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    Did Argentina’s Lack of Economic Freedom Influence the Views of Pope Francis?

    Next month, The Heritage Foundation will send a brand-new copy of the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom to the Vatican in hopes that Pope Francis and other senior church officials concerned with economic growth policies will take into consideration its findings in their future studies. Samuel Gregg of the Acton … More

    President Obama Shakes Hands with Cuban Dictator

    Earlier today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro. This exchange marks the third time in history that leaders of these respective countries have exchanged public greetings; the first handshake occurred at the United Nations in 2000, between Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, … More

    Mexican Cartels: A Hemispheric Danger

    U.S. authorities recently arrested the son of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s chief strategist on various charges, including conspiracy to import drugs. The discovery of this narcotics smuggling plot highlights the need to evolve U.S. approaches to counternarcotic efforts, Mexican criminal justice system reforms, and financial targeting in the fight against … More

    India: Budding Blue-Water Navy Capabilities

    India’s recent acquisition of the Russian-made aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya demonstrates its desire to increase its naval strength. Building a blue-water navy suggests that India is seeking to project both force and influence in the Asia–Pacific and hedge against China’s growing sphere of influence and continued naval buildup. India’s newest … More

    State Department Waste: Booze, Crystal, and a Million-Dollar Stack of Rocks

    On the eve of the government shutdown, the State Department was consumed with a very different budget crisis of its own: purchasing vast amounts of booze for American embassies around the globe. According to Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times, the embassy in Moscow splurged on $15,900 in bourbon and … More

    Fans of Iran's President Make "Yes We Can" Music Video

    After extracting a favorable agreement at the Geneva talks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on top of the world. One hundred days into Rouhani’s presidency, Iranian performers honored him with a music video (entitled “Aspirations”) that mirrors President Obama’s 2008 “Yes We Can” music video. Using the same black and … More

    North Korea Confirms Purge of Senior Official

    On Sunday, December 8th, Pyongyang officially acknowledged the ouster of Jang Song-taek, vice chairman of the important National Defense Commission. Despite being Kim Jong-un’s uncle and mentor and the “second most powerful man in North Korea,” Jang was stripped of all his titles for “anti-party, counter-revolutionary acts.” Jang’s purge shows … More

    Half of British Citizens Want to Exit the European Union

    According to a newly released poll of citizens in four European countries, half of Britons would vote to leave the European Union (EU). While 50 percent of United Kingdom citizens said they would vote to leave the EU, only 36 percent said they would vote to stay in the EU. … More

    House Intelligence Committee: Slowly But Surely Unraveling Benghazi

    Tuesday’s hearing held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on the 2012 Benghazi attack presented a third round of eyewitness testimony from the fateful night of September 11 to 12 of year. After almost a year and a half of stalling by the Obama Administration, eyewitnesses are now … More

    Nelson Mandela: A Symbol of Compassion and Equality

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first democratic president of post-apartheid South Africa, has passed away at his home in Johannesburg after months of battling a recurring lung infection. Current South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation this evening announcing Mandela’s death and honoring his legacy, by stating, “Nelson Mandela was … More