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December 23, 2010
President Obama's New Start nuclear weapons reduction treaty with the Russians and its approval and ratification by the Senate is a huge mistake. It will prove dangerous and not consistent with the national security interests of our country. This treaty will now effectively limit further U.S. anti-missile defenses. It simply is not adequately verifiable, and the Russians now can and will engage in significant violations. This will now likewise reduce the flexibility and survivability our strategic military forces.
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June 28, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial on climate change ( "The economic climate," June 24) looks like it was written by a student at the Community College of Baltimore County taking Obamanomics 101 - and should have received a "C. " Where is mention of what the impact is of natural climate change (if you read this with an IQ of less than 50, you would think the U.S. had never had a drought, flood, hurricane, tornado or even a thunderstorm prior to 10 years...
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NEWS
December 21, 2010
The bipartisan spirit evident in Congress' recent passage of major tax-cut legislation and repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays from serving openly in the military seems to have evaporated over the weekend in the roll up to a vote on the New START arms control treaty with the Russians. Senate debate on the measure is scheduled to start today, and the outlook for the treaty's success is unusually uncertain compared to major arms control agreements of the past at this stage.
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By Debbie McFadden | April 7, 2014
My daughter, Tatyana McFadden, was born with a disability - an underdeveloped spinal cord that resulted in paralysis below her waist - in St. Petersburg, Russia. She fought for her life then, and later, with the same determination, for her right to compete in athletics. Now, we are fighting for the rights of others around the world. My daughter Tatyana McFadden is a world-champion athlete. She is the only person - man or woman, disabled or not - to win four premier marathon races in one year.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
Maryland's two senators should not vote for ratification of the international arms trade treaty recently adopted by the United Nations ("U.N. approves landmark global arms trade treaty," April 3). This U.N. power grab is not just aimed at gaining control over all the weapons in the world but also includes a proposal to tax the Internet, which would give the U.N. control of our freedom of speech. I urge Maryland's senators to reject such appeals. Our country is the United States, not the United Nations.
NEWS
May 14, 1991
President Bush should spurn pressures within his administration for a superpower summit unless a strategic arms reduction treaty is ready for signing. His motto should be: "No Treaty, No Summit."Richard Burt, who was Mr. Bush's chief arms control negotiator until last February, has warned that unless the United States and the Soviet Union complete a START treaty soon, "the opportunity for nuclear arms control may be lost for years to come." Why so? Because hardliners in the Soviet Union, taking advantage of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's weakness, are increasing their pressure to scuttle START.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2011
Baltimore County leaders pledged to work together to make Back River trash-free by 2020, signing a "trash treaty" on Tuesday at the watershed. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined council members, state lawmakers and leaders of the Back River Restoration Committee in announcing plans to implement regional strategies aimed at reducing litter. "We have not used every tool at our disposal for the environment," Kamenetz said. The county installed a trash boom at the site last April.
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By Charles W. Corddry and Charles W. Corddry,Washington Bureau of The Sun | July 18, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The new U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms agreement came to fruition yesterday as a powerful illustration of the Soviet Union's changed fortunes and urgent need for economic rescue.A country in chaos and turmoil, as several U.S. government officials put it, had far more to gain from its new association with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank than from any further confrontation on nuclear weapons issues.Many authorities here expected talks on further cuts to follow the signing of the new pact, which is being put in final legal form by U.S. and Soviet officials in Geneva.
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By JAMES J. KILPATRICK | May 17, 1991
Washington. Let the fact be acknowledged: Over a great part of the world, millions of children live and die under appalling conditions. Recently we have looked into the eyes of the pitiful children of Kurdistan and Bangladesh. Only a heart of stone could fail to be moved by their plight.But today's topic is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. President Bush is coming under heavy bipartisan pressure to initial this treaty and to send it to the Senate for ratification.
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By Kay Withers and Kay Withers,Special to The Sun | November 15, 1990
WARSAW, Poland -- Germany and Poland formally ratified yesterday a treaty recognizing their existing border as valid and permanent.They thus ended a controversy that has erupted periodically since World War II and to which Germany's recent reunification added urgency.At a ceremony at Warsaw's Palace of the Council of Ministers, Foreign Ministers Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Krzysztof Skubiszewski signed and exchanged copies of the treaty.Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who won final agreement to the treaty from German Chancellor Helmut Kohl last week, watched the ceremony.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
Despite President Obama's campaign pledge to "push the reset button" on U.S. relations with Russia, America's dealings with its erstwhile Cold War adversary recently have been anything but smooth. Moscow and Washington clashed last year over Russia's offer of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to the media. Russia has been at best a reluctant partner in U.S. efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria and negotiate a halt to Iran's nuclear program.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
To all those who sincerely believe they are being virtuous and standing up for the principles of smaller government, I ask you to examine two recent events that indicates that you are being used. The first example is the National Rifle Association claiming to represent the law-abiding gun owner. Balderdash! Any credence given to the NRA's claim was "shot in the head" by their response to a treaty recently agreed to by the U.S. government. Their response demonstrates that they only represent the gun manufacturers' desire to sell more guns.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
Maryland's two senators should not vote for ratification of the international arms trade treaty recently adopted by the United Nations ("U.N. approves landmark global arms trade treaty," April 3). This U.N. power grab is not just aimed at gaining control over all the weapons in the world but also includes a proposal to tax the Internet, which would give the U.N. control of our freedom of speech. I urge Maryland's senators to reject such appeals. Our country is the United States, not the United Nations.
NEWS
December 5, 2012
Much ink has been spilled in recent weeks criticizing the Republican Party and its failed presidential candidate for a lack of compassion and obvious antipathy toward "47 percent" of the electorate (if not a bit more), so it was reassuring to see two of its more prominent leaders offer a message of inclusion and uplift at a Jack Kemp Foundation dinner on Tuesday. Too bad that on the same day, Republicans were reverting to form in the Senate chamber. There, the late Mr. Kemp's 1996 top-of-ticket running-mate, Bob Dole - recently released from hospital care and assisted by wheelchair - was unable to coax sufficient GOP support for what should have been a no-brainer for members of a truly compassionate party: the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
Ray McGovern, in his op-ed ("Is Israel fixing the intel?" July 31), questions whether Israel is our ally since there is no mutual defense treaty between the U.S. and Israel. I also question whether Israel is an ally, not so much because of a recognized treaty, but because Israel has never done anything that I can see for the benefit of this country. Oh yes, the U.S. is definitely an ally of Israel, lavishing on it economic, military, and political support far beyond that which we give other countries, and even beyond what our government gives to its own citizens.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
Like most such dialogues, the recent discussions about Israel and Palestine at the U.N. ignore international treaty law ("Bid for statehood may end," Sept. 21). Jews were given legal and political rights to what is now called Palestine in 1920, when the four principal allied powers of World War I - Great Britain, France,Italy and Japan - formalized the Balfour Declaration at San Remo, Italy. Arab representatives agreed to this in exchange for recognition of their territorial claims in Mesopotamia and elsewhere.
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By Charles W. Corddry and Charles W. Corddry,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 5, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The Soviet Union and East European countries will have to destroy almost five times as many tanks as the Western alliance under the historic new treaty establishing parity in non-nuclear arms between the former Cold War foes, Secretary of State James A. Baker III disclosed yesterday.Independent arms control authorities here described the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, to be signed in Paris on Nov. 18, as virtually "a unilateral Soviet disarmament agreement."The only significant cuts the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies will have to make will be in tank forces, they said, while the Warsaw Pact, mainly the Soviets, will have to destroy tens of thousands of other weapons as well.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 23, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Despite some progress, the United States and the Soviet Union failed in two days of talks this week to resolve a final sticking point on ratification of a landmark treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe.The United States rejected a Soviet proposal to allow some equipment to be removed from storage, arguing that this would require an unacceptable change in the terms of the treaty.But U.S. officials said that the Soviets were willing to accept the Western view of the treaty's overall limits and that the talks had nailed down previous understandings on interpretation of the treaty.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2011
Baltimore County leaders pledged to work together to make Back River trash-free by 2020, signing a "trash treaty" on Tuesday at the watershed. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined council members, state lawmakers and leaders of the Back River Restoration Committee in announcing plans to implement regional strategies aimed at reducing litter. "We have not used every tool at our disposal for the environment," Kamenetz said. The county installed a trash boom at the site last April.
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By Kim Jensen | May 2, 2011
I just returned from a 10-day human rights delegation to Colombia sponsored by Witness for Peace. While we were in the midst of our intensive meetings in Valle del Cauca, Northern Cauca, and Bogota, we discovered that a high profile-American delegation had just arrived in the capital for its own two-day tour. The U.S. Congressional Ways and Means Committee had sent a bipartisan fact-finding mission to Colombia, co-sponsored by Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. What an amazing coincidence: two American delegations were gathering facts about Colombia at the same time.
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