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A United Nations General Assembly committee voted this week to recommend that the UN Security Council refer to the International Criminal Court evidence of North Korea’s crimes against humanity. The evidence includes alarming human rights abuses in the country’s political prison camps. The Washington Post featured a compelling editorial on the matter, urging the Security Council to take action. As the editors point out, “When the gates to the concentration camps are opened in North Korea, who will be able to say: We knew, and we did something about it? Now it is up to the U.N. Security Council.”
There’s been interesting discussion once again on the Keystone pipeline this week. This editorial in the USA Today urges Washington to move forward on the Keystone XL project, calling it long overdue. While a vote in the Senate failed on Tuesday, the piece says : “Keystone is a useful way to provide oil for a nation that, like it or not, still relies heavily on petroleum and imports it from nations far less trustworthy than Canada. Most of the refined product would remain in the USA. The line would also help move landlocked oil from fields in North Dakota and Montana that must often travel by rail, a more dangerous and inefficient mode of transport ... It's long past time to say yes.”
And speaking of Washington, there’s plenty of commentary on the latest immigration executive action, but we’re reading research from Pew that breaks down the numbers on issue. It’s an important reminder that we should be focused on immigration reform and keep in mind what immigrants contribute.
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict with India.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.