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    Human Rights: A Quiet Victory in the Americas

    In early June, the Organization of American States (OAS) elected three new members to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an OAS body, whose sole purpose is to promote and protect human rights in the region. The candidate from Ecuador, Erick Roberts Garcés, was not elected, and for that, … More

    Do Beyonce and Jay-Z Deserve Praise for Visiting Cuba?

    In an opinion piece this week, Heritage’s Mike Gonzalez called for a “Dennis Rodman Rule” for celebrities who travel to repressive countries for enjoyment. Rodman, the former basketball player, recently visited North Korea and claimed “it’s pretty much like any other country.” Music moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z were granted permission … More

    Cyprus Bank Raid: The Decaying Eurozone Is Rotting the European Union

    Today, Cyprus’s banks opened for the first time in more than 10 days, after Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades—without seeking approval from his parliament—agreed to bailout terms that will raid citizens’ bank accounts. Those banking in Cyprus should not get too excited about the banks reopening. Strict capital controls are in … More

    Dictator Castro Now In Charge of Latin American Pro-Democracy Group

    In Santiago, Chile, on January 28, the new regional body, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), passed its rotating presidency to Cuba’s dictator General Raul Castro. CELAC, according to prime backer Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is part of a historic project to build a Latin American/Caribbean union … More

    Mexico's New President Takes Office

    With enormous fanfare, Mexico inaugurated its new president on Saturday. Outgoing President Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party will pass the keys of the executive to Enrique Peña Nieto of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (RIP), who will begin a six-year term. President Peña Nieto won the election on July … More

    Lebanon Simmers with Anti-Assad Rage

    Lebanon has been roiled by mounting political tensions in the wake of another assassination of a Lebanese leader that is widely blamed on the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Last Friday, a car bomb killed the intelligence chief of Lebanon’s internal security forces, Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, who was a … More

    Obama Should Be Guided by His Own Words on Latin America

    In his generally disappointing September 25 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama trotted out a number of fundamental American principles. He called for a world able to “live with liberty, dignity, justice and opportunity,” and defended “universal values.” He urged an end to “the politics of division” … More

    Comedian in Chief: Obama Snubs World Leaders for Talk Shows

    Where is President Obama? Yakking it up on television and radio with comedians and chat shows. That is, when he is not out raising funds for his reelection. Last Tuesday, the President gave a full hour to late night comedy host David Letterman. On September 11 of all days, he … More

    The Apology Tour Continues: Obama, Clinton Say “Sorry” to Rioting Pakistanis

    Yesterday, the President and Secretary of State of the United States of America went on Pakistani television to apologize. In a commercial containing clips from their Washington press conferences, subtitled in Urdu, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said “sorry” to the mad hordes attacking the American embassy in the Pakistani … More

    Online Chat on the Embassy Attacks

    The attacks on the U.S. Embassies this week highlighted the growing unrest throughout Northern Africa and has had repercussions in Africa’s Sahel region. Click here to join us on right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Morgan Lorraine Roach and she will be taking … More