Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

Islam now state religion across Iraq

Freedom New Mexico One of the more unfortunate consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the virtual decimation of the already-small Christian community in Iraq. Christians were hardly immune from persecution under Saddam Hussein, but since they constituted less than 3 percent of the population and were not a threat to the regime, […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Friendly Ukraine regime could ease tensions

Freedom New Mexico Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has certified Viktor Yanukovich as the winner of the Feb. 7 presidential election, although his opponent, current prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has promised to challenge the decision in court. This development has concerned some observers who worry abut the possibility of Russian expansionism or aggressiveness in neighboring countries. […]

Opposition needs to flex their power

Freedom New Mexico The regime in Tehran celebrated the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution last week with large-scale demonstrations in support of the theocratic state. Ordinarily such demonstrations, featuring people given the day off work, bused to demonstration sites and sometimes paid, simply celebrate the regime. Since the disputed (almost certainly rigged) election […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]

Iranians seeking justice in streets inspires hope

Freedom New Mexico It is almost impossible not to be inspired and inspirited by the sight of brave protesters in Iran filling the streets of Tehran with their strategically silent pleas to have their votes counted and their dignity respected by the cruel regime that rules that beleaguered country. They represent a voice for something […]

Failing health of leader could topple regime

Freedom New Mexico The health status of North Korean “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il is still a matter of speculation. The South Korean intelligence service, which tends to keep up with such matters more reliably than any Western service, has told Korean legislative leaders it is likely the North Korean dictator had a stroke sometime in […]

Regime can’t silence Burma protests forever

By Freedom New Mexico Senior Burmese general Than Shwe did deign to meet Tuesday with United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after giving him the cold shoulder for days, but he met from a position of relative strength. No public comments were made. The democracy movement in Burma seems to have been defeated, at least […]

After long, brutal reign, Saddam executed

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Saddam Hussein was convicted for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. (MCT photo) The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into […]

U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

Vietnam not fully attractive as trade partner

Freedom Newspapers The visit to the United States of Phan Van Khai, prime minister of Vietnam, who is scheduled to meet with President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday, has been controversial, and not without reason. But it could represent opportunity as well. To many Vietnamese-Americans, Khai, who began his revolutionary activism in […]

Dictators, autocrats stage phony elections

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Isn’t it revealing that autocrats and dictators around the globe bother to stage phony elections in order to claim legitimacy? Remember Saddam Hussein telling Dan Rather in 2002 that he had won 99 percent of the vote? Fidel Castro routinely claims to receive overwhelming majorities in his rigged elections, and throughout […]

United Nations is an arrogant bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers T he United Nations is facing what could be a serious crisis over the Oil-for-Food program, which was intended to ameliorate the suffering of ordinary Iraqis due to U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1990s but was apparently rife with bribery, corruption and kickbacks. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations charged […]

U.N.’s Oil for Food program utterly corrupt

Freedom Newspapers The infamous United Nations Oil for Food program is getting some well-deserved, increasingly skeptical attention as a result of congressional hearings and the report from CIA weapons inspector Charles Duelfer’s Iraq Survey Group. Every aspect of this apparently far-reaching and profoundly corrupt program deserves to be exposed. But it should be remembered that […]

U.S. becoming aggressor might be biggest failure

The report issued last Friday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to be the last word on what the United States knew or could have known before beginning the war against Iraq last year. But the 520-page document continues to turn up gems of information, few of which speak well of the […]

Defiant Saddam admits nothing

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein scoffed at charges of war crimes and mass killings Thursday, making a defiant first public appearance since being hunted down seven months ago. The deposed dictator fixed the judge with a penetrating stare and declared: “This is all a theater by Bush, the criminal.” Dressed in a […]

Using economic embargo against Syria is risky

Editorial President Bush, operating under authority given to him by the “Syrian Accountability Act” passed in December, has begun an economic war, in the form of an economic embargo, against Syria. The act bans all exports to Syria except food and medicine, bans flights to and from Syria, restricts banking transactions and authorizes the freezing […]

If U.S. so ‘evil’ Aristide should go back alone

Freedom Newspapers Buy the man a commercial airline ticket home, if that’s what he wants. Just don’t bother making it a round-trip ticket. That’s what we recommend be done in the case of ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who fled that long-suffering land two weeks ago as rebel forces were closing in for the […]

Bush faltering in explanations for Iraq agression

Freedom Newspapers Even the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for the first President Bush and seldom passes up a chance to praise the current one, thought George W. Bush did poorly in the “Meet the Press” interview Sunday with Tim Russert. She put it down to a lack of facility at sticking […]