Archive for the ‘International’ Category
–SNIP– Then disaster struck. We were about 25 miles away from Galesburg, Illinois. Galesburg has good interstate-highway access on I-74 and is a major hub for the BNSF. The town of about 12,000 people had Knox College, a large Maytag factory and warehouse facility, and a factory for Butler Buildings. Thanks to NAFTA, GATT, and, to a much lesser extent, labor unions, Maytag closed down. Butler Buildings was bought out by an Australian concern, which announced that, because of productivity issues at the Galesburg plant, it was to be closed. In a short time, 4,500 decent-paying jobs had been lost. Then firms that depended on business from Maytag and Butler Buildings, or from their employees, folded. Gates Rubber also cut back its workforce. Gary Goddard, the Galesburg city manager, watched as his several decades of work to build up his town evaporated. Many people in my town commuted to Galesburg. People would work full-time in Galesburg, and farm full- or part-time. Now, an economist would say this happens because of inefficiency, and the failure of manufacturing is all part of the “creative destruction” that is an essential engine of capitalism. But what I have seen here in the heartland of the United States is only the destruction; the creation takes place offshore. Making a god of efficiency denigrates the much more important goal of effectiveness. Efficiency (as Peter Drucker writes) is doing the thing right, while effectiveness is doing the right thing. Of course, ideologues firmly believe that effectiveness is purely automatic: Progress is inevitable! But that is not the reality I have seen.
Read more by Steve Berg at ChroniclesMagazine.org
One of the centerpieces of Donald Trump’s rhetoric is his claim that the United States spends far too much money defending allies who ought to be able to pay for their own defense.
Trump proposes either withdrawing troops from foreign bases or requiring those other countries to pay for their upkeep. As Ben Shapiro has pointed out recently in National Review, this is likely to be something Trump is serious about doing should he be elected. In particular, he has criticized NATO and called for its abolition or radical restructuring.
On the surface, Trump would seem to have a point.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
Here is a quick pop quiz. What happens if we lie to the government? What happens if the government lies to us? Does it matter who does the lying?
Last year, the Obama administration negotiated an agreement with the government of Iran permitting Iran to obtain certain materials for the construction of nuclear facilities. It also permitted the release of tens of billions of dollars in Iranian assets that had been held in U.S. banks and that the courts had frozen, and it lifted trade sanctions. In exchange, certain inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities can occur under certain circumstances.
During the course of the negotiations, many critics made many allegations about whether the Obama administration was telling the truth to Congress and to the American people.
Read more by Andrew P. Napolitano at LewRockwell.com
A massive police force will be guarding the Cannes Film Festival this year. But the only scuffle on the horizon may come in response to the right-wing producers of a devastating new documentary about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged influence peddling and favor-trading. That film, “Clinton Cash,” screens here May 16 and opens in the U.S. on July 24 — just before the Democratic National Convention.
The allegations are as brazen as they are controversial: What other film at Cannes would come up with a plot that involves Russian President Vladimir Putin wrangling a deal with the alleged help of both Clintons, a Canadian billionaire, Kazakhstan mining officials and the Russian atomic energy agency — all of which resulted in Putin gaining control of 20 percent of all the uranium in the U.S.?
Read more by Dana Kennedy at msnbc.com
US Radar Has Detected Hundreds of Illegal Low-Flying Aircraft Attempting to Cross Border From Mexico
Hundreds of illegal U.S.-Mexico border-crossing attempts by low-flying aircraft have been detected in the last 21 months, according to a U.S. border protection official.
U.S. radar spotted 335 “suspected cross-border attempts” by aircraft at low altitudes between July of 2014 and June of 2015, and 59 suspected attempts from July 2014 to March 31, said Carlos Diaz, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.
A Mexico City newspaper reported this week that Mexican drug cartels have operated huge fleets of small planes and established more than 4,700 clandestine runways in Mexico to ship drugs to the border region.
Read more by Mark Browne at CNSnews.com
A State Department email released earlier this week contains a tidbit that spotlights the highly unusual nature of the U.S. special mission attacked in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, Breitbart Jerusalem has found.
In the email in question, released as a result of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Jake Sullivan, was editing controversial talking points to be used by Obama administration officials while publicly discussing the Benghazi attacks.
Sullivan corrected draft phraseology that incorrectly referred to the facility as a U.S. Consulate.
–SNIP– The U.S. Benghazi facility was not a consulate, which typically refers to the building that officially houses a consul, or the representative of one foreign government to the host nation. Indeed, in August 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli held a ceremony reopening the consular section in that city and not in Benghazi.
–SNIP– The U.S. compound in Benghazi was none of those things. Instead, as the State Department-sponsored Accountability Review Board (ARB) documented, the facility was a “U.S. Special Mission” compound.
Read more by Aaron Klein at Breitbart.com
Ask a better question: What was it then?
That basic truth cannot be repeated often enough. That figure comes from left-wing historians in France. If you thought totalitarianism would fade away after the Cold War, think again. North Korea keeps concentration camps for 200,000 people, according to recent satellite photos. The moral difference among Hitler, Stalin, and the Kims is zilch, zero, nada. There are no moral distinctions among willful mass murderers.
Liberals never seem to get that elementary point.
As Paul Johnson points out in his crucial book, Intellectuals, prominent Western professors and media heroes consciously enabled mass murder all over the Nazi-Marxist world. They still do. That is knowing, criminal collusion in murder on an unimaginable scale.
Big-name philosophers in England and France supported both Hitler and Stalin — a sort of serial mass murder-enabling racket. Paul Johnson’s book is an essential read.
But liberals everywhere are in denial about the new totalitarianism, which is exactly like the old totalitarianism.
Read more by James Lewis at The American Thinker
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is a book authored by several European academics and edited by Stéphane Courtois, which describes a history of repressions, both political and civilian, by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines. The book was originally published in 1997 in France under the title Le Livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression by Éditions Robert Laffont. In the United States it is published by Harvard University Press.
Happy May Day!
A few years old, but still funny if you’re not North Korean, from The People’s Cube
Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.
We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different.
Read more at Investors.com
In 1993 I was a seasoned federal prosecutor, but I only knew as much about Islam as the average American with a reasonably good education—which is to say, not much. Consequently, when I was assigned to lead the prosecution of a terrorist cell that had bombed the World Trade Center and was plotting an even more devastating strike—simultaneous attacks on the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations complex on the East River, and the FBI’s lower Manhattan headquarters—I had no trouble believing what our government was saying: that we should read nothing into the fact that all the men in this terrorist cell were Muslims; that their actions were not representative of any religion or belief system; and that to the extent they were explaining their atrocities by citing Islamic scripture, they were twisting and perverting one of the world’s great religions, a religion that encourages peace.
Read more by Andrew McCarthy at imprimis.hillsdale.edu
Ron Johnson discussed the threat of Islamic terror with Bret Baier on Fox News recently. You can watch the entire interview here, and here are some excerpts:
On the Brussels attack: “We’re all vulnerable, and we need to recognize that fact. … What we need to do is start preventing these attacks – we have to defeat Islamic terror.”
On the threat to America: “It’s a real threat – we saw it in Fort Hood, Texas, we saw it in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we saw it in San Bernardino, California. There was a plot foiled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a Masonic Temple at the end of January.”
On our biggest threat: “It continues to be people in America that are self-radicalized. I would say our completely unsecured southern border is also a threat.”
Americans who are most receptive to socialism are those who have yet to experience it firsthand. Such is the case with socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and many Democrats today.
The Democrat presidential candidate isn’t shy about his support for wealth redistribution or a 90 percent income tax rate to make society more “equitable.” In fact, his affinity for collectivist policies only grew after honeymooning in the so-called workers paradise, the now-defunct Soviet Union.
Read more by Gabriella Hoffman at theResurgent.com
The silence of the so-called ‘feminists’
Where are the girls? The answer should shame us all. Abortion for sex selection is practised so regularly in this country that it’s led to a shortfall in the population of girls. Thousands are “missing”, especially in certain immigrant communities. Aborting babies because they are female has been widespread in India and China for generations: there are as many as 120 boys for every 100 girls there. Now the practice has come to distort British demography – and values.
Sex-selective abortion remains a crime in Britain, but, as the Telegraph investigation last year revealed, it is increasingly common. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has ruled that guidance for doctors in this area should be updated – but did not prosecute the two doctors exposed in the Telegraph investigation.
When parents can abort a baby because it’s a girl, they are guilty of the worst kind of sexism. Rape, porn, the tyranny of beauty that compels little girls to perform plastic surgery to attain perfection: these are nothing in comparison to the mindset that will not allow for girls to be conceived in the first place.
Read more by Cristina Odone at blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, on January 27, 1945.