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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: Mar 27 2014 - 6:54am

    Proper monitoring for depleted uranium absolutely essential

  2. Posted: Mar 27 2014 - 1:01am

    Hawaii and the rest of the nation have spent the last few years wading through the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. While the ACA has helped to expand benefits offered to our residents, many are still confused about how to sign up for health insurance. The March 31 open enrollment deadline is quickly approaching, and individuals who are not on Medicare, Medicaid, or receiving health insurance benefits from their employer, need to purchase an ACA health plan. Insurers have agreed that plans purchased on March 31, will be effective April 1, thereby immediately protecting individuals and avoiding the mandated penalty. The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, and ends Feb. 15, 2015 with the effective date starting in 2015.

  3. Posted: Mar 27 2014 - 1:01am

    WASHINGTON — Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: “If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus.” Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 1918 it disappeared from the map of Europe.

  4. Posted: Mar 26 2014 - 7:38am

    Fishing licenses needed for residents as well as visitors

  5. Posted: Mar 24 2014 - 1:02am

    A central banker needs many attributes: economic expertise, knowledge of financial markets, plain old good judgment. During his innovative tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke proposed another quality for the list: great communicator. Mr. Bernanke felt that, when the Fed had exhausted conventional tools by driving interest rates to zero, it needed to shape market expectations through open expressions of its intentions. As part of that push for transparency, Mr. Bernanke held news conferences following its regular policy-setting meetings.

  6. | Posted: Mar 24 2014 - 1:02am

    No one was around 14 billion years ago when all of existence was compressed into a single point so small that it would not have been visible to the human eye.

  7. Posted: Mar 24 2014 - 1:02am

    WASHINGTON — This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

  8. Posted: Mar 23 2014 - 1:03am

    Electronics recycling rules preposterous

  9. | Posted: Mar 23 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their rhetorical repertoire in the last 49 years.

  10. | Posted: Mar 23 2014 - 1:03am

    The sanctions against Russia that President Barack Obama announced Thursday were far tougher than those previously taken in response to the invasion and annexation of Crimea. But they remained carefully calibrated: Obama aimed to inflict economic pain on Vladimir Putin and his inner circle of financiers and cronies, not on the Russian economy as a whole. Putin was not named, but his personal banker and bank were locked out of the U.S. financial system, as were key aides and several longtime friends who have become billionaires under his regime and who may handle some of his investments.

  11. | Posted: Mar 22 2014 - 1:03am

    Some calming words from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. may lower the political temperature of a confrontation between Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the CIA. But Feinstein’s allegation that the agency improperly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers and tried to trigger a criminal investigation of committee staffers still calls for a thorough investigation by the Obama administration.

  12. Posted: Mar 22 2014 - 1:03am

    Fishing licensing is long overdue

  13. | Posted: Mar 22 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — Of all the signs of Democratic midterm trouble, it is fitting that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius — who has already contributed so much — should make another important offering. She recently assured the House Ways and Means Committee that health insurance premium increases this coming year would be “far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

  14. | Posted: Mar 21 2014 - 1:03am

    WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

  15. | Posted: Mar 21 2014 - 1:03am

    During the urban crime crisis of decades ago, federal and state governments cracked down on crime. Tough measures, such as harsh sentencing laws, led to an eight-fold increase in the federal prison population since 1980. These laws helped lower crime rates, but the increase in incarceration was expensive and imprisoned some people for longer than they deserved.