Tag Archives: U.S.

Government for the businesses by the businesses

And people think government is anathema to business: The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show. In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, […]

President Obama’s Nobel Speech

Worth reading the whole thing. Click through to view.

Why H1N1 might be harder to fight than we thought

I enjoy maps visualizations. Always have. Sometimes though, they can bring up troubling questions, such as the H1N1 FluTracker from Rhiza Labs. When I first saw this, I only took a brief glance at the numbers and noted to myself “Wow, we only have 5000 less cases than the source of the virus, Mexico”. Then […]

Public opinion on “The Good War”

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama will soon escalate military operations in Afghanistan. The president plans to increase the current force of 68,000 soldiers by at least 10,000 (likely more) and has discounted major withdrawal as an option. “We are not leaving Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. “This discussion is about next steps forward […]

You Can’t Please Everyone

But you really can’t please the Republicans – unless you’re Obama and you “fail” at something.

R.I.P. Missile Defense System (Almost)

via BBC News: US President Barack Obama has shelved plans for controversial bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in a major overhaul of missile defence in Europe. Well, almost: He said a review had shown the need to switch strategy to defending against the short- and medium-range missiles that Iran could use to target […]

The Military & Hollywood

From David Bordwell’s excellent film blog, Observations on film art and Film Art, came this semi-recent article discussing the close relationship of the US military and Hollywood. It basically sums up the win-win situation for both: Hollywood gets to use expensive equipment and well-trained crews (soldiers) for their productions and the military gets a say in how their […]

The US Abroad: How Long In Afghanistan?

We are currently in the middle of shifting our soldiers and strategic focus back to Afghanistan. What presence and control we continue in Iraq will be something only time will tell. People are calling this the new ‘surge’ but for those of us that follow these issues it seems like too little, too late as […]

Preparing for the Next “Red Scare”

Are we always to be fearful and preparing ourselves for those who are rising economically behind us? The past twenty years has seen the exponential growth of wealth in China and with it, the positioning of the country as another Us vs. Them competition within our domestic politics and media. Most of rhetoric is framed […]

The Kosovo Freedom Midweek Roundup

  Very funny, if relevant, spin on what Russia could do to piss off the US. US warns Russia not to encourage Georgian separatists — Oh wait, the real shit. Double standard? Why not. UN Police Quit Destroyed Kosovo Border Post. It’s begun. Enjoy the fires in the night. UN Peacekeepers Pinned Down in Eritrea. […]