May 26 Sources: A Good Variety

Follow the link below to the right sources for May 26, 2007. I have already posted articles based on a couple of them but there are many more to enjoy on your own, w/o my expert interpretation.

U.S. Society & Politics

A Quarter's Worth of News Coverage - Three-month review of media finds Iraq coverage was mostly about the U.S., while 2008 campaign coverage was mostly about Democrats.

Adjusting to a Diet of Spam - As more of the stuff finds its way into Americans' personal and workplace email accounts, internet users find it easier to digest.

Airports on Guard - Airports and aviation officials hold out hope that technological innovation can improve the quality and efficiency of their security screening as well.

Back to Muzak? Congress and the Un-Fairness Doctrine - Members of Congress must resist efforts to resurrect the unconstitutional and unnecessary federal power to regulate "fairness" in broadcasting.

Bush Administration Scores Victory on Iraq Vote - Congress has finally carried out its obligation to fund the American troops on the frontlines of the global war against terrorism.

Campaign 2008 and the World - With presidential politics already coloring all aspects of international policymaking, CFR.org launches its Campaign 2008 coverage.

Economic Mobility - American men in their 30s today are worse off than their fathers' generation, a reversal from just a decade ago, when sons generally were better off than their fathers, a new study finds.

Florida's Fast Break - The state's leapfrog move further complicates an already chaotic presidential primary process.

Foes of Free Trade Get a Foot in the Door - The new bipartisan trade compromise for fast-track authority requires an excessive concession to labor interests.

Four-in-Ten Americans Have Close Friends or Relatives Who Are Gay - A new survey also finds that those with homosexual or lesbian relatives or friends are more likely to accept gay marriage and oppose the firing of gay teachers.

Numbers: Necessities and Cell Phone Use - Are cell phones necessary? How many people have them?

Out of Step on Immigration? - Americans are backing the Senate's "grand bargain," but politicians don't seem to be following their lead.

Public Opinion and War - How much influence should public opinion have on the conduct of a war? The answer, in the United States, at least, appears to depend on ones perspective on power. Those in power tend to argue that decisions in wartime need to be insulated from the passions of the mob.

The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer - Current immigration practices, both legal and illegal, operate like a system of trans-national welfare outreach bringing millions of fiscally dependent individuals into the U.S. This policy needs to be changed.

The Meaning of Sovereignty: What Our Founding Fathers Could Tell Us About Current Events - Sovereignty is not merely a question of national rights, and a sovereign state, especially one with alliances and commitments in much of the world, cannot abandon its position under fire without paying a heavy cost for doing so.

The U.S. Deserves a Fair Report from the U.N. Human Rights Envoy - Will yet another U.N. official ignore U.S. sovereignty, law, and traditions in favor of vague international norms?

WSJ.com/Harris Interactive Survey: Sixty-Nine Percent of Employed U.S. Adults Receive Some Type of Retirement/Savings Benefit from Their Employer

Foreign Affairs

AEI's Frederick W. Kagan Comments on Recent Media Coverage of Multi-National Force - Iraq - Frederick W. Kagan responds to media stories about the Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I).

Civil Defense: The Surge That Would Really Save Iraq - Iraq is not Vietnam, but the United States is in danger of recreating one of the most tragic elements of that earlier war.

Creating an Iraqi Army from Scratch - Military advising is a vital component of our strategy in Iraq and other hot spots around the world.

German Growth Means a Chance for Reform - Center-right leader Angela Merkel is missing an opportunity. She should take a cue from her left-of-center predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, particularly on labor market reforms.

Index of Global Philanthropy

Majority of British Adults Believe Tony Blair has Weakened Great Britain’s Influence

Pakistan: Nuclear Power with Feet of Clay? - Pakistan’s focus on military muscle weakens social cohesion and makes the state increasingly ungovernable

Pakistan: Shrinking Control

People Make the City, Executive Summary: Joint Urban Operations Observations and Insights from Afghanistan and Iraq — -Reveals lessons that will better enable military and civilian alike to meet national policy objectives by more effectively conducting urban combat and restoration.

Plurality Believe It Is Too Early to Tell if Surge of Troops in Iraq is Working

Prisoner of Her Desires - The mullahs in Tehran want to defeat us militarily and co-opt us economically. We should be aware of their schemes.

The future of public-pension systems: An interview with the president of the Chilean Pension Reform Commission
The chairman of a commission set up to investigate Chile’s private-pension system explains that the goal now is to supplement rather than replace it.

Reneging on Reform - This report is also available In Arabic - In More than a half-century after North Africa's emergence from European colonialism, democracy in the Maghreb remains stillborn.

Russia Plays the Oil Card with a Divided Europe - Despite opposition from new members of the EU, desperate for energy, Europeans give in to Moscow.

Strategy Hour: Breaking Point - Measuring Progress in Afghanistan

The Sudden Ubiquity of China - It is not just a Western obsession: Beijing really is ramping up diplomatic engagement all over the world.

What are the High-Probability Challenges to Continued High Growth in China?

Energy, Economics & Environment

A New Political Climate for Global Warming - Climate change is now a key issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, sparking a larger debate about energy use and provoking policy prescriptions ranging from diplomacy to conservation to investing in research and harnessing market forces.

Policy Issues for Coal-to-Liquid Development — Testimony presented before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 24, 2007.

U.S. Food and Agricultural Imports: Safeguards and Selected Issues - U.S. food and agricultural imports have increased significantly in recent years, leading to concerns about whether current federal programs and funding for them are sufficient to ensure their safety.

Water, Water - It may be everywhere, but it is scarce as well. The solution of efficient water use can be found in a nation undergoing the worst drought in 1,000 years: Australia.

WTO Compliance Status of the Conservation Security Program (CSP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Posted by Jack at May 26, 2007 7:05 PM
Comments
Comment #221411

Jack
Thanks for the sources.I found the “Uboquity of China” an interesting read.I am a bit of a Philippine hand and will tell you they will win. The RP is probably the most wesrnized country in Asia. Predominately Christiam,largely English speaking etc. China finances a railroad. What they have gotten from the west:the privatization(selling off) of Manilla’s water system to pay debtto the World Bank and the imposition of a VAT for the same.This VAT is even on food in a country where hunger is a real problem. It should also be noted that 80-90% of Philippine busnesses are owned by ethnic Chinese and the reapproachment by the mainland is significant. Also signicicant is that WB financeing of private business will go mostly to that group. A rethinking of strategy is necessary but unlikely. China will win unless we start financeing large public improvments,ie transportation. At one time the RP was the second largest economy in Asia.Now it is among the poorest.There is little reason for this except corruption and capital exit.

Posted by: BillS at May 27, 2007 10:54 AM
Comment #221412

Jack,

George Bush may have scored a victory with the funding bill, but the American people and the American military did not.

Has all of this political hand waving made Americans safer?
Has it made the Iraqis safer?
Is the world safer?

Isn’t war, in the WW2 sense for instance, supposed to bring a country together?
Aren’t we all supposed to unite behind the classic “good guys, bad guys” thing?

Mr. Bush started this post Sept. 11th thing by asking Americans to buy, not sacrifice?
Doesn’t common sacrifice help bring all of us together against a common foe?
During the rush to Iraq, and in the face of massive protests, both here and in Europe, said he knew what he was doing.
Can we all assume that someday he will enlighten all of us to exactly what that was?
When can we expect Mr. Bush to enlighten the Iraqis as to what his vision for them is?

No one begrudges the Iraqis their freedom from Saddam, but that said, and at the risk of sounding fastidious, are the Iraqis truly better off right now than they were four years ago? Have they merely exchanged one despotic tyrant for multiple factions that only want whats best for themselves, and not what is best for the country of Iraq?

I wonder, given the Iraqi culture, if an American style Democracy will ever work in Iraq?
I also wonder if those at the PNAC ever thought about that as well?

As for polls;

Clinton was highly criticized for watching the polls and governing by which way the wind was blowing.
At what point will the American people realize that those they put into office aren’t doing the peoples will, and demand that our intrepid leaders listen to what the people are saying?

Posted by: Rocky at May 27, 2007 11:17 AM
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