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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Council On Foreign Relations
The Obama administration sharply criticized Pyongyang Monday just hours after North Korean forces fired hundreds of live artillery shells across its disputed maritime border with South Korea, provoking a tit-for-tat response from its southern neighbor.
The U.S. education system is not as globally competitive as it used to be, a study by the Council on Foreign Relations revealed on Monday.
The yardstick used in the immigration bill to determine border control may produce too rosy a picture of how well the Border Patrol is doing in cracking down on illegal crossings, according to an independent study released Monday that threatens to upend the immigration debate.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's power grab presents a unique opportunity for the Obama administration to take a firm position on what the United States will tolerate from post-Arab Spring governments, foreign-policy analysts say.
There's a new class of members in the foreign-aid club, with China at the head. At this summer's fifth Conference of the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation, the red dragon pledged $20 billion of new aid to the developing continent. That is more than spare change.
Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: criminals.
The United Nations estimates that since the Syrian uprising began a year ago, more than 9,000 Syrians have been killed. A recent assessment by Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliot Abrams puts the total number of Syrian refugees at almost a half-million. Worse, it appears that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces are continuing to torture, imprison and kill Syrian civilians.
In the eight months since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ruling military has postponed presidential elections, extended a controversial emergency law, cracked down on peaceful demonstrators and arrested critics.
Unfortunately, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) seems to have lowered its standards. One need only read CFR fellow Joel Hirst's astonishing smear of Colombia in a recent article in The Washington Times ("Deal struck to break logjam to Colombia free-trade pact," Economy, Thursday).
Some can't wait to get out of Afghanistan, and some can't wait to see us leave. NATO allies want out ASAP. Some have left already (Dutch troops), others are preparing to leave (Canadians), and soon the allied fighting force will be reduced to 100,000 Americans and 9,000 Brits. And Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the United States to reduce its military footprint countrywide - just as U.S. commander Gen. David H. Petraeus seeks to widen it - and begin negotiations with the Taliban.
U.S. and Western intelligence agencies assess that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, and the Obama administration is closely watching the expected transition of power.