Tag Archives: United-States

Last chance to renounce US citizenship for free!

With no announcement and little warning, the US State Department will, effective July 13, charge US citizens a whopping $450 “processing fee” to renounce citizenship. This change was hidden in the new consular fees issued the other week, which basically … Continue reading

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The Changing Role of the US Secretary of State

The poorly titled US “Secretary of State” is the chief executive minister for foreign affairs. The mandate of this office has essentially remained unchanged for decades — supervise the conduct of the foreign service, advise the president on foreign policy … Continue reading

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Bidens Speech on the US Nuclear Arsenal

Several days ago, US Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech at the National Defense University outlining the current administration’s arms control agenda. It included pushing for US ratification of the CTBT, the ongoing START talks with Russia and reducing … Continue reading

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U.S.A., 2010: Martial Law, Breakup, and Russian Alaska

Igor Panarin, dean at the Foreign Ministry’s school for future diplomats, former spokesman for Russia’s Federal Space Agency, and a regular on Russia’s state-guided TV channels, has predicted the collapse of the United States next year. Panarin predicts six autonomous … Continue reading

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Four Years On, a look at America’s Ambassadors to Japan

Adamu has a post at Mutanfrog to note speculation that former Vice President Al Gore may be selected as ambassador to Japan. That has me thinking about the past, present, and future ambassadors to Japan that inspires me to repost … Continue reading

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Cuba’s Big Oil Find?

The BBC has Cuba finding 20 billion barrels offshore. Background: Cuba has suffered from blackouts countrywise since 2004. Last year, high metal prices have boosted Cuban revenue from nickel and Cobalt. Due to ongoing electricity shortages, the government has continued … Continue reading

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All It Takes is One Why

Anyone familiar with Socrates knows his favorite question was why. Those who regularly converse and argue with others, especially about political topics, knows a strategically placed “why” can halt your opponent in his tracks. This simple, yet crucial question is … Continue reading

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To Punish or Rehabilitate Russia?

Many saw the SCO as an organization that may one day rival NATO. Regardless of whether that assessment was accurate, more evidence against it has come in the form of China and the SCO’s recent joint statement from Tajikistan in … Continue reading

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Cuban Missile Crisis Redux?

The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. It seems history may rhyme after all if current news reports are to be believed. According to the AFP, there was discussion in the Russian news … Continue reading

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Can we survive China’s rush to emulate the American way of life?

Readers would not often catch Lord Curzon perusing the pages of Mother Jones, a liberal-progressive commentary magazine. However, a recent article subtitled, “Can the world survive China’s headlong rush to emulate the American way of life?” caught my eye like … Continue reading

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