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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    Internet Hit by Largest Cyber Attack Yet

    Newscom

    This week, the largest cyber attack to date hit the Internet. Spamhaus, an anti-spam company, placed Cyberbunker on their black-list of spam generating companies. Cyberbunker quickly retaliated with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which essentially overwhelms a system with requests. The initial attack failed to overwhelm Spamhaus and … More

    Income Inequality and Life Expectancy

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    Recently The Washington Post published an article claiming that the “widening gap in life expectancy” among America’s seniors “reflects perhaps the starkest outcome of our nation’s growing income inequality.” Income inequality has become an absolute evil that can be blamed for anything terrible in this world. From slowing down the … More

    Hezbollah Terrorist Conviction in Cyprus: When will the EU Act?

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    A Cypriot court on Thursday sentenced a member of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, to four years in jail for planning to attack Israeli citizens and targets in Cyprus. Yaacoub’s conviction a week earlier marked the first time a Hezbollah member had been found guilty in a European … More

    The U.S. Should Designate Boko Haram a Terrorist Organization

    Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (Newscom)

    On March 26, the Nigerian senate proved that President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to grant amnesty to terrorist organization Boko Haram was not in vain. Nigerian Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe announced that the senate, like the president, was opposed to amnesty for Boko Haram. Nigeria’s emboldened approach to dealing with Boko Haram … More

    Disability: Enmeshed in the Safety Net

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    The finest trick of the devil, Baudelaire once wrote, is to persuade you that he does not exist. Modern liberalism, being far less devilish, has pulled a lesser, but still effective, trick: It has convinced Americans that conservatives don’t care. In fact, the left has made “caring” its exclusive prerogative … More

    Middle East Not So Happy with Obama

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    Under President Obama’s leadership, U.S. influence among Middle East nations has waned, and in fact declined since President Bush left office. During last week’s visit to Ramallah, Palestine, Obama was the object of demonstrations by irate Palestinians. They are not alone in their anger over neglect and unfulfilled presidential promises, … More

    "Gang of Eight" Out of Touch on Border Security

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    On Wednesday, four Senators leading in the push for comprehensive immigration reform headed down to Nogales, Arizona, to check out U.S. border security in action. From the beginning, it was clear the trip was simply another act of political showboating, an attempt by the members of the “Gang of Eight” … More

    Arbitration Bill in PA Keeps Costs Down, as Evidenced by Special Interest, Trial Lawyer Opposition

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    As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania is considering a bill to reorganize arbitration law in the state. The bill has the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association but is opposed by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the trial lawyer lobbying group. As I explain in my recent Heritage Backgrounder, … More

    Economic Freedom Key to Unlocking a Prosperous Arab Future

    The 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    In the latest issue of the journal Democracy, Michael Wahid Hanna identifies Seven Pillars of the Arab Future. First on his list: economic growth and equality. Among the troubling Middle East economic indicators highlighted by Hanna are low economic growth, inequality, and high unemployment, especially for youth. He identifies five … More

    China Striving to Dominate the Nearby Seas

    Newscom

    A Chinese naval task force, including its most modern amphibious ship, a guided-missile destroyer, and two frigates, was recently sighted operating off James Shoal, 50 miles off the coast of Malaysia. James Shoal is claimed by Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as Taiwan. The appearance … More