Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Two pieces of interesting news from Libya

Two interesting stories from the Libyan war make me even more skeptical of the Obama Administration’s competence in handling the issue. First, the Arab League issued a pretty strongly worded criticism of the UN intervention. Admittedly, the Arab League is … Continue reading

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You know a military operation has problems when…

It’s led by French forces. Fortunately, after some initial French leadership, the big boys took over in Libya. The WSJ reports that American and British forces targeted Libya’s Soviet-era air defense system with a cruise missile barrage. U.S. and U.K. … Continue reading

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In the too little too late category…

The UN has approved a no-fly zone for Libya. Russia, China, India, Germany and Brazil all abstained on the resolution, avoiding a veto but indicating significant international uncertainty about whether this is the right approach. News articles indicate that French … Continue reading

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Worrisome news from Israel

Time via Yahoo news reports that “Israeli commandos boarded the container ship Victoria in the Mediterranean. Opening containers listed on the manifest as holding lentils and cotton, the Israelis found 2,400 mortars, 67,000 Kalashnikov rounds, and a half dozen C-704 … Continue reading

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“Palestinian Queers for BDS”

Yes, that’s a real thing. A whole organization devoted to Palestinian homosexuals advocating for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. They’ve even got a website. From their “About” page: a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the … Continue reading

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Nuclear plants getting worse in Japan

Another explosion tonight at a Japanese nuclear reactor indicates that the country’s problems are far from over. The debate in the US blogoshpere seems to have shifted to a discussion of how this will impact future nuclear power development here … Continue reading

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China thinks that children have diminishing marginal value

According to this NYT story, the Chinese government has asked that the parents of Chinese exchange students receive larger insurance payments than ordinary New Zealanders who lost loved ones in the Christchurch earthquake. The government argues that these families have … Continue reading

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