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3rd October 2005 - New York Daily News

This Just In: Good News from Iraq

I once had an editor who used to cynically quip, "There's no news like bad news!" He would have loved Iraq: unrelenting terrorism, an insatiable casualty rate and an estimated 200 billion of U.S. tax dollars down a bottomless drain - all this at a time when we could use serious help back on...

3rd October 2005 -

Procurement Scandal: New Conflict of Interest in Annan’s Inner Circle?

United Nations investigators scrambling to discover the extent of a bribery scandal spreading out from the organization’s procurement department may soon be looking toward the building's 38th floor — the U.N’s executive offices.

3rd October 2005 - Wall Street Journal

Advertising on Terror TV

Mark Dubowitz

In one episode of the 29-part Ramadan special "Al-Shatat, The Diaspora," a rabbi orders his young son to kidnap a Christian friend so that his throat can be slit and the blood drained into a bedpan to be used to make food for Passover.

29th September 2005 - Scripps Howard News Service

They Shoot Schoolteachers, Don’t They?

Clifford D. May

To The Washington Post they were simply “gunmen.” The New York Times non-judgmentally called them “armed men.”

29th September 2005 - National Review Online

Garden-State-Variety Profiling Hysteria

“Profiling” has entered that pantheon of words and phrases (“torture,” “marketplace of ideas,” “compassion,” etc.) the mere utterance of which paralyzes thought. Arguments over it have a ships-passing-in-the-night quality–such that it has become impossible to be sure, in...

26th September 2005 - Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Complexity and Counterterrorism: Thinking about Biometrics

Biometrics, which relies on physical characteristics to identify individuals, enjoys growing support as a counterterrorist tool. However, there is little evidence in this regard. On the contrary, one danger is that biometric systems, such as national identification cards, would create a new...

26th September 2005 - International Security

Waiting for Balancing

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many observers predicted a rise in balancing against the United States. More recently, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has generated renewed warnings of an incipient global backlash. Indeed, some analysts claim that signs of traditional hard...

26th September 2005 - Michigan Review

A Lesson on the Tragedy of Terrorism

In early August, I traveled to Israel to participate in a two-week course in counter-terrorism, part of a yearlong fellowship with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Pursuing a graduate-level study in terrorism and the...

26th September 2005 - Weekly Standard

The Buck Still Hasn’t Stopped

ON SEPTEMBER 7, PAUL Volcker's inquiry into the Oil-for-Food program issued its "definitive report" on the biggest relief program--also the biggest scandal--in the history of the United Nations. The investigation alone cost $34 million, took over 16 months, and employed some 75 staff from 28...

26th September 2005 - National Review Online

The Suicide Ethos

After the worst domestic attack in the history of the United States, the constant refrain was that “9/11 changed everything.” All “walls” were taken down. Intelligence agents and criminal investigators–until then hindered from cooperating–were now to work hand-in-hand. National...

22nd September 2005 - Scripps Howard News Service

Profiles and Courage

Clifford D. May

I'm writing this on my laptop in the Atlanta airport, waiting for a flight delayed due to weather. But I can't complain. I didn't spend long at the security check. On the other hand, had I been a terrorist, would I have been caught before I killed?

21st September 2005 - American Legion Magazine

Revolutionary Déjà Vu

Hugo Chavez quotes Fidel Castro when asked what is on the horizon for Venezuela: “A new wave will arrive in Latin America, but in a different form.”

21st September 2005 - Wall Street Journal (Opinion Journal)

U.N.-Plugged; Imagining the End of the “World” as We Know It

On Monday afternoon the electrical power blew out at U.N. headquarters, forcing the secretary-general and the foreign ministers of four of the world's most powerful nations, along with France, to evacuate the executive offices on the 38th floor. Nonessential U.N. staff were sent...

19th September 2005 - National Review Online

Don’t Apologize, Governor Romney!

Radical mosques are the spark lighting the fuse that can kill Americans. That has killed Americans. That will kill more if we let it. Such killing sprees, moreover, are plotted by young, male, Muslim militants who often enter to the United States on student and other visas from places known...

15th September 2005 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Anti-Fascist

Clifford D. May

Jalal Talabani doesn't look much like Che Guevara. With his ample girth, white moustache and bemused smile, he more resembles a favorite uncle who can be counted on to buy ice cream and dispense sound advice.

13th September 2005 - National Review Online

They’ve Been Partying Long Enough

On Wednesday, President Bush is due to address the United Nations, where more than 170 heads of state are meeting this week to celebrate the organization’s 60th birthday and attend upon its umpteenth “reform.” Among top officials at Turtle Bay, the worry is that Bush might introduce...

12th September 2005 - National Review Online

This Is “Tackling Extremism”?

After the 7/7 bombing attacks by Islamo-fascists that killed scores of Londoners, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced with great fanfare that he would create a Home Office task force of committees to "tackle extremism." The purpose, he asserted, was to confront "head on" the rise of...

11th September 2005 - New York Daily News

U.S. Struggles & Allies Gloat

Suddenly the roles are dramatically reversed. The great giver is in dire need. And the image of some 50 foreign nations, including some of the world's poorest, offering aid to an America devastated by Katrina should be deeply heartening to every American.

9th September 2005 - National Review Online

Talking Their Way Out of the Scandal

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On September 7, Paul Volcker’s United Nations-authorized Independent Inquiry Committee delivered its main report on the corrupt Oil-for-Food program through which the U.N. from 1996-2003 supervised oil sales and relief purchases for Saddam Hussein’s U.N.-sanctioned Iraq....

8th September 2005 - Scripps Howard News Service

Preparation or Prevention?

Clifford D. May

Americans are distressed that the government was ill-prepared to quickly assist disaster victims in New Orleans. But here's a fact that should trouble us more: The government could have averted this disaster in the first place.


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