U.S. should act as India/Pakistan mediator if asked

Freedom Newspapers India and Pakistan agreed early last week on the first truce in 14 years between their troops deployed along the disputed border between the two countries in the beautiful mountainous region of Kashmir. While the official military forces of the two countries refrained from gunfire, however, on Thursday alone violence flared that left […]

Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs

Thomas Sowell It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems — but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying […]

Editorial: Ending trade subsidies would be good policy

The collapse of the World Trade Organization’s round of trade talks in Cancun last weekend is hardly the end of hopes for a world with fewer barriers to trade. But it demonstrates that the path to freer trade, as always, is hardly without detours. It should serve as a wake-up call to developed countries like […]

World Trade Organization talks break down

Niko Price CANCUN, Mexico — Talks designed to change the face of farming around the world collapsed Sunday amid differences between rich and poor nations, the second failure for the World Trade Organization in four years. ‘‘It’s over,’’ said George Odour Ong’wen, a Kenyan delegate. ‘‘The differences were very wide, and it was impossible to […]

Jobs going overseas are not low-paying

By Walter Williams Among George Orwell’s insightful observations, there’s one very worthy of attention: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Let’s look at a few examples of corrupted language, thought and information. Pretend you’re a customs inspection agent. There’s a cargo container awaiting a ship bound for foreign shores. You ask […]

Why isn’t anything done about Africa?

By Walter Williams Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let’s look at it. According to a July 30 Wall […]

Sending U.S. troops to Liberia not best thing

In for a penny, in for a pound. Once you start justifying military intervention in other countries solely on “humanitarian” grounds divorced from even a semblance of American security interests or credible imminent threats, there is virtually no limit to the range of countries to which the United States might choose to send military forces. […]