Egypt: It’s the Economy, Stupid

The last chapter of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule has come to a close. But, as Heritage Vice President Kim Holmes contends in yesterday’s Washington Times, change shouldn’t end with new elections or a restructured political system. Economic liberalization must be part and parcel of the greater reform process. The protesters in Tahrir Square […]

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New Statistics Demonstrate Need for Action on Trade Agreements and Budget Deficit

The U.S. Commerce Department today reported that the country’s 2010 trade deficit was $497.8 billion, an increase of $122.9 billion from 2009. Exports increased from $1.57 trillion to $1.83 trillion, and imports increased from $1.95 trillion to $2.33 trillion. Increased imports are often a sign that the U.S. economy is growing. Imports typically fall during […]

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The Times: Illustrating Israeli “Belligerency”

The Times: Illustrating Israeli “Belligerency” During an “emergency tour” of the Middle East following recent regional upheaval, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague gave an interview to The Times, expressing his fears for the future of the Middle East peace process. According to The Times (subscription only): Mr Hague responded to increasingly militaristic pronouncements by Mr […]

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Mubarak’s Defiant Speech Escalates Tensions and Uncertainty in Egypt

Egypt’s beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak announced tonight in a televised speech that he refuses to step down, but he promised to launch an investigation to hold officials of his regime accountable for fomenting violence against protesters since the political turmoil began on January 25. Mubarak promised that he would transfer some undefined leadership responsibilities to […]

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High Speed Funding in President’s Budget Means More Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Elected officials in Washington finally seem to get it that something must be done to reduce federal spending. Last week, House Republicans unveiled a plan to cut $74 billion from President Obama’s budget request for this year, and members of the Republican Study Committee have proposed an even more ambitious plan to cut $2.5 trillion […]

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VIDEO: Beware of Middle East Democracy

The Western world has traditionally strongly supported the process of democratization in the Middle East. However, Amos Gilad , former head of Israel’s Political-Military Bureau, believes such support can be dangerous. In the Middle East, democracy can bring into power dictatorships “that will make this area look like hell,” Gilad warned at the Herzliya Conference. […]

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Two-Year Delay on EPA Climate Regs Is No Solution

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding gives the agency justification to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, most notably carbon dioxide (CO2), under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA already began targeting motor vehicles last year and will start regulating emissions from new power plants and major expansions of large greenhouse-gas-emitting plants (more than 25,000 […]

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Egyptian Pipeline Blast a Result of Terrorism

A probe conducted by Egypt has found that Saturday’s gas pipeline explosion was a result of terrorism. The Associated Press on Monday quoted Judge Abdel Nasser el-Tayeb, the chief investigator into the explosion in a terminal in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, who said the explosion was caused by four masked gunmen who set off a […]

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HR Comment: Egypt Exposes Media Hypocrisy

HR Comment: Egypt Exposes Media Hypocrisy The intense coverage of the uprising in Egypt – covered by nearly every journalist in the region – has revealed a significant double standard in the media’s coverage of Israel. The relative decline in coverage of Israel draws attention to the vastly disproprtionate amount of attention Israel receives in the […]

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