Chinese Embrace Progress

It took me a long time to figure out what the banner above the Foreign Expert Building meant, but finally one of my more studious colleagues translated it for me: "The Falun Gong is an international antigovernment tool." Yes. This banner was hanging in the middle of one of the busiest walkways in Southwest Normal … Continue reading “Chinese Embrace Progress”

Who Gave Your Rights Away?

Many conservatives, liberals, and libertarians are protesting the numerous invasions of your liberty that Congress and the Bush administration have imposed during the past two months. But without realizing it, many of the protestors brought these invasions on themselves. THIS IS AMERICA? I do share their concerns, however. First, Congress rammed through an "anti-terrorism" bill … Continue reading “Who Gave Your Rights Away?”

Afghan Women and the Northern Alliance

One of the themes sounded by proponents of the current war in Afghanistan happens to be largely true. The Taliban regime really does oppress women in the name of a strict and somewhat dubious interpretation of the tenets of Islam. Women, who had been teachers, doctors and professional people in Afghanistan to a significant degree … Continue reading “Afghan Women and the Northern Alliance”

‘Anti-Terror’ Bill Splits Conservatives

Voiding judicial oversight and restricting 4th Amendment limitations on government searches and seizures were the main changes to law of the new PATRIOT anti-terrorism bill according to Beryl Howell, General Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She spoke to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security on November 14th. Attorney General … Continue reading “‘Anti-Terror’ Bill Splits Conservatives”

‘Anti-Terror’ Bill Splits Conservatives

Voiding judicial oversight and restricting 4th Amendment limitations on government searches and seizures were the main changes to law of the new PATRIOT anti-terrorism bill according to Beryl Howell, General Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She spoke to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security on November 14th. Attorney General … Continue reading “‘Anti-Terror’ Bill Splits Conservatives”

Just the Facts, Please

The folks who prepared the U.S. Government’s leaflets raining down with the bombs on Afghanistan can be forgiven for having left out a few key points. Here are excerpts from the leaflets, with some facts afterward. From "The Partnership of Nations is Here to Help," Leaflet #2: "Since the time of the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan … Continue reading “Just the Facts, Please”

Just the Facts, Please

The folks who prepared the U.S. Government’s leaflets raining down with the bombs on Afghanistan can be forgiven for having left out a few key points. Here are excerpts from the leaflets, with some facts afterward. From "The Partnership of Nations is Here to Help," Leaflet #2: "Since the time of the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan … Continue reading “Just the Facts, Please”