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    Rat Catcher TV

    Like all international bodies, the European Union is concerned about public diplomacy. So in order to communicate its message more effectively, the European Parliament launched its own internet-based TV Channel this September – “Europarl-TV”. At a cost of €40 million (c. $50 million) over four years, the Parliament’s Vice-President for … More

    State Department Lowers Bar on Hugo Chavez

    On February 15, the Venezuelan electorate in a referendum gave President Hugo Chavez a green light to become what he longs to become: president for life. By mobilizing the weapons in his arsenal that includes influence over state employees and recipients of his largesse, with increased media control, and a … More

    Re-invigorated U.S.-Russian Relations: Positive Prospects?

    The past week saw a significant animation in the U.S.-Russian relationship. Moscow received Under Secretary of State William Burns, National Security Council Director of Russian Affairs Michael McFall, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon. Presumably, the U.S.-Russian relationship agenda is multidimensional – … More

    Swat Peace Agreement Strengthens Taliban Hand in Pakistan

    Islamabad’s decision to allow the implementation of a parallel Islamic courts system in the Malakand Division of the Northwest Frontier Province demonstrates the weakness of the Pakistan government and military in the face of an onslaught by Taliban-backed extremists seeking to take over parts of the province. The government’s capitulation … More

    Don’t Ditch Winston

    The London Telegraph reports that Barack Obama has returned a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to the British government. The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein would be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, if it were sold on the open market. It was loaned by the British Government to President … More

    Can Non-Americans Buy Our Cars Too?

    We know that the Obama Adminstration has a shaky commitment to free trade at best, but this statement by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is troubling: “We have to ensure that the cars of tomorrow are built here by Americans, for Americans,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told … More

    Democracy in Venezuela Heads for the Life Boats

    On February 15, the prospects for genuine democratic development and good governance in the Western Hemisphere took a serious step back as a majority of Venezuelans voted by a margin of 54% to 45% to lift terms limits for elected officials. Although worded in a way to give all potential … More

    The World Bank and the UN Want a Bailout Too

    Just when you thought that you had seen everything, here come the World Bank and the United Nations to claim their slice of the government bailout pie. According to the Times Online, “The UN and the World Bank are lobbying for a portion of the billions of dollars allocated to … More

    Japanese Initiative on Pakistan Welcome

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Japan this week, one of the main topics of conversation will be developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Japan has played an important role in contributing to efforts to stabilize and secure South Asia over the last seven years. Washington should welcome a more … More

    A Telling Double Standard

    The British Government’s decision to ban Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the country is another chapter in Britain’s story of shamefully appeasing radical Islamists. Mr. Wilders had been invited by Lord Pearson of Ranoch to show his film, Fitna, in the House of Lords. Fitna is a short, online … More