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    Russia Silences Political Opponents Through Judicial Abuse

    Outspoken anti-corruption crusader and whistleblower Alexei Navalny may face up to 10 years in prison in Russia for money laundering. Just weeks ago, a Russian court suspended a sentence he was serving for charges on embezzlement. This suggests that the siloviki (men of force) faction in the Kremlin is trying … More

    Cruz Explains Why Americans with Disabilities Will Not Benefit from U.N. Disabilities Treaty

    The United States is the world leader regarding the rights of people with disabilities. But a United Nations treaty seeks to use Americans’ concern for the disabled to undermine U.S. sovereignty. It’s time for proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to come clean about … More

    Critical Questions for the Obama Administration on Burma–North Korea Ties

    In a discussion at Heritage last week examining U.S.–Burma military-to-military relations, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee professional staff Keith Luse laid out his personal opinion on the issue and raised 10 very specific questions for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding Burma’s relationship with North Korea. The Administration would do … More

    British Control of Gibraltar Helped Defeat Nazi Germany

    Seventy-one years ago this week in 1942, the Allies began the liberation of North Africa from the yoke of Italian and German fascism. Known as Operation Torch, this was the first combat test in World War II for U.S. forces. British control over the territory of Gibraltar played a vital … More

    Peace Talks on Syria Collapse over Iran

    The U.S. and Russia have failed to come to a peace talk date to diplomatically solve the crisis in Syria. The main point of contention is the role Iran will play in those talks. Moscow insists Iran ought to be invited and, for now, the U.S. remains opposed to this. … More

    Q&A: Can America “Rebound” from Its Current State?

    Every day, we hear more cultural commentators noting the inevitable decline of America. Many on the right lament it, while the left eagerly anticipates “the post-American world.” Kim Holmes has spent his life advocating for liberty, both as a longtime Heritage expert and previously as Assistant Secretary of State. His … More

    Eastern Europe Continues to Be an Afterthought for the U.S.

    Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Poland is a step in the right direction, but the timing and manner of Kerry’s visit leave much to be desired, especially when viewed in the larger context of the Obama Administration’s antipathy toward Eastern Europe. Kerry is in Poland for talks with … More

    In China, the Party Still Controls the Gun

    General Peng Yong, commander of the Xinjiang Military District in China’s Lanzhou Military Region (MR), has reportedly been fired from the Xinjiang Chinese Communist Party (CCP) standing committee—the top leadership organization for the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This was apparently in response to this past week’s incident, where a Uyghur-driven … More

    Wolf Urges Select Committee on Benghazi

    Congressman Frank Wolf (R–VA) last week on the floor of the House redoubled his efforts to create a congressional select committee to investigate Benghazi. More than a year has passed since the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility, and far too many questions remain unanswered. Nearly 11 months ago, … More

    An American Partner in Beijing: India and China Repairing Ties

    The recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China demonstrated an ongoing willingness on both sides to cooperate on issues of mutual interest and try to better manage the differences over their shared border. This is an important dynamic to consider as the U.S. continues to develop its … More