Thursday News Headlines

Israeli Soldiers Clash With Palestinian Christians
Scuffles broke out today near Bethlehem as Israeli forces renewed construction of a controversial separation barrier near the Christian town of Beit Jala. Several Catholic priests joined the protestors as Israeli soldiers attempted to tear down olive trees.

The network of towering concrete walls, barbed-wire fences, trenches and closed military roads will extend 442 miles when finished, separating the West Bank from Israel, 85 percent of its length running through Palestinian land, reports Agence France Presse.

The proposed route would involve building on private agricultural land belonging to 58 Christian families and would leave a monastery and convent run by the same Catholic order on separate sides of the barrier. Construction of the West Bank barrier began in 2002 during the intifada.

Central Asians Using YouTube To Fight For Their Rights
With limited ability to voice their grievances or seek recourse for violations of their rights, many Central Asians are employing technology to hold government to account.

In Kazakhstan, citizens groups are using cameras and YouTube to air the government’s corrupt practices.

“When I posted the first video of the traffic police in 2010, it was an information bomb. For the first time, people in the Republic of Kazakhstan clearly saw and learned that you can stand up for your rights and not pay bribes if you stop the inspector. Drivers know about our helpful sites and send their videos and photos for us to publish. Thanks to our resources, people are hopeful for protection and justice,”  Ruslan Lazuta, a representative of the Driver Defense Society, tells Foreign Policy magazine.

Do Libertarians Need To Rethink Their Foreign Policy?
Dalibor Rohoc writes in World Affairs Journal about the need for modern libertarians to examine and reexamine whether their inward looking posture toward foreign policy and against intervention in an age where oceans and borders are insufficient protections against the dangers of the world.

“But it is precisely the advocacy of an unfettered pursuit of national interest that is the least compatible with libertarian political philosophy. It is at odds, for example, with the cosmopolitanism professed by classical liberals since the times of Adam Smith or John Stuart Mill.” he writes.

However, we are not living in the age of Jefferson notes Rohoc.

“It is time for libertarians to recognize that the world the US faces today is different from the one in which Thomas Jefferson called for peace, commerce, and no entangling alliances. It is interconnected, wealthy, and faces large-scale security-related, economic, and environmental problems that require concerted action by free societies around the world. The United States is the most powerful free society on the planet and its leaders cannot and should not try to escape their responsibility for the world that exists outside of America’s borders,” he concludes.

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