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    A Warning From Good Friends

    The Obama Administration managed to open a wide gap with some of America’s most reliable allies, those of Central Europe. In the recent Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe, some of the most magnificent freedom fighters of the region, including former presidents Vaclav Havel of … More

    Clinton Continues Obama "Apology Tour"

    President Barack Obama has made apologizing for U.S. “mistakes” the centerpiece of his foreign policy. His whirlwind Apology Tour earlier this year included stops on three continents with a plethora of apologies along the way. In a continuation on this theme, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is now in India, … More

    Britain’s Financial Quagmire

    The International Monetary Fund has just published its annual “Staff Report” on Britain’s economy. It makes for grim reading. The IMF projects that Britain’s national debt will grow from 43% of GDP in 2007/08 to 73% of GDP in 2009/10. Its budget deficit in 2007/08 was 2.4% of GDP. By … More

    Strangled By Red Tape

    Under the excuse of fighting the economic crisis, the Russian government is stepping up regulation that could severely restrict business growth. Ostensibly to stem the tide of rising prices, the government has initiated a dramatic cap on grocery retail chains. The bill submitted to the State Duma bans chains with … More

    China Loves The Dollar

    Remember when China was going to stop buying American bonds and the world was going to end? This hand-wringing was always wrong-headed; perhaps now it will finally cease. In May, net official Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasuries jumped $38 billion. This is the flip side of the return of large-scale capital … More

    Iranian Regime Splinters at the Top While Protesters Chant for Freedom

    A large crowd of opposition supporters today transformed an official prayer ceremony in Tehran into a show of strength, chanted “azadi, azadi” (“freedom”), and voiced continued support for Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who defiantly continues to criticize the ruling regime. Mousavi made his first official public appearance since the … More

    With VOA Left Voiceless, Obama Fails to Reach Russian Public

    President Obama’s foreign policy thus far has been marked by an emphasis on public diplomacy. As a result, successfully engaging foreign publics has become a top priority of his administration. The President himself has taken an active role in this effort, delivering several high-profile speeches to audiences around the world. … More

    UNDP and Libya: A Partnership Worth Looking Into

    Just to show that it is not above dealing with any shady dictatorship – and not just North Korea or current Iran – the United Nations Development Programme just completed a deal to manage a $1.5 million donation by the Libyan government “to build a school of Muammar Abu-Mnyar Al-Gaddafi … More

    Hugo Chavez’s Bad Habits

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is about to release a new study reporting links between Venezuela and increased cocaine trafficking. The report notes that shipments of cocaine transiting Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela increased from 60 metric tons in 2004 to 260 metric tons in 2007. (The State Department says 300 metric … More

    Delegate Norton Calls on Mexico to Be “Very, Very Angry” With U.S.

    In a recent meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division within the Justice Department, that it was “extremely embarrassing that Mexico has been as kind to us.” According to Delegate Norton, … More