Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]

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 […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Immigration can’t be cast in black, white

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The immigration protests held across the country on Monday serve as a perfect Rorschach test: What reaction did you have to the sight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants marching down American streets, calling on Congress to accommodate them? Dismay? Ambivalence? Admiration? A lot of political debates turn on facts […]

Investigation could have shed light on spying

Freedom Newspapers The Senate Intelligence Committee, in deciding last week not to conduct a full investigation of President Bush’s long-secret program authorizing warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency, has abdicated its responsibilities. In agreeing to a compromise that would allow a few more senators and House members to be briefed on the […]

Port deal should be scrutinized, not dismissed

Freedom Newspapers At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to […]

U.S. should take second look at foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the shock, the anger and the mourning, beyond the sadness and sorrow over the dead and wounded is the anguish over the still unanswered questions. But first the shock. Laguna Niguel resident Sir Eldon Griffiths, a former member of the British parliament and former chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America, […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]

Ambassador ought to represent U.S., not U.N.

Freedom Newspapers Quick: Who, for the last six months, has been U.S. ambassador to the United Nations? Who held the job before? How about before that? If you don’t know the answer to today’s foreign policy pop quiz, or the names escape you, don’t feel bad. The relative anonymity of recent ambassadors is partly a […]

Condoleezza Rice not intimidated by Democrats

Freedom Newspapers Beyond well-phrased generalities, it is difficult to glean from Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just what kind of foreign policy a second Bush administration is likely to pursue — except that it will be what the president wants it to be. Unfortunately, few of the senators questioning the secretary […]

America more generous than some give credit

CNJ staff The U.S. government announced initially that it would donate $15 million to help victims of the overwhelming tsunami in South Asia. A United Nations official said the U.S. was “stingy” when it came to international aid. His comment was silly and a bit meanspirited. More significantly, however, it reflected a serious misunderstanding of […]

Can Rice bring bad news when it’s necessary?

Freedom Newspapers What many fear, with the elevation of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to the position of secretary of state, is that President Bush has surrounded himself so completely with loyal advisers that the administration will hear never a dissenting word. With Colin Powell, who had his own special prestige, gone, the thinking goes, […]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given […]

Bush’s military reduction was due 10 years ago

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has announced (at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention) that he plans to reduce the number of troops in Europe and Asia by 60,000 to 70,000 over the next decade. If this suggests a serious reconsideration of the policy of keeping U.S. troops in places where they are not only not […]

Could American Presidents soon be foreign born?

Freedom Newspapers Could Arnold Schwarzenegger become president of the United States? Politically, it seems possible. Although we still have to see how he does in the rest of his time as California’s governor, so far he has shown an ability to learn the job and lead. But legally, for him to run for president, the […]

ENMU signs agreement to recruit foreign students

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials are actively recruiting students from universities in foreign countries, especially China, something that has become increasingly difficult since Sept. 11, 2001. Eastern President Steven Gamble recently signed a World American Cultural Exchange agreement with officials from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. The agreement will […]

Nuclear accord is cause for cautious optimism in U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The news that three European diplomats have persuaded Iran to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear facilities hardly eliminates all cause for concern that Iran might try to develop nuclear weapons. But it would be wise for the United States to approach it with cautious optimism and cooperation. In a way, the […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]

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 […]