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    VIDEO: What You Need to Know About the Falkland Islands and Obama

    When the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands, a small British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, go to the polls this weekend to determine their future relationship with the United Kingdom, their voices will fall on deaf ears in Washington, D.C. Instead of backing British sovereignty over the Falklands and … More

    Celebrating Margaret Thatcher Day in the Falkland Islands

    Today the Falkland Islands are observing Margaret Thatcher Day. Thirty years ago today, during her first visit to the Falkland Islands since its liberation, Thatcher said: Today again the Union Jack flies over Port Stanley, and may it ever fly there. So we in the Falkland Islands and in Great … More

    Kerry in Spotlight; Hot Issues Remain for Next Secretary of State

    Last week, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took herself out of the running for Secretary of State as Hillary Clinton’s successor. It did not take long for the rumor mill to pick up that President Obama is leaning toward Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for the post. Though Rice did not … More

    The White House Attack Machine Backfires

    If ever a political assault on the media misfired, it has to be the appalling attack last Friday by White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer in the White House blog on Charles Krauthammer, one of Washington’s most highly respected newspaper columnists. Pfeiffer chastised Krauthammer scathingly for misstating the fact that … More

    Barack Obama's Unwelcome Jubilee Present to Britain

    Barack Obama was all smiles in his carefully scripted message of congratulation to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee. But at the same time as he recorded his message, his administration was actively undermining Great Britain at the annual meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS), held in Bolivia. The OAS General Assembly, which includes the … More

    U.K. Commitment to Joint Strike Fighter Vital for the Special Relationship

    Last week, the British government made a decision to change from the Carrier Variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) back to the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the JSF—as was originally planned before its 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. While this move was politically … More

    Obama Disappoints on the Falkland Islands

    This week in 1982, Argentine forces were probably preparing their equipment and checking plans ahead of their invasion of the Falkland Islands, to happen a couple of weeks later. Thirty years on, even after heaping cringe-worthy amounts of lavish praise on the Obama Administration during his recent visit, British Prime … More

    Obama Administration Airbrushes Britain out of Europe

    Philip H Gordon, US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, has just delivered a speech in Berlin outlining “the state of transatlantic relations”. His remarks, given at the Korber Foundation on January 11, are a scene-setter for the Obama administration’s European policy in “its final year in office before elections … More

    Tony Blair's Nightmare Vision of a European Superstate

    Tony Blair’s interview in yesterday’s Times deserves to be widely read on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? Because it shows that the Eurofederalists’ delusions of grandeur are firmly alive and remain a huge threat not only to British national sovereignty but the future of the transatlantic alliance, especially the … More

    Obama's UK Speech: Rhetoric Cannot Substitute for Achievement

    President Obama’s address to Britain’s Parliament in historic Westminster Hall was of a piece with many of his speeches: a mixture of soaring generalities and devils in the details, with some dubious history thrown in. The President’s entire visit to Britain has delivered a mixed message. Both leaders have evidently … More