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    Putin Has Set His Sights on Ukraine

    Last week, I visited Kiev’s Maidan — “Independence” square. It had something of a street festival feel, but there was also the sense that violence would soon strike. Barricades of old tires and garbage bags filled with snow protected the ramshackle booths and tent cities erected by pro-democracy groups from … More

    Murder of Beauty Queen Highlights Violence in Venezuela

    Over the holiday, beauty queen Monica Spears and her husband were gunned down while visiting her home country of Venezuela. The couple was traveling with their five-year-old daughter when their car broke down. As they waited for help, armed robbers assaulted the family. While the child survived with only a … More

    “Bang, Bang,” You’re Suspended: Second-Grader Sent Home for Carrying Invisible Gun

    Just when you thought gun-fearing “educators” couldn’t get any sillier. Last week, it was a couple of teenagers suspended for a year for playing with airsoft guns on the front lawn. This week, it’s a second-grader suspended for a day for using his finger as a pretend gun. Yes, eight-year-old … More

    Zero Dark Giggles: Baby Deer Gets the SWAT Team Treatment

    An otherwise quiet day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was interrupted by the shrill sound of police sirens. Thirteen armed law enforcement personnel surrounded a barn on the outskirts of town, prepared to confront a wanted fugitive. Equipped with aerial recon photos, armed agents entered the premises, found their target, and hauled … More

    Postpone Elections in Mali

    Mali, which is in the midst of an internal conflict, is set to have a presidential election on July 28. However, numerous obstacles should lead officials to consider moving the election to the fall. Many of the problems are logistical. The distribution of voter identification cards to eligible voters only … More

    State of Emergency Declared in Burma

    Burma’s president, Thein Sein, has declared a state of emergency in the town of Meikhtila and the surrounding region due to ongoing violence between the Muslim and Buddhist population in central Burma. The violence allegedly began when a Muslim owner of a gold shop got into a dispute with his … More

    Morning Bell: Taking Terrorism and the Arab Spring Seriously

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama showed a stunning lack of reality on terrorism and the Arab Spring. The President’s statement saluting “the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk” unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administration’s treatment of the … More

    Morning Bell: Responding to Newtown

    When confronted with the murder of children, the only reaction is anger, shock, and grief. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been reeling. We want to protect our fellow Americans, our families, and ourselves. We want to understand the causes of violence and … More

    Response to Newtown: Addressing a Complex Issue

    Americans of all political and philosophical convictions have grieved over the killing of innocent schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. In responding to this attack, we must consider with great care how to proceed to protect precious lives in a way that is consistent with our laws and traditions. “The … More

    Former Prisoners Help Kids Get to School Safely

    As the winter sun rises, a cadre of men walks a familiar route from school to school within some of the most poverty-stricken, crime-plagued neighborhoods in our nation’s capital. Their mission is to provide the students in three public housing developments a safe passage to class without fear of violence … More