Foreign Policy

China's copper stockpile; America's metals deficit

“Buy low, sell high,” the old Wall Street adage, is apparently now the investment strategy for the Chinese State Reserves Bureau, the PRC agency tasked with maintaining stores of key metals and minerals. China is taking advantage of slow global growth and slumping metals prices to warehouse between 200,000 and 300,000 metric tons of copper. Those new purchases will add to a Chinese copper stockpile totaling 1.9 million metric tons in 2011 – equal to the total annual usage of copper in the United States.

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In Colombia, don't cave in to terrorists

In recent months, the world has been transfixed by struggles both for and with democracy in the Middle East. The same struggle is occurring, unnoticed, much closer to America’s borders. Colombia is conducting negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist group that has killed more than 100,000 civilians over more than forty years of criminal activity. Rather than a road to peace, these talks threaten to weaken Colombia’s democracy.

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Syrian rebels and Iranian dissidents

Syria illustrates violation of humanitarian norms against gassing of civilians. President Barack Obama makes a strong argument that Bashar Assad of Syria commits crimes against humanity. But Obama makes little credible case about U.S. strategic interests being advanced by bombing Syria.

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Hesitating over Syria: Ethnic dimensions of the conflict and a need for patience

Members of Congress should hesitate before forcing the hands of President Obama to act on the Syria conflict before it is the right time. The worst scenario is to bring more chaos by toppling the Assad regime while having no viable and desirable alternative to him in the opposition to guard the interests of all Syrians of all religious and ethnic persuasions.

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Time for Congress to get to work on immigration reform

After vacation I always feel energized and ready to take on challenges with new perspectives, creativity and purpose. Next week, Congress returns to D.C. after a month-long district work period, and I’m hopeful they’re coming back ready to fix our nation’s broken immigration system so that all 11 million undocumented immigrants have a roadmap to citizenship.

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A red line with more problems than answers

With the broad scale use of sarin gas in the Ghouta region east of Damascus on August 21, the symbolic red line set by the Obama administration exactly one year before, has finally been crossed. But what seemed like a foreign policy strategy back in August 2012 is now increasingly backfiring and wreaking havoc on an international scale.

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Syria: Why do we care?

Attacking Syria is truly historic; not necessarily the act, but the nonpartisan divide that has strangely united members of both parties.  There are strong opinions, with each offering credible positions.

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Moscow's mayoral race merits attention

With the Moscow mayoral election fast approaching on September 8, one burning question is, what should we take away from Alexey Navalny’s unprecedented campaign? On the pages of world publications, the “experts” more often than not proclaim that Navalny cannot win and nothing will change as long as Putin is in charge. Put another way, most of the commentary uses Navalny’s ambitious venture to underscore the conventional wisdom on Russian political life of the past decade.

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Education – A better way for the US to give foreign aid.

In 2000, the U.S. government and the international community committed to ensuring children everywhere would be enrolled in primary schooling by 2015. At the time, achieving universal primary education seemed a pretty lofty goal. But with less than 1000 days to go until the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals, the U.S. has the opportunity to ensure the best investment in fighting extreme poverty becomes a reality.

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Saudi Arabia must choose freedom

Last week, on August 26, Saudi Arabia’s appointed Shura Council approved legislation, which, if seriously implemented and applied, would provide historic protection against domestic violence in the Kingdom.

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