All posts by: "Becky Jones"

About Becky Jones

Becky Jones holds a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in comparative politics. Her research interests include the effectiveness and impact of ethnic political parties on policies and relations between ethnic groups, Balkan politics, democratization, EU politics and simulation assessment. Contrary to popular belief, her cats do not edit her work....usually.

Changing Their Tune about Libya.

  At 9:00pm on a Friday night (probably the lowest point in the news cycle), the intelligence community issued an official revision of its initial assessment of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Anybody paying even the slightest attention to the date and nature of the attack probably reached that…
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Corruption and Stupidity in City Government

Photo courtesy of OCF Realty Our fearless blog leader, Geoff Willis has posted here regarding corruption and incompetence in city government in Orange County, California. But, I think Philadelphia wins this round. Just last week, we made international news because a real estate developer cleaned up a vacant lot behind one of the properties he…
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Meanwhile, back in Russia…

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP   Although the ongoing explosion of the Middle East is the primary foreign news topic these days, things are still going on in the rest of the world. One of those things is the continuing obstruction by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, of any sort of democracy-building in Russia….
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    Over the weekend, more news came in from around the Middle East/North Africa. Protests and riots in Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Lebanon . The current administration would have us believe that this was all sparked by a single 13 minute, incredibly bad “movie.” U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice has stated…
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Who Exactly are the Allies of the U.S.?

Who exactly are the allies of the US? Apparently, the President of the United States is not sure. Responding to the situation in Egypt, Obama said “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy…” Really? You don’t know? Congress designated Egypt as a Major Non-NATO Ally…
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Responding to International Bullies

(Photo courtesy of NY Times)   Yesterday, on the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, radicals attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo , scaling the walls, tearing down the flag and replacing it with their own flag; radicals also attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four people, including the U.S….
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Does the World Really Need a Nuclear Iran?

  Iran began building its nuclear program in 1957 and in 1975 began work on the Bushehr nuclear reactors. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government halted work on the plants and announced that Iran did not need nuclear power. The partially finished reactors were destroyed by Iraq during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. In…
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Skipping the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton Heads to Asia

  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has managed to time her trip to Asia perfectly; she’s left the continent during the Democratic Convention. She has several very good reasons for leaving right at this point although some might have been surprised at the timing. Earlier this week, Secretary Clinton attended the Pacific Island Forum on…
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A look at current U.S. policy towards Syria

Where does the United States stand with regard to the destructive and rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria? The state of affairs in Syria present one of those tricky sets of circumstances for which thoughtful people are genuinely trying to find a solution. Others, however, are busy trying to see how they can respond to such…
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