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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/26/2012 5:00:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/25/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • Euro Exit to Cost Over $1 Trillion

    05/26/2012 5:43:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    According to IIF director Charles Dallara in a Bloomberg interview, "ECB will be insolvent if Greece were to exit the euro. Europe would have to first and foremost recapitalize its central bank." Excuse me for asking but how would they attempt to do that? Print Euros? Please consider Dallara Says Greek Euro Exit May Exceed 1 Trillion Euros
  • Spain: A Very Different Fiscal Crisis

    05/26/2012 5:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | Political Calculations
    Having looked at how Greece arrived at its current crisis, we thought we'd turn to the next country that is coming to dominate the bad economic news in Europe: Spain. Here's our chart showing the relationship between Spain's GDP per capita and its annual government tax collections and expenditures per capita for each year from 2000 through 2011.   Unlike Greece, we find that the Spanish government's expenditures throughout much of the period appeared to be stable, with the government running significant surpluses in 2005 through 2007. Unfortunately for Spain however, those surpluses were based on that country's large housing...
  • New Study from U.K. Think Tank Shows How Big Government Undermines Prosperity

    05/26/2012 4:42:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It seems I was put on the planet to educate people about the negative economic impact of excessive government. Though I must be doing a bad job because the burden of the public sector keeps rising. But hope springs eternal. To help make the case, I’ve cited research from international bureaucracies such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and European Central Bank. And since most of those organizations lean to the left, these results should be particularly persuasive.I’ve also cited the work of academic scholars from all over the world, including the United...
  • In Reversal, Army Bans High-Performance Rifle Mags

    05/26/2012 4:29:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 94 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | Matthew Cox
    The Army has ordered that soldiers may use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines, a move that effectively bans one of the most dependable and widely used commercial-made magazines on today’s battlefield. The past decade of war has spawned a wave of innovation in the commercial soldier weapons and equipment market. As a result, trigger-pullers in the Army, Marines and various service special operations communities now go to war armed with commercially designed kit that’s been tested under the most extreme combat conditions. Near the top of such advancements is the PMAG polymer M4 magazine, introduced by Magpul Industries...
  • Conditions in Spain (vanity)

    05/26/2012 3:09:44 AM PDT · by NTHockey · 19 replies
    I just got back from 18 days in Spain. These are my personal observations mixed with comments from the locals. The driver who picked us up at the airport said the economy was bad and it was hard to get jobs, especially for the young people. Yet there was lots of construction around, both private and public. In Burgos, we witnesssed a college student march. They were protesting against, what else, cuts in education. They were calling for a general strike. Police were everywhere. As an aside, Burgos must be trying to repopulate Spain all by itself. Pregnant women and...
  • U.S. Army General: The Whole Northern Hemisphere is at Risk of Becoming Largely Uninhabitable

    05/26/2012 12:27:27 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 83 replies
    SHTFplan ^ | 25th May, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people in Japan and the whole of North America have been affected, with reports indicating that children in Japan and the U.S. are already being born with birth defects, as well as thousands who have already succumbed to radiation related illness. As we initially followed the breaking news during the first thirty days of the accident, we suggested the Fukushima disaster would be worse than Chernobyl. Not even we could have imagined how much worse it would be.
  • Europe’s airline CEOs blast “crazy” carbon pricing scheme

    05/26/2012 12:11:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 May 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Europe’s airline executives launched a new salvo against the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) yesterday (24 May), just weeks before an international working group is due to make new proposals aimed at resolving the dispute over pricing air carbon emissions. CEOs from 13 of Europe’s top airlines lined up at a press conference in the Brussels airport's Sheraton Hotel to savage the ETS as “crazy” at a time when economic growth was imperative. “Europe can’t afford a trade war at a time like this,” said Willie Walsh, CEO for the International Airlines Group, British Airways parent group. “The Commission has...
  • N. Korea: Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible

    05/25/2012 11:58:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 05/25/12 | Andrei Lankov
    Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible [Andrei Lankov Column] By Andrei Lankov, Professor, Kookmin University [2012-05-25 11:20 ] At some point, the North Korean people are going to see South Korea as the absolute benchmark for its standard of living, given that it is a country inhabited by fellow Koreans and which it may eventually unify with under one flag. If North Korea does not begin to see the same standard of living as is enjoyed in the South, people will quickly begin to regard themselves as poor. Accordingly, if the regime cannot deliver progress which suggests a quick upswing toward...
  • Undercover US agents brought down our new Superjet: Russia’s extraordinary claim....

    05/25/2012 11:33:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    UK DAILY MAIL ^ | 5-24-12 | Will Stewart
    State's GRU military intelligence source says Russians are investigating theory crash was 'industrial sabotage Aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew Russian intelligence official claims US have 'special technology' capable of jamming signals from the ground or causing systems to malfunction Spy sources in Moscow today made the astonishing claim that a US undercover operation may have sabotaged a new Russian Superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago. The aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it...
  • Fianna Fáil finally admit truth about the bank guarantee (Irish pols put euro over country)

    05/25/2012 9:21:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Evening Herald (Ireland) ^ | Friday May 25 2012 | Kevin Doyle
    Fianna Fáil's infamous bank guarantee was as much about other European countries as it was about Ireland, the party admitted today. Party leader Micheál Martin has said for the first time that Irish taxpayers were left with a €34-billion ($42.6 billion) bill for basket case Anglo Irish Bank because the Government felt pressure to save the currency. "We did it for the euro," he told the Herald. The admission is unlikely to sit easy with the public, who have been hit with constant austerity since October 2008. But Martin said today that the other eurozone countries "owe Ireland". However, he...
  • N. Korea's west coast affected by severe drought (worst in 50 yrs)

    05/25/2012 9:16:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/26/12
    2012/05/26 09:30 KST N. Korea's west coast affected by severe drought SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's western coast region is experiencing severe drought that could seriously affect food production this year, a report by the communist country's state-run media said Saturday. The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), picked up in Seoul, said that if there is no rainfall by the end of the month, the drought will be recorded as the worst since 1962. It said from April 26 onwards, the capital city of Pyongyang received 2 millimeters of rain, while 5 millimeters fell in Haeju of...
  • Eternal Flame doused in bizarre act at Shrine of Remembrance (attack on war memorial)

    05/25/2012 8:25:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 26th May 2012 | David Hurley
    A HEARTLESS vandal used a fire extinguisher to put out the Eternal Flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne today. Police have released CCTV footage of the man and want the public to help track him down.
  • Honoring Home-Front Heroes Plus Those On The Battle Line

    05/25/2012 7:19:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2012 | J. ROBERT DUBOIS
    In any discussion about war being "hell" it is common — and proper — to focus on the difficult conditions of our deployed war fighters. Long days grind on relentlessly in foreign lands, often with inadequate resources. They face attacks from determined enemies and long for home while months blur into years. As a retired Navy SEAL, I know well the sacrifices made by our military men and women. In fact, during the decade and a half following elopement with the love of my life, I would find myself away from home on assignments for a total of eight years...
  • Shakil Afridi Helped U.S. Get Osama—So Why Is He In Prison?

    05/25/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2012 | Editor
    Allies: The name Shakil Afridi may not mean anything to you, but it should. He's the Pakistani who bravely helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden. For his pains, he just got 33 years in a Pakistani prison. Afridi, a Pakistani physician, believed enough in the U.S. mission and in bringing the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, to justice that he helped the CIA find the reclusive terrorist. He should be rewarded — not punished. Yet, a Pakistani court sentenced him to 33 years in prison for "treason" and, adding insult to injury, a fine of about...
  • ROBBINS: Signing America’s ‘thank you’ card

    05/25/2012 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2012 | James S. Robbins
    Have you ever personally thanked Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice? Now is your chance. ... On Memorial Day, Veterans in Defense of Liberty (VIDOL) is launching a yearlong Vietnam Veterans Thank You Card From America campaign.
  • Syria Crisis: Homs Fighting 'Leaves 50 Dead' [Massacre In Syria! HRC To Issue "Serious Warning"?]

    05/25/2012 5:43:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    BBCNews ^ | May 25, 2012
    25 May 2012 Syria Crisis: Homs Fighting 'Leaves 50 Dead' At least 50 people, including 13 children, have been killed in Syria's restive Homs province, opposition activists say, calling it a "massacre". They said scores were wounded in the violence in Houla, as government forces shelled and attacked the town. If the toll is right, it would be one of the bloodiest attacks in one area since a nominal truce began in April. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the opposition controlled "significant parts of some cities". In a letter to the Security Council, Mr Ban said the situation remained...
  • Greece: Is Alexis Tsirpas a danger for Europe?

    05/25/2012 5:38:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Der Freitag, Berlin ^ | 5/25/2012 | Jan Pfaff
    The leader of Greece’s leftist alliance SYRIZA is the new bright hope of Greek politics. Steering a course between pragmatism and the rhetoric of class warfare, he has unsettled Berlin, and not just those who back Angela Merkel's austerity policies. Syriza's leader Alexis Tsipras in Athens, May 24, 2012. Alexis Tsirpas’s visit to Berlin this Tuesday, fresh from Paris, can be seen as a show of his new self-confidence. Invited by the Left Party, he is out to recruit followers for his ideas in the country that has been by far the most unswerving on the austerity policy. The CDU...
  • Mexico gang launches car bomb near US border

    05/25/2012 5:27:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies ^ | 5/25/2012 |
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks then attacked it with a car bomb Thursday, wounding eight officers less than 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the U.S. border, Mexican officials said. A Tamaulipas state official said authorities believed the Zetas cartel, one of Mexico's two most powerful criminal organizations, carried out the attack on the Hotel Santa Cecilia in Nuevo Laredo, a city across the border from Laredo, Texas. The Zetas, founded by Mexican special forces defectors, have carried out a number of sophisticated attacks, but Thursday's...
  • U.N. Law Of The Sea Treaty Must Be Stopped

    05/25/2012 4:45:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | May 23, 2012
    Geopolitics: The administration begins the push for ratification of a 1982 treaty that would end America's sovereignty on the high seas, limit our freedoms on land and speed up the global redistribution of wealth and power. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Wednesday that the freedom of the sea once guaranteed by the British Royal Navy and then the U.S. Navy should be in the hands of United Nations bureaucrats in Montego Bay, Jamaica, enforcers of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) he said we must ratify. It used to be that...