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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Carbon Tax a Recipe for Economic Disaster

    Cake

    Hopefully, one half-baked idea will be off the fiscal cliff negotiating table: a carbon tax. While it seems that both Democrats and Republicans are becoming more creative in ways to raise revenue (rather than directly address the underlying problems of the fiscal cliff), two proposed bipartisan resolutions would publicly and … More

    Crucial Vote Today on Human Rights Bill

    SergeiMaginstky

    Today, the lame-duck Senate is considering the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal Act of 2012. The bill’s language contains the language known as the Magnitsky Act, which for the first time punishes Russian officials implicated in serious human rights abuses. The Magnitsky Act was named after Russian lawyer, anti-corruption crusader, … More

    "We Fight Censorship" a Promising Step for Information Freedom

    Censorship - Freedom of Speech

    On November 27, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) launched a revolutionary website, appropriately named We Fight Censorship (WeFC), devoted to publishing content by victims of censorship. As the crackdown on information freedoms intensifies around the world, this website is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise tense period. The war … More

    Syrian Crisis Escalates Amid Renewed Concern over Chemical Weapons

    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on April 9, 2012 shows a Syrian soldier sitting atop a tank as troops deploy in Saqba on the outskirts of Damascus.

    On Monday, President Obama warned the beleaguered Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against its own people. “Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” Obama said in a speech at the National Defense … More

    Brazil’s Corruption Holds Back Economic Freedom

    2012Index_feature

    Fresh charges of corruption are shaking up the Workers Party of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Reforms are long overdue. The most recent “Rosegate” scandal stems from official charges brought by the Federal Police (Brazil’s version of the FBI) after an investigation of … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Wants Power to Raise Debt Limit By Himself, Anytime

    Newscom

    President Obama wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country’s legal debt limit. Instead of getting permission from the people’s elected representatives to borrow and spend more money, he wants to do that all by himself. It seems typical of the President Obama we know, … More

    Even Baseball Players Are Watching the Fiscal Cliff

    BJ Upton

    The fiscal cliff is getting closer by the day, and it’s not just Washington wonks who are noticing. Even baseball players are on fiscal cliff watch. Government Executive recently looked at the details of Major League Baseball star B.J. Upton’s newly signed five-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. There’s at … More

    Hurricane Sandy: Not the Global Warming Bombshell It's Cracked Up to Be

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press)

    Heavy rains wiping out crops, the Baltic Sea freezing over, unusually powerful earthquakes triggering tsunamis, and the largest flood recorded in central Europe. Top it off with famine, plague, and social unrest, and people began talking about the end of the world—in the early 14th century. These days, 14th-century Europe … More

    Three Years as Cuba's Hostage: Freedom for Alan Gross Still Far Away

    U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross and his wife Judy in a file photo from 2005. (Photo: Reuters/family photograph)

    Alan Gross could’ve been your neighbor. An American baby boomer who loved to play the mandolin and snack on sunflower seeds, Gross had a big heart. He chose a job that took him all over the world to help equip those struggling under political and economic oppression. Sadly, Alan Gross … More

    Event Tomorrow: Iron Dome and Missile Defense Policy

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    The Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system shatters arguments against missile defense, writes Juan Williams, a Fox News political analyst, in his recent op-ed. He is correct: The system not only works and provides protection for civilians, but also allows the Israeli leadership to take more time to decide … More