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  • Monthly Archives: June 2013

    Syria: Would the U.N. ATT Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels?

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    Proponents of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) assert that the treaty prevents signatories from supporting not only the Syrian opposition but future rebellions against other totalitarian regimes. The Geneva Academy argues that the transfer of arms to a non-state actor “could amount to a violation” of the treaty. At … More

    “Women Deliver” Fails to Deliver for Women’s Basic Needs

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      Women Deliver hosted its third annual conference last month as part of its effort to achieve the targets set forth in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, and as in previous years, the speakers and events focused primarily on contraception and abortion. Among the “development” community, any … More

    Senate Passes Bill That Fails to Fix Immigration and Border Security

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    “The Americans will always do the right thing,” Winston Churchill (who was half-American) once declared, “after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” The Senate proved today—in passing a massive, complicated, budget-busting bill that fails to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders—that it has not yet exhausted all its alternatives. … More

    The President’s Pro-Nuclear Rhetoric vs. His Anti-Nuclear Policies

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    President Obama released his Climate Action Plan this week, which laid out his vision for reducing climate change. Regardless of what one thinks about climate change policy, producing more unsubsidized, affordable, clean, reliable, emissions-free power is a laudable goal. That is why, of all the recommendations that the President puts … More

    A Win for Coal Exports, American Jobs

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    The Obama Administration has imposed a laundry list of new regulations on the coal industry, making it increasingly difficult to mine coal and to build and operate coal-fired power plants, which are critical to providing Americans with affordable electricity. Although the President continued his attack on coal in his recent … More

    Hill Concern over U.S.–Burma Military Engagement Grows

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    First, the House of Representatives moved to draw a line on American engagement with the Burmese military. Now, the Senate is beginning to stir. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House a couple of weeks ago contains language expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of … More

    Boko Haram Leaders Captured

    Nigerian Brigadier-General Olukolade Chris (QUENTIN LEBOUCHER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

    The Nigerian military has captured top leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. The capture comes after Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria on May 14. Boko Haram is reportedly responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people since 2010. … More

    Family Fact of the Week: What the Record-Low Marriage Rate Means for Americans’ Well-Being

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    Though the marriage rate in America has reached an all-time low, there is a small sign of hope. Within the next two years, there will be a slight rise in the number of weddings as Millennials hit the marriage life stage, according to a recent study by Demographic Intelligence. Given … More

    Time to Upgrade the African Growth and Opportunity Act

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    Africa is increasingly viewed as “a hopeful continent” whose next 10 years can be even better economically than the last 10. In this evolving economic reality, the United States should seize the opportunity to reinforce its vision of economic freedom and prosperity in the region. In his first public speech … More

    Morning Bell: The Supreme Court's Marriage Decisions by the Numbers

    The morning after two important—and troubling—Supreme Court decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases, here’s the lay of the land. The important takeaway: The marriage debate is every bit as live today as it was yesterday morning…and that means it’s time to redouble our efforts … More