Socialist thoughts pervade many minds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist If you haven’t visited former Soviet bloc countries it is difficult to appreciate the devastating impact socialism has on human community life. Judging by the continued popularity of socialism among academic political philosophers, economists and theorists, it is not likely that many of these folks have ever traveled to Bulgaria, […]

WTO philosophy proves ineffective on Doha Round

Freedom Newspapers The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be […]

Call for more aid for Africa will not help

By Walter E. Williams : syndicated columnist British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other G-8 leaders, have called for the doubling of foreign aid to African nations by 2010. The idea that foreign aid is a route out of poverty and political instability is not only bankrupted but a cruel and evil hoax as […]

Libya relations step toward realistic diplomacy

Freedom Newspapers The restoration of U.S. diplomatic relations with Libya, while it no doubt will raise questions and unpleasant memories, is welcome, signaling a desire for normalization on both sides. If it also represents a shift toward realism over rhetoric in U.S. foreign policy it will be even more welcome. One should not downplay or […]

Free market more likely to improve emissions cuts

Freedom Newspapers The United States is often portrayed as an ecological villain for declining to sign the fabled Kyoto treaty on climate change and greenhouse gases. But a British think tank reports that Britain and Sweden are the only countries in Europe that have met their commitment under the treaty to cut their emissions of […]

Lowering barriers part of trade, not sign of weakness

Freedom Newspapers The expectations for the ministerial meetings of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong last week were fairly low, and by and large those expectations were met. The meeting was not disrupted by the “anti-globalization” protesters who haunt such affairs, and it didn’t end with absolutely nothing to show in terms of an […]

Foreign aid could negate incentive for reform

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

U.S., Mexico need to rethink drug war strategy

CNJ staff The killing continues in Matamoros, Mexico, within bullet range of the Rio Grande. Two people, at least one of them an American missionary, were found dead Friday in Matamoros. Details are sketchy. Two other Americans, Carlos Santiago Ramirez and Yolanda Zamora Rivera, were found shot dead Wednesday morning at their Matamoros home. Police […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

God, not politicians, saves us from evils

Letters to the Editor We finally heard who our earthly savior is! Did you hear John Kerry’s campaign speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on July 15? He has promised to solve all of America’s problems. He will fix the 10 percent black unemployment rate. He will solve the medical needs for the 44 […]