Falklands redux: Where there’s oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

Falklands redux: Where there’s oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Rhetorical gales from Argentina are again battering the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. And while the presumably noble sentiments of Argentine sovereignty blows over the windswept islands, just under the adjacent waters may sit massive petroleum deposits which would change the geopolitical calculations both for Britain and Argentina. […]

Introducing Putin’s real No. 2 man: The sinister Vladislav Surkov

Introducing Putin’s real No. 2 man: The sinister Vladislav Surkov

Lev Navrozov The Russian press reported early in January of 2012 that a week before significant change had taken place in President Dmitri Medvedev’s Administration: Vladislav Surkov, a deputy prime minister in the Russian government, will be responsible for the modernization of education, science, and healthcare as well as for the development of the global […]

What reset? What Arab Spring? Veto of Syria resolution reminds world of its Russia-China problem

What reset? What Arab Spring? Veto of Syria resolution reminds world of its Russia-China problem

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have lambasted Russia’s veto of a Security Council resolution on Syria, calling it a “travesty,” but did she really think for a moment that Moscow was going to ditch an old political ally? Did Hillary moreover really believe that Beijing was going to […]

World waits for someone to do something, and then waits some more

World waits for someone to do something, and then waits some more

Sol W. Sanders Looking around the world, the striking characteristic is waiting out a number of crises. Their outcome seems almost artificially suspended, and their interaction on one another and their ultimate effect on the world is at issue. We start with the Euro. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s supplications in Beijing were perhaps laudable but a […]

Reading Mitt: The important differences between Romney, Gingrich and McCain

Reading Mitt: The important differences between Romney, Gingrich and McCain

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Conservatives are asking a reasonable question: Will a Mitt Romney candidacy turn into another debacle like Sen. John McCain’s in 2008? The Arizona maverick was said to be the most “electable” of the Republican nominees. Many GOP voters held their noses and supported Mr. McCain. Yet he was defeated — convincingly — […]

China’s dictators are not stupid like Stalin and Obama is their ally

China’s dictators are not stupid like Stalin and Obama is their ally

Lev Navrozov In my columns, I have been writing a lot about PRC’s aggressive policies, its growing military might, and its global ambitions. Today’s PRC’s dictators are not as stupid and naive as was Stalin, who kept his country isolated from the entire world. Nobody, except Soviet spies and high-post ambassadors he sent abroad to […]

Loud and clear signals from Egypt: Rules of its game with West have changed

Loud and clear signals from Egypt: Rules of its game with West have changed

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When the government of erstwhile U.S. ally Egypt shut down seventeen Western pro-democracy groups, trashed their Cairo offices, and slapped travel bans on some of their staff, political relations between Washington and Cairo hit a new and unexpected low. Just a year after a tumultuous political uprising topped the […]

Can this global mess wait until January 2013?

Can this global mess wait until January 2013?

Sol W. Sanders Diverted by the essential — if sometimes burlesqued — pursuit of America’s quadrennial search for leadership, policymakers have tried to put international problems on hold. But dealing with wannabe-totalitarian outcroppings throughout the Islamic world from Casablanca to Zamboanga, is as critical and demanding and may take as long as the struggle with […]

Obama takes aim at Catholic Church, religious liberty with radical abortion stance

Obama takes aim at Catholic Church, religious liberty with radical abortion stance

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Like many leftists, President Obama has deep contempt for Christianity and democracy. This is why his administration has declared war on the Catholic Church and religious liberty. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently went ahead and approved last year’s decision to mandate that many religious organizations provide health insurance plans […]

Never mind the facts: Our love affair with China goes on and on

Never mind the facts: Our love affair with China goes on and on

Sol W. Sanders Old friend columnist Joseph Alsop once told me of arriving in China with a clanking sword he had hassled across the Pacific, given him by his cousin, FDR, along with an instant “Inside-the-Beltway” Navy commission. President Roosevelt sent him immediately after Pearl Harbor to Chungking as “political adviser” to Claire Lee Chenault […]