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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

    Turkey Strikes Back Against Syrian Aggression

    On Wednesday, Turkey retaliated against a Syrian mortar attack earlier in the day that killed five civilians in the Turkish border town of Akcakale. Turkey responded in kind with limited artillery attacks against Syrian army outposts. Whether planned or not, Syria’s shelling of Akcakale is just another step in the … More

    Concerns Deepen about Syria’s Chemical Weapons as Iran Admits Propping Up Assad Regime

    A Syrian defector, who was formerly involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program, charged that the Assad regime has mulled using chemical weapons against opposition forces and predicted that the regime would not hesitate to do so as a last resort. Major General Adnan Sillu, who defected to the opposition three … 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

    Iraq's Refusal to Block Iran's Resupply of Syrian Regime Reflects Declining U.S. Influence

    Iraq’s government is resisting a request by the U.S. government to block Iranian planes from traversing Iraqi air space to resupply Syria’s repressive ruling regime, according to The Washington Post. Despite the certainty of U.S. officials that Iranian planes are transporting arms and other military equipment to Syria in violation … More

    New Report Outlines Iran's Nuclear Progress as Tehran Counterattacks with Misaligned Summit

    The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has documented Iran’s continued progress towards attaining a nuclear weapons capacity. Iran more than doubled the number of centrifuges—from 1,064 in May to 2,140—installed in the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is buried deep under a mountain and hardened against … More

    Online Chat on the Middle East and Syria

    Tensions are again rising in the Middle East. Problems are mounting in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, and Israel. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” chat. We are joined by Heritage expert Jim Phillips and he is taking your questions on what the problems in … More

    Syrian Crisis Emboldens Kurds, Is Problematic for Turkey

    Turkish fears of an emboldened Kurdish population in Syria are rising. Since the Syrian uprising began in February 2011, Syria’s Kurdish population has taken advantage of the power vacuum in the country’s north and sought to expand its influence. Since last summer, the Syrian government’s mass killing of civilians has … More

    Under Olympic Cover, Russian Cargo Ship Approaches Syria

    Under the cover of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the Russian cargo ship MV Alaed, allegedly carrying attack helicopters for the Bashar al-Assad regime, is once again en route to Syria. In addition to the attack helicopters, it is thought that the ship is also carrying air defense weapons. Nobody seems to notice. Only nine … More

    Syrian Hackers Undermine Media Integrity

    On August 3, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into Reuters’s blogging site and published a fake interview with a Syrian rebel leader, saying his troops were withdrawing from the city of Aleppo following devastating loss of life. As Aleppo has been a center of the struggle between the Syrian military … More