If European and North American societies are morally responsible (print-friendly)
for safeguarding free speech, should we also take financial responsibility for its proponents' safety
? Hitchens seems to think so
Today's moral dilemma is brought to you, of course, by the West's favourite Voltairian nightmare: prominent Islam critic
, former Dutch MP
, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In events not suprising to anyone,
the WTO's "development round
" ends without agreement. The IHT published an interesting dissent from the leftist hope
of poor nations climbing out of poverty by using sustainable agriculture as unrealistic. Likely industrial ag businesses would eventually dominate, just as they did in the developed world.
Welcome to self-policing corporate responsibility.
A division of the pharmaceutical company Bayer (Expertise with responsibility
) sold millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs - medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS
- to Asia
and Latin America in the mid-1980s while selling a new, safer product in the West.
Bush is soft on tobacco
Just say No! Unless you are in cahoots with Big Tobacco. On issues such as this, I do not hold Bush or his party solely guilty but instead view it as The American Way--lobby groups, gifts, elections handouts--all of which blur party lines.
In a world of frustratingly cyclic bloodshed, peacemakers show the way
according to an article by William Pfaff at the IHT. AC Grayling at The Guardian says that true heroes are those brave enough to make peace
. With terrorism and counter terroism raising the temperature of rhetoric and war across the globe, will a new wisdom emerge where cooler heads prevail?
Bush decides he doesn't want peace.
resident bush has made it clear to the president of south korea that he will be reversing the previous administration's policy toward north korea. so the strides of peace that have been made can easily be wiped away now. i especially like the reversal of colin powell's comments from the day before.
A good explanation of why a missile defense shield should be pursued.
Granted, the tech may not be up to the challenge yet, but that's no reason not to try to build it. And if, God forbid, someone was to launch a nuke this way, it would give us a chance of avoiding having to turn someone's country into a glass-covered parking lot.
Powell wants to scrap most US sanctions
(IHT via Robot Wisdom
) Is this a good idea? We've talked before on here about the damage sanctions can do. But is it a good idea to dismantle them in such a wholesale way? The primary motivation seems to be economic.
"Mr Bush, the World Doesn't Want to Be American"
"... it is time for America's electorate to be told the blunt truth: that the present situation of the United States, with a part of its population able to enjoy a life of extraordinary comfort and privilege, is not tenable as long as an enormous portion of the world lives in abject poverty, degradation and backwardness."