FM newswire for April 20, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1. Understanding the potential role of civil and criminal charges in the Goldman Sachs case:  “Parallel Criminal and SEC Prosecution Present New Risks for Public Companies and their Officers and Directors“, Stephen A. Jonas et al, WilmerHale, 19 August 2003
  2. A guide to Iceland’s volcanoes“, BBC, 15 April 2010
  3. The Two-Guantanamo Solution“, Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch, 18 April 2010 — What replaced Guantanamo?  It probably will be worse.
  4. I too have wondered about this:  “Is Miley Cyrus an Alinskyite Mole Sent to Brainwash Country Music Fans?“, Matthew Yglesias, 19 April 2010
  5. Do the Awakening Giants Have Feet of Clay? – Part I“, Pranab Bardhan. YaleGlobal , 19 April 2010 — “China and India both face serious hurdles in boosting living standards for people”

Quote of the Day

Sarah Palin speaks to crowd of 16,000 at Freedom Hall“, Louisville Courier-Journal, 16 April 2010 — Excerpt:

Sarah Palin told a Freedom Hall crowd of about 16,000 Friday night that she was there to inspire women in their faith, not to talk politics.

… She denounced this week’s Wisconsin federal court ruling that government observance of a National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional — which the crowd joined in booing. She asserted that America needs to get back to its Christian roots and rejected any notion that “God should be separated from the state.” “Hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation and poking at allies like Israel in the eye — it is mind-boggling to see some of our nation’s actions recently, but politics truly is a topic for another day,” Palin said.

That was allusion to an Obama speech on the shared values of America’s various religious groups and to his administration’s criticism of Israel expanding settlements in occupied territories.

If Palin ever reads the Constitution, she’ll find it odd that there is no mention of God or Jesus.  Also note article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli (Wikipedia) — preceding the Barbary Wars, signed by John Adams on 10 July 1797.  It is legally the Law of the Land in the USA:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,— as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,— and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

For more on this see “Our Godless Constitution“, Brooke Allen, The Nation, 21 February 2005.

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