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TikTok’s Latest Assault: Ripping Off American Artists and Songwriters

Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat to U.S. national security.

In recent days, we’ve witnessed in real time another emerging TikTok threat reaching the headlines:  The threat it poses to intellectual property protections, which undergird America’s status as the most artistically and musically productive and influential nation in human history.

Universal Music Group, however, has decided to stand up and fight back by removing its catalog of songs – including artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Billie Eilish – from TikTok.

Tone-Deaf TikTok has built its aggressive worldwide empire largely on the backs of music created by American artists, as even its corporate leadership openly admits.  As TikTok’s very own…[more]

February 08, 2024 • 12:44 PM

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121 Delusion and Denial in the Middle East

It’s an analytical shortcoming of advanced, western societies to assume that progress is the default disposition of humanity. To a certain extent, that’s the intellectual byproduct of living in a democratic, capitalist nation. An American senior citizen alive today was born into a world where polio was still a threat, African-Americans…

122 Obama Has Earned World’s Contempt

Nobody should even for a moment entertain the suggestion that the attacks on American outposts in Libya and Egypt are the fault of Barack Obama – but nobody should avoid saying that this week’s tragedies are symptomatic of the abject failure of Obama’s foreign policies not just in northern Africa but around the globe. Under Obama…

123 Will Foreign Policy Still Matter in the Presidential Race?

Mitt Romney’s announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate has electrified conservatives in the run-up to November’s presidential election, and with good reason. As the most intelligent, articulate, charismatic and (this factor is often overlooked) creative advocate for conservative reforms to the entitlement state, Ryan’s selection…

124 Poland: Obama’s “Ignorance and Incompetence” Unacceptable

“The White House will apologize for this outrageous mistake.  It’s a shame that such a momentous ceremony has been overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence.” That was Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, objecting to this week’s embarrassing gaffe by President Obama.  So much for “the smartest guy ever…

125 Russian Threats of Preemptive Attack Vindicate Romney, Reagan on Foreign Policy and Missile Defense

Last week, a senior Russian general threatened a preemptive military attack against NATO missile defenses:  “Taking into account the missile defense system’s destabilizing nature and, in particular, creating an illusion that a disarming strike can be launched with impunity, a decision about a pre-emptive use of attack weapons available…

126 Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Point to Tension in GOP’s Foreign Policy Future

In many ways, the three-plus years since Barack Obama has assumed the presidency have been an era of clarity for the Republican Party. The mid-section of the previous decade – dominated by lobbying scandals, rampant deficit spending and an unpopular war, all of Republican authorship – found the party in a state of ideological drift. At…

127 As U.S. Defense Manufacturers Suffer, Why Would the Federal Government Favor Brazilian Warplane?

“Brazil is the country of the future – and it always will be.”  That witticism captures perfectly Brazil’s perennial underachievement.  Consider this pre-Internet lamentation from The New York Times in July 1995:  “Brazil once captured the fancy of outsiders as an impossibly alluring place of unspoiled…

128 Obama on Iran: A Dove in Hawk’s Clothing

Based on the media’s reaction, you would think that Barack Obama has discovered his inner Theodore Roosevelt in the last week. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial proclaimed, “As White House U-turns go, President Obama's hawkish rhetorical shift on Iran in the last week has been remarkable.” Fox News, similarly breathless, reported…

129 On Israel, Romney and Perry Sound Presidential

President Barack Obama’s inept handling of Israel and the Palestinians has now prompted a United Nations debacle over Palestinian statehood.  With the UN Security Council now considering whether to subject the request to a vote before the entire General Assembly, two presidential candidates are reminding voters why Obama can’t be trusted…

130 UN Reform Bill Matches Taxpayer Money to Our National Interest

With President Barack Obama continuing to send the political equivalent of a blank check to the United Nations, House Republicans are forging ahead with an ambitious bill to reform the UN by withholding funds from programs filled with waste, fraud and abuse.  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the longest-serving Republican congresswoman and chair…

131 Obama's Unfocused, Unrealistic Afghanistan Speech

Viewers who were unfortunate enough to tune into President Obama's Wednesday night speech at the wrong moment could have been forgiven some measure of confusion. The speech, billed as the president's pronouncement on the future of America's war policy in Afghanistan, spent only about a third of its length actually discussing that conflict.  …

132 Congress Strikes Back Over Obama’s War in Libya

Last week’s bipartisan rebuke of President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Libya was dismissed by a White House spokesman as “unnecessary and unhelpful.”  For Americans weighing a change in leadership, it was instructive.  It’s never a good day as president when a congressman representing a fraction of…

133 Bin Laden and “The End of the Beginning”

Osama Bin Laden is dead. And there isn’t much more to the story than that.   In an era when media outlets proliferate like rabbits and around-the-clock coverage tends to showcase journalist endurance rather than journalistic insight, an important lesson is often lost: The greatest stories are often the simplest. No matter how many hours…

134 Libya: Confusion, by Committee

“I don’t oppose all wars … what I am opposed to is a dumb war.” – Barack Obama, 2002   Oh how luxurious the view from the cheap seats must seem to Barack Obama in retrospect. The man who spent the past decade (beginning with the now famous speech quoted above) trying to decide whether he was more preternaturally…

135 John Bolton for Vice President?

John Bolton is making the rounds at presidential campaign venues like the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), but he won’t be the 2012 Republican nominee.  With his speeches and media appearances it looks like the former ambassador to the United Nations is angling to star in a different role: Vice President.  Of course…

136 Hope or Hellfire in Cairo?

According to legend, it was the wayward kick of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that began the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Two days later, a third of the Windy City’s property value was destroyed and a third of its people were homeless. One wonders if a similar catastrophe will emerge from another seemingly minor combustion: the self-immolation…

137 The Menace Abroad: Foreign Policy Threats to Watch in 2011

As 2010 recedes into memory and 2011 begins to take center stage, America continues a long and bizarre interregnum in our foreign policy posture. Ever since the war in Iraq began winding down and the economy began cracking up during the 2008 election cycle, we have become a nation whose political focus is concentrated almost exclusively stateside. &…

138 Peggy Noonan Stalls on “New Start”

What to make of Peggy Noonan's recent intellectual fender-bender in The Wall Street Journal?  Ironically entitled “A New Start in Washington,” her piece reverts to the same calcified strategic orthodoxy that her former boss Ronald Reagan so brilliantly challenged.  Noonan’s commentaries often provide an eloquent weekly…

139 Venezuela, Iran & Russia: A VIRUS to American Foreign Policy

What do you call an axis of authoritarian regimes united by a rejection of the United States and free market capitalism?  A ‘VIRUS’ for 21st century freedom.  The acronym comes from an oft-repeated grouping of Venezuela, Iran and Russia; countries led by three governments that share a statist’s preference for top-down micro…

140 Obama Should Address the Nation on Iran, Not Iraq

Given the public’s distemper at the sight of the President, it’s not surprising that the Commander-in-Chief is developing a taste for delivering major addresses to a solitary camera in the Oval Office. Yet even that doesn’t quite explain President Obama’s decision to deliver a nationally televised speech from the White House…

141 David Petraeus: An Indispensable Man for an Impossible Mission?

There are no indispensable men in American life.  That is one of the many lessons surrounding the downfall of General Stanley McChrystal, who up until earlier this week was serving as the commander of American forces in Afghanistan. Another lesson?  If you have designs on being an indispensable man, make sure that there’s not someone…

142 Sailing Under a White Flag: The High Seas Expose the Weakness of Obama’s Foreign Policy

In a desperate bid to inject his boss with some much-needed gravitas, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recently revealed to the press corps that President Obama’s nightstand reading included a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, the man who sat in Obama’s chair almost exactly a century prior.  Let’s hope the president is…

143 Nukes Have Kept America Safe; Obama Hasn’t

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;  And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.” – Rudyard Kipling This is an age of contradictions in Washington, when the capitol city’s always tenuous relationship between words and actions has devolved…

144 Israel: An Ally Forsaken

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." That legendary line from scripture could just as easily be applied to the prospects for peace in the region where Jesus delivered it. Yet that fact hasn’t kept virtually every White House in recent history from thinking that…

145 Obama’s 10 Biggest Foreign Policy Blunders

When Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, it was amidst an atmosphere of generalized transcendence.  New eras would dawn, we were told.  Oceans would fall.  Planets would heal.  In general, it sounded a lot like the Bible, except this time we were supposed to worship the guy peddling hope on what looked like a Che Guevara…

146 Two Faces of Obama in Oslo

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) -- Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" Halley’s Comet made impact in the middle of K Street last Thursday.  Only a few months after President Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize brought howls of derision from the conservative…

147 In the Shadow of the Minaret

In the six and half decades since the conclusion of World War Two, Europe – the fountainhead of western liberalism – has been slowly but systematically divesting itself of everything that made it the world’s powerhouse continent for most of the second millennium A.D.    The system of nation-states solidified by the Treaty…

148 The Obama Doctrine: Bend at the Waist

For all the volumes that are filled about the foreign policy predilections of American presidents, a commander-in-chief’s attitude towards foreign affairs can often be captured in a single iconic moment.  There’s John F. Kennedy staring into a camera while explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis to the American people; Jimmy Carter scolding…

149 The Obama Way: First Throw Down, Then Throw Up

Former Republican Congressman and Love Boat television star Fred Grandy likes to remind listeners of his Washington, D.C. morning radio program that in politics, “once you throw down, you can’t throw up.”  In other words, once you attempt to take a stand or assert a position of strength, you cannot subsequently back down when…

150 Last Chance in Afghanistan

"If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, if we aren't willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all." – Barack Obama, "The Audacity of Hope" "… I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused…

 
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