking treaty to combat global warming. And that's when the trouble started. The Senate had unanimously refused to approve the Kyoto Protocol, and in the end the Clinton administration didn't even submit it for a vote in the upper chamber. This made the US both the world's biggest polluter and, ultimately, the only industrialized nation to reject the accord. Now, as world leaders attempt to...
  • Treason At Copenhagen

    12/09/2009 12:41:57 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 56 replies · 2,095+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | Robert Ditmar
    When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the announcement this week that it has declared carbon dioxide (CO2) and five other gases as “a danger to human health,” it fired the most lethal salvo yet into what little sovereignty remains of our constitutional republic. With her so-called “endangerment finding” declaration, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made clear that this declaration will lead to new regulations under the Clean Air Act to govern emission standards for cars, power plants, crude-oil refineries, chemical plants and all other “environmental suspects” in the economic engine that drives the U.S. economy. It appears that the...
  • The Conference About Nothing

    11/27/2009 6:41:22 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 14 replies · 583+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/27/09 | Alaphiah
    Like a squabble between jilted lovers the Barry Hussein Soetoro administration and the pro-Global warming international community are spatting about who’s committed to the cause of Global warming. (see story) But in the spirit of Jerry Steinfeld who’s classic story line about a television show about nothing, Steinfeld's show about nothing, is nothing (no pun intended) compared to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Denmark this coming December. This Conference is literal about nothing because there is no Global warming--there never was. Yet Barry Hussein Soetoro, Europe and the United Nations intend to ratify an agreement among themselves regarding Climate...
  • US 'still reviewing' anti-landmine treaty

    11/26/2009 10:06:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 434+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/09 | afp
    The Obama administration said late Wednesday it is still reviewing its policy on a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, clarifying a previous statement indicating it would not sign the deal. "The administration is committed to a comprehensive review of its landmine policy. That review is still on-going," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement on Wednesday. "The review is going to take some time, given that it is the first review of our policy conducted since 2003," Kelly added.
  • Obama administration will not sign land mine ban

    11/24/2009 5:39:23 PM PST · by DesScorp · 9 replies · 499+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11-24-09 | Desmond Butler
    The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy. "We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," he said. More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia. Human rights groups had expressed hopes that the Obama administration would sign the treaty. Stephen Goose, the director...
  • Obama Takes First Step in Banning All Firearms

    11/12/2009 6:01:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 132 replies · 5,636+ views
    DefendUSx ^ | November 11, 2009 | DefendUSx
    On Wednesday the Obama administration took its first major step in a plan to ban all firearms in the United States. The Obama administration intends to force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for US citizens through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations. By signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress. Once the US Government signs these international treaties, all US citizens will be subject to those gun laws created by foreign governments. These are laws that have been...
  • Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.

    11/04/2009 9:35:36 AM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 79 replies · 2,335+ views
    boingboing ^ | November 3, 2009 | Cory Doctorow
    The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad. It says: * That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn't infringing will exceed any hope of profitability. * That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that...
  • Binding treaty no longer a realistic goal for climate summit, UN chief concedes

    11/04/2009 8:32:12 AM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies · 544+ views
    Timesonlineuk ^ | November 4, 2009 | Ben Webster,
    A legally binding agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions is no longer a realistic goal for next month’s Copenhagen summit, the UN Secretary-General says. According to Ban Ki Moon such an agreement will not be signed next month and the most likely outcome is voluntary targets, which countries could announce but then ignore. He said that several key countries were not ready to sign up to binding targets and that the best the world could hope for from the summit would be “political commitments”. Mr Ban said he hoped that they would be legally binding within a year but would...
  • UN To Push For A Gun Control Treaty- Obama Agrees

    11/02/2009 10:58:29 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 77 replies · 3,357+ views
    In less than a year the U.S. government has gone from being one of the chief opponents of the proposed UN Small Arms Control Treaty to being a strong supporter. Elections do matter and have consequences. As many predicted, the United States has changed its United Nations Gun Control Treaty position by joining other countries in the UN’s General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament And Peace, with a resolution calling for the drafting of an International Arms Trading Treaty. This Treaty, which will be up for a final UN vote in 2012, will regulate small arms, as well as other...