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Pirates Exploit Confusion About International Law The connection between human-rights scolds and the rise of crime on the highseas.By DAVID B. RIVKIN JR.<http://online.wsj.com/search/search_center.html?KEYWORDS=DAVID+B.+RIVKIN+JR.&ARTICLESEARCHQUERY_PARSER=bylineAND> and LEE A. CASEY<http://online.wsj.com/search/search_center.html?KEYWORDS=LEE+A.+CASEY&ARTICLESEARCHQUERY_PARSER=bylineAND> On Saturday, off the coast of East Africa, pirates seized their largestcatch ever: a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker called the Sirius Star. Thebrazen attack came on the heels of the capture of a Ukrainian vessel (loadedwith armaments destined for Kenya) by Somali pirates in September.Humanitarian food shipments into Somalia have had naval escort for nearly ayear -- evidence of how much the security of sea-lanes has eroded. Mediareports suggest that Somali pirates have already attacked more than 80 shipsin 2008.
The South Side of Chicago is what everyplace in America will be once the Democratic administration and filibuster-resistant Democratic Congress have tackled global warming, sustainability, green alternatives to coal and oil, subprime mortgage foreclosures, consumer protection, business oversight, financial regulation, health care reform, taxes on the "rich," and urban sprawl. The Democrats will have plenty of time to do all this because conservatism, if it is ever reborn, will not come again in the lifetime of anyone old enough to be rounded up by ACORN and shipped to the polling booths.
This is a serious thing, it is the loss of economic sovereignty of our nation
Bush Hands Over Reins of U.S. Economy to EU
Soros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font
By Edwin Chen
Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Three blocks from the White House, on the 10th floor of a sleek glass building, young workers pound at computers, with giant flat-screen TVs overhead. It has the look and feel of a high-tech startup.
In many ways it is. The product is ideas.
Thanks in part to funding from benefactors such as billionaire George Soros, the Center for American Progress has become in just five years an intellectual wellspring for Democratic policy proposals, including many that are shaping the agenda of the new Obama administration.
Much as the Heritage Foundation provided intellectual heft for the Republican Party in the 1980s, CAP has been an incubator for liberal thought and helped build the platform that triumphed in the 2008 campaign.
As captured supertanker anchors off Somalia, pirates strike again
Xan Rice, Richard Norton-Taylor
Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden seized a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship carrying 36,000 tonnes of wheat to Iran yesterday in the latest of the near-daily attacks threatening one of the world's busiest shipping routes.