Mises.org 26 February 2012
By Philipp Bagus
The problems of the eurozone are ultimately malinvestments. In Greece these days the struggle continues about who will ultimately foot the bill for these investments. During the early 2000s an expansionary monetary policy lowered interest rates artificially. Entrepreneurs financed investment projects that only looked profitable due to the low interest rates but were not sustained by real savings. Housing bubbles and consumption booms developed in the periphery.
DanielPipes.org 25 February 2012
By Daniel Pipes
Some thoughts on U.S. policy toward Syria on the occasion of the just-ended "Friends of Syria" meeting in Tunisia:
Since the end of the cold war, many Americans have a sense of being so strong, they don't need to think about their own security but can afford to focus on the immediate humanitarian concerns of others. This leads to a sentimental U.S. foreign policy of "war as social work" in which the welfare of peoples with an admittedly wretched record as American allies (Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians) can trump national interests.
FrontPage Magazine 24 February 2012
By Joseph Puder
Reuters news service reported on February 14, 2012 that the "rating agency Moody’s warned it may cut the Triple A rating of France, Britain, and Austria, and it downgraded six other European nations including Italy, Spain, and Portugal citing growing risks from European debt crisis.”
andrewbostom.org 24 February 2012
By Andrew Bostom
The Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NCSC), The U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (USACHCS), and the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Service Institute (AFCSI) were united several years ago in Fort Jackson, SC to form the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center AFCC. Colonel Chet Lanious, USACHCS’ director of the Center for World Religions Chaplain Center and School, composed an erudite and ecumenical document with the self-explanatory title, "Handling and Disposal of Sacred Texts, Spiritual Writings and Religious Items.”
Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an Afghan official tells CBS News.
Townhall Conservative 24 February 2012
By Diana West
I've got it.
We've come a long way since the days of the Global War on Terror. Frankly, the GWOT -- whatever that was supposed to mean (how do you fight against a tactic?) -- is so 10 years ago. "Terror," meanwhile, has morphed into "extremism," but that's only made things more unclear. We still don't know what it's all supposed to be about.
FrontPage Magazine 24 February 2012
By Arnold Ahlert
The United States embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is on lockdown and violent protests are spreading throughout the nation. The impetus for the unrest was the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base on Monday. The books, including Qur’ans, had been removed from a detention center library adjoining Bagram air base, 40 miles north of Kabul, because they were being used by Afghan detainees to disseminate "extremist” messages. While that fact is being left largely untold by the Obama administration and our mainstream media, Washington is now offering repeated apologies.
Crethi Plethi 24 February 2012
By Brenda West
This article was originally published in the FamilySecurityMatters.org, but was taken down when a firm — handling foreign investment for countries in the Caribbean and Africa — called the article "libelous” and demanded it be withdrawn. Apparently, the firm expected the article could hurt Dominica’s ability to attract foreign investment money. But as the author of the article explains "this is rather far fetched, considering that the focus of wrongdoing in the article is Choudhury and not Dominica or the Prime Minister.” The article is republished in a slightly different form at CrethiPlethi.com with permission from the author.
Will Lech Walesa intercede with the King of Saudi Arabia in defence of Hamza Kashgari awaiting in custody for blasphemy trial?
International Affairs Review 23 February 2012
By Robert Ellis
The discovery of massive gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus threatens to destabilize the entire region.
The island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean has for centuries been the cat’s paw of foreign powers, including the United States. But now, with the discovery of vast deposits of natural gas, the tables have turned. The strategic balance of power has shifted and is a threat to stability in the region.