1. Joseph Klein: The United Nations' Year-End Message to Israel
2. Ryan Mauro: Assad: 'If I Go, None of Syria Remains'
3. Kyle Olson: R.I. District Gives Teachers Annual 11.2% Raise, with No Demand for Improved Performance
The United Nations' Year-End Message to Israel
By Joseph Klein
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon devoted part of his year-end press conference on December 19th to bashing Israel for its announcement of plans to build new housing in and around Jerusalem. He claimed that the Israeli announcement was a "near fatal blow to a very fragile Middle East peace process."
"I am deeply concerned by heightened settlement activity in the West Bank, in particular around Jerusalem," the Secretary General complained. "This gravely threatens efforts to establish a viable Palestinian state." [more...]
Assad: 'If I Go, None of Syria Remains'
By Ryan Mauro
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has privately pledged to "fight to his last bullet" in his ancestral hometown of Qardaha, vowing, "If I go, none of Syria remains." The daily pools of blood spilled by his madmen cause hearts to be warmed by signs of Assad's impending fall, but one Syrian Christian opposition activist is loudly warning that light is not waiting at the end of the tunnel. Islamist hordes are. [more...]
R.I. District Gives Teachers Annual 11.2% Raise, with No Demand for Improved Performance
By Kyle Olson
It pays to work for the government. Just ask the teachers in the Westerly, Rhode Island school district. The school committee just agreed to a new union collective bargaining agreement that doubles teachers’ pay in nine years. Perhaps all the news we’ve been hearing about public schools lacking funds has been exaggerated. The pay raises will come through adjustments to the annual teacher “step salary” schedule. There will now be nine steps up the salary ladder instead of 11, and each step will pay teachers more money than in the past... a lot more, in fact. [more...]