Category Archives: International

The civilian ‘surge’

Everyone seems to be talking about President Bush’s newest plan for Iraq which will “surge” U.S. troops levels by at least 20,000. Not many people are talking about the U.S. civilian “surge” that is going on right now, along with the construction in Baghdad of the world’s largest embassy. Construction of what critics call “Fortress […]

Coming up short in India

It could be that I’m late to the party with this story, but it was too good not to mention on this site. After all, it has to be very worrying for the men (and possibly women) of India. The terrible truth is now out in the open: Condoms designed to meet international size specifications […]

Hearts and minds

Instead of creating more friends in the Arab world, the United States has been doing the exact opposite. A new survey shows that Arabs are growing increasingly weary of the American people, products and culture. It’s not a big stretch to draw the conclusion that U.S. policies in the Middle East are creating more enemies […]

Lebanon crumbling

It may not be the hot topic on the nightly news anymore, but there is a still a lot of bad news coming out of Lebanon. Israel’s recent invasion of Israel has done little more than strengthen support for Hezbollah among the Lebanese. At the same time, the invasion crippled the current government in Beirut […]

A government that can’t spend money?

In America, we are used to having governments (local, state and national) that are very good at spending more money than they have. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe that there is any government that can’t find ways to spend money it actually has in the bank, but that’s exactly what’s happening in […]

Tipped scales

On this website, we’ve written a lot about the growing gap between the rich and the poor. CEOs are earning hundreds of times what the average employee earns. Congress has been blocking increases in the minimum wage while trying to cut inheritance taxes. Health insurance costs are skyrocketing, along with the cost of higher education. […]

Hopeless PR

Why don’t people like Israel? Is it the endless wars? Is it the oppression of the Palestinians? Is it anti-semitism? Maybe it’s just bad public relations. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with public relations executives, branding specialists and diplomats in September in Tel Aviv to brainstorm about improving the country’s image by using the […]

The other crisis in the Middle East

While the big U.S. media is focused on the chaos in Iraq, there is still another conflict in the Middle East that is doing even more to drive the Muslim world away from the United States and its’ allies. Yes, that’s right, it’s the fight between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Israelis keep killing […]

Be glad you don’t live in China

It may be that the majority of stuff you buy is made in China, but don’t let that fool you. China is still ruled by an oppressive communist government. Chen Hui was sentenced to a life in jail on Wednesday for having created the largest porn site in China: Xinhua News Agency said judges at […]

More record breaking in 2006

More than 1,300 people have died because of violence in Iraq so far this month. That number is higher than any month on record and we still have a few days to go. The Iraqi death toll this month is already well above the 1,216 who died in all of October, which had been the […]