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    Two Stolen Passports Were Used By Malaysian Airlines Passengers. Here's How To Make Sure That Never Happens Again.

    Reports today suggest that two of the people traveling on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were using stolen passports to conceal their identity. Two of the passengers who “boarded” the plane (one Italian and one Austrian) are alive and well today, and nowhere near the airplane. Both had reported their … More

    The U.S. Cannot Allow Ukraine To Be Destroyed

    Last week, Russia declared war on Ukraine. On March 1, the Russian Parliament’s Upper House, the Council of the Federation, voted to authorize the use of force against its neighbor. Now Russia has invaded the Crimea, my birthplace, a beautiful peninsula offering a subtropical coastline that has been popular with … More

    Putin Is Right About Withdrawal from the New START Treaty

    According to Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) and Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO), Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential withdrawal from New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) would serve America’s strategic interests more than the Obama Administration’s attempts to “reset” the United States’ relationship with Moscow. Putin’s mobilization of Russian troops into … More

    Chevron Ruling Will Strengthen Rule of Law in Ecuador

    A New York federal court ruling this week sends a strong and positive message to Ecuador—that corrupt methods and practices that undermine the integrity of Ecuador’s judicial system will not be tolerated in the United States. They should not be tolerated in Ecuador, either. Two years ago, a court in … More

    A Cyber Cold War: Russia and Ukraine Trade Cyber Attacks

    Ukraine’s telecommunications system has been cyber attacked, according to the head of the country’s security service. Internet and telephone services between the Crimea region and the rest of Ukraine were cut after Russian forces seized control of Crimea, but now the mobile phones of members of the Ukrainian parliament are … More

    U.S. Can Influence Russia by Promoting Regional Free Trade

    The Obama Administration is currently considering political and economic options to counter Russia. One option should be obvious: free trade and economic freedom. By advancing U.S. trade interests in Russia’s sphere of influence the U.S. can promote economic freedom and mutually beneficial exchange while at the same time putting pressure … More

    Boehner Is Right to Call for Allowing Natural Gas Exports to Ukraine

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) rightly called for the immediate easing of restrictions against the export of U.S. natural gas to Ukraine this week. Currently, exporting natural gas to most countries requires a lengthy and arduous Department of Energy approval. In a statement the Speaker said: Ending this de facto … More

    Russia: Did Administration Know About INF Violations?

    Amid the reports of Russia sending commandos to take over parts of Crimea, the White House is concerned about the “Russian activity that appears to be inconsistent with the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty,” said Brian McKeon, President Obama’s nominee for principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy. He also … More

    Update from Missionary in Ukraine: Crisis Looks 'Explosive,' 'Surreal'

    The Rev. Gerard D.  ”George” de Vuyst, wife Sarah and  their children. /  Family Photo  Russia’s military incursion into Crimea remains “explosive,” but the immediate threat to his fellow residents of Kiev appears to have lessened, an American missionary — who has lived in Ukraine for two decades — says … More

    6 Things the White House Can Do Immediately Regarding the Russia–Ukraine Conflict

    Despite issuing carefully worded statements—leaving a lot of room for interpretation—the White House has largely avoided mentioning specific consequences for Russia’s recent aggressions. Perhaps the White House will consider taking a look at our recent Heritage Foundation Issue Brief that includes a number of specific policy recommendations that, among other … More