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  • U.S. to U.N. Conference: Hands Off the Internet

    Regulating the Internet is a dream of autocratic governments and international organizations alike. This week and next, Internet governance will be the hot topic of the World Conference on International Telecommunications. The conference began on December 3 in Dubai and is hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a U.N. … More

    Life Behind the Iron Curtain: The Ultimate Exercise in Big Government (VIDEO)

    More than 20 years have passed since the Soviet empire collapsed. Telling its history to new generations here and in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe—generations who have at best dim personal memories of this tragic era in world history—has become an important task. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of … More

    Chinese Public Opinion Warfare: A Wake-Up Call

    Chinese advances on the cultural and informational fronts have not gone unnoticed in Washington. While U.S. international broadcasting continues to struggle with budget cuts, Chinese TV (CCTV) this year launched itself on the Washington scene with sparkling new office facilities close to Capitol Hill, and the Chinese news agency Xinhua … More

    Who Altered the Benghazi Talking Points?

    Bipartisan outrage is a rarity in Washington these days, but the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency over Benghazi has provoked it. This $64,000 question occupied Congress in open and closed hearings last week as well as the Sunday talk shows: Who altered the Administration’s talking points on the Benghazi terrorist … More

    Was There Ever a Real "U.S. Consulate" in Benghazi?

    In the many news reports published since the tragic and mysterious assassinations of four Americans in Libya on September 11, 2012, the scene of the terrorist attack is referred to variously as the “U.S. consulate” in Benghazi, the “U.S. mission” in Benghazi, or even as an American “embassy” in Benghazi. … More

    Congress Seeks Answers on Benghazi

    On Thursday, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should bring us closer to an understanding of what went so disastrously wrong at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during the terrorist attack on September 11 that left one U.S. ambassador and three CIA … More

    Benghazi: Implications for U.S. Public Diplomacy

    An obvious conclusion from the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is that whatever the Obama Administration’s effort has been to deprive al-Qaeda and its affiliates of oxygen, it is not working. Public diplomacy may not appear to be the immediate issue in Thursday’s Benghazi hearings in the House … More

    The Holes in the CIA’s Benghazi Timeline

    In yet another attempt to counter the mounting evidence against the Obama Administration in the handling of the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the CIA last Friday leaked a timeline of events to foreign policy columnist David Ignatius. The CIA version makes its actions seem appropriate if insufficient. … More

    Media Scandal in the Making: CBS Posts Still More of President's Benghazi Interview

    On Sunday night, a full 54 days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, CBS finally posted a critically important segment of the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama conducted on September 12. Unbelievably, it was left on the cutting room floor even as 60 Minutes aired a long segment … More

    Benghazi: U.S. Counterterrorism Group Not Consulted

    The outrage continues to mount over the lack of response at the highest levels of the U.S. government to the terrorist attack on Benghazi on September 11. While President Obama has repeatedly stated that he immediately gave instructions to secure Americans in harm’s way, it is still unclear to whom … More