Archive for category International Politics

Queers for Palestine Protests Israeli Gay Film Festival

Several years ago, Zombie was kind enough to write about a group that demonstrates the far left’s dissonance between theory and reality to an extreme seldom seen: the pro-Palestinian GBLT group “Queers Undermining Israeli Terror” (QUIT), also known as Queers for Palestine. Zombie pointed out what should be obvious: that it is incredibly, incredibly stupid for a gay rights group to protest against the only country in the Middle East that tolerates homosexuality, and to instead support a group that punished homosexuality by death. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorists Attack Moscow Subway

Russian police believe that two female suicide bombers set of explosions that killed over 35 people in the Moscow subway system early this morning.

From CNN:

Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people.

“Our preliminary assessment is that this act of terror was committed by a terrorist group from the North Caucasus region,” said Alexander Bortnikov of the Federal Security Service, in reference to the investigation at one of the blast sites.

“We consider this the most likely scenario, based on investigations conducted at the site of the blast,” Bortnikov said. “Fragments of the suicide bombers’ body found at the blast, according to preliminary findings, indicate that the bombers were from the North Caucasus region.” Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama Snubs Israeli Prime Minister

I remember all of this rhetoric during the 2008 campaign about how eloquent and well spoken Obama is. I remember all of this rhetoric since about how unlike Bush, Obama is actually willing to talk to foreign leaders and treat them with respect. I’ve actually had people tell me how much Obama has improved our foreign relations.

And this is how he treats one of our closest allies.

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran and Human Rights Laws

Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy comments on Iran and its constant violations of international human rights laws. And of the complete failure of those laws: Read the rest of this entry »

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Hate Register

Jason Kuznicki at the Cato Institute recently penned an analysis that argued that hate speech laws encourage outrage over increasingly petty offenses. (I can see it as a valid argument — now all you have to do to be a racist is diagree with the President’s spending proposals.) Kunznicki has found more evidence for his argument: in the UK, grade schools have established “hate registers” which record alleged hate crimes on students’ records. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Swedish Model

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity has put together a nice little video about how Sweeden, long hailed by the Left as an example of how well the welfare state works, nearly had its economy destroyed by socialist policies, and is now shifting back to a freer market system.

Executive Summary: Sweden is a powerful example of the importance of public policy. The Nordic nation became rich between 1870 and 1970 when government was very small, but then began to stagnate as welfare state policies were implemented in the 1970s and 1980s. The CF&P Foundation video explains that Sweden is now shifting back to economic freedom in hopes of undoing the damage caused by an excessive welfare state. . (March 8, 2010) 5:17 minutes Read the rest of this entry »

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Sean Penn Suggests Jail Time for Chavez Critics

Not content to simply wish death by rectal cancer upon his own critics, actor and Leftist blowhard Sean Penn has now suggested that anyone who describes Communist dictator Hugo Chavez as a Communist dictator should be jailed.

NewBusters has the story of how, in an interview with Bill Maher on his relief efforts in Haiti, Penn defends Chavez as a duly elected president and humanitarian: Read the rest of this entry »

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