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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    The Ideology of Isolationism

    Ron Paul

    Supporters of Ron Paul have re-launched an old ad promoting the old idea of American isolationism.  “We now are a nation known to start war,” Paul is quoted as saying.  “We feel compelled because of our insecurity that we have to go over and attack these countries to maintain our … More

    Obama's Move to Close U.S. Embassy in Syria a Wise Decision

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    After 10 months of anti-government protests in Syria and some 5,000 dead amid a violent government crackdown, the United States is preparing to close the U.S. embassy in the capital city of Damascus and evacuate all American personnel by the end of January, The Washington Post reports. The embassy will … More

    1,000 Days Without a Budget: Facts on the Senate's Failure

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    Tuesday, January 24, will mark the 1,000th day since the U.S. Senate has passed a budget—an egregious dereliction of duty on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D–NV) watch. By enacting continuing resolution upon continuing resolution (short-term measures to keep the government running, spending money at the current rate), the Senate has taken a pass … More

    Sri Lanka: Making Progress on Reconciliation

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    Ever since Sri Lanka ended a two-and-a-half-decade civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) in 2009, the government has faced questions about alleged violations of human rights and the killing of thousands of civilians during the war. Despite the Sri Lankan government’s initial resistance to exploring these … More

    A Cuban’s Dissident’s Death and Obama’s Libertad Speech

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    Cuban citizen Wilman Villar Mendoza, age 31, belonged to small dissident group, the Cuban Patriotic Union. He reportedly joined it in the summer of 2011 in eastern Cuba. On November 12, Villar participated in one of the numerous protest actions that spring up here and there around the island. Villar … More

    VIDEO: James Roberts on Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom was released last week by The Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. This year’s Index highlighted some worrisome trends as economic freedom declined worldwide and the United States dropped to #10 in the rankings. Reason.tv sat down with Heritage’s James Roberts … More

    Ambassador McFaul Runs into Putin’s TV Buzz Saw

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    Russian state television has launched an all-out assault on the new U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul—undeservedly so, although not unexpected. Russia’s Channel One, run by All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), aired a hostile report this week aimed at the ambassador as he begins his tenure in Moscow. The … More

    Does the DOS Environmental Impact Statement Dismantle Obama’s Reason for Rejecting Keystone?

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    In President Obama’s statement denying TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, he said, “The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.” The President referred to a five-page Department … More

    Bangladesh Coup Attempt Shows Extremist Groups Remain Active

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    The Bangladeshi army revealed today that it had foiled a coup attempt linked to Islamist extremists last month. Army officials said they uncovered a plot by 16 serving and retired military officials who conspired to overthrow the elected Sheikh Hasina government in order to establish an Islamist regime. While Bangladesh … More

    The Right Way to Fight Piracy and the Wrong Way to Defend Network Freedom

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    For the past two weeks, Washington has been in the depths of a discussion about the best way to stop the online theft of intellectual property.  The content created by movie makers and others  is being stolen by overseas web sites who, sometimes quite blatantly, offer the pirated material to … More