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    Russian Arrest of U.S. Diplomat Undermines U.S.–Russian Ties

    In a scene reminiscent of the spy thriller TV series “The Americans,” Russian FSB secret police Monday night detained and then released an alleged CIA operative, Ryan Christopher Fogle, who is a Third Secretary at U.S. Embassy Moscow. The Russian government later declared him “Persona Non Grata” (PNG) and expelled … More

    Obama Dismisses Benghazi Investigations as “Side Show”

    President Obama yesterday dismissed the House investigations into the Benghazi debacle as a political “side show.” In a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the President complained testily that nothing new had been uncovered in last week’s hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “The whole … More

    Russia: Kerry’s Chilly Kremlin Reception

    This past Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met President Vladimir Putin of Russia in the Kremlin. Kerry was seeking to repair frayed ties with Russia and obtain Moscow’s assistance with a settlement in Syria. The U.S. and its allies hope to put an end to the civil war, … More

    Who is Saeed Abedini?

    Pastor Saeed Abedini is a United States citizen from Boise, Idaho, who has been imprisoned for 223 days in Iran for “crimes against the Islamic Republic,” meaning sharing his Christian faith. Despite internal bleeding and other untreated injuries caused by months of beatings and torture, he is refused medical care … More

    Heard the One About the Benghazi Whistleblowers? Obama Hasn’t

    President Obama raised eyebrows today with his press conference statement that he was unaware of news stories about Benghazi whistleblowers being blocked and even threatened by the State Department. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” said Obama to a question from Jessica Yellin … More

    New House Report on the White Washing of Benghazi

    A just-released Interim Progress Report based on an investigation across five House committees on the Benghazi terrorist attack paints a disturbing picture of diplomatic security neglected and of obfuscation on the part of the Obama Administration. The House report is based on documents and e-mails laboriously extracted by Congress from … More

    Tensions Grow Between China and India

    Even as tensions remain high around the disputed Senkaku islands, China appears to be asserting its sovereignty elsewhere along its periphery. Indian officials have accused China of a deep incursion into the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, with Chinese forces reportedly 10 kilometers inside Indian territory. While there have been … More

    Benghazi: No, Let’s Not Move On

    Secretary of State John Kerry said it not once but twice during his House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday: Let’s move on from investigating Benghazi to “more important things.” This was not just an unfortunate turn of phrase. As the repetition shows, it clearly reveals Kerry’s thinking: We must … More

    Congressional Hearing Produces Shocker on Benghazi

    Kudos to members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for squarely placing Benghazi on the table at today’s hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s answers were nothing less than shocking. What we learned is that State is conducting yet another internal review of Benghazi, initiated by Kerry himself … More

    Asia: Kerry’s Missing Puzzle Piece

    “[T]his budget isn’t just a collection of numbers; it’s an illustration of our values and priorities,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in his testimony before the House Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed State Department budget. It’s not clear from his testimony today that one of those priorities is … More