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    Russian “Spy Stations”: A Clear and Present Danger?

    CIA and Pentagon officials have expressed concern that Russia’s efforts to place satellite positioning monitors throughout America pose a direct threat to U.S. national security, according to a recent report. Russia’s satellite system, known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), is currently the only major alternative to the U.S.’s … More

    China’s Increasingly Aggressive Stance Toward Its Territorial Claims

    A Chinese naval vessel nearly collided with the U.S. cruiser USS Cowpens last week after another Chinese vessel had ordered the U.S. ship to stop, according to reports. Beijing appears intent upon establishing its dominance over the entire Asian littoral, from Japan in the north to Indonesia in the south, … More

    Vladimir Putin Disbands RIA Novosti, Tightens His Grip on Russian Media

    This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin disbanded the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. A new agency—Russia Segodnya (Russia Today)—will be taking over its assets with the mission of improving the image of Russia internationally. It will be headed by a hard-line propagandist, TV anchor Dmitri Kiselev, leaving no doubt about … More

    U.S. Suspends Aid to Syrian Rebels as Islamists Seize Supplies

    Washington has suspended nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels after Islamist militants seized warehouses containing U.S.-provided supplies close to the Turkish border, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. General Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army, the non-Islamist rebel group that the United States has weakly supported, was forced to flee Syria … More

    China Promises Relaxed One-Child Policy: Will It Deliver?

    Chinese Communist party leaders recently declared in an official communiqué that the government could begin to slightly relax its infamous one-child policy. Though vague, the new plan will apparently allow certain couples to have more than one child, assuming one of the parents is an only child. But the U.S. … More

    North Korean Power Politics Gets More Ruthless

    Pyongyang announced the trial and execution of Jang Song-taek, former vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission and uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although Kim has already purged hundreds of officials during his two year reign, Jang’s ouster is highly unusual. Jang is married to the sister … More

    After Obama Handshake, Raul Castro Cracks Down on Dissidents in Cuba

    In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, security forces in Cuba conducted widespread arrests and detained more than 150 dissidents. The crackdown began on Tuesday morning and carried over into Wednesday. From activists to musicians, no one was safe from the regime’s iron-fisted oppression. In addition to the detentions, … More

    Wife of Saeed Abedini Fights for His Freedom

    Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year. In that time period, he has been severely tortured, robbed, threatened at knife point, and suffered severe health problems. The Iranian government has sentenced him to another eight years in Rajaishahr, one … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    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