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MATT WELCH

International Affairs


Old Propaganda and New
Why Bush is wrong to use the Cold War’s covert tactics in the new twilight struggle
Reason - March 2006

The War on Sedition
"Anglosphere" Allies Crack Down on Speech in the Name of Fighting Terror
Reason - February 2006

The Second Romanian Revolution Will Be Televised
The TV Show Dallas Helped Overthrow Ceausescu. Now Gangsta Rap and Pop Culture Are Driving out Corrupt Post-Soviet Thugs
Reason - October 2005

Capturing Tom Friedman
The Times Columnist Does Foreign Policy Punditry by Cliché
Reason - August 2005

Quien Es Libre?
Cut Off From Cuba
Reason - August 2005

Friendly Tyrants
Saudi Censors
Reason - August 2005

Sympathy for the Vampire
Priests May Crucify Nuns, People May Rip out the Hearts of the Dearly Departed... But Romania Is a Country on the Upswing That Deserves our Help
Reason Online - June 22, 2005

Welfare Queen
Farm Subsidies for the Filthy Rich
Reason - July 2005

Cuba Spring, or Trap?
Cautious Optimism About Castro's Opponents
Reason Online - May 25, 2005

G.W. and the Bear
Bush Pushes Putin in Russia's Near Abroad
Reason Online - May 10, 2005

The Rubes in L.A. City Hall Have Swallowed Hollywood's Hard-Luck Story
Why We Should End Hollywood Welfare Before We Know it
Los Angeles Times - April 28, 2005

The Pope of Relativism
Ratzinger and His Fans Should Know Better Than to Confuse Western Society With a "Dictatorship"
Reason Online - April 26, 2005

Cold Warriors in Heaven
Why We're Still Arguing Over Who Beat the Commies
Reason Online - April 5, 2005

Bad Host
Cutting off Iranian Dissidents
Reason - May 2005

The Pentagon's Secret Stash
Why We'll Never See the Second Round of Abu Ghraib Photos
Reason - April 2005

C'est Rien
The Great Transatlantic Rift May End With a Shrug, not a Bang
Reason Online - January 25, 2005

Who's Tortured?
What Prominent Conservative Commentators Have Said About Prisoner Abuse
Reason Online - December 27, 2004

Fly the Frugal Skies
How Low-cost Airlines Have Transformed Europe -- and What it Means for America
Reason - January 2005

America Unbound ... or Insolvent?
Bush Knows That Anti-Americanism Is Costly; He Just Doesn't Care
Reason Online - November 15, 2004

The Great Divide
A Country Passionately Divided, and Utterly Certain, Goes To Vote
National Post - October 30, 2004

President of 8th Grade
Three Years After Sept. 11, Republicans Are Running Against 'Girlie-Men'
National Post - September 11, 2004

On War, John Kerry Is All Vietnam, No Iraq
Reading the Foreign-Policy Tea Leaves at the DNC
Beirut Daily Star - August 19, 2004

Rapping the Commies Away
A New MTV Generation in Romania Tries to Drive out Corruption
National Post - July 17, 2004

Editing the Enemy
Censorship: The Next Generation
The Walrus - June 2004

Flaming the Messenger
Looking for a Fifth Column in the Media? Try Try Again
Reason Online - May 27, 2004

Confessions of a Multilateralist
Two Cheers for the EU's Historic Expansion
Reason Online - May 4, 2004

Temporary Doves
Why Are the Architects of Kosovo So Down on Gulf War II?
Reason - May 2004

Bush's Dangerous Escape From the Truth
Republicans Trash the 9/11 Commission
Beirut Daily Star - April 26, 2004

How Bush Fosters Bad Intelligence
Secrecy and Stonewalling Do Not Help National Security
National Post - April 24, 2004

Cracked Paneling
When Bush Fights To Keep Information Secret, National Security Suffers
Reason Online - April 16, 2004

A Petty Superpower in Baghdad
Why Using Iraq Contracts as a Diplomatic Weapon Is Folly
Beruit Daily Star - December 19, 2003

Open Season on 'Open Society'
Why an Anti-Communist Holocaust Survivor Is Being Demonized as a Socialist, Self-hating Jew
Reason Online - December 8, 2003

Journalists Expelled, Terrorists Let in
How LAX Border Guards Undo Billions of U.S. PR for No Good Reason
National Post - December 6, 2003

France's Young Contrarian
A 22-year-old Leads the Revolt Against Strike-addled Culture
National Post - October 25, 2003

Minority Report
California Latinos Confound Pre-Election Predictions
Reason Online - October 8, 2003

L'etat, C'est George W.
Plame Affair Reveals Bush Team's Worst Pathologies
National Post - October 4, 2003

Liberty Belle
France's New Libertarian Youth Leader
Reason - October 2003

The Iraqi Babies Scam Is Still Alive
How Sanctions and Propaganda Go Together ... and Kill Innocents
Beruit Daily Star - September 3, 2003

Intervention Logic
Do We Always Need to Send More Troops Abroad?
Reason Online - August 28, 2003

Re-Propping 187
California's Controversial 1994 Measure Makes a Comeback
Reason Online - August 14, 2003

Reporters Sans Entree
Dept. of Homeland Scrutiny
Reason - August/September 2003

They Keep Coming, Again
Immigration Rhetoric Heats up in California
National Post - July 12, 2003

The Bright Side of Merde
Hopeful Thoughts About France's National Strikes
Reason - June 12, 2003

Keeping Journalists Out
Homeland Security Saved From Insidious European Tech Reporters
Reason - May 20, 2003

Velvet President
Why Vaclav Havel Is Our Era's George Orwell and More
Reason - May 2003

The Limits of French-Bashing
Like Eating Oysters, Today's Pleasure May Be Tomorrow's Pain
National Post - April 26, 2003

Is 'Bandar Bush' Above the Law?
Saudi Ambassador and Wife Should Be Deported for National Security
National Post - April 19, 2003

Operation 'Finish the Job' Defies Prediction
12 Years of Hindsight Doesn't Make Gulf War I Much Clearer
National Post - March 22, 2003

Bush and the Art of Rope-a-Dope
Is Dubya as Fast on his Feet as Mohammed Ali?
National Post - February 8, 2003

Let Them Eat Bagels
Grumpy Herald-Tribune Swallowed Whole by the New York Times
National Post - January 25, 2003

America's Secret Weapon: The Facts
Pointing out the Lies Could Help Quell the Latest Frenzy of U.S.-Bashing
National Post - January 11, 2003

Havel's Amazing Swan Song
NATO Expansion is Czech President's Ultimate Achievement
National Post - November 23, 2002

The U.S. Version of Adult Supervision
Washington Thwarts Allies' Aspirations at Great Peril
National Post - October 19, 2002

Deals With the Devil
What Horses Will the U.S. Trade to Gain Support for an Iraq War?
National Post - October 5, 2002

'Runaway' Strain
The American Politics of Runaway Film Production in Canada
National Post - September 21, 2002

'Death of Dissent' a Myth
American Debate Since Sept. 11 Has Been Vigorous, not Quashed
National Post - September 7, 2002

Shilling for the House of Saud
Former U.S. Ambassadors Have Become Saudi Arabia's Apologists
National Post - August 24, 2002

Iraqi Death Toll Doesn't Add up
Sanctions Imposed 12 Years Ago Blamed on a Million Fatalities
National Post - August 10, 2002

Hahn Failed Truth Test in LAX Shooting
Be Very Worried When the Mayor and the FBI Downplay 'Terrorism' in Case Involving Egyptians or Saudi Arabians
Los Angeles Daily News - July 14, 2002

Dubya Losing Benefit of the Doubt
Moratorium on Bush-bashing is Over
National Post - July 6, 2002

Manufacturing Dissent
Noam Chomsky Calls the U.S. a Terrorist State. Much of the World, it Seems, is Listening
National Post - June 8, 2002

Foul Ball
How Castro and the Embargo Have Silenced a Cuban Baseball Historian
Reason - June, 2002

Speaking Lies to Power
Ralph Nader Fudges the Truth Just Like a Real Politician
Reason - May 2002

The Cuban Senators
Julio Becquer and the Last-Place Cuban-Flavored Teams of 1950s D.C.
ESPN.com - March 11, 2002

The Politics of Dead Children
Have Sanctions Against Iraq Really Murdered Millions?
Reason - March 2002

Weaning Europeans from the U.S. Teat
After Euro, Let Next Project Be Military, Defense Spending and Maturity
NewsForChange - January 15, 2002

The Power of 'I'm Sorry'
How the U.S. Apologizes for Past Misdeeds, and why it Must Do More
NewsForChange - January 10, 2002

Online Resources for the Iraqi-babies Question
Where to Begin Figuring out Whether Sanctions Have Killed Millions
Online Journalism Review - December 28, 2001

Expatriates and War
How Monolithic Enclaves Create Feedback Loops and Quell Debate
mattwelch.com - December 18, 2001

Tough Love?
Saudis Have an Odd Way of Being Allies
Los Angeles Daily News - Nov. 11, 2001

The Case Against Saudi Arabia
Defanging the House of Saud is a Bipartisan Matter of Self-defense
NewsForChange - Nov. 6, 2001

Optimism or Propaganda? An Exchange
My Debate with a Chomskyite Reader Over U.S. Foreign Policy
NewsForChange - Nov. 1, 2001

Hyperbole in Wartime is Immoral
Now More Than Ever, Beware the Language of Equivalence
Los Angeles Daily News - Oct. 28, 2001

Optimists and Pessimists: Switch Sides!
You Don't Know What You're Missing, Until You Try
NewsForChange - Oct. 25, 2001

That's Why They Call it Realpolitik
Time for all of us to Make Tough Calls About Us About Undemocratic Countries
NewsForChange - Oct. 11, 2001

Buck Up, Lefties!
You're Already Having an Effect; Now Go Make Some War Aims
NewsForChange - Sept. 22, 2001

Go Gently Into That Good Argument
Precautions You Should Take Before Arguing About the War
NewsForChange - Sept. 19, 2001

A Little Less Absolute Power
Supreme Court Chips Away at the Anti-Immigrant Frenzy of '96
NewsForChange - July 5, 2001

Be Careful Lefties, You Might Turn French
Notes on the Drawbacks of Creating a Naderite Country
NewsForChange - May 14, 2001

Enjoy the Dollar Bubble While it Lasts
Travel is Crazy-Cheap, but Eventual Damage to Economy Could be Dear
NewsForChange - April 30, 2001

Chocolat's Gooey Euro-Pudding
Where's the Pop Culture That Reflects Our Globalized World?
NewsForChange - February 16, 2001

Looking Inside Ashcroft's INS
How Will Bush's 'Compassionate Reform' Square with Atty. General's Anti-Immigrant Record?
NewsForChange - February 2, 2001

The Bushites' South Africa Skeletons
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker and Others Were on the Wrong Side of History When Americans Rejected Apartheid in 1986
NewsForChange - January 16, 2001

Ambivalent Anniversary
If Seattle and Nader Were All About Anti-Globalization, Then They Were Both Wastes of Time
NewsForChange - December 4, 2000

A Season to Remember
New Book by Texas Prof Does Admirable Job of Chronicling the '97-98 Cuban Baseball Crisis
Sportsjones - November 17, 2000

Give Us Your Poor, Leave the Rich Home
Nader's One-of-a-kind Immigration Policy Would Crack Down on H1-Bs, Offer Full Rights to Farmworkers, and Cut Off Support for 'Dictatorships' Like India and Mexico
NewsForChange - October 24, 2000

Gore 'Cowardly' on Mideast, Says Nader
Lebanese-American Candidate Says Israel Needs to 'Back Off;' Arab-American Support Swells to 15%, and Michigan May Hang in the Balance
NewsForChange - October 23, 2000

The President of Seattle
In Front of 10,000, Nader Makes Play to Lead Post-WTO Movement
NewsForChange - September 24, 2000

Communists Shut Down Broadway
Mao-Maoing Cubatistas March Down L.A.'s Most Capitalist Street
NewsForChange - August 14, 2000

Cloning Barbie
Today the Genome, Tomorrow the Eugenics Factory
NewsForChange - June 28, 2000

The Loneliness of the Free-Trade Left
Seattle Gang's Anti-China Debaters Can't Acknowledge Some People Actually Believe Trade is Good
NewsForChange - May 25, 2000

The Perils of Nostalgia
New Book on Cuban Baseball Doesn't Let Facts
Stand in the Way of a Good Ideological Rant
Sportsjones - April 11, 2000

Spin City for Troubled BMG Music
Boss Strauss Zelnick Downplays Botched Firing of Clive Davis,
The Threat of MP3gal E-mail
Tabloid - February 24, 1998

Belgrade's Student Protesters
A Street-Level Account of Milosevic's Biggest Challenge Yet
Written for Pozor Magazine - January 15, 1997

The Prague Curse
The Promise and Pitfalls of the Czech Music Industry
Velvet - September 1995

Rats & Runaways
A Post-Mortem on Prognosis
Budapest Business Journal - March 7, 1995

Inside Vladimir Meciar's Three-Peat
Scenes From the Latest Bizarre Election to Set Slovakia Back
Prognosis - October 6, 1994

How Havel Finally Found God
A Dissident-President's Spiritual Journey
Prognosis - July 28, 1994

Anatomy of a Hype Machine
Hey, Visiting Hacks! Looking for a Story Idea? How About Young Americans in Prague!
Prognosis - January 7, 1994

Slovak President Names New Coaltion
Kovac Takes Upper Hand in Showdown With Meciar
UPI - November 10, 1993

Slovak Government Collapses
Political Crisis Wracks Europe's Newest County
UPI - November 9, 1993

Car Crash Kills Controversial Minister
Zelenay Wanted 'Information Ministry' to Combat 'Anti-Slovakism'
UPI - November 2, 1993

Slovakia, Ukraine Sign Military Agreement
Still Oriented Toward NATO, Government Insists
UPI - October 29, 1993

Meciar Forms Nationalist Coalition
After Allies Defect, PM Woos SNS to Save Government
UPI - October 20, 1993

Culture Minister Loses Defamation Suit
Children's Author Had Criticized Slobodnik's 'Fascist Past'
UPI - October 18, 1993


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2006; All rights reserved.

x-Commies Too Distracted to Bother With Stifling Internet Speech
PLUS: Mitteleuropa's Best English-Language News Sites
Online Journalism Review - May 6, 1998

Non-Political Dispatch From Havana
Self-censored Impressions of Communist Cuba, Sent by Illegal E-mail
Tabloid - February 24, 1998

Belgrade's Student Protesters
A Street-Level Account of Milosevic's Biggest Challenge Yet
Written for Pozor Magazine - January 15, 1997

The Prague Curse
The Promise and Pitfalls of the Czech Music Industry
Velvet - September 1995

Rats & Runaways
A Post-Mortem on Prognosis
Budapest Business Journal - March 7, 1995

Inside Vladimir Meciar's Three-Peat
Scenes From the Latest Bizarre Election to Set Slovakia Back
Prognosis - October 6, 1994

How Havel Finally Found God
A Dissident-President's Spiritual Journey
Prognosis - July 28, 1994

Anatomy of a Hype Machine
Hey, Visiting Hacks! Looking for a Story Idea? How About Young Americans in Prague!
Prognosis - January 7, 1994

Slovak President Names New Coaltion
Kovac Takes Upper Hand in Showdown With Meciar
UPI - November 10, 1993

Slovak Government Collapses
Political Crisis Wracks Europe's Newest County
UPI - November 9, 1993

Car Crash Kills Controversial Minister
Zelenay Wanted 'Information Ministry' to Combat 'Anti-Slovakism'
UPI - November 2, 1993

Slovakia, Ukraine Sign Military Agreement
Still Oriented Toward NATO, Government Insists
UPI - October 29, 1993

Meciar Forms Nationalist Coalition
After Allies Defect, PM Woos SNS to Save Government
UPI - October 20, 1993

Culture Minister Loses Defamation Suit
Children's Author Had Criticized Slobodnik's 'Fascist Past'
UPI - October 18, 1993


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