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(AP) Tunisia’s official TAP news agency says a Catholic priest from Poland has been killed and his body had multiple stab wounds and his throat was slit.The report cites the Tunis archbishopric as saying 34-year-old Marek Marius Rybinski worked at a religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouba. His body …
Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has described Iran’s plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria as a “provocation.”
The official said the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and complete the journey to the Mediterranean by evening.
An Egyptian army source said on Friday that the military, which has been running Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power on Feb. 11, had approved Iran’s request to send the ships through the canal.
The decision had posed an early diplomatic headache for Egypt’s interim government. Cairo is an ally of the United States and has a peace treaty with Israel but its relations with Iran have been strained since the 1979 revolution.
Egypt’s Western allies are watching for hints of any shift in policy towards its Middle East neighbours.
Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Michael Roddy
Concerned Women for America is a major voice in the chorus of groups and individuals asking Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.
Christian ministries with chapters on college and university campuses have agreed to cooperate rather than compete with one another.
The truth about Planned Parenthood is coming to light — and that light of truth is causing a culture of life to bloom in America.
Wycliffe Associates has branched into a new program and extended its Bible translation into two areas of the world where Christianity is heavily restricted and believers represent a small minority of the population.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, says when it comes to teen smoking, parents can’t afford to butt out.
An expert on energy policy says the first causality of the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico may not be the last.
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The California Supreme Court has announced it will take up the case of Proposition 8, delaying the outcome of the decision on same-sex “marriage.”
With a little motivation from students and a legal alliance that defends religious freedom, the University of California-Davis has decided to revise its discrimination policy that targets Christians as oppressors.
The Rutherford Institute is going to court to defend a 14-year-old honor student who was thrown out of school for shooting plastic “spit wads” at classmates.
The raid of an infamous Philadelphia abortion clinic has motivated Pennsylvania’s governor to make changes to the state’s inspection laws, but pro-lifers feel they are long overdue.
Bestselling author Joel Rosenberg says Egypt is still experiencing tremendous anti-Semitism as the country endures a period of political uncertainty.
A new study finds that many biology teachers are uncomfortable with teaching the theory of evolution and are instead telling their students about creation.
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(AP) Iranian state TV says two German journalists arrested after interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning have been fined $50,000 each, clearing the way for their release.They were found guilty of committing acts against Iran’s national security. The TV report did not elaborate. The court ruling …
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(AP) The wife of Britain’s ex-leader Gordon Brown says she spotted Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi asking for model Naomi Campbell’s phone number at an official dinner.Sarah Brown said in an interview with the Daily Mail published Saturday that she later joked about the episode with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. She …
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(AP) Chinese authorities are detaining activists as a call circulates for people to gather Sunday in 13 cities for a "Jasmine Revolution."The organizers are not known. Searches for the word "jasmine" were blocked Saturday on China’s largest Twitter-like microblog.Families and friends reported the detention or harassment of several activists Saturday after …
Reuters – 39 mins ago MANAMA (Reuters) – Protesters in Bahrain appeared to gain the initiative on Saturday and mourners buried their dead in western Libya as the wave of protest washing across the Arab world tested more of the region’s longtime rulers. Full Story »
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CAIRO (Reuters) – The Arab League said on Saturday it was important that a March summit goes ahead in Baghdad due to what it described as “the grave, fateful developments” in the Arab world. Full Story »
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Tahrir Square tours anyone? A devastated travel industry hopes for a post-revolution revival. Full Story »
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TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian court on Saturday threw out a 20-month prison sentence for two German journalists arrested after interviewing the son of a woman condemned to die by stoning, clearing the way for their release. Full Story »
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HAVANA – Catholic Church officials in Cuba say the government is freeing six political prisoners, who will be sent to Spain. Full Story »
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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed the upcoming budget with the leader of the opposition New Democratic Party on Friday, a meeting that could bring concessions that might avert an election this year. Full Story »
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SYDNEY (AFP) – Qantas said it was checking with Rolls-Royce after an oil problem with an A380 superjumbo’s engine, but added the incident was not connected to November’s mid-air blast. Full Story »
The Christian Science Monitor – Fri Feb 18, 4:58 pm ET
Jakarta, Indonesia – The similarities between Indonesia a decade ago and Egypt today are striking: a Muslim majority, a popular uprising, and the ouster of a long-running strongman. Indonesia’s strides after driving Suharto out of power in 1998 make it a potential model for Egypt, which is trying to build a post-Mubarak nation. Full Story »
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The 2011 World Cup of cricket begins this weekend, and everyone’s got something to prove Full Story »
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Sanaa, Yemen – As Yemeni protests escalate, tribesmen from rural parts of the country have come to Yemen’s own Tahrir Square. But despite sharing the same name as the epicenter of Egypt’s revolution, this central square in Sanaa has yet to attract throngs of antigovernment protesters – perhaps in no small part because the tribesmen occupying it are armed. Full Story »
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MANAMA, Bahrain – Thousands of singing and dancing protesters streamed back into Manama’s central Pearl Square Saturday after Bahrain’s leaders withdrew tanks and riot police following two straight days of a bloody crackdown by security forces in the tiny monarchy. Full Story »
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UNITED NATIONS – Somalia’s U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast. Full Story »
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Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House agreed early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. Full Story »
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A Wisconsin Republican leader said on Saturday there was no room for compromise on legislation to curb public workers’ bargaining rights despite mass protests and a Democratic legislative boycott. Full Story »
Reuters – 2 hours 21 minutes agoChina was holding out on Saturday against an agreement among the world’s major economies on ways to measure and correct global economic imbalances, refusing to have its massive currency reserves used as an indicator.
Reuters via Yahoo! News – Sat Feb 19, 3:54 am ETChina needs to increase interest rates because real rates remain in negative territory, a central bank adviser said on Saturday.
AFP via Yahoo! News – Sat Feb 19, 12:22 am ETChina has adopted a plan to tackle heavy-metal pollution, according to state media, after more than 30 major poisoning incidents since 2009.
BusinessWeek – 1 hour 50 minutes agoChina led resistance to making bulging foreign-exchange reserves a measure of economic imbalances as Group of 20 finance officials struggled for consensus on realigning the skewed world economy.
Mail & Guardian – 1 hour 59 minutes agoChina was holding out on Saturday against an agreement among the world’s major economies on ways to measure and correct global economic imbalances.
The Malaysian Insider – 13 minutes agoBEIJING, Feb 19 — China will raise the price of diesel and gasoline from tomorrow by 350 yuan a tonne, and also increase aviation fuel prices, the government announced today, saying oil consumption was growing too quickly. The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic steering body, said on its website that the adjustment …
People’s Daily – Sat Feb 19, 3:33 am ETChina’s first ocean economic zone in the coastal province of Shandong was inaugurated Friday when it signed contracts worth $38.6 billion, signaling the country is enlarging its economic focus from the land to cover the ocean, as well.
by Phil Boehmke
No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.
by Art Horn
The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.
Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)
WI Gov. Scott Walker is facing down Obama’s personal political army, the state Democrats and the unions. As the situation unfolds, America may be meeting a real leader with the courage to face the nation’s fiscal problems. (Also read about where Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators hid out. “We now know what they call ‘Hooters’ in Scotland, apparently.”)
Union protesters turn thuggish and Democrats flee, rather than come to grips with economic reality.
Every project undertaken by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will involve citizens and activists having their say.
Michael Totten catches up with Stephen Schwartz, who went from being a communist in San Francisco who worked for the Cubans, to becoming a Republican who converted to Islam in the Balkans, writing books and articles for magazines like the Weekly Standard along the way.
The dictum that the “personal is political” is backwards: In reality when something becomes personal, it stops being political. A Guantanamo detainee living in America is political. The same detainee living next door is personal.
by Bruce Bawer
The UK’s Guardian downplays confirmed abuse at a radical British mosque.
President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don’t miss James Poulos’ PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)
The Hispanic Leadership Network, a new organization that seeks to build a bridge between Latinos and the center-right, is being strongly criticized by some conservatives.
Remember when Guantanamo was a gulag, renditions were the stuff of Hollywood movies, and Bush and Cheney were deemed veritable war criminals? Was it all a dream, those nightmare years of 2004-7?
Egypt’s future begins when Egyptians see themselves as Egyptians — not Arabs, and certainly not Islamists.
PJTV delivered the most comprehensive coverage of CPAC 2011 that you will find anywhere. See all the interviews and meet all of the personalities who made up this year’s conference, only on PJTV.
American pundits say that the deposed Egyptian president fomented anti-Semitism in Egyptian society. But on closer examination, the charges again reveal the anti-Semitism of the opposition that toppled him.
Beneath his public outrage lies an outrageous lack of conscience.
The West needs to realize its mistakes and act quickly before any more surprises in the Middle East start to pose threats. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)
CPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.
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Like it or not, George W. Bush was right and Joe Biden was wrong.
One way to tell whether a regime has lost power is when its major symbols are overrun. Think Berlin Wall smashed, or Saddam’s statue toppled. But in the case of Mubarak’s resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains. (Also read “Obama v. Mubarak” at the Tatler.)
The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.
James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)
Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)
Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)
According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)
Far from eliminating radicalization, there is reason to believe that Western values can actually exacerbate Islamist tendencies.
Poseurs of the Arena. Plus, VDH answers questions from readers.
by Elise Cooper
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded last month in Tucson. Her friends, neighbors, and constituents tell Pajamas Media about the woman they know as “Gabby.”
I have a sneaking suspicion Geert Wilders was right when he said that there may well be such a thing as moderate Muslim but, alas, there is not such thing as moderate Islam.
At what point does this sort of admission warrant investigation by Congress?
by Ryan Mauro
A new film about the Iranian regime highlights the mortal danger they represent to the U.S. and the West. (And don’t miss “POLIWOOD- Iranium: The film Ahmadinejad does not want you to see.”)
Where is the principled leadership among Jewish and Christian clergy?
by Dan Miller
The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.
Dear Kos, surveying the goings-on in Wisconsin, you tweeted, “Dear Tea Baggers, It’s our turn now.” Well, now that both sides have had their turns, let’s compare and contrast.
Russian officials have been touring hospitals across the country with unusual zeal. But critics say the government’s efforts fail to address the underlying problems. More
A hacker talks to RFE/RL about his work with the enigmatic online collective Anonymous. Members claim to be part of a vast cyberarmy working on behalf of the Iranian opposition. More
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AFP – 1 hour 8 minutes agoUgandan President Yoweri Museveni was running away with victory in early official election results Saturday, but his main rival’s secret tallying told a different story, raising fears of a post-poll dispute.
AP – Fri Feb 18, 7:43 pm ETVenezuela’s top diplomat hit back at the United States on Friday over its suggestion that President Hugo Chavez’s government should allow an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses.
AFP via Yahoo! News – Fri Feb 18, 10:00 am ETThe United States has urged Venezuela to allow the Organization of American States to visit youths who are on a hunger strike seeking the release of two political prisoners.
Press TV – 1 hour 39 minutes agoVenezuela plans to boost thermal, hydroelectric, and wind power generation capacity by 2015 to put an end to the power crisis that hit the country in 2010.
Fox News – Fri Feb 18, 7:23 pm ETThe activists vow to press on with the protest until OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza or the OAS’s Inter-American Human Rights Commission are authorized to visit Venezuela. Protesters say Chávez uses judges and prosecutors to persecute his political adversaries.
AP via Yahoo! Finance – Fri Feb 18, 1:59 pm ETVenezuela’s energy minister says profits from the South American country’s state-run oil company fell last year. Rafael Ramirez says profits at Petroleos de Venezuela SA fell 28.8 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, despite an increase in international oil prices.
Press TV – Fri Feb 18, 9:22 pm ETVenezuela has rejected the US State Department’s calls for an international investigation into the country’s alleged human rights abuses.
AP via Yahoo! News – Fri Feb 18, 4:28 am ETThe dispute over the final resting place of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez is back in a Miami courtroom.
Payvand Iran News – Fri Feb 18, 10:34 am ETThe U.S. State Department is investigation information that Venezuela violated U.S. sanctions by sending gasoline to Iran. -RFE
Reuters via Yahoo! Sports – Fri Feb 18, 9:02 pm ETScores from the U.S. PGA Tour Northern Trust Open at the par-71 course on Friday in Pacific Palisades, California
Sports Illustrated – Fri Feb 18, 5:32 pm ETJay Gibbons couldn’t be more ecstatic. The vagabond outfielder spent Thursday unpacking, organizing and child-proofing his rental house in Peoria, Ariz., and finished a couple of hours before his wife, Laura, and their three children arrived from California. On Friday he reported to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spring training camp, where he’ll have a chance to continue his comeback on the team that …
AFP via Yahoo! News – Thu Feb 17, 7:03 pm ETThe influence of firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Latin America is in “marked decline” despite claims from Caracas to the contrary, a senior US official said Thursday.
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Bloomberg – 2 hours 57 minutes agoUgandan President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the East African country’s presidential election with votes at almost half of polling stations counted, Electoral Commission of Uganda Chairman Badru Kiggundu said.
ANI via Yahoo! India News – Sat Feb 19, 1:09 am ETAhmedabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Full with confidence ahead of their first match of the World Cup againt defending champions, the Zimbabwean team has said that they are not afraid of the Australian team.
BusinessWeek – Sat Feb 19, 1:41 am ETUgandan President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the East African country’s presidential election with votes at a fifth of polling stations counted, Electoral Commission of Uganda Chairman Badru Kiggundu said.
Bloomberg – Thu Feb 17, 8:11 am ETMorgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party, said his party won’t give its blessing to elections unless there is a referendum on constitutional reform, a biometric voters roll, a secure environment and a credible electoral body.
AP via Yahoo! News – Fri Feb 18, 11:38 am ETAfter 25 years as leader of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni asked his countrymen Friday to cast ballots that would give him five more years in office — not as an old-style African strongman, but as a president who has fostered peace, stability and growth.
AP via Yahoo! News – Fri Feb 18, 8:15 am ETPolice found an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition at the home of a South African terror suspect accused of threatening to spread foot-and-mouth disease in the U.S. and Britain, prosecutors said at a bail hearing Friday.
AFP via Yahoo! News – Thu Feb 17, 11:28 am ETZimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Thursday that he thought new elections would not be possible this year as work on drafting a new constitution has yet to be completed.
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Reuters – 37 mins ago MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A Wisconsin Republican leader said on Saturday there was no room for compromise on legislation to curb public workers’ bargaining rights despite mass protests and a Democratic legislative boycott. Full Story »
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by news organizations to release search warrant records and federal booking photos of Arizona shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, saying the investigation was still under way. Full Story »
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HILLSBORO, Oregon (Reuters) – President Barack Obama touted his agenda to foster innovation as a means of spurring job creation and boosting U.S. global competitiveness during a high-tech visit to the Pacific Northwest on Friday. Full Story »
Reuters – Fri Feb 18, 4:05 pm ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Intel Corp plans to build a $5 billion, cutting-edge microchip factory in Arizona by 2013, sharply ramping up its U.S. manufacturing capacity as part of a major global expansion. Full Story »
Reuters – Fri Feb 18, 6:34 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will host a forum on Tuesday with small business owners in Ohio, seeking to boost his support with an important constituency as he looks ahead to his 2012 re-election campaign. Full Story »
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) – The husband of Julie Schenecker, who is accused of murdering their two teen-aged children because they talked back to her, said on Friday he plans to divorce his wife. Full Story »
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – A woman who had sex with University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and tried to extort at least $1 million from him in exchange for her silence was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison. Full Story »
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SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (Reuters) – A beauty queen stripped of her crown for infractions including gaining weight from eating tacos was temporarily reinstated on Friday as Miss San Antonio. Full Story »
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DETROIT (Reuters) – At least 200 geese have died for unknown reasons along the southwestern shores of Lake Erie while others are struggling to hold their heads up, stay upright and fly, Ohio officials said on Friday. Full Story »
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York man accused of murdering a local motivational speaker and making it appear like a robbery acted in a case of assisted suicide and not murder, his attorney argued on Friday. Full Story »
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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man was arraigned on Friday for allegedly kidnapping, killing and dismembering a man and hiding his remains on a wooded hillside, authorities said. Full Story »
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Brooklyn grand jury indicted a man on Friday for an overnight rampage in which he is accused of stabbing three people to death, striking a pedestrian with his car and killing him, and wounding four others. Full Story »
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty in a so-called kids-for-cash scheme, in which he took money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit detention centers. Full Story »
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As I prepared to interview Gamal Mubarak in September 1999, I included one sensitive question that seems prescient now: “Many Egyptians lament that the children of those revolutionaries who overthrew the monarchy and the elites in the name of social injustice and anti-imperialism are now behaving in very much the same manner. Is this a fair criticism?” More
After last month’s disputed election, hundreds of protesters remain in jail. Candidates who ran against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka could be jailed for up to 15 years. See this page for some of the best reporting on the crisis from RFE/RL’s Belarus Service.
U.S. diplomat Matthew Bryza held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on February 17 after presenting his credentials as the new U.S. ambassador in Baku. More
The brother of one of the two Pakistanis shot dead by an American last month said his family could agree to forgive the accused in exchange for the U.S.’s release of Pakistani criminal Aafia Siddiqui. More
The Kyrgyz Ombudsman’s Office says a survey of the inmates in the country’s only women’s jail showed that 80 percent of them do not consider themselves guilty of a crime. More
Russian Orthodox Christians in southern Tajikistan are critical of a draft law on “parental responsibility” that would ban children under 18 from worshipping in churches, mosques, and other houses of worship. More
The Kyrgyz parliament today adopted a law on expanding the broadcast reach of its radio station. More
A new Kyrgyz-Russian venture called GazPromNeft-Aero-Kyrgyzstan will be the provider of fuel for the U.S. transit center at Manas airport near Bishkek. More
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Three months after its launch, Radio Azadi’s interactive SMS service has passed the 100,000 subscribers mark More
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- Government Backs ‘Day Of Hate’ In Tehran
- New U.S. Ambassador In Baku Says No Military Solution To Karabakh
- In Egypt, The Son Also Sets
- Sex Scandal Rocks Armenia; Barry Rubin On The Egyptian Revolution; The Music Of The Dutar
- Violence Continues Across Arab World, As Egypt Celebrates
How Obama and his supporters learned to stop worrying and love the debt bomb.
by John Boot
And you thought the only lesson Americans could learn from our cousins across the Atlantic was the need to cut back on government in the face of gigantic debts.
An era is ending, and maybe the final curtain is starting to go down in Wisconsin. (More at the Tatler: Wisconsin update: Walker sends out rangers to fetch the Chicken Dems.)
The U.S .has created a monster.
by Rick Moran
Belief in Cloward-Piven, the Saul Alinsky game plan, and Obama’s desire to destroy the country are symptoms of an irrational mindset among some on the right.
by Jamie Glazov
The hard left’s unsurprising romance with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations. (Also read: It begins: Qaradawi to lead Friday prayers in Cairo at the Tatler.)
It wasn’t celebratory that night Lara Logan was attacked. It was terrifying.
…from an American Jewish friend, but one who intends to ask some potentially uncomfortable questions he always wanted to address to a moderate Muslim. (Don’t miss Salim Mansur’s “Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend” from last week.)
Now we come to a moment in which the Middle East is in turmoil. What does the U.S. do? Join with the weakening despots in slamming the only democracy in the region. See also: Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s reaction at the Tatler.
by Mary Grabar
Agustin Blazquez has produced a compelling film that demolishes the radical heartthrob’s reputation as a brave guerrilla fighting on behalf of the oppressed.
by Adam Graham
Three reasons why the push for civility in politics ultimately fails in its objective to improve the tone of political speech. (And don’t miss “The white truck was oppressive,” at the Tatler and Ed Driscoll’s “The era of new civility is over.”)
One month in, the Republican makes waves. (And don’t miss “Florida governor saves Florida taxpayers from a rail disaster,” at the Tatler.)
by Tom Blumer
The current level of federal spending can’t continue. The administration says: “Yes it can. Try and stop us.” (Also read the Tatler’s take on how likely voters view Obama’s budget.)
by David Solway
Two more years of Obama is all any Republican candidate may need.
by Ron Radosh
A new group of useful idiots apologize for radical Islam the way fellow travelers used to apologize for Stalinism. (And don’t miss “Why the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t change,” at the Tatler.)
Where it isn’t dangerous, it’s simply impotent.
by Lee Lane
It’s a war of ideas both sides ought to lose. (UPDATE: Also read Bryan Preston’s blistering response to a pro-alarmism Politico editorial at the Tatler.)
by Ryan Mauro
A new poll hints at hope for a pro-Western future. (Also read “Terrible: CBS reporter sexually assaulted and beaten while covering Egypt’s riots” and “Latest on Logan assault: Crowd chanted ‘Jew! Jew!’” at the Tatler.)
The takeaway lesson from Obama’s proposed budget? Look before you leap into a car with a community organizer at the wheel. (Also read Richard Pollock at the Tatler: “When today means today, and when it doesn’t, at the White House.”)
Amid despair, there is still hope that the West will find the anti-toxin to cure what ails us.
Today, there will be testimony before Congress about the Department of Justice’s failure to protect the rights of military voters in 2010. Expect to hear two wildly different accounts of the DOJ’s behavior.
Unbalanced criticism meets uninformed judgment.
by Dan Miller
Not even ObamaCare can cover the harm the president has done to national health.
by Ron Radosh
Gray Lady Down: Former Timesman Sol Stern, now with the Manhattan Institute, demolishes the Times’ story on Israel, in an article that should be mandatory reading in journalism schools for how what was once the paper of record can get things so wrong.
by AWR Hawkins
For free citizens like us, self-preservation is a duty.
Let’s hope. (UPDATE: “Huge demonstrations in Iran.”)
Libyans have even more reasons to hate their tyrant than the Egyptians had to hate Hosni Mubarak.
by Mark Tapson
With the world focused on Egypt and the possible rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood there, the new documentary Iranium is a disturbing reminder that Iran remains the truly imminent and terrifying threat to American interests and world peace.
This century, less will be more for the CIA.
The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News – 1 hour 2 minutes agoBEIJING, China – Chinese authorities are detaining activists as a call circulates for people to gather Sunday in 13 cities for a “Jasmine Revolution.”
FOX Business – Sat Feb 19, 6:15 am ETHONG KONG -(Dow Jones)- China Forestry Holdings Co. (0930.HK) said it has relieved Chief Executive Li Hanchun of his duties at the Hong Kong-listed company with effect from last Monday, shortly after the city’s securities regulator sought a court order to freeze his assets following a questionable share sale.
Business Recorder – Sat Feb 19, 5:49 am ETBEIJING: China will try to seek balance in international payments by boosting imports, not cutting exports, Yi Gang, a vice governor with the People’s Bank of China, said on Saturday.
Straits Times – Sat Feb 19, 5:09 am ETWASHINGTON – CHINA has its eye on becoming the top science nation in the world, a position held for decades by the United States and European nations, researchers at a US science conference said on Friday. After being the world’s main source of cheap manufactured goods, ‘China hopes to become one of the leading sources of intellectual property in coming years,’ said Denis Simon, a professor at …
Manila Bulletin – Sat Feb 19, 12:45 am ETChina Crisis MANILA, Philippines — People tend to repeat the past generation’s mistake. While copying a good sound should sonically be fine to the ears, for members of ’80s-associated act China Crisis, there’s no point in doing that and it’s definitely wrong.
GMA News – Sat Feb 19, 2:57 am ETChina on Friday sought to calm the public about a new milk safety scandal, saying it had stepped up scrutiny of production after reports that toxins were being added to some dairy goods.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Sat Feb 19, 12:41 am ETDONGSHIGU, China — Chen Guangcheng is officially a free man, but it is hard to imagine a life more constrained. One of the country’s most prominent rights defenders, Mr. Chen is confined to his home 24 hours a day by security agents and hired peasant men armed with sticks, bricks and walkie-talkies. Visitors who try to see him are physically repulsed and sometimes beaten. Blinding floodlights …
Channel NewsAsia – Sat Feb 19, 12:10 am ETBEIJING: China has adopted a plan to tackle heavy-metal pollution, state media reported Saturday, after more than 30 major poisoning incidents since 2009.
China Economic Net – Sat Feb 19, 1:21 am ETChina’s government has announced it will finance public libraries, art galleries and cultural centers to allow them to open for free to visitors.
People’s Daily – Sat Feb 19, 12:26 am ETChina has increased measures to guard against an outbreak of flu and other infectious diseases in this winter-for-spring transitional season.
Batangas Today – Sat Feb 19, 3:53 am ETManila, Philippines – China suspended the execution of 3 Pinoys on Monday, February 21, this is after Vice President Jejomar Binay made talks with top Chinese officials on Friday, apparently to plea for the their lives. According to local news sites, the Chinese government agreed to postpone the execution of 3 Pinoys namely Ramon ‘Monchito’ [...]
AFP Telegraph Finance News via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance – Fri Feb 18, 7:39 am ETChina’s sky-rocketing property market is still going up, despite a raft of cooling measures introduced by the Chinese government in recent months, official data for January has shown.
AsiaOne – Fri Feb 18, 8:24 pm ETBEIJING, Feb 18, 2011 (AFP) – China pledged Friday to halt use of leather protein in food production, saying the potentially harmful substance was being added to some products in the country’s latest concern over safety.
China Economic Net – Sat Feb 19, 12:51 am ETIn the next five years, China will further expand the coverage of its basic medical insurance system and ease the cost of medical services, Health Minister Chen Zhu said Friday.
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