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  • Obama in Berlin: No Ronald Reagan

    President Obama’s speech today, June 19, at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin inevitably invites comparisons with the speech given by President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987. Surely, no one in this publicity savvy White House could have missed that point. The backdrop of the famous monument, the topic, the … More

    American Betrayal: How Enemies Within Harm the U.S.

    The topic of a recent Heritage event on American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, by noted author and columnist Diana West, was nothing less than a startling rewriting of American history since the 1930s. West’s book and her compelling presentation—which can be viewed on Heritage.org—deserve a wide … More

    Iran: Another “Moderate” Leader?

    Iran has yet again elected a “moderate leader,” so news reports are telling us. How many times have we heard this before? The election to the presidency by Muslim cleric Hassan Rowhani, a candidate who in the days before the vote was given almost no chance to win, has caused … More

    Scandal Du Jour at the State Department

    Another day, another State Department scandal. This time, allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. On top of that, high-level officials in the State Department, which at the time was headed by Hillary Clinton, are accused of shutting down a probe by State’s inspector … More

    “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”

    Today, we celebrate the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s great speech before the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 12, 1987. Coming two and a half years before the end of the Cold War, Reagan’s famous line on the Berlin Wall still has that chill-giving power. General Secretary Gorbachev, if … More

    Iran Clamps Down on Dissidents Before Election

    In anticipation of Friday’s presidential election, Iran’s leadership has harshly cracked down on journalists, dissidents, and cyber activists, as well as members of their families. The regime is leaving nothing to chance, determined to avoid a replay of the surprise demonstrations that followed the 2009 presidential election and led to … More

    U.S. Embassy in Beirut Still a Security Risk

    A new report by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) on the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, indicates that security at even the most exposed embassies of the United States is still inadequate. The OIG report states that 32 of 34 recommendations from a security review of the … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy Should Be Bipartisan

    The news that the White House has sought to replace the only Republican currently serving on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), former U.S. ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, has made many sit up and pay attention. It is rare that Americans get passionate about the BBG, which oversees all … More

    Benghazi Investigation Still Very Much Ongoing

    Benghazi is back in the headlines with a vengeance as investigations continue on several congressional fronts: Representative Darrell Issa (R–CA) subpoenaed the State Department to deliver more email threads on the Benghazi talking points; The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee threatened to subpoena Ambassador Thomas Pickering regarding the Accountability … More

    U.S. Broadcasting Affected by Obama Administration Culture of Intimidation

    The Obama Administration’s “culture of intimidation,” as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) has called it, has affected the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In a power grab that is as outrageous as it is brazen, the Obama Administration is proposing to replace the only remaining Republican and one of … More