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Africa’s Ebola Should Be China’s Problem

 China may be Africa’s biggest trading partner and one of its biggest investors, but you wouldn’t know that from the size of its contribution toward fighting West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. In fact, the contrast between its assistance and that of the U.S. is instructive: Today, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would raise the […] Read More →

Has World War III Already Begun?

Rachel Marsden,   While recently commemorating the World War I centenary at an Italian military cemetery, Pope Francis declared: “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” The pope’s observation begs the question: If World War III has already […] Read More →

Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola

 The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack […] Read More →

Rotten Food ‘Wikipedia’ Fights China’s Fake Meat

 Wu Heng’s favorite meal was braised beef rice before he saw a post on a Chinese social networking site displaying two identical photos of ’beef’ side-by-side. One was beef from cows. The other was pork chemically treated to taste like beef. “Cheaters! Unacceptable!” he thought. Outraged, Wu decided to take matters into his own hands. […] Read More →

Report: China Moves 12,000 Troops to Russian Border

FSB official: “Something smells bad”  According to a Russian media report, at least 12,000 heavily armed Chinese troops have been moved to the border with Russia as tensions in the region continue to build. The report cites the Russian FSB Border service as saying that Beijing began dispatching troops to the border on September 6, […] Read More →

Obama’s inertia on Syria-Islamic State part of foreign policy plan empowering rivals

 Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. “It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox […] Read More →

The Islamic State’s Centuries-Old Strategy

 The debate over how to think about Islamic State has mainly centered on important but abstruse questions — is it evil or not? — and on what combination of military and economic pressure might be necessary to prevent the establishment of a caliphate. What the debate is lacking is a sense of history. And the […] Read More →

Putin’s Pride – Danger for the World

 As the Obama administrations draws down our forces to pre-WWII levels, and even front-line military officers are dismissed when in action against the enemy, Russia is doing something quite different. Russian president Vladimir Putin is proudly boasting of his nation’s “offensive and defensive” weaponry which is so advanced that “other armies in the world” do […] Read More →

U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

 The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a “dangerous intercept” of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few yards (meters) from the U.S. jet and performing acrobatic maneuvers around it. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the United States lodged a […] Read More →

The Myth of the Palestinian Underdog

Evelyn Gordon,  One of the enduring myths of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is that much of the West supports the Palestinians out of natural sympathy for the underdog.  Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford’s Hoover Institution effectively demolished that myth last week, pointing out that if sympathy for the underdog were really driving the massive pro-Palestinian demonstrations […] Read More →