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    Russian “Grandma of Human Rights” Nominated for Nobel Prize

    This week, Senator Benjamin Cardin (D–MD) nominated the “grandma” of the Russian human rights movement, Lyudmila Alekseeva, for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Cardin’s nomination of the veteran of the dissident movement affirms the United States’ support for human rights activists in Russia and gives this “peacemaker” the recognition she … More

    Benghazi: Panetta, Dempsey Face Questions

    Today at 10 a.m., Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be grilled by Senators on the Benghazi terrorist attack. The Senate Armed Services Committee has to do a better job and dig deeper than the Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) … More

    EU Must Take Action Against Hezbollah Terrorist Threat

    Bulgarian authorities yesterday accused Hezbollah of perpetrating a bombing that killed six people last summer, a finding that should lead to a reversal of the European Union’s policy of appeasement towards the Lebanon-based terrorist group. Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov announced the long-awaited results of the investigation into the July … More

    WATCH: Senator Rand Paul on Conservative Foreign Policy

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) visits Heritage this morning to deliver a much-anticipated speech about a constitutionally conservative foreign policy — one that respects the Founders’ vision for America. Paul’s speech begins at 11 a.m. ET. Heritage closed registration two days ago due to the high number of RSVPs. More than … More

    BBG Takes It on the Chin

    Two new reports have delivered a one-two punch to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). One of the reports, by the State Department’s Inspector General (IG), focused narrowly on the functioning of the BBG itself, which it concluded is failing in its mandated duties, including implementation of key aspects of … More

    Responding to Rising Islamist Movements (VIDEO)

    Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) will deliver remarks Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation laying out his ideas for “Restoring the Founders’ Vision of Foreign Policy.” A major portion of that speech is likely to focus on how the U.S. should deal with the rise of Islamist political movements. The Obama Administration’s … More

    New Zealand: A Renewed Commitment to Freedom

    Many Americans would recognize New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently, The Hobbit – especially the idyllic free country known as The Shire, a place that survives the turmoil around it by remaining courageously true to its principles. Perhaps even more dramatic … More

    Mali: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

    As the Obama Administration increases its assistance for the French operation in Mali, it’s clear that Washington understands it has a role to play, even if it does not want to lead. In many ways, the instability across North Africa and the Sahel is owed to the Arab Spring and … More

    Free Trade Comes to Central Asia

    Heirs to the ancient traders of the Silk Road, rejoice! If all goes according to plan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2013, connecting the lonely highlands and steppes of Central Asia with the markets of the 157 WTO members. The accession of these … More

    Iran, Argentina, Terrorism, and the Non-Truth Commission

    Argentina and Iran have agreed to establish a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. The bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires claimed 85 lives, injured hundreds, and was undoubtedly the work of Iranian-backed terrorists. Two years before, terrorists (also believed to … More