Foreign Policy

Russia’s economic crisis could have been avoided

The Russian government and people, awash with money, were convinced their economy was invulnerable to the world financial crisis. By September, Russia’s gold reserves stood at $581 billion. The federal budget seemed strong, salaries high, economic reforms successful and government investments wise. In hindsight, it was all too noticeably “Potemkin” and vulnerable. When foreign markets crashed and oil prices fell, Read More ›

Noble Reformer

Book Review: William Wilborforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague Harcourt, 608 pp., $35 At a moment when a supposedly conservative Department of Justice is trying to weaken modern antislavery legislation, William Hague, former leader of Britain’s conservative party, has published a biography of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the conservative philanthropist who led the struggle 200 Read More ›

Congress Passes Landmark Slavery Act

Late on Wednesday evening, Congress (FINALLY!) passed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act and by unanimous consent. It sounds like an easy achievement, but behind that unanimous consent lies the fact that this bill took two years to hammer out. Bureaucratic opposition was strong and yet almost mute. Neither side got all it wanted, but the end result appears Read More ›

America’s Four Super-9/11s in Sight

In 2008 America, after going through the shock of September 2001 — memorialized as “9/11” and signaling the launching of a new phase in the emerging war of survival between militant Islam and the West, was hit in 2008 with three more 9/11s, within three months: soaring oil prices that topped $4 per gallon, thus swelling the coffers of countries Read More ›

Chabad Haven

Just when you thought the terrorists had run out of novel ways to explore the depths of evil and stupidity, the Mumbai murderers decided to seize the Chabad House in that city and slaughter the rabbi and his wife. To understand what executing Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg means in moral and spiritual terms, you need to appreciate what Chabad Read More ›

Iran’s Other Nuclear Threat to U.S.

This article, published by The Washington Examiner, refers to Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John Wohlstetter: John Wohlstetter, author of “The Long War Ahead – and the Short War Upon Us,” agrees, and wonders whether the new administration will be up to the challenge … The rest of the article can be found here.

Senate Is Gateway to Obama’s “Change”

If Barack Obama wins the White House and the Democrats also take enough new Senate seats to get to a 60-vote supermajority, they will be able to force floor votes by invoking “cloture” to end a GOP filibuster. To grasp the impact of such an event, it is important to understand how the workings of the House and Senate differ. Read More ›

Obama’s Russia Challenge

This article, published by The Week, quotes Yuri Mamchur of Discovery Institute:

“Unless there is a new effort by Moscow, the ball is now in Obama’s court,” said Yuri Mamchur in Russia Blog. But the truth is that, with their financial meltdowns, “neither of the two countries needs (or can afford) a new missile system in Europe.”

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Freedom, Justice, and Rock ’n’ Roll

This article, published by National Review, quotes John Miller of Discovery Institute” “We’re not talking about good or bad business practices or working conditions,” former ambassador John Miller testifies in the film. “We’re talking about slavery. We’re talking about the loss of freedom and the threats of force or the actual use of violence to deprive people of freedom.” The Read More ›