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How We Got to the FCC Debate Over Broadband

How We Got to the FCC Debate Over Broadband

Amidst the U.S. debate over regulating the Internet, it’s useful to consider the impact of the era in which the Internet came of age.

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The FPA’s Must Reads (February 20 – February 26)

The FPA’s Must Reads (February 20 – February 26)

Here’s what you should be reading this weekend.

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GailForce: Cypberspace Symposium Part II

GailForce:  Cypberspace Symposium Part II

Last week was pretty interesting for cyber policy issues.

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Torture as a False Moral Dilemma

Torture as a False Moral Dilemma

Many people — ordinary citizens and high-ranking government officials alike — tacitly view the torture issue as a moral dilemma. They acknowledge that the practice is morally repugnant, but they also assume that it is a fast and effective method for securing vital information that cannot otherwise be obtained.

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On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

The following is a response by the government of Djibouti to the Oct. 17, 2014 post “China’s war for Africa’s hearts and minds”

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An Execution and Arrest in Bangladesh: A Picture of a Country Soon Storm Battered

An Execution and Arrest in Bangladesh: A Picture of a Country Soon Storm Battered



 
Yesterday, the government of Bangladesh, whatever that is now, executed Abdul Qader Mollah, a leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami Party. He was one of those elderly Islamists politicos long ago and recently accused of igniting and engineering a Counter-Revolution …

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U.S. Owes Debt of Honor

U.S. Owes Debt of  Honor


How well the U.S. can pay our debts has been in the news lately. There’s the government shutdown, which resulted in the delay of death benefits to families of fallen soldiers, and of course, the upcoming vote on raising the U.S. debt-limit. The issue of the death …

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ASEAN again seeking Code of Conduct

ASEAN again seeking Code of Conduct

A quick glance at the above map is enough to boggle anyone’s senses, but these lines are likely to be heavily debated by officials from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, following meetings over last weekend. Senior Asean officials and China yesterday agreed to speed …

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U.S. Resolve Needed in Syria

U.S. Resolve Needed in Syria

 
By W.A. Schmidt
In the heat of the ongoing debate about whether or not to react by force to the recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria, a look at the larger historical picture may shed some light on which course to follow.
To the casual observer a snapshot of our time reveals …

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Fifteen Pictures About Damascus Today: A Massacre in Syria and Chemical Warfare

Fifteen Pictures About Damascus Today: A Massacre in Syria and Chemical Warfare


In the hours just before dawn neighborhoods outside Damascus got cloaked in a grey mist …

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United States and Vietnam Announce New Comprehensive Partnership

United States and Vietnam Announce New Comprehensive Partnership

President Barack Obama hosted Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House for the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders. Acknowledging the “extraordinarily complex history between the United States and Vietnam” President Obama and President Truong announced the establishment of a new

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U.S. Suspends Trade Privileges with Bangladesh: Strategies and Spillovers

U.S. Suspends Trade Privileges with Bangladesh: Strategies and Spillovers


The U.S. government’s reported move to suspend trade privileges with Bangladesh must come as a blow to the ruling Awami League government, even if the meat of the move functions mostly as an unwelcome, untoward public relations disaster …

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Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Photo: POOL/Reuters
As a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has sometimes drawn criticism for the use of its veto to forestall other nation’s interference in the affairs of its allies. Recently, Beijing was …

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Japan to set up national security council

Japan to set up national security council

The Japanese government approved legislation last week to set up a national security council, according to a Thomson Reuters report. The council, a Japanese version …

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How China Should React to North Korea

How China Should React to North Korea

Years of patient diplomatic efforts by China with its belligerent neighbor North Korea seemed to be coming to an end on Saturday, following Beijing’s public announcement of an agreement with the U.S. on ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons. The action comes after last Sunday’s early warning shot by China’s …

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