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Rocket science: Ukraine firm may have helped N. Korean missiles

| | Aug 19 2017 - 12:06am | Comments

Ukraine is virtually an “anything goes” zone for American entrepreneurs — as well as for people like the North Koreans. That idea has been reinforced by news reports that a Ukrainian factory sold North Korea rocket engines for intercontinental ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang wants to arm with nuclear warheads so it can threaten the United States as well as peace in its region.

  1. | Posted: Jun 11 2014 - 1:07am

    Recently, two girls, aged 14 and 15, were gang-raped in the poverty-stricken Uttar Pradesh state of India. They were later found dead, hanging from the branches of a mango tree. In Pakistan late last month, family members of a pregnant woman beat her to death with bricks and clubs outside a Lahore courthouse for marrying a man of her choice instead of the cousin her family preferred. Last February, in conflict-ravaged South Sudan, 20 women in the Mayendit region were raped by soldiers. Then the soldiers urinated into victims’ mouths, according to an eyewitness.

  2. Posted: Jun 10 2014 - 1:04am

    We must limit carbon pollution

  3. | Posted: Jun 10 2014 - 1:04am

    Bankruptcy courts are the mark of an advanced legal society. Think of the alternatives. Debt-slavery is inhumane. Debtors’ prison is inefficient. And breaking a trader’s bench and banning him from the market doesn’t get anybody’s assets back. But how far should the jurisdiction of special bankruptcy courts reach? The U.S. Supreme Court has been grappling with this question for several years; Monday, in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, it came a step closer to a common-sense answer.

  4. | Posted: Jun 10 2014 - 1:04am

    WASHINGTON — It would be difficult, even if intended and planned, to cram more hubris, incompetence and mendacity into a humane and sympathetic act.

  5. | Posted: Jun 10 2014 - 1:04am

    There are two theories on what the Department of Veterans Affairs needs to fix its sprawling health-care system: Better management or more money. The beauty of the deal struck by Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and John McCain of Arizona is that it tries both strategies at once.

  6. Posted: Jun 9 2014 - 1:03am

    Letting doctor go is a bad decision

  7. | Posted: Jun 9 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits.

  8. | Posted: Jun 9 2014 - 1:03am

    Congress unanimously passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003. More than a decade later, many states are only beginning to comply with the law, and prison rape is still a disgusting and pervasive problem across the country.

  9. | Posted: Jun 8 2014 - 1:03am

    Buying organic food is an exercise in personal virtue: You pay more to consume food that’s healthier for you and less damaging to the environment because it’s grown without artificial or toxic chemicals.

  10. | Posted: Jun 8 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — What Winston Churchill said of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles — that he was a bull who carried his own china shop around with him — is true of Susan Rice, who is, to be polite, accident prone. When in September 2012 she was deputed to sell to the public the fable that the Benghazi attack was just an unfortunately vigorous movie review — a response to an Internet video — it could have been that she, rather than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was given this degrading duty because Rice was merely U.N. ambassador, an ornamental position at an inconsequential institution. Today, however, Rice is Barack Obama’s national security adviser, so two conclusions must be drawn.

  11. | Posted: Jun 8 2014 - 1:03am

    The new Palestinian “unity” government is a paradoxical pastiche of the Fatah movement, which says it wants a peace settlement with Israel, and Hamas, which remains committed to the Jewish state’s destruction. The ideological divide has been papered over with the appointment of an interim Cabinet of technocrats and a plan to hold long-overdue elections this year. The Obama administration has chosen to regard this shaky coalition as worth engaging, while Israel has condemned both the government and the West’s acceptance of it. Washington has taken the more pragmatic course.

  12. | Posted: Jun 7 2014 - 1:04am

    The U.S. Court of Appeals, in resolving a dispute between a federal judge and the Securities and Exchange Commission, has raised an important question: Should judges be allowed to second-guess the deals that the SEC strikes with alleged lawbreakers?

  13. Posted: Jun 7 2014 - 1:04am

    VA clinic gives veterans great care

  14. | Posted: Jun 7 2014 - 1:04am

    JACKSON, Miss. — Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you?

  15. | Posted: Jun 6 2014 - 1:07am

    WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a president who makes a difference.”