If the definition of the word “terrorist” has seemed somewhat flexible to many Americans in recent years, that state of befuddlement is shared by the U.S. government. The difficulties of defining a “terrorist” were on display on Capitol Hill when a high-ranking State Department official declared that the Nigerian Jihadist group Boko Haram — one of the most violent Islamist organizations in Africa — to be a “terrorist” organization, while explaining that it was not a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posed with Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong under a bust of Communist founder Ho Chi Minh during her recent visit to Vietnam and promised the Hanoi regime increased economic and technological aid, but did not meet with human rights leaders or substantively push for changes in Vietnam's appalling record of abuses in all areas of human rights.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is under heavy fire after an investigation by the Population Research Institute (PRI) showed yet again that the UN is working with the communist dictatorship ruling mainland China to enforce its barbaric “one-child” policy — complete with forced abortions, involuntary sterilization, kidnapping of “illegal” children, and other brutal tactics. The evidence of UN complicity in the atrocious human rights violations is undeniable, according to PRI President Steven Mosher, who said U.S. taxpayers should permanently defund the global anti-population agency.
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Programs this week, Mosher and several other witnesses described the mass abuses being perpetrated by the UNFPA and its communist partners Beijing. Also offering testimony was a victim of the Chinese regime’s “population control” who was kidnapped by the “family planning” officials before having her baby murdered in cold blood.
Despite violence that left at least several dead, numerous gun battles, allegations of voter fraud, dozens of polling places unable to operate, mass protests, militias running wild, and whole regions still in chaos, Western governments and the United Nations — largely responsible for the recent “regime change” that killed dictator Moammar Gadhafi and thousands of innocent civilians — celebrated political elections in Libya July 7 as a success. Meanwhile, multiple armed factions are still threatening to unleash full-blown civil war amid ongoing battles all across the chaos-stricken nation.
If Americans are looking at the Chinese economy to lift the United States out of recession, it would be prudent to look somewhere else. The second quarter GDP statistics for China are expected to reveal a relatively slow growth rate of 7.5 percent, weaker than growth in the same quarter of last year. If so, those numbers would mean that China’s economy is growing at the slowest rate in four years. The news pulled down stock prices around the world.
The United Nations' World Economic Social Survey (WESS) is recommending the implementation of several new taxes, including the so-called billionaires' tax, to raise enough revenue to fund global programs and target poverty. Critics contend that compliance with the survey would result in the greater loss of national sovereignty with minimal progress to show for it.
When former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Méndez was lawfully impeached by united lawmakers in late June, Latin America’s powerful socialist leaders denounced the move against their comrade as a “coup” against “democracy.” Despite the fact that the impeachment by a democratically elected Congress followed constitutional procedures and was endorsed by the nation’s Supreme Court, the outcry against the ouster and Paraguay’s new leader is still growing.
After the German government ratified the European Stability Mechanism, a permanent eurozone bailout package, opponents within Germany asked the nation's Constitutional Court for a temporary injunction against the ESM. The court will then rule on the constitutionality of the bailout scheme, possibly leading to a eurozone breakup.
The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force declared Wednesday that the IRGC has prepared comprehensive contingency plans to attack 35 American military bases in the region “within minutes” of an American military strike on his country.
"We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack," said Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
Hajizadeh said the 35 American bases were within range of Iran's ballistic missile arsenal, the most advanced of which can reportedly hit targets 1,300 miles away.
Newly-elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi shocked the Obama administration with a call for the release of the release of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the terrorist associated with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Despite conventional wisdom and reports from the mainstream media, the present day actions of the Russian Federation, led by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, reflect little to no deviation from the strategic anti-Western polices set forth by the Soviet Union, during the Cold War.