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    "The Largest Protectionist Racket in the World"

    Dangerous currents advocating protectionism are alive and well on both sides of the Atlantic. A “Buy American” clause in the latest U.S. stimulus package may have been eased to avoid violation of bilateral trade agreements, but its protectionist intentions remain. But the European Union is in no position to lecture … More

    WTO Director: Protectionists are "Shooting their own Foot"

    As the world continues to deal with the global economic downturn, Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, publicly urged all nations to overcome protectionist instincts as they work to return growth to their national economies. Lamy made his remarks while speaking to the Lowy Institute for International … More

    Oil-for-Food Travesty, Part II

    So the man who oversaw a $60 billion global scam—also known as the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program—has been rightfully disgraced. In January 2007, the United States charged Benon Sevan with bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud. Sevan, a native Cypriot, continues to evade justice by hiding out on his home island—with … More

    Europe’s Answer to the Financial Crisis?: Bigger Government

    Right now, the world has too little capital, too few jobs, and too little growth. So what do Europe’s leaders want to do? Press for yet more job-killing regulation and more investment-stifling oversight, with a heaping helping of “global governance” on top. If this wasn’t so dangerous, it would be … More

    Trade Protectionism: The Chinese Pot and the US Kettle

    Chinese trade minister Chen Deming’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today chides the rest of the world on turning toward protectionism. This is remarkable on two counts: (i) that the PRC should lecture any country on protectionism and (ii) that the US has opened itself to being lectured by … More

    Europe Creates an Army

    The European Parliament has voted in favor of creating a European army. Although the initiative has a typically innocuous sounding acronym, SAFE (Synchronized Armed Forces Europe) it represents a major step toward the EU’s takeover of Member States’ armed forces. SAFE will be directed by an EU directorate, with its … More

    EU Legitimacy Disintegrating

    Czech President Vaclav Klaus, an EU Head of State and current President of the European Council, has been dealt another vicious insult by the European Parliament. Speaking before the plenary session in Brussels yesterday, he criticized the juggernaut of EU integration and the democratic deficit felt between the EU and … More

    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