Democracy And Human Rights

Do not forget those who suffer under tyranny and violence. Do not abandon them to the evils of totalitarian rule or democratic neglect. For the freedom we celebrate is not the freedom to starve, or the freedom to languish in a long starless night of the soul. This, at least, is something that should be beyond debate.

– President Ronald Reagan, 1992

 

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In "With Focus On Ukraine And Gaza, Washington Watches Other Crises Simmer," reporter Stephanie Condon writes at CBS News:Both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week will hear from Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and other government officials about the administration's response to the conflict in Iraq.Mr....
Last Friday, Sara Firth announced via Twitter that she had resigned as a correspondent for RT, an international, multilingual news network entirely funded by the Russian government. “I couldn’t do it any more,” the London-based reporter told Buzzfeed. “Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”Firth’s resignation came a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed into the...
July 22, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick
Both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hear testimony this week from Brett McGurk, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, and Elissa Slotkin, who is performing the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, on America’s response to the growing terrorism crisis in Iraq. It is vital that the Obama...
The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014. The Obama administration not only gave Iran significant sanctions relief under the initial six-month interim deal, but also is offering comprehensive sanctions relief for a final diplomatic breakthrough. The regime in Tehran...
As the July 20 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran is delayed four months, the United States should expand non-military pressure on Iran to boost the chances of a breakthrough. Iran should face a clear choice — make significant concessions before the new Nov. 24 deadline or suffer crippling economic sanctions.Last November, Iran paused parts of its nuclear program in return for partial relief...
How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia?As the smoke clears from Thursday’s horrific downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, many will try to deflect blame from landing squarely where it should: on Russian President Vladimir Putin.‘Airliner...
July 19, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick
For months, Russia had been meddling in the affairs of its neighbor Ukraine without having to pay a serious cost. Thursday’s downing of a passenger airplane in eastern Ukraine is a result of Western fecklessness in the face of Russian aggression. This tragedy—the murder of scores of European citizens on European soil—has internationalized the conflict in a way that should fundamentally alter the...

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