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  • Colin Powell weighs in on world scene

    10/24/2013 8:45:52 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 21 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 10/23/13 | Jessica Marsala
    At the second annual Hanway Lecture in Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland Oct. 22, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell suggested that, despite his prestige, he is now just an ordinary person. “I’m just (another) guy on the street now,” Powell said, after noting tongue in cheek that he no longer has his own airplane, which he “misses very badly.” Powell also no longer has bodyguards – which he says were conspicuous even when he simply wanted to walk down a New York City block to buy a hotdog. The former four-star general spoke candidly before several thousand...
  • SharkNATO is Real!

    09/18/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 18, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    Remember when Thunder Levin, the writer of Sharknado, said that when he was approached to write the film he misheard and thought they were pitching a movie called SharkNATO? About a daring international treaty organization battling a shark army? NOW IT IS A THING.
  • 6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond

    01/11/2013 12:14:59 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-10-2013 | Addison Wiggin
    6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond By Addison Wiggin 01/10/13 Someday, someone will fund an academic study identifying the crevice in the human brain that craves year-end predictions for the coming 12 months. Wherever it resides, it is undeniably strong and far more prevalent among the populace than the craving for news about, say, the “fiscal cliff” or the New York Jets’ quarterback saga. Within the finance sector, such predictions abound. “Macro surprises” from Morgan Stanley, “13 outliers for ’13” from Deutsche Bank, and the ever popular “outrageous predictions” from Denmark’s Saxo Bank. And you know what? These institutions...
  • Who Said This?

    11/14/2011 3:52:45 PM PST · by Don Corleone · 9 replies
    11/14/11 | self
    For the United States, it should put its house in order before chiding others. Since the onset of U.S. subprime crisis in 2007, it was the country's domestic economic problems that triggered a disastrous financial crisis that swept the world. Excessive spending for many years has added up debts. Meanwhile, traditional strong industries such as finance and auto were devastated by the crisis, pushing up unemployment. In face of such serious domestic problems which probably could trigger a new global economic tsunami, many U.S. politicians seemed only to care about how many votes they could get, without having a single...
  • BP and Rosneft to Swap Stakes

    01/15/2011 8:43:18 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies
    The Wall St. Journal ^ | January 15, 2011 | GUY CHAZAN
    Deepening its already close ties with Russia, BP PLC unveiled a share-swap agreement with OAO Rosneft, that will give the state-controlled Russian oil company a 5% stake in BP and allow the U.K. oil giant to jointly explore and explore and develop parts of the Russian Arctic. The accord represents one of BP's boldest corporate moves since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a disaster that nearly destroyed it. BP will get 9.5% of Rosneft's shares in the transaction and access to an oil-rich swath of Russia's South Kara Sea. The stakes being swapped are each valued at about $8...
  • 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...
  • Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur

    06/19/2010 3:57:24 AM PDT · by Wpin · 83 replies · 1,843+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 18, 2010 | Mort Zuckerman
    President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president. Why? Because the United States stands on top of the power ladder, not necessarily as the dominant power, but certainly as the leading one. As such we are the sole nation capable of exercising global leadership on a whole range of international issues from security, trade, and climate to counterterrorism. We also benefit from the fact that most countries distrust the United States far less than they distrust one another, so we uniquely have the power to build coalitions. As...
  • Demagogues Rising: Global Crisis Unleashes Evil

    03/04/2009 4:07:53 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 764+ views
    The New York Post ^ | March 4, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    ECONOMIC hope produced the American Revolution. Economic hopelessness delivered the French Revolution. Demagogues, not democrats, will hallmark the worsening economic crisis. The potential for political turmoil is vast. Among the populated continents, only Australia has a chance of avoiding serious violence. We in the West stand at the brink of a terrible global struggle. Our response has been to fight among ourselves. The order that diplomats adore is crumbling. Here in North America, Mexico battles a savage narco-insurgency within a crippled economy. Ciudad Juarez, a key border city, is already far deadlier than Baghdad. Canada's scared, and a demoralized United...
  • In LA speech Blair calls for Middle East 'alliance of moderation'

    08/01/2006 12:13:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 334+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 8/1/06 | Jennifer Quinn - ap
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for an "alliance of moderation" to counter the "arc of extremism" stretching across the Middle East, saying in a speech to be delivered Tuesday that a soft approach is as important as military action. Blair said he still hoped for a quick end to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas hostilities in southern Lebanon, and once that happens, the global approach to a lasting settlement in the Middle East needs to be reconsidered. "We will continue to do all we can to halt the hostilities," said Blair in remarks prepared for delivery in...
  • 55th annual conference on world affairs

    12/06/2004 12:27:04 PM PST · by ken21 · 5 replies · 184+ views
    55th annual conference on world affairs information The Fifty-Seventh Annual Conference on World Affairs University of Colorado at Boulder April 4 – 8, 2005 The University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs was founded in 1948, originally as a forum on international affairs. CWA expanded rapidly to become a forum on Everything Conceivable—encompassing music, literature, environmental activism, science, journalism, visual arts, diplomacy, technology, spirituality, the film industry, politics, business, medicine, human rights and so on. Every year in April approximately 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather in Boulder—a beautiful college town at the foot of the Rocky...
  • Cheney Addresses Terrorist Threat in Los Angeles Speech

    01/15/2004 10:48:40 AM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 213+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 15, 2004 | By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
    In a speech that often evoked the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney emphasized Jan. 14 that the global war against terrorism is a long-term struggle. Cheney spoke to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. "Remembering what we saw on 9/11, and knowing the nature of these enemies, we have as clear a responsibility as could ever fall to government," Cheney said. "We must do everything in our power to keep terrorists from gaining weapons of mass destruction." He said the issue is an urgent responsibility that has shifted the country's national security strategy. "There are certain...
  • Only in America (a view from outside)

    07/03/2003 5:52:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 147+ views
    The Chronicle Review ^ | 4 July 2003 | Eric Hobsbawm
    And yet, how irrelevant, even absurd, is this insistence on approval! Internationally speaking, the U.S.A. was by any standards the success story among 20th-century states. Its economy became the world's largest, both pace- and pattern-setting; its capacity for technological achievement was unique; its research in both natural and social sciences, even its philosophers, became increasingly dominant; and its hegemony in global consumer civilization seemed beyond challenge. It ended the century as the only surviving global power and empire. What is more, as I have written elsewhere, "in some ways the United States represents the best of the 20th century." If...
  • World Leaders Seek Harmony After Iraq War

    06/01/2003 1:25:29 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 116+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 1, 2003 | TERENCE HUNT
    EVIAN, France - World leaders clamped a harmonious face on a summit simmering with Iraq (news - web sites) war disputes Sunday, striking a united front with pledges of billions of dollars to fight AIDS (news - web sites) and hunger in poor nations. The meeting's most closely watched moment was the welcoming handshake between French President Jacques Chirac and President Bush (news - web sites), whose wartime differences led to angry recriminations on both sides of the Atlantic. They greeted each other with polite smiles, a brief handshake and small talk before walking into a luncheon with other presidents...
  • Russia and "international stability"

    02/28/2003 9:19:28 PM PST · by Norm640 · 6 replies · 201+ views
    James Yerian | 03-01-03 | James Yerian
    On Friday, February 28, Russia said it may veto the newly proposed US-British Security Council resolution, the one that holds the council to its declarations under resolution 1441, "for the sake of international stability." Now we have a brain-teaser: what is the Russian definition of "international stability"? Is it their Soviet definition? The one that brought the world to the brink of nuclear chaos because the USSR wanted to rule the world under communism, an ideology the Russians used to kill 35 million of its own people? I know, maybe what Russia means by "international stability" is the kind of...