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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    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

    Insider Reagan Tip: Always Bet on Americans

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    Unemployment is up, inflation has risen, housing prices have stalled, and bankruptcies are at a record high. The price of oil is through the roof, we are on dangerous territory with Iran, and the great communist nation on the other side of the world is on our heels. Meanwhile, the … More

    Iran Claims Obama Administration Wants Talks

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    Iranian legislator Ali Motahari claimed on Wednesday that President Obama called for direct talks in a secret letter sent last week to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Motahari said that the first part of the letter warned that if Iran closed the Strait of Hormuz, it would cross a … More

    Obamacare Is Losing CLASS Fast

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    It may be only a few days since Congress began its new session, but it has already done some decent work. This week, the House Ways and Means Committee held the markup of H.R. 1173, which would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS Act … More