"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Egypt Crisis in a Global Context: A Special Report
by George Friedman
...When we look at the political dynamic of Egypt, and try to imagine its connection to the international system, we can see that there are several scenarios under which certain political outcomes would have profound effects on the way the world works. That should not be surprising...
More: Egyptian Police Redeploying

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Current Events in Egypt
by George Friedman
For more than 30 years, the geopolitics of the Middle East has been built on the American-Egyptian-Israeli relationship. STRATFOR founder Dr. George Friedman contemplates current events in Egypt and the prospect of the end of an era...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's Dumbest Decision
by Michael Filozof
...The specious type of "reasoning" in Roe ultimately leads to Nancy Pelosi snarling incredulously, "Are you serious? Are you serious?" when asked by a reporter how the Constitution justifies ObamaCare; it leads to Justice Kennedy citing the European Court of Human Rights when declaring that the Constitution guarantees the right to anal sex; and it leads to Justice Breyer quoting the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chinese Espionage and French Trade Secrets
by Sean Noonan
...If Chinese intelligence services were indeed responsible for espionage at Renault it would be one of only a few known cases involving non-Chinese nationals and would have involved the largest amount of money since the case of the legendary Larry Wu-Tai Chin, China’s most successful spy...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

China's Military Comes Into Its Own
by Rodger Baker
...For most of modern China’s history, the military has been an internal force without much appetite for more worldly affairs. That is now changing, appropriately, due to China’s growing global prominence and reliance on the global economy. But that means that a new balance must be found, and China’s senior leadership must both accommodate and balance the military’s perspective and what the military advocates for...

Friday, January 14, 2011

WikiLeaks Vindicates President George W. Bush
by Larry Elder
"By late 2003, even the Bush White House's staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But WikiLeaks' newly-released Iraq war documents reveal that for years afterward, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blame Lies with the Wicked
by Cal Thomas
...The best "explanation" for this horror came from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. In a statement, McCain put the blame where it belongs: on "a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion." He added, "Whoever did this, whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law."
That is moral clarity. It places blame where it should be: on the shooter...
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