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Europe

Crimea Secedes, Russia Succeeds, Ukraine Pleads, America Won’t Lead

March 18, 2014

The last week or so has seen an acceleration of events between Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine which seemingly could spiral anywhere. Russian-occupied Crimea voted the other day to secede — I’m not sure how “legal” the vote was until one thinks, of course, that there is no such thing as international law, just international norms [...]

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Ukraine on the Brink

February 23, 2014

It was hard to ignore all the craziness coming out of Ukraine this week — the violent protests and police crackdown, the President fleeing, the parliament transferring presidential authority, the East/West showdown renewed, talk of the final battle of the Cold War. Phew!  When revolutions happen, events move fast.  The key concern for national leaders [...]

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Shades of Orange in Ukraine

December 9, 2013

It’s been nearly a decade since Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution,” the massive uprising against a fraudulent election in 2004 which put the ruling elite on notice that pro-Western, pro-democratic waves were still reverberating in Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union’s collapse. Well, the ruling elite are apparently at it again.  The Ukrainian people have wanted to [...]

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Farage: “This European Union is the New Communism”

April 22, 2013

The EU is a clear political expression of a civilization’s decay as its ruling class plays its last few cards before some kind of end.  Nigel Farage, an MEP from the UK who belongs to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) back home, spoke truth to power about the EU’s actions regarding the troubles in Cyprus, [...]

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Cyprus Takes More Deposits, But From Fewer People So Now It’s Okay or Something

March 25, 2013

A few days ago, it looked Cyprus was about to raid the nation’s bank accounts in order to get a bailout from the European Union.  But because people saw how unfair it was to steal from people just because they wisely saved money over the course of a lifetime, a backlash ensued that forced Cypriot [...]

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Eurozone Gets the Recession Blues

November 15, 2012

In the second and third quarters of 2012, the economy of the Eurozone countries fell 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively.  Accordingly, two consecutive quarters of economic contraction signals an economic recession.  Also, economic indicators suggest that both Germany and France are likely to contract in the fourth quarter, compounding the Eurozone’s problems.  Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, [...]

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Mark Steyn on Tuesday’s Election

November 11, 2012

I had been waiting for Mark Steyn’s take on Tuesday’s election.  The author of After America sees America’s problems in their most basic form — our economy is on an unsustainable path and America voted Tuesday to keep trucking down that road.  His point?  We had a chance at a course correction, didn’t take it, [...]

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An Oracle in Athens

November 8, 2012

Yesterday, more of America’s impending entitlement state future played out on the streets of Athens as Greece’s parliament passed a new round of austerity measures: The problem when you’re in so much debt is that your freedom as a nation is seriously diminished.  Shouts of “Fight!” and “They’re drinking our blood!” echoed in the streets [...]

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New Austerity Riots Ravage Greece and Spain

September 26, 2012

The latest round of austerity measures in Greece sparked an outburst of violence over the last 48 hours: Similar-type measures in Spain produced a similar reaction: Of course, international markets weren’t too pleased at these developments either. Why wouldn’t they be spooked?  There’s social unrest all over the world:  the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Iran, [...]

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Editorial Makes Romney’s Argument for Europe

September 2, 2012

The UK Telegraph ran an editorial which captures the great reality of our time: “the myth of a democratic socialist society funded by capitalism is finished.”  Janet Daley makes the argument that you can’t have a robust free market and pay for all the goodies of a European social welfare state.  There’s simply not enough [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 2: Rice and Ryan Rock the Hall

August 30, 2012

After many solid speeches throughout Day 1 of the convention, I was interested to see if the message would shift on Day 2.  It did.  Yesterday the was time to take it directly to Obama (finally).  The specific criticism missing from Chris Christie’s speech was on full display in prime time last night! The warm-up [...]

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Romney’s Hiccups in London

July 26, 2012

While presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney tours a number of countries over the next few weeks, he’s currently in London for tomorrow night’s 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies.  In the meantime, he met with Prime Minister David Cameron and others to talk about the games, etc., which offered a small moment of tension — Romney [...]

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Mark Steyn: American Twilight?

July 8, 2012

In Mark Steyn’s new piece at NRO, he continues his latest impression of Paul Revere warning we Americans that our current trajectory leads us down the road to Europe (without the soft landing).  Indeed, in Steyn’s latest book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, he argues a very similar point. In his latest article’s reaction [...]

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Brief Translation of Spanish Bank Bailout

June 12, 2012

It isn’t difficult to find news articles on the bailout of Spanish banks.  What is difficult to find is any story that lays out Spanish debt in terms of actual numbers.  Dan Hannan doesn’t do that exactly, but his ten observations in regard to the bailout provide some numbers and a great deal of perspective. [...]

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Greek Troubles Beginning to Spiral

May 15, 2012

Greek troubles are reaching a tipping point.  The new government couldn’t form a governing coalition willing to deal with their financial woes as the leftists are unwilling to be forced into unpopular austerity measures.  So, a new election must be held with the populist left riding an anti-austerity wave.  Not good. But events are moving [...]

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France Goes Socialist

May 7, 2012

The people of France voted for change yesterday — from a right-leaning President in Sarkozy to the Socialist Francois Hollande.  The markets voted today — first down, then profit-taking.  Not a tantrum, but not an endorsement either. The people of France, like those in Greece and Italy, have chosen to wait until another day to [...]

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Not So Cozy with Sarkozy

April 23, 2012

Sunday’s elections in France have produced a May 6 run-off between socialist Francois Hollande and President Sarkozy.  In the first round of voting Hollande edged-out Sarkozy for a 28.2% to 27% plurality.  Sarkozy’s second place finish is the first time that a sitting president was out-polled in the first round.  Sarkozy is apparently pegging to [...]

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Greece Gets $170 Billion Bailout

February 21, 2012

The Eurozone decided today to spend around $170 billion to prevent Greece from defaulting next month.  Those who hold Greek bonds were asked to take 53.5 cents on the dollar as part of the deal.  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also lurking in the shadows as billions of American dollars have already gone to [...]

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Talking Up the “Anglosphere”

January 2, 2012

There’s been a bit of theoretical buzz out there about the future of Britain in the European Union.  Britain doesn’t quite fit in and ultimately, with the impending collapse of the euro a real possibility in the next few years, along with a hidebound European Union dragging them down, some have postulated that Britain needs [...]

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Michael O’Leary on Ryanair Success and EU Stupidity

December 21, 2011

Trust me when I tell you:  it may be 17 minutes long, but you do not want to miss the following video.  In this clip from a European Union conference on innovation, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary tells the story of his airline’s success while repeatedly criticizing the EU’s boneheaded policies. I loved this speech because [...]

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Jon Corzine Plays Ignorant on Missing Billion

December 8, 2011

Former New Jersey governor, Jon Corzine, testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee today about what happened to $1.2 billion from Corzine’s failed MF Global securities firm.  In short, Corzine doesn’t know. That’s a lot of money to lose! Simply, MF Global bet on Europe and lost.  That’s not too odd, but Corzine should [...]

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EU Dictates Going Amok: Water Doesn’t Prevent Dehydration

November 20, 2011

This top headline at the Drudge Report needs to be added to the echo chamber! After an exhaustive three-year study, European Union elites have decided that not only does water NOT by itself prevent dehydration, but that it will now be against the law to say it does on labels or in advertising bottled water [...]

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Greece at a Crossroads

November 2, 2011

Greece has been in economic and social turmoil for nearly 18 months because of the crumbling of their welfare state.  Facing possible expulsion from the eurozone, Greece has a choice — accept the bailout and the severe austerity measures which come with it, or become an economic pariah. Yesterday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced [...]

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Daniel Hannan Points to the Writing on the Wall

September 16, 2011

The problem with modern liberalism is that its cures for every societal illness are the same poisons that caused the sickness in the first place.  Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP from the UK, has been saying this for years in regard to statism in general and the centralization of authority in European Union in particular.  He [...]

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Oslo Terror Suspect Could Face Only 21 Years in Prison!

July 24, 2011

The two recent terror attacks in Oslo, Norway, saw both a terror bombing and random shooting spree that has thus far taken the lives of 93 people.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors, families of the fallen, and the Norwegian people. Authorities have caught a man, Anders Behring Breivik, who’s taken responsibility [...]

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Greeks Imitate the Sore Losers of Vancouver

June 28, 2011

It looks like the Greek parasites took a break from extending their hands out to riot again.  Apparently, they don’t like the strings attached to the free money they’re about to receive in the form of a bailout.  It isn’t that they’re ungrateful or anything; it’s just that they don’t think they should have to [...]

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Greece Continues to Burn

June 15, 2011

More violence in Greece as youths (or “useful idiots” one may say) flip out over the next round of austerity measures the Papandreou government needs to pass due to Greece’s critical economic situation: The welfare state is collapsing in different countries at a different pace as economic realities get in the way of sustaining a [...]

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Today’s Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

What a tailor-made Friday fluff piece! When I got teased this morning for catching a bit of the Royal Wedding before class, I merely stated that sometimes I can be a pop culture whore.  That being said I’m not obsessed with the monarchy or taking my focus off the big issues or anything like that, [...]

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Who’s Leading in Libya?

March 22, 2011

So, who is leading the efforts in Libya nowadays?  Well, President Obama said only hours ago that he has already pledged to get out of the way to accommodate a NATO-led mission.  However, Turkey’s stymieing NATO’s official involvement due to Turkey’s sensitivity to the Muslims in the region.  The bombs are dropping, but we can’t [...]

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Air Strikes Against Libya

March 20, 2011

About a month after the slaughter began in Libya by dictator Muammar Qaddafi against anti-government factions, the UN finally decided to take some meaningful action last Thursday evening allowing a no-fly zone to be put into place.  So, yesterday American and British forces shot 114 tomahawk missiles at strategic locations in Libya in order to [...]

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