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  • Monthly Archives: December 2011

    Chinese Military Modernization Gains Steam

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    A speech by Chinese leader Hu Jintao, who is head of the powerful Central Military Commission that oversees the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has attracted a fair amount of attention. Western news reports note that Hu talked about the need to “accelerate its transformation and modernization in a sturdy … More

    Defense Cuts Put Small–Business Jobs in Jeopardy

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    Small businesses that are important to the safety and security of the nation are being gravely threatened by deep defense spending cuts. The NAVSYS Corporation is a small business in Colorado that developed the first GPS cell phone to provide the 911 cellular location services that exist today. That first … More

    Moving Forward with the U.S.-India–Australia Trilateral Dialogue

    Last week, The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center hosted a very timely discussion on the prospects for U.S.–Australia–India Trilateral Cooperation featuring Graham Fletcher, the deputy chief of mission at the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C.; Sunjoy Joshi, the director of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an Indian think tank; Heritage’s … More

    Morning Bell: The Last Incarnation of Barack Obama

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    If there was any doubt where President Barack Obama’s ideological heart lies, yesterday he let it be known loud and clear in a wide-ranging speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. President Obama is at his core a dyed-in-the-wool progressive who sees the federal government as the answer to all of America’s problems. … More

    Congress Should Stop Subsidizing Warren Buffett's Health Care, Not Increase His Taxes

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    Reports have surfaced that conservatives in Congress may propose further increasing income adjustment in Medicare to lessen the program’s insolvency. This is a great idea. While the left continues to argue for higher taxes for the likes of Warren Buffett to maintain the status quo of a costly, failing Medicare … More

    Left-Wing Political Groups Protest Congress Under 'Occupy' Banner

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    “Occupy Wall Street” is being absorbed into the existing network of liberal grievance groups, turning what began as an unconventional, generally spontaneous amalgam of demonstrations into simply an apparatus for the professional left’s unending campaign of protests. The group Rebuild the Dream staged protests on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon, flying … More

    Huntsman Rejects 'Unilateral Disarmament' to Combat Global Warming

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    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman clarified his position on how policymakers should deal with climate change.  In a speech Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation he said, “There’s not enough information right now to be able to formulate policies.” Even if there were a consensus that there is global warming, and … More

    How Can America Be Just If It Didn't Abolish Slavery Right Away?

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    On this December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was adopted and slavery was abolished. There has always been intense debate about the existence of slavery in American history, precisely because it raises questions about this nation’s dedication to liberty and human equality. At the time of the Founding, there were … More

    Dark Days for Democracy in Nicaragua

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    With his win in the November 6 election, Daniel Ortega secured his third presidential term in Nicaragua. While few would deny the leader’s popularity, thanks in large part to aid from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the legitimacy of his position has been called into question because of the circumstances surrounding his … More

    U.N. Climate Talks: Wealth Redistribution and a New Tax, Too

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks at the opening plenary session of the High Level Segment of the during the COP 17 conference in Durban on December 6, 2011. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged deadlocked climate talks in Durban to work urgently for solutions, saying the future of the planet was at stake. AFP PHOTO/RAJESH JANTILAL

    Another year, another hopeless climate talk. This time, the annual U.N. climate change summit is taking place in Durban, South Africa. It looks painfully like another misguided attempt to convince developed countries to shoulder global emissions targets while redistributing wealth to developing countries. This approach, again, is likely to fail—despite … More