Mubarak resigns

Burmese freedom movement becoming harder to suppress

Editorial Senior Burmese general Than Shwe did deign to meet Tuesday with United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after giving him the cold shoulder for days, but he met from a position of relative strength. No public comments were made. The democracy movement in Burma seems to have been defeated, at least for now. The [...]

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class [...]

U.S. should think before instituting democracy in Cuba

Editorial The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-year-old dictator’s imminent demise would [...]

Boys’ State at ENMU this week

PNT Staff Report For the better park of a week, prospective New Mexico high school boys will be taking a crash course in democracy. Starting June 4, Boys’ State will be holding its 2006 leadership program at Eastern New Mexico University to teach high school students about the interworkings of the government. During the course [...]

Public broadcasting helps democracy, rather than hamper it

By Kirby Rowan: Guest columnist I listen to National Public Radio almost every afternoon, and find it an intelligent, informative alternative to the typical fare on afternoon radio. The same goes for public television. Both provide lots of public policy discussion/debate, funded in part by taxes. Some of my friends who love Rush Limbaugh complain [...]

In an election, all participants win

By Jim Lee Although last week’s column followed the general election by only five days and would have been a timely topic, I decided against commenting about it then. At first, I thought I should write about it, but after a bit of reflection, I changed my mind. The event culminated a period of particularly [...]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides [...]