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    Syria: Violence Escalates While International Community Dithers

    Various Syrian opposition groups met in Cairo this week to sketch out a draft of a potential constitution and lay out the steps of a political transition, but they could not agree on the more basic and concrete issues of whether to support armed resistance to the regime or call … More

    Day 4: As ATT Conference Work Begins, Venezuela Wins the Crazy Prize

    After a quiet afternoon Thursday, the third day of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty conference closed with a bang. The conference president, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritán, again tried to persuade the delegates to accept his proposal that, on Friday, they split into two working groups, one to consider the treaty’s … More

    Day Three: At the Arms Trade Treaty Conference, the U.S. Speaks

    After the dictatorial circus of the morning, the afternoon session of the ATT Conference was comparatively calm. The lowlight was the address by Saudi Arabia, which seemed to be doing its best to outbid Egypt in the “we support Palestine” sweepstakes. No demand was too extreme: Palestinian state membership in … More

    Day Two: Palestinian Issue Continues to Vex Arms Trade Treaty Conference

    The second day of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference, July 3, opened much as the first day had closed: with a very delayed start. The issue, still, was the Palestinian demand—instigated by Egypt—to be included as full participants in the conference, which continued to meet staunch resistance from … More

    Ahmadinejad Embarrassed by Snubs as Iran Faces Diplomatic Isolation

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was embarrassed at a recent U.N. conference in Rio de Janeiro by perceived snubs by leaders of host country Brazil and other nations. Iran’s blowhard president, who has trumpeted his own role in fostering closer Iranian ties to Latin America, found himself relegated to the sidelines … More

    The BBG’s Culture of Secrecy

    What in the world is going on at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the Voice of America (VOA)? The BBG has started to exhibit a level of secrecy worthy of the CIA, clamping down heavy-handedly on internal communications. VOA, meanwhile, has joined other news organizations at the United … More

    Senator Moran Speaks at Heritage on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    Yesterday, Senator Jerry Moran (R–KS) gave an important speech at The Heritage Foundation on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), negotiations on which will open on July 2 in New York. Through letters to the Administration, legislation, and amendments, Moran has played the leading role in seeking to ensure, with … More

    Obama Administration Can No Longer Hide Behind the U.N.’s Failed Efforts in Syria

    The United States joined many Western nations in expelling Syrian diplomats yesterday in a coordinated reprimand of the Syrian government, which has stepped up its bloody repression of its own people. Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and Australia also joined a growing list of countries that … More

    Influx of Islamist Terrorists Boosts Concerns over Syria's Chemical Weapons

    Syria’s “Arab Spring,” long delayed by barbaric repression, is now rapidly deteriorating into a bloody civil war. The Bashar al-Assad regime’s stubborn rejection of political compromise and its brutal suppression of the opposition has led increasing numbers of Syrians to take up arms against the regime. They have been joined … More

    Morning Bell: The Danger of Article 82 and Obama's Latest Treaty

    Back in 1982, President Ronald Reagan decided not to sign a treaty known as “Law of the Sea” (LOST), a United Nations convention that would raid America’s treasury for billions of dollars, then redistribute that wealth to the rest of the world by an international bureaucracy headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. … More