Climate confab ends with little harm done

Freedom New Mexico The 17th worldwide conference intended to whip 190-plus nations into a fighting mood to combat global warming concluded in Durban, South Africa, this week, thankfully, without doing much harm. Global warming true believers spin the United Nations event as a success for extending for five years the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement to […]

Climate change alarmism cooling off

Another frantic effort to redistribute wealth from developed nations to developing nations is under way, this time in Durban, South Africa. The excuse is the same old, tiresome claim that socialism writ large is necessary to save the planet from global warming. Fewer people are fooled every year the United Nations brings together representatives of […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Fight against gas emissions not joint effort

Freedom New Mexico Resistance is building to utopian schemes to combat global warming as nations refuse to sacrifice their own economic prosperity. The Obama administration’s domestic powers to tax and regulate industries and individuals into compliance lose their clout at the border. Nations like China, India and Brazil see little to gain by going along […]

Curbing global warming game of domination

Freedom New Mexico The G-8 summit of industrialized nations agreed last week to try to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over the next four decades by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent. That nonbinding agreement is likely to carry less weight than the resistance of developing countries like China and India to […]

Israel achieves much growth in 60 years

Freedom New Mexico On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was recognized by the United Nations and almost immediately thereafter by the United States. The infant Jewish state was almost immediately invaded by its Arab neighbors, who figured they would nip this “ancestral homeland” nonsense in the bud, but improbably Israel prevailed. The country […]

Warming hype nothing to get heated about

By Freedom New Mexico Global warming rhetoric is more hot air than good sense and an excuse for governments to seize power over private lives. That’s why President Bush’s recent pronouncements are worrisome. “… (G)lobal temperatures are rising and this is caused largely by human activities,” Bush recently told a 17-nation conference. To say that […]

Many causes more pressing than warming

By Freedom New Mexico California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told the United Nations General Assembly last week nations everywhere should emulate California’s climate control efforts because “The consequences of global climate change are so pressing.” About the same time, nearly two dozen prominent scientists denounced an Associated Press story that had painted a similar picture of […]

Only thing we have to fear is ourselves

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist America is the world’s hyperpower. No other nation or group of nations can challenge us militarily or economically. Unlike sickly Europe, we are growing, not contracting. But we are about to be defeated in Iraq by a few thousand cutthroats. How did this happen? It’s simple: The only thing powerful […]

If nothing else, U.N. reminds us world is crazy place

The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every day. […]

Communism possible only in Utopia

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Grove City College publishes an excellent newsletter titled “Visions and Values.” Its July 2006 edition features an interview with Dr. Richard Pipes, acclaimed Russian historian and Harvard University professor of Sovietology. The interview was conducted by Grove City College professor of political science Dr. Paul Kengor. Pipes, who served on […]

Bedbugs bite nobly in pursuit of world peace

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — New York City is being eaten alive — literally — with a bedbug epidemic. Yes, those infamous creepy creatures of nighttime rhyme have infested the Big Apple, where they’ve been chewing their way through town worse than those squirmy worms depicted in cartoons. Alas, you may ask, why […]

UN Ambassador Bolton’s job isn’t that important

Freedom Newspapers In a few months all the hullabaloo over the nomination of Undersecretary of State John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will be forgotten. Since President Bush has chosen to appoint him while Congress was in recess, meaning he can serve until January 2007 without Senate confirmation, he will have […]

Holding funds only way to fix United Nations

Freedom Newspapers Yet another report is due this week evaluating the performance of the United Nations, the international body plagued by scandal over the misuse of funds related to the Iraq oil-for-food program, which was designed to provide humanitarian assistance during the U.N.’s economic sanctions against the former Saddam Hussein regime. Instead, the program diverted […]

Fathers important to everyone

Curtis Shelburne Note: This column was originally written in January, 2000, but maybe it will be a blessing for Father’s Day, 2005. It’s been just a little over twenty-four hours since I got word that the kindest, gentlest, strongest, and best man I have ever known passed away. He was my father. Though many thoughts […]

Iraq U.N. Oil for Food program corrupt

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Good morning, and welcome to today’s edition of “What’s News?” A Senate committee has released a report alleging that two prominent European opponents of the Iraq War were paid off by Saddam Hussein as part of the U.N. Oil for Food program. I’ll reveal their names in a moment. You […]

Common sense is why Dems hate Bolton

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled “The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations.” If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton’s take on […]

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 […]

Private giving to disaster victims shows generosity

Freedom Newspapers It’s bad enough for Americans to endure hectoring from the United Nations about our response to the tsunami crisis in Asia. Now we must endure scolding from a former U.S. Cabinet official, who admits that the nation has given a lot — he only wishes more of it came from the public sector […]

Could Kerry undo all Bush’s blunders?

by Mona Charen Take heart America. John Kerry is too smart to make the kind of mistakes George W. Bush has made. His election (should it come to pass) will signal the dawn of a new era in which sophisticated internationalists will restore America’s place in the world with skillful diplomacy and sound multilateralism. It […]