Foreign Affairs

America, Defence, News

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China Lake, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2002) -- A Tactical "Tomahawk" Block IV cruise missile, conducts a controlled flight test over the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) western test range complex in southern California.  During the second such test flight, the missile successfully completed a vertical underwater launch, flew a fully guided 780-mile course, and impacted a designated target structure as planned. The Tactical Tomahawk, the next generation of Tomahawk cruise missile, adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight to strike any of 15 preprogrammed alternate targets, or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates. It also will be able to loiter over a target area for some hours, and with its on-board TV camera, will allow the war fighting commanders to assess battle damage of the target, and, if necessary redirect the missile to any other target. Launched from the Navy's forward-deployed ships and submarines, Tactical Tomahawk will provide a greater flexibility to the on-scene commander.  Tactical Tomahawk is scheduled to join the fleet in 2004.  U.S. Navy photo.  (RELEASED)

Poll: Was Trump right to order missile strikes against Syria?

This morning we woke up to the news that President Trump had ordered missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for Syrian use of chemical weapons. One of the biggest areas of disagreement between libertarians is defence, and the CfL team is no different. Here chairman Emily Barley […]

by × April 7, 2017 ×

America, Conservatism

Donald Trump is not a conservative

Donald Trump is not a conservative

Donald J. Trump, President-elect of the United States of America, can be called many things. For decency’s sake, relatively few of these can be committed to paper. But one of the things he can’t reasonably be described as, despite his assertions to the contrary, is a conservative. As a conservative […]

by × January 19, 2017 ×

America

Hail to the Chief: Reflecting on eight years of ‘The Cult of Obama’

It remains to be seen whether or not The Donald will ‘Make America Great Again’; there is still a rhetoric hangover from the race that is making the future hard to predict. Donny J is like marmite, and unlike Marmite I don’t love him, but I want to at least […]

by × January 18, 2017 ×

Elections, Foreign Affairs, Leftwatch

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

November 25 was a date of cosmic importance this year. Jupiter joined a waning crescent Moon in the dawn sky, “bleeding inside each other’s wounds,” according to the America’s Most Haunted Twitter account, whatever that means. But it wasn’t the only event of cosmic significance to occur that evening. As the […]

by × December 1, 2016 ×

America

Debunking the alt-right myth

There is a ‘white supremacist’ in the White House, according to the metropolitan Left. No, it isn’t Donald Trump. That goes without saying. The man in question is of course Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News and now chief strategist for the president-elect, who recently earned the label […]

by × November 29, 2016 ×

America, Europe

Post Trump/Brexit: Are we all racists now?

Do you remember the time when a paediatrician had her house burnt down? At the height of the UK’s paedophile hysteria, whipped up by the gutter press, an angry and profoundly ignorant mob attacked the home of a children’s physician because they didn’t understand the difference between paedophile and paediatrician. […]

by × November 20, 2016 ×

America, Europe

Mr Brexit? Trump is the antithesis of the Leave vote

Donald Trump likens his movement to the Leave campaign yet his parochial, anti-trade message is the antithesis of the Brexit spirit Donald Trump winning the US Presidential election is the biggest political upset since, well, only June as it happens. A completely unexpected result, Trump’s victory has been likened to […]

by × November 13, 2016 ×

America, DC Diary

DC Diary: Take me back to the Potomac

DC Diary: Take me back to the Potomac

Creative Director Paul Nizinskyj was in Washington, DC between November 3 and 11. “Have you seen those naked pictures of Trump’s wife?” the bartender at Bobby Van’s hollers across the bar. “They’re amazing,” he adds, to raucous laughter. “He doesn’t need to build a wall, he could just blow them up and […]

by × November 13, 2016 ×

America, Economy, Europe

It’s the markets, stupid: Why Trump isn’t Brexit

It’s the markets, stupid: Why Trump isn’t Brexit

Don’t tell me Trump’s move into the White House is Brexit x 1000. While the two events appear identical, the similarities are superficial. The market’s reaction on Wednesday was anything but surprising. As the polls’ predictions revealed themselves to have been plucked from thin air, yet again, the markets tumbled. […]

by × November 12, 2016 ×

America, Liberty

Make America High Again: The Cannabis revolution behind the scenes of the presidential election

Make America High Again: The Cannabis revolution behind the scenes of the presidential election

Cannabis legalisation for recreational, as well as medical, use is spreading across the states It’s hardly surprising that people aren’t generally viewing the elections on Tuesday as a step forward for liberty – unless you happen to own a red baseball-cap with a certain slogan on it. Critics, observers, and […]

by × November 12, 2016 ×

America

In defence of the Electoral College

In defence of the Electoral College

As the result of the US election continues to sink in, one of the least surprising developments is a renewed round of demands for the abolition of the Electoral College system and its replacement with true one-person, one-vote democracy for presidential elections. Our Events Coordinator, Maria Murphy, makes the case at […]

by × November 11, 2016 ×

America

Words didn’t matter, the American Dream did

Words didn’t matter, the American Dream did

I’ve never really considered America a foreign country. So ingrained is that place in our popular culture that, growing up, you could never really think of it as a place apart. And maybe it’s not. After all, when the colonists unilaterally declared independence in 1776 they had a great deal […]

by × November 10, 2016 ×