Sep 5, 2011

Revolution no boon to the Copts

Ugly reality has dashed the high hopes of the “Arab Spring.” In Egypt the fall of Hosni Mubarak has encouraged religious intolerance and persecution, especially against the Coptic Christian community. Mubarak ruled for three decades. Among his victims were Coptic Christians, who make up ...

Aug 24, 2011

Squaring the U.S., China, Taiwan triangle

Nothing causes greater discord in relations between the United States and China than the status of Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China. However, the best way to maintain peace between Washington and Beijing may be for the U.S. to continue selling weapons ...

Mar 7, 2011

U.S. foreign aid hinders more than it helps

SEATTLE — The United States will run up a record $1.65 trillion deficit in 2011. Yet Washington keeps subsidizing foreign governments. House Republicans have targeted foreign aid. This year the State Department would lose 16 percent of its budget; humanitarian aid would drop by ...

Jan 5, 2011

Lost religious liberty worldwide

WASHINGTON — Many of us take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world. Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom of conscience, ...

Nov 2, 2010

U.S. hurts itself sitting on South Korea FTA

WASHINGTON — How have the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress responded to the twin challenges of continued high unemployment and China’s displacing America as the No. 1 trading partner with leading East Asian states? By retreating economically from Asia. The U.S.-South Korea Free ...

Oct 17, 2010

Time to let the neighbors deal with the North Korean problem

PARIS — North Korea has officially unveiled the youngest son and heir apparent of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il. Yet again the impoverished dictatorship has captured the world’s attention. But the United States should leave the problem of dealing with Pyongyang to the North’s ...

Jan 28, 2010

It's better to help arm Taiwan than defend it

The Obama administration is preparing a new arms package for Taiwan. Ironically, selling weapons to Taipei may be the best way for Washington to get out from the middle of one of the world’s potentially most volatile relationships, between China and Taiwan. Relations between ...

Jan 19, 2010

Military spending — for what?

WASHINGTON — The United States dominates the globe militarily. The threats facing America pale compared to its capabilities. Why, then, is Washington spending so much on the military? In 2010 the U.S. will spend roughly $700 billion on the military. This is an increase ...

Jul 25, 2007

The death of Iraq's Christian community

WASHINGTON — Although Islam long has been in the ascendancy in Iraq, the so-called Assyrians, who speak a neo-Aramaic language, predate the rise of Islam. Today, however, the Iraqi Christian community faces possible extermination. The irony is extraordinary: Christian America has inadvertently loosed the ...

Apr 5, 2007

The immorality of the minimum wage

WASHINGTON — Both houses of the Democratic Congress have approved a minimum wage increase and even many Republicans signed on to the bill. Even the White House has signed on. The hike will soon become law. Alas, the minimum wage has not become better ...