International News

Mubarak Finally Steps Down in Egypt

In the latest episode of Egypt’s “Top Presidential Chef” the Armed Forces Supreme Council has decided; “Hosni, please pack up your knives and go.” It is unclear whether he will be able to keep the 2011 Ford Escape he won in a previous episode.

Voices From Street Corners (Vol 14)

In a few days, the first month of 2011 will be history. It has been quite a month in our County, our Country and our World. As I write this, I am listening to live feeds from Al Jazeera on the upheaval in Egypt and can’t help but be amazed and proud of all those…

U.S.- Korea Trade Agreement Addresses Liberal Concerns

President Obama’s recently announced, renegotiated U.S. – South Korea free trade agreement holds strong potential to energize the U.S. economy over the next few years and decades. Democrats should be pleased because this, Obama’s first trade agreement, appears to adequately address liberal concerns on U.S. trade policy as: Environmental protections Protection of workers’ fundamental rights…

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Praises South Korea Trade Deal

“America’s new trade agreement with South Korea is welcome news on the heels of November’s disappointing job numbers. In the long-run, America’s economic recovery will largely depend on whether we can adapt to and compete in an increasingly global market. This landmark agreement, which enjoys broad support in both the public and private sectors, will help us do both by boosting U.S. exports to the world’s 12th largest economy and creating an estimated 70,000 American jobs in the process. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to quickly approve this historic pact.”

Rep. Loretta Sanchez on introduction of the Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act

The Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act would impose sanctions on individuals who perpetrate or are complicit in human rights abuses committed against nationals of Vietnam or their family members. Individuals who warrant sanctions would be disqualified from applying for a U.S. visa or taking part in financial or property transactions in the U.S., among other penalties.

Happy Birthday Mayor Kang

I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know that past three mayors of Irvine personally.  And knowing how strong willed each of them are, I always laugh when someone suggests they are not independent.  Voting alike doesn’t necessarily constitute puppet strings no matter how many times conservative operatives in Irvine suggest it. So with…