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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJune 22, 20178min324

Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman: Little old Colorado was plunged into the deep end of international politics when Denver hosted eight world leaders from the Group of Seven. Denver rolled out the carpet for national leaders from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom, and on the agenda for discussion were a host of heavy-weight issues including


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayMarch 30, 201710min427

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize. In 2011, President Obama decided that the Muslim world should no longer be a top American priority. Against the advice of key members of his national security team, he decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq and do nothing about the growing turmoil in Syria. He expressed confidence that coalition forces would soon “begin to draw down” in Afghanistan. As for al Qaeda, it was “on the path to defeat.”


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayMarch 9, 20179min467

Intellectuals of the left and those influenced by them judge the United States and certain European nations as uniquely guilty of imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia – the list goes on. But is the West really different from the rest when it comes to the modern sins? Anyone who has traveled in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa should know that’s not so. Except in this regard: Americans and Europeans constantly and publicly argue over what is fair and what is just, and how our policies and attitudes could be improved. And we frequently -- some might say obsessively -- apologize for our past and present behaviors.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 21, 20164min321

The tower in Pisa leans over in a predictable manner due to a three-meter foundation set in weak, unstable subsoil, according to authorities. The PISA tests, aka the Program for International Student Assessment, also produce predictable results across 72 countries with 500,000 tested students representing 28 million 15-year-olds. PISA is not an achievement test. It assesses whether students can problem solve in various subject areas, including reading, math, science and financial literacy. Results from 2015 were reported December 6.


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Jared WrightJared WrightSeptember 26, 20163min359

Throughout this election year, there has been a lot of misinformation disseminated about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its impact on the economy here in the United States. While some have claimed, erroneously, that it will ship jobs overseas and allow foreign companies to gain a competitive advantage, the fact is that it will bring benefits to many industries in Colorado – a fact which these opponents simply fail to recognize. If Congress is able to come together and pass the TPP, the result could be an agricultural and energy boom that could fuel Colorado’s economy to prosperity.


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MaySeptember 22, 20168min322

Barack Obama is now in his final days as president but, as he made clear on his visit to Asia last week, there are goals he still hopes to achieve before leaving office. Closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was among the promises he made when first campaigning for the White House. He continues to insist that Gitmo is a “recruitment tool that clouds and sours” America’s image in the world. In 2008, that argument may have seemed plausible. But considering what’s happened since — e.g. the mass slaughters and even genocide of Christians and Yazidis by self-proclaimed jihadis in Syria and Iraq and various terrorist atrocities in Europe — can anyone really still believe that outrage over enemy combatants being held in Cuba rather than Colorado is boosting the ranks of al Qaeda and the Islamic State?