International Relations

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    September 26, 2013

    Texas v. Obama, Part XXX: Greg Abbott Pledges Lawsuit Over U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The goal of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty -- of fostering international peace and cooperation and "reducing human suffering" -- is laudable. Its methods, which basically consist of asking countries to monitor gun exports so they don't wind up in the hands of terrorists and other malevolent actors, ar ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2013

    Being a Road Jerk is a Man Thing

    It's not a Mexican thing.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    In the Wake of Spills, the EPA is Urging Tighter Review of the Proposed Keystone Pipeline

    Back in March, the Keystone XL pipeline's approval looked practically assured. Construction of the 1,179-mile leviathan, connecting Alberta's tar sand mines with Texas Gulf Coast refiners, was already well underway in Texas. The State Department said Canadian tar sands production would proceed apace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Rick Perry and Texas Politicians Pressuring Mexico to Pay its Water Debt

    Mexico owes Texas water. And as the current drought presses onward, Texas politicians are trying to turn up the heat to get Mexico to pay. Last Friday, the Texas House voted unanimously on a resolution that the federal government should pressure Mexico deliver water to the United States. The same w ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    November 1, 2012

    The Washington Post Sees Striking Similarities Between Greg Abbott and Vladimir Putin

    At first blush, it wouldn't seem that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have much in common. The former is an ex-KGB agent who, through a bizarre combination of dictatorial repression and sheer animal magnetism, has cemented his status as Russia's de facto leade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Treaty Oak Distillery: A Texan You All Need to Know

    Daniel Barnes is a really nice Texas boy. He referred to me as 'mam at least 20 times during our conversation. Part of me wanted to beg him to stop, but the other part could just tell that was how he was raised. Barnes is from the small town of Menard, on the Edwards Plateau in South Texas where h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    U.N. Swears it Has No Plans to Invade Lubbock County

    Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is raising taxes just in case, steeling himself for the U.N. invasion that will almost certainly follow an Obama win in November. But what is the U.N. doing to get ready for its occupation of Lubbock? Maybe buying some Red Raider gear to fit in with the locals? Stocking ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010
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    September 2, 2010
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    March 22, 2010

    DynCorp Ex Claims He Was Fired For Blowing Whistle on Wasted Millions

    ‚ÄčOver the weekend, Newsweek and ProPublica co-published a piece that says, in short: The $6 billion the U.S. government has spent since '02 training the Afghan police force has gone to waste, and the entire program -- which has involved "buying weapons, building police academies, and hiring defens ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010
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    October 16, 2009

    Steer Clear of the Crescent on Monday

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in D.C. earlier this month‚ÄčThat is, unless you have business with former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who, in his position as U.S. Trade Representative, will be holed up at the hotel Monday talking North American Free Trade Agreement. But, ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    All Ale Cheese!

    Pair up brews and bites

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Where Does Ron Kirk Stand on Trade? Why, On His Feet, Of Course.

    Captain Ronald Tiberius Kirk will be promoted to admiral this morning, after which time he will have to deal with the Trade Federation, no easy task there. Hunh. I feel like I've confused some things here. President-elect Barack Obama will name First Buddy Ron Kirk the chief U.S. trade representativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Merry Christmas, Ron Kirk! You're the New U.S. Trade Representative!

    See, told you: No way former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk would be named secretary of anything by President-Elect Barack Obama -- all that lobbying, yech. (Or not.) Nope, ever since Monday it's looked more and more likely that First Buddy Kirk would be tapped for something a little less high-profile: U.S. ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    December 4, 2008
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    July 25, 2008

    Hunting for Facts: State Department Looking Into Ray Hunt's Oil Deal

    Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt The New York Times today reveals that earlier this week, Harold W. Geisel, Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State, sent several lawmakers a missive in which Geisel revealed his office is investigating just how Dallas's Ray Hunt and Hunt Oil Company scored ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2008

    All We Are Saying

    Give Wright a chance at FunAsia

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    Ray Hunt's Oil Deal Was Good, Even Though It Was Bad? Shocking.

    Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt The Dallas Morning News' A1 story concerning a Congressional committee's investigation into the Hunt Oil Company's controversial deal with the regional Kurdistan government is a fine summary of yesterday's revelations. But The New York Times had Jim Landers outnumbered five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    Bush Tells Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington Mayors Their Jobs Are Harder Than His -- Haw, Haw, Haw.

    Um, did anyone else know Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief were meeting with President Bush and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez today, to discuss expanding free trade agreements? Well, if you didn't, there's a report here from the meetin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    Lisa Loeb Will Now Take Your Questions

    Continuing our tour of local all-girls prep schools and the women who prepped there, we now bring you news of Hockadaisy Lisa Loeb's latest endeavor: advice columnist. Only, sorry, it's Jews-only. OK, fine, not necessarily -- but, see, come Monday she'll been A'ing your Q's over at the Bintel Blog o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Charlie Rose Talks to Kay Bailey; Should Help With the Getting to Sleep

    A programming note: As the writer's strike is keeping your favorite talk shows off the air till who knows when, there's always ... oh ... I dunno ... Charlie Rose? Might as well, if you're up at midnight tonight, if only because U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson's one of Rose's guests tonight. (The ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    The Broken Promises of NAFTA

    During recent talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Vancouver, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab praised the 13-year-old agreement. "NAFTA works," she told the Associated Press. The Democratic presidential candidates have been saying the opposite, citing American job loss, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    The Yellow-Brick Corridor

    So, the city council just approved giving $515,000 to a man named David Dean? Who dat? Well, says on the council's agenda he owns something called Dean International, which The Dallas Morning News called in June "a public policy consulting firm working for the city on the inland port." He's getting ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006
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    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006

    House of Saud and Fog

    Dallas oilman Jim Oberwetter, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has been keeping a low profile; a Lexis-Nexis search of U.S. newspapers and wire services for the last 90 days shows little mention of him. "That's probably a good thing," says Rachel Bronson, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Rela ... More >>

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    December 1, 2005
  • Music

    November 18, 2004


    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)

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    October 14, 2004
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    June 26, 2003

    Get Wise

    County north of Fort Worth must be eliminated

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    Off the Mark

    As with the Shawn Bradley contract, Mark Cuban got screwed in this deal

  • Culture

    February 6, 2003

    Fission Trip

    In Theatre Three's Copenhagen, passion for science ignites a white-hot war of words

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    For Our Homies

    Plus: Kaboom, Edited for Content

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Fishmonger

    TJ's Seafood Market

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to Buy a Scooter

    Italian Motorsports

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Run Over

    Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA

  • News

    August 10, 2000


    Cold embrace; No free ride; Love fest

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2000

    Degrees of obsession

    What's Up With the Weather and other small talk

  • Film

    March 30, 2000

    Nuke 'em

    Deterrence takes on -- and bungles -- the biggest question of all

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    Through a Lens Darkly

    Through a lens darkly Juarez's street photographers capture the face of a horrific future--and the future is closer than you think

  • News

    July 10, 1997


    Julio Mercado is Dallas' brand-new DEA boss, and he's inherited kilos of trouble. His city is about to be declared a drug disaster zone, but all his narcs seem to care about is snitching on each other.

  • Culture

    May 22, 1997

    Scorched earth

    New Theatre Company sets Nebraska afire

  • News

    June 27, 1996


    Atomic Cafe filmmaker Jayne Loader has won raves for her CD-ROM Public Shelter, but calls the 'new medium' a dud

  • Film

    February 15, 1996

    Empty quiver

    Broken Arrow doesn't shoot straight

  • News

    March 2, 1995

    Rough road ahead

    NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding

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    December 8, 1994

    Left to right

    Thoughts on GATT, retraining, corporate welfare, and Bosnia

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