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The Spectacular Rise and the Meteoric Fall from Grace of a European Banker: The Tzvetan Vassilev Phenomenon

By Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi 

 

Without exception, the history of the last quarter century of Central and Eastern Europe has again furnished the clearest and most convincing proof of the well established view that revolutions almost always have been followed by restorations rooted in deep seated past mentalities and practices. Having been first brutalized by the Stalinist regimes of the 1950s and 1960s, and later completely disillusioned by the faithless crypto communist hypocrites of hopeless stagnation, the peoples of the former Soviet empire plunged into the ethical equivalent of base immorality. Adding insult to injury, loyalty to the dictators and the authorities was measured not by honesty and professionalism but by total devotion to the cause without any scruples or consciences objections. Indeed, the glue that kept the Soviet Union and its so-called empire together was the Faustian bargain between the rulers and the ruled. Accordingly, a scoundrel was far less dangerous than a dissatisfied honest individual.

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Frontiers of Freedom to host conference — Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe? Buttressing or Undermining American Interests & Values?

Frontiers of Freedom will Host a Conference on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (529 14th St NW) in the Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge.

Frontiers of Freedom invites the public, the media, policy makers, and opinion leaders to attend this important conference and briefing.

Saudi Arabia:  Friend or Foe?

Buttressing or Undermining American Interests & Values? 

Speakers include:

Kristina Arriaga – Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Doug Bandow – Senior Fellow, Cato Institute 

Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi – Vice President, Frontiers of Freedom

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett – Pres., Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice (invited)

Moderators:

George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom

Peter Roff, Contributing Editor for Opinion, US News & World Report

Lunch is provided.  There is no cost to attend or for lunch.  However, to attend, you must reserve your seat and lunch and RSVP by providing us with your name, firm or affiliation, and email address.  Guests are also welcome, but they too much RSVP.

“We feel the time has come to examine America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. The say they are our allies but do their actions back up their words,” said George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom Institute president. “For far too long their contribution to the world’s problems have gone unexamined. We propose to take a look and see what’s really there.”


Frontiers of Freedom at the Conservative Leadership Conference

Frontiers of Freedom will be at the 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 16th.

At the Conservative Leadership Conference, we will be presenting a panel discussion on emerging issues with:

George Landrith

John Fund

Travis Korson

We will be discussing at least three important, emerging issues:

Freedom through Commerce

EPA & Superfund Reform

High Speed Rail Boondoggles

Hope you will join us in at the Conservative Leadership Conference. Click HERE for more details.


Unilateral Disarmament is Dangerous — in Both a National Security Context and as Economic Policy

By George LandrithTownhall

The news is replete of reports of Russia developing new missile systems, escalating a war in Ukraine, selling missile technology to Iran, and intercepting US jets in provocative ways. In this perilous environment, it is easy to see the folly and danger of dealing with these serious risks by unilaterally disarming. The behavior of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and organizations like ISIS make it obvious that unilateral disarmament only invites more bad behavior and puts America at risk.

This important lesson applies to the economic world as well. International trade is an important economic engine for American jobs and American prosperity. But most nations heavily subsidize their own industries to make their products cheaper and more appealing in the international marketplace. That harms American jobs and stifles American prosperity. In this environment, economic unilateral disarmament makes no sense.

Yet, that is precisely what some assert we should do when they argue we should abolish the Export-Import Bank. Continue reading


Bulgaria: Opportunities and Challenges

By Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi

By the Balkan region’s standards, the Republic of Bulgaria is a country of peace and stability in south-eastern Europe. A member of NATO since 2004, and a member of the European Union since 2007, Bulgaria overcame the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, and has produced since 2014 a solid annual GDP growth of three percent. The currently reigning Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, head of the Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria, also known by its acronyms GERB, which means in Bulgarian “coat of arms”, is into his third term, leading a coalition government that faces some challenges.

The main cause of this concern is the junior partner in the coalition called United Patriots that, in reality, comprises three small nationalist parties: the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, also known by its Bulgarian acronyms NFSB, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, the Bulgarian National Movement, also known by its Bulgarian acronyms IMRO-BNM, headed by Krasimir Karakachanov, and the Attack (Ataka), headed by Volen Nikolov Siderov.

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Frontiers of Freedom calls upon foreign trade partners to respect intellectual property rights

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, a broad coalition of free-market and center-right organizations released a statement regarding a pending decision of Korea’s Seoul High Court, Korea’s court of last resort. The decision will be whether to stay the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s (KFTC’s) overbroad ruling against Qualcomm, Inc., the aggrieved party in the proceeding.

Below is the statement released by the coalition:

“We are troubled by the prospect that the Seoul High Court might fail to stay the KFTC’s grossly overbroad extraterritorial remedies against Qualcomm. Such a ruling by the Court would explicitly condone the KFTC’s intrusion upon U.S. sovereignty, resulting in far-reaching implications harmful to free trade, the United States economy, and intellectual property as a whole.

Earlier this year, the KFTC took the extraordinary step of seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to how patents around the world are licensed. This unprecedented remedy is a bald-faced attempt to slash the value of a U.S. company’s global patent portfolio and shield Korean domestic companies from American competition.

“The KFTC’s extraterritorial remedies go well beyond protecting Korean consumers and purport to dictate the terms upon which a U.S. company can license its intellectual property—even well outside Korea’s borders. Such remedies result in a major transfer of patented technology from U.S. to Korean companies, severely undermining U.S. leadership in innovation and economic growth. This will adversely impact every company in the United States that holds a patent of any kind.

“As the U.S. embarks upon a review of its trade and investment relationship with Korea, we urge the Trump Administration to demand assurances from the highest levels of the Korean government that all U.S. companies will be protected from the KFTC’s extraterritorial overreach. Anything less is a direct attack on our economy, our intellectual property, and our sovereignty.”

Sincerely,

American Conservative Union
American Conservative Union Foundation
American Commitment
American Legislative Exchange Council
ALEC Action
American Business Defense Council
Americans for Limited Government
Capitol Allies
Conservatives for Property Rights
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
FreedomWorks
Frontiers of Freedom
Institute for Liberty
Less Government
Let Freedom Ring
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Tea Party Patriots
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
U.S. Business & Industry Council


Long-Term Defense of US Must Be Top Priority

By George LandrithNewsmax

One of the primary reasons the original 13 colonies formed a constitutional federal government was to provide for the common defense. Even more than 200 years ago, the Founders understood that the world was a dangerous place. Today, it is even more so. We have more adversaries with more powerful weapons, and they are much closer to us than in the 18th century. Oceans once separating us by months, now only separate us by minutes.

Powerful nation states, like Russia and China, now threaten America. But what might be an even larger concern are rogue states with unhinged and unbalanced leaders like North Korea and Iran. While the spreading danger of radical Islamist jihadism is ongoing, since Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve focused primarily on the terrorism threat, and done little to be better prepared for the more traditional nation state threats.

America needs a military force which can deter any who may endanger Americans. And when an enemy will not be deterred, we must have a military which will quickly defeat them. Some believe diplomacy should play a greater role, but I would argue military preparedness also augments our diplomatic efforts, making conflict less likely. Continue reading


Can North Korea be Turned? 

By Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi

The confrontation between the United States and North Korea has reached a critical point. Unlike his predecessors, President Trump does not have the luxury to kick the can further down the road. He must act quickly and he must act decisively.

The North Korean enigma is complicated by Pyongyang’s informal nuclear alliances with Pakistan, Iran, Syria, and to a lesser extent with China. Based on well-documented materials by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and corresponding intelligence reports by the Israeli Mossad, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, the cooperation between North Korea and Iran in developing ballistic missile and nuclear technology has been so close that the WMD programs of both states must be considered a single entity.  Continue reading


BOOK: Islam Between Good and Evil

New Book – Islam Between Good and Evil ——> Amazon

Excerpt from Islam Between Good and Evil:

Instead of freeing the Islamic states from the stifling autocracies that use religion to justify oppression of their subjects, the so-called “Arab Spring” has produced a flood of false revolutions. This disease first has infected Tunisia, then has rattled Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, and already has flooded the rest of the world with desperate, mostly uneducated and hopelessly unassimilable refugees. Meanwhile, millions of Muslims are dying as the result of raging civil wars with no peaceful ends in sight. Alarmingly, in the present, the non-Muslim world does not know how to protect itself. More importantly, there is no consensus regarding the origin, the nature, and the potential of the Islamic disease that threatens to deform, destabilize, and even destroy the whole of mankind.

The topic with which this book is concerned is a very simple, yet fundamental one. It states that the main cause of the violent disorder in which the entire Muslim world have lingered for fourteen centuries has not been the result of foreign interference. On the contrary, this disease of which the entire Muslim world is dying has its roots exclusively in the teachings of Islam. Indeed, the internal crises that have devastated the Islamic world from the very inception of Muhammad’s exploits are themselves the result of something more profound—the politicization of a culture that knows no peace, no tolerance, and no love for the individual or the world at large. Therefore, the answer of the rest of the world to political Islam also must be a political one.

Peace and stability can only be restored in the Middle East and beyond by the unyielding political unity of democratic governments. That there is no other solution must be understood without any reservation. The alternative is more untold suffering to the overwhelming majority of Muslims and permanent misery for the rest of the world. For these reasons, the strategy of the United States of America and its allies is paramount—to fight for global welfare and not merely manage an unmanageable situation within the Muslim world.

 

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North Korea in Global Perspective

By Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiFrontiers of Freedom

Despite many UN Security Council resolutions and even more numerous sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, North Korea has always refused to negotiate seriously about its nuclear ambitions.  Indeed, neither Kim Jong-il nor his son Kim Jong-un have displayed any noticeable respect for the punitive actions of the UN, the United States and its allies, demonstrating almost on a daily basis their contempt for the toothless diplomacy of the rest of the world.  Thus, the list of steady provocations by Pyongyang has been endless.  The last one, the successful test firing of an ICBM that could reach the continental United States, just occurred at the end of July.  In addition, most recent reports state that the regime is working on developing a hydrogen bomb.  In this manner, Pyongyang has managed to keep the world in a state of permanent suspense about its belligerent nuclear fervor and its strategic quest for full military control over the Korean peninsula.   Continue reading


Missile Defense Is Needed More Now Than Ever

By George LandrithAmerican Military News

About 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan and U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop shared breakfast at U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt’s ranch. Virtually no one knew that this meeting took place or understood how important it would be to America’s security. As friends shared breakfast, Wallop explained the need for a robust missile defense — including developing a space-based defensive system. Once elected to office, President Reagan made it a national goal to develop effective high-tech defenses against missile attacks. That policy objective was an important factor in the U.S. winning the Cold War. Simply stated, even before missile defense was able to shoot down a missile, it was helping America defeat the Soviets.

During most of the last decade, missile defense was de-emphasized. It was a self-evidently foolish policy decision even though some offered misguided defenses of it. But now, given recent news from North Korea, few could argue that the Obama Administration’s disdain for missile defense has served America’s interests. Kim Jong Un has pushed North Korea’s nuclear program to develop nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach our West Coast. Pyongyang intends to threaten not just the West Coast, but all of America. Iran is headed in the same dangerous direction as North Korea. Continue reading


The North Korea Condundrum

By Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiFrontiers of Freedom

Since 1950, when North Korea launched its invasion against the south, the United Nations Security Council had been in a permanent diplomatic warfare against Pyongyang. Out of the twenty two resolutions, seventeen were adopted through the 1990s and the almost two decades of the 2000s. In particular, eight resolutions between January 2013, and June 2017, condemning North Korea’s tests of nuclear weapons, were unanimously approved by the Security Council. The North Korean despot, Kim Jong-un, has not recognized the right of the Security Council to sanction his regime for its serial violations of international law. For decades, the international community has alternated between economic pressure and diplomatic dialogue, without any noticeable success. Most recently, the Trump Administration and Congress have floated the option of military action, coupled with regime change, and possible unification ofthe two Koreas.

Because of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and its arsenal of heavy artillery aimed at the heavily populated Seoul region, there is no question that the entire situation in the Korean peninsula is an extremely complicated one. Continue reading


North Korea and the Folly of Kim Jong-Un’s Delusions

By Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiFrontiers of Freedom

Throughout its troubled history, the world has never quite witnessed anything like the North Korean regime of absolute fear and Kim Jong Un’s sick domestic and foreign policy reactions to it. The story of the Kim dynasty, reverentially called the Mount Paektu Bloodline, entails the most destructive totalitarianism of the founder Kim Il-sung, his son, Kim Jong-il, and his grandson, Kim Jong-un. Assuming power with the political and military assistance of the Soviet Union over the northern part of the divided Korean peninsula in 1948, Kim Il-sung quickly established his cult of personality, modeled after his mentor Josif Vissarionovich Stalin. Following the failed invasion of the south he enunciated his version of absolute leadership called Suryong and its ideological justification called Juche, an archaic version of national self-reliance, that became the founding political, economic, and cultural policy of North Korea.

His grandson, Kim Jong-un became North Korea’s Supreme Leader on December 29, 2011. In 2013, Paragraph 10 of Article 2 of the amended constitution, officially known as the Ten Fundamental Principles of the Korean Workers’ Party, enshrined the hereditary principle of the Kim family’s totalitarianism by stating that the party must be guided and the revolutionmust be led “eternally” by the “Paektu Bloodline.” Continue reading


Trump Needs to Fix Obama Mistake on Missile Defense

By Peter Roff • The Jackson Sun

It’s true the U.S. government invented the Internet — but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon’s hands we’d probably all be online but we’d still have to use external modems using a dial up connection to get there.

The private sector operates very differently from the government. In case there’s any doubt, that’s a good thing. Most all the great innovations we’ve seen over the last 100 years, if not longer, have been the result of private initiative backed by private capital financing private creativity that have produced breakthroughs that added to the public good.

The government, on the other hand, is bureaucratic and by design moves slowly. It is not a place where innovation is the order of the day, certainly not any done on the relative cheap. Moreover, it is constrained by rules and hidebound by layers of authority to such a degree it’s a wonder anything ever gets done. Continue reading


Intelligence Report Warns of Growing Missile Threats

by Bill Gertz • Washington Free Beacon

The United States faces a growing threat of ballistic and cruise missiles from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, according to a military intelligence report.

“Ballistic and cruise missiles present a significant threat to U.S. and allied forces overseas, and to the United States and its territories,” states the latest report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Ohio.

The report warns that both China and Russia are expanding their force of strategic nuclear missiles with new multi-warhead weapons.

North Korea now has three intercontinental-range missiles and is moving ahead with a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Continue reading