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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Polish President Blasts Obama on Missile Defense

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Obama

    This week, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski accused the Obama Administration of betrayal, saying, “Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a [missile defense] shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president.… We paid a high political price. We do … More

    China's Wanxiang Poised to Take 80% Stake in DOE Grant Recipient A123

    A123_batteries

    A123, the U.S. manufacturer of green-tech batteries that received millions in government aid, today announced a “memorandum of understanding” between it and Chinese auto giant Wanxiang. It totals up to $450 million in a bailout of debt purchasing and other cash infusions that would grant Wanxiang 80 percent controlling interest … More

    Let the User Beware: You're Responsible for Your Cybersecurity

    Newscom

    It is said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. If that is the case, the U.S. would be wise to learn from the scary story of Mat Honan, a senior writer at the technology news publication Wired. Honan is a technologically savvy guy, but with only … More

    White House Won't Disclose Cost of Obama's Promotional Videos

    west-wing-week

    The White House is being very tight-lipped about a staffer who produces videos designed to paint President Obama and his policies in a positive light. Observers note that the videos advance some key themes of the president’s reelection campaign. Both individuals who have worked as the White House’s official videographer … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents, Pop Culture, and Early Teen Sex

    teen girls

    Parents instinctively know that the over-sexualized culture promoted by Hollywood is not healthy for their teens. A recent study in the academic journal Psychological Science quantified such concerns. In the study, researchers from Dartmouth College counted the number of seconds of sexual content in the top 684 grossing movies released … More

    Gingrich Blasts 'Radical' Obama's Drive to Illegally Gut Welfare Reform

    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich at Heritage President's Club

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was instrumental in passing welfare reform in the 1990s, blasted President Obama’s attempt to gut the law in a conference call on Wednesday. “Hard-core liberals like Barack Obama were deeply opposed to the bill,” Gingrich said, referring to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity … More

    Syrian Crisis Emboldens Kurds, Is Problematic for Turkey

    A Syrian living in Turkey shouts slogans during a protest against the government of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

    Turkish fears of an emboldened Kurdish population in Syria are rising. Since the Syrian uprising began in February 2011, Syria’s Kurdish population has taken advantage of the power vacuum in the country’s north and sought to expand its influence. Since last summer, the Syrian government’s mass killing of civilians has … More

    Under Olympic Cover, Russian Cargo Ship Approaches Syria

    MV Alaed

    Under the cover of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the Russian cargo ship MV Alaed, allegedly carrying attack helicopters for the Bashar al-Assad regime, is once again en route to Syria. In addition to the attack helicopters, it is thought that the ship is also carrying air defense weapons. Nobody seems to notice. Only nine … More

    North Korea to Olympians: No Medals Means Labor Camp

    NorthKoreaOlympics

    What if not winning a gold medal in the Olympics meant being cast out of society and forced into a labor camp when you returned home from London? Such is the fate awaiting some North Korean athletes who fail to bring home medals. Adding insult to injury, the athletes are … More

    'Biased Statistics' Paint Rosy Picture of Border Security, Union Head Alleges

    The Obama administration boasts that arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border have dropped on its watch. But figures cited by the administration are based on “biased statistics,” according to the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing more than 17,000 U.S. border agents and personnel. “Department of Homeland … More