Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
at least one of Kosovo’s neighbours – Macedonia – seemed to be coming to terms
Friday, April 25, 2008
300,000 possibly dead in Darfur from Prayeramedic this morning got me thinking about Sudan and the inhuman atrocities going on in Darfur.
I told Dan that I was in Sudan a couple years ago and frankly the Sudan is really two countries. The north fully infiltrated by jihadists with the ablity to sink into Ethiopian style chaos. The south, with the oil, the old Coptic Christian animists, likely also to descend further into chaos.
In the great middle, filled with militias from multiple countries then is Darfur. Training ground for Chadian rebels and both sets of Sudanse militias. No one is "official" and all get money from governments surrounding the area.
Some things we should be doing:
First, pray for the Sudanese
Second, invest in refugee retraining and capitalization to return to their homes and open businesses.
Third, get extremely involved in helping Chad and Ethiopian and Kenya prod along possible democracy and freedoms to encircle the bad zones with freedom and opportunity.
Just my thoughts, from a layman's perspective. Thoughts?
Other posts about Sudan:
Full War could explode along Chad-Sudan border
So at least Bin Laden tells the truth
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Kristy Lee Cook
At Risk of Going Home:
Hedges: I wouldn’t disagree with those predictions, but just as last week’s departure of Michael Johns shows us, sometimes American Idol fans can never predict what might happen.
The larger story out of Speaker Nancy’s Pelosi’s decision to kill the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is not that she did it, but that how she did it guts more than three decades of precedent and destroys U.S. credibility on free trade.
That said, there is still a strong factual basis to make for the deal. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reminds us: Currently, almost all of Colombian exports enter the U.S. duty-free. The deal, if Congress approves, would eliminate tariffs on more than 80% of U.S. exports of industrial and consumer goods. Non-agricultural exports currently receive a 35% tariff, while agricultural exports face even higher numbers. Ultimately, the U.S. economy would see much-needed growth through the lowering of tariffs and increase of capital investments, making our country more competitive in the global market.….This trade agreement is also crucial to reclaiming American diplomatic influence in Latin America. Three years after passage of a trade agreement with Chile, their per capita income rose by 83% over this same period, and unemployment fell from 8.1% in 2003 to 6% at the end of 2006.
Monday, April 14, 2008
clipped from americasbestchoice.blogspot.com
H/T ARRA News Service - Rasmussen Reports, Presidential Tracking Poll
Thursday, April 10, 2008
clipped from techrepublican.com
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Mayor Jon Costas hopes to appear on the Republican ticket in November as the
Four other prominent Republican lawyers have expressed interest in the
Monday, April 07, 2008
Violence Continues in Tibet - Photos of the Dead
from Kevin Tracy by Kevin
Back in February, I wrote about foreign banks sending representatives to the US to shut down the website, WikiLeaks.org. I checked on them recently and they’re back
online with scores of videos and photographs from Tibet after the Chinese
Government ordered all tourists and foreigners out of the occupied Himalayan
Warning: The photos are pretty rough, so only venture over if you are prepared.
I do disagree with Kevin's calls and Speaker Pelosi's calls for a boycott. Let the athletes help tear off the veil.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Greek veto may threaten the love fest for expansion of NATO. Why are the Greeks against expansion of the very agreement that has protected them for 50 years? Anyone have the other side of the story?
US, Russia still at odds on missiles
Bread or Bombs? What happens next in Egypt, fanaticism or democracy?
Thursday, April 03, 2008
You are welcome to join the conversation here or there.
Here's the newsalert that got me started:
More poll results come in for crisis-hit Zimbabwe
By Stella Mapenzauswa
HARARE, April 3 (Reuters) - More delayed election results started trickling in on Thursday as crisis-stricken Zimbabwe anxiously awaited a leadership meeting expected to discuss the biggest challenge to President Robert Mugabe's 28-year rule.
Amid uncertainty over whether Mugabe will be able to hang on to power, authorities said results of elections to the senate, the upper house of parliament -- which must precede presidential results -- had been delayed by "logistical problems".
According to the first batch of results issued by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday night, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF each won five seats out of 60 contested.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
01 Apr 2008
HARARE, April 1 (Reuters) - A projection by Zimbabwe's ruling party shows opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will beat President Robert Mugabe in the country's election but a runoff will be needed, ZANU-PF party sources said on Tuesday.
Two senior sources who asked not to be named said projections showed Tsvangirai getting 48.3 percent, against Mugabe's 43 percent, with third candidate Simba Makoni taking eight percent. For an outright victory, a candidate must get 51 percent