Foreign policy and international news
Major Kudos to The Business Insider for posting this link about the oppression organized religion still faces in China. The reporter, Stephen McDonnell from Australia's ABC News, confronts what appears to be government officials that are following his every move. This is when the bizarre happens and the situation goes ballistic. As The Business Insider points out, the rise of Christian in China is a particularly amazing story; where both legal churches and illegal undergrown churches are growing rapidly. The Chinese government is feeling quite threated, as they should. Historically, Christianity has been the conduit for change in governments.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2288:]]By Ron Paul
Last week marked an important milestone in the war on terrorism for our country. Osama bin Laden applauded the 9/11 attacks. Such deliberate killing of innocent lives deserved retaliation. It is good that bin Laden is dead and justice is served. The way in which he was finally captured and killed shows that targeted retribution is far superior to wars of aggression and nation-building. In 2001 I supported giving the president the authority to pursue those responsible for the vicious 9/11 attacks. However, misusing that authority to pursue nation-building and remaking the Middle East was cynical and dangerous, as the past ten years have proven.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2208:]]By Ron Paul
Last week the financial markets were roiled by Standard & Poor's announcement that they will change their outlook on the fiscal health of the United States over the next two years from "stable" to "negative". The administration decried this decision as political. However, it seems the only political thing about this decision is the fact that it took so long. The Washington Post recently reported that the White House and the Treasury Department put tremendous pressure on S&P not to do this. However, if S&P made its ratings based on political pressures rather than economic reality, it would cease to have any relevance to the business community. Even if S&P delayed its announcement that U.S. government bond market would be downgraded, at some point it would become obvious that the finances of this country are out of control and our leadership is out of touch. All credibility would be lost if S&P simply continued to assign U.S. debt a AAA rating.
By Andrew McKillop
In a great article published 28 March on why the European Union is doomed to collapse or total transformation – into what? - Charles Hugh Smith shows the explain-it-all chart, below. One important fact is this economic model is a convergent and globalized “no alternative”. Countries that don’t play this game are almost inexistent, for example the paranoid police state of North Korea.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1889:]]By Ron Paul
Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and I had the opportunity to raise some of my concerns regarding US foreign policy and the costs of our interventionism around the world.
Many observers claim that the recent overthrow of governments in northern Africa and the Middle East will result in more liberty for individuals across those regions. I sincerely hope this proves to be true, but history is replete with revolutions that began as a cry for freedom against oppressive governments but ended badly. There are no guarantees that Egyptians, Tunisians, or others will be better off after these heralded regime changes.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1860:]]By William Engdahl
On February 11, Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak fled Egypt and turned all power over to the Egyptian military in what is a de facto military coup d’etat. Ominously for many, only days after the flight of Mubarak Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement, described as “the world's most influential Islamist movement,” announced plans to form a legal political party. It is unclear what policy changes if any in terms of Egypt’s Middle East diplomacy and its relationship with Washington will result.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1848:]]By Ron Paul
During the past few weeks, Congress has been locked in a battle to pass a continuing resolution to fund government operations through September. Both supporters and opponents of the bill, HR 1, claim it is a serious attempt to reduce federal spending. However, an examination of the details of the bill call that claim into question. For one thing, the oft-cited assertion that HR 1 reduces spending by $99 billion is misleading. The $99 billion figure merely represents the amount that HR 1 reduces spending from the President's proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget - not reductions in actual spending. Trying to claim credit for a reduction in spending based on cuts in proposed spending is like claiming someone is following a diet because he had only five slices of pizza when he intended to have 10 slices!
By Global Intelligence Report
The extraordinary events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are the initial high tides of an eventual tsunami that will impact the world that globalists have so fervently promoted for decades, in ways not necessarily to their liking. The first wave has struck and is now retreating from the shore, but will shortly return with redoubled force, and what and who will be swept away and what will be left standing is anyone's guess.