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    Religious Freedom Restrictions on the Rise—Even in the U.S.

    The Pew Forum recently released a noteworthy report demonstrating that religious restrictions worldwide are on the rise. Pew found that between mid-2009 and mid-2010, religious restrictions increased in every major region of the world. Because of this increase, in 2010, 75 percent of people worldwide lived in countries that have … More

    Morning Bell: The Administration's Messy Story on Libya Attack

    Washington is notorious for dropping news it doesn’t want scrutinized too closely on the last day of the work week. So last Friday was a convenient time for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to release a statement about the Obama Administration’s conflicting accounts of the attack … More

    Free Speech Threatened at United Nations

    The skies over New York are thick with chickens coming home to roost for the Obama Administration. No sooner had President Obama delivered his oration to the U.N. General Assembly—in which he both defended the principle of free speech and denounced the exercise thereof if it hurts Muslim religious feelings—than … More

    The Death of U.S. Public Diplomacy and Lessons on How to Resurrect It

    “The death of U.S. public diplomacy” was how one Twitter user last Tuesday described the now-infamous apology from the U.S. embassy in Cairo for the ill-conceived movie Innocence of Muslims. Strong words, but there is no doubt about it: The need for American public diplomacy in the Middle East needs … More

    Morning Bell: Why Obama Is Failing the Middle East Meltdown and How to Fix It

    The breaking news keeps breaking when it comes to revelations surrounding the attacks and protests aimed at U.S. embassies going on throughout the Islamic world. Protests have spread to at least eight countries. Reports indicate that four people have been arrested relating to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to … 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

    Limits on Free Speech? A Dangerous Message

    Diplomats abroad represent the government of the United States. They must, therefore, speak with tact, but also with honesty. After all, most of the people they’re speaking to have no firsthand experience with the U.S. Our diplomats are teaching foreigners about America. In fact, the “primary purpose of United States … More

    9/11 Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Libya May Be Linked to Al-Qaeda

    There are growing suspicions that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans may have been a terrorist operation launched by al-Qaeda or like-minded Libyan Islamist militants in revenge for the death of a high-ranking Libyan member of al-Qaeda. CNN reported late on Wednesday that … More

    Morning Bell: New Wave of Attacks on U.S. Embassies

    Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen today and set fire to a building. Like the mob in Egypt on Tuesday, they tore down the American flag. Reports are also circulating of a separate protest in Tehran today with about 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America.” Meanwhile, a onetime mentor … More

    Islamists Storm U.S. Embassy Grounds in Cairo

    A crowd of Salafi Islamists swarmed over the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today, tore down the American flag and replaced it with black banners proclaiming the Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.” This hostile action, coming on the … More