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    No to a United Nations for the Internet

    Here are three rules to live by for the Internet: Keep it regulation-free; Keep it tax-free; and Keep it censorship-free. All of these sensible guidelines could be jeopardized by a new Obama Administration proposal to hand over some control of Internet usage, as well as the assignation of domain names, … More

    Western Leaders Suspend Russia from G8; Now They Should Downgrade the G20

    The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the G7), plus the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission, met yesterday in The Hague to reaffirm their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. They also made … More

    Target Twitter: Turkey’s Government’s War on Social Media

    Last week, the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayjip Erdogan became the latest regime to attempt to stem the social media Twitter tide. What sparked this latest crackdown? Turkish Twitter users have been busy sharing inconvenient information about official corruption prior to this weekend’s municipal elections. In a broader … More

    Congressional Skepticism of Aid to Afghanistan Grows as U.S. Troops Withdraw

    As the U.S. continues to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, possibly all of them by the end of the year, Members of Congress are increasingly doubtful about the efficacy of U.S. aid programs. “Afghanistan is the most corrupt country in the world,” Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), chairman of the House Oversight … More

    Harry Reid Tried to Push Conservatives Into Accepting This Policy. Why He Didn't Succeed.

    After a two-week standoff with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to drop controversial provisions in the aid package for Ukraine. The Senate was locked in a stalemate over the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the International Monetary Fund. The provisions had the support of Reid (D-Nev.) and … More

    Crimea Is a Dangerous Place to Stay If You Support Ukraine

    When hearing current news from Crimea I get a feeling of déjà vu. Activists being abducted and killed; people being afraid to go out on the streets—these scenes remind me of the violence in Kiev just a month ago. During the last days of the former president Yanukovych’s rule, the … More

    WATCH: Krauthammer Hammers White House on Ukraine. But Is He Right That Obama Should Send Ukraine Weapons?

    Yesterday, Charles Krauthammer skewered the White House for treating Ukraine’s besieged leaders like hungry beggars. With Russian forces continuing to push into Ukraine, Kiev asked the White House for military arms. In return, Obama offered pre-packaged military meals. Krauthammer’s response—a blistering criticism of the administration delivered on Monday night’s Special … More

    The Chorus for LNG Exports Gets Bigger and Louder

    As Congress returns to work and focuses on a Ukraine aid package, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) is getting all sorts of attention these days, and deservedly so. Liberalizing America’s energy markets by lifting restrictions on export capabilities should be a key component of Congress’s response. Over the weekend, The … More

    Venezuela Arrests More Key Opposition Leaders on Unjustified Charges

    A recent uptick in politically motivated arrests of politicians has hit Venezuela. The Venezuelan government is targeting prominent opposition leaders throughout the country, using trumped-up, baseless charges in an effort to break the back of the democratic opposition and quell the countrywide protests. Opposition leaders in Venezuela have long been … More

    Indonesia: Elections an Opportunity for Improved Governance

    Upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Indonesia are heating up after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) announcement that Jakarta’s popular governor, Joko Widodo (known as “Jokowi”), will run for president. As the vastly favored candidate, Jokowi’s popularity offers promise for consolidation of democracy. Improvement in Indonesia’s democratic credentials … More