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    Wife of Saeed Abedini Fights for His Freedom

    Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year. In that time period, he has been severely tortured, robbed, threatened at knife point, and suffered severe health problems. The Iranian government has sentenced him to another eight years in Rajaishahr, one … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    State Department Waste: Booze, Crystal, and a Million-Dollar Stack of Rocks

    On the eve of the government shutdown, the State Department was consumed with a very different budget crisis of its own: purchasing vast amounts of booze for American embassies around the globe. According to Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times, the embassy in Moscow splurged on $15,900 in bourbon and … More

    Benghazi: Can Survivors Answer the Growing List of Questions?

    Next week’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee by three survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack is spurring an intense new round of questions and media interest. One year after the attack that killed four Americans, books by survivors of the attack are starting to come out. Their stories challenge … More

    Eastern Europe Continues to Be an Afterthought for the U.S.

    Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Poland is a step in the right direction, but the timing and manner of Kerry’s visit leave much to be desired, especially when viewed in the larger context of the Obama Administration’s antipathy toward Eastern Europe. Kerry is in Poland for talks with … More

    From Dog’s Breakfast to Effective Communication: Can the BBG Transform Itself?

    After years of dysfunction, U.S. international broadcasting might be headed for better times as new members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) settled into their responsibilities at the monthly board meeting last Wednesday. The competition in global communication has intensified as has the challenges facing the U.S. from Islamist … More

    Tweeting for Their Country: Diplomats and World Leaders Warm to Twitter

    Twitter is coming of age. Today, the social website will be offering its shares to the public, following in the somewhat faltering footsteps of its competitor Facebook. But this is not the only the reason the 140-character social website is making its mark. World leaders, from President Obama to Iranian … More

    Benghazi: State Department Accountability Under Scrutiny

    Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held the first in a series of three important Benghazi hearings. This week the focus is the actions—or lack thereof—of the U.S. government as we pass the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. “Benghazi: Where Is … More

    The Other September 11 Anniversary: Remembering Benghazi

    While official commemorations of September 11, 2001, are going on and Americans continue to grieve and honor the lives lost 12 years ago, those who lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago today must not be forgotten. This day also marks the anniversary of the death of U.S. … More

    Where Was John Kerry on Syria for the Past Six Months?

    Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged—perhaps erupted is a better word—as the Obama Administration’s strongest advocate for punitive air strikes against the Assad regime. With his impassioned speech to a global audience at the State Department last Friday, Kerry pleaded for humanitarian intervention in Syria. (That, of course, was … More