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    The U.S. Is Right to Boycott the U.N. Durban II Conference on Racism

    Our own Brett Schaefer and Steven Groves are reporting from the Durban II Conference on Racism in Geneva for National Review’s The Corner. Their dispatches today include: Durban II Starts With a Swipe at America: Preceeding the official opening of the Durban II conference, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights … More

    Counter-terror Operation in Chechnya Completed: What Next?

    Last week the Kremlin formally announced its decade-long anti-terror operation in Chechnya over. In practical terms, it translates into puling out the federal forces and repealing stringent restrictions related to freedom of movement for civilians in Chechnya. This measure aroused little enthusiasm in Russia, though. In point of fact, the … More

    Medvedev Flirting with Democracy: What Stands Behind

    The past week saw an unprecedented number of President Dmitry Medvedev’s public acts towards civil society institutions. He was interviewed by the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, met with representatives of civil rights NGOs and had a protracted televised talk on NTV channel deemed the most liberal of the government-run television … More

    Russia-Georgia: Doth the lady protest too much?

    Leading Russian officials are loudly protesting the forthcoming NATO staff exercise in Georgia. The exercises do not involve any armed troops and are essentially a crisis management drill. Yet, as the Bard said, “the lady doth protest too much.” Since March 25, the Russian Federation has significantly increased its military … More

    Obama Outflanked by France on Iran

    In its rush to diplomatically engage Iran, the Obama Administration has found itself in the embarrassing position of appearing to be softer than France, which until recently had been a leading advocate of Europe’s “critical engagement” with Iran — a policy which offered Iran lucrative trade deals, but precious little … More

    Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

    The Department of the Treasury has again declined to label China a currency manipulator. This will ruffle some feathers on the Congress, labor groups, certain industries, and some plain ol’ regular Americans. Those with ruffled feathers can make good points but Treasury is still right to have done nothing. There … More

    Another U.N. Scandal

    What does the U.S. Agency for International Development get for a $25 million grant to two United Nations agencies working in Afghanistan? How about “a central bank without electricity and a bridge at risk of ‘life threatening’ collapse”? According to a USA Today story on the USAID inspector general report, … More

    The True Story On Chinese Bond Purchases

    The New York Times today both informs and misleads on China’s role in the American economy. The Times headline warns, “China Slows Purchases of U.S. and Other Bonds.” That may well be true, but it isn’t supported in the story that follows. The story actually cites slower growth in the … More

    Castro, Race and the Black Congressional Caucus: An Inconvenient Truth

    It is not every day that the Washington Post and the Heritage Foundation sing from the same sheet of music. Today, on the problem of Cuba, we generally do. One must read the Post’s lead editorial “Coddling Cuba.” The reaction to the recent visit of the Black Congressional Caucus to … More

    Did President Obama Attend the Alliance of Civilizations Forum or Not?

    Over the past month, the press in predominantly Muslim countries was abuzz that President Barack Obama was scheduled to attend the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum during his recent visit to Turkey. The AoC is an attempt by the U.N. to quell perceived tensions between Muslim and Western nations … More