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2013: A bad year for the free press and dangerous for working journalists

President Obama at a White House press briefing.  /AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Yes, the widening attacks on the press, and arrests and intimidation of journalists were disturbing and among the barriers to the free flow of information worldwide in 2013. But beyond the usual lists of suspects blocking and censoring news and the Internet, there’s a definite and deadly spike in [...]

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A U.S. president honors the myth of Ho Chi Minh


Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama has insulted the memory of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in Vietnam. Last week, Mr. Obama met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Mr. Sang peddled the lie that the communist nation’s founder, Ho Chi Minh, was inspired by the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Obama agreed, [...]

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When the U.S. loses resolve: The Afghanistan-Vietnam parallels

An American helicopter boards fleeing personnel in 1975 near the American Embasy in Saigon.  /Hubert van Es/AFP/Getty Images

Sol W. Sanders   For those of us who lived through it, current negotiations for the American exit from Afghanistan smells much too much like the end of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam. Washington, after a decade of enormous sacrifice of life and treasure, has chosen to negotiate with the enemy following diplomatic “modalities” pretty [...]

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When world leaders talk about ‘human rights’ and when they do not

Leaders at ASEAN summit on Nov. 20.  /Tan Chhin Sothy/AFP

Special to By Donald Kirk, The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit [...]

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Moscow plays on fears of China in global quest for naval bases

Russia's second Borey class strategic submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, is to be commissioned by the end of 2012.

Special to By Brian M. Downing, Russia recently announced its intention to obtain naval facilities in various parts of the world, including Vietnam, the Seychelles, and Cuba. Acquiring naval bases has historically been a means of signaling rising power. Theodore Roosevelt knew this when he sent the Great White Fleet on a global [...]

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Liquidate the World Bank!


Sol W. Sanders [See Archive] An old adage holds bureaucracies may successfully pursue their original goals for only a generation. After that their efforts go to feathering their bureaucratic nest. Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae are examples: outrageous executive compensation and payoffs to Congressional friends, all contributing to a housing bust, now requiring more billions [...]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a ‘geopolitical economy’ along China’s periphery

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 12 during a welcoming ceremony for the APEC Leaders' dinner during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.  /Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Special to By Brian M. Downing, One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, [...]

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