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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Senior U.S. government officials will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday to brief lawmakers on the status of P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran.  Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen are set to testify.  The...
July 28, 2014 | Bulletin | Middle East | Robert Zarate
The Ukrainian crisis bears many similarities to the Cold War. Once again, Russian tanks have rolled across an international border. Central and Eastern European countries openly fear Moscow’s revanchist and imperial foreign policy. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, long ago prophesied to go “out of area or out of business”, has found new purpose deterring an old adversary. Leaders in Moscow...
July 27, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick
On Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch embassy in Washington to pay his respects to the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down over Ukraine by forces armed and backed by Vladimir Putin. Obama wrote in the embassy’s condolence book, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”Then he rested.Actually, that’s not fair. Obama didn’t rest. He flew off to the West...
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....
In "U.S. Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Iraq Policy," CBS News and the Associated Press write:The Defense Department's Slotkin said a strong, capable government in Baghdad - and not an Iraq divided into smaller countries - posed the best defense against the extremist insurgency. She implied that what lawmakers proposed might mean the abandonment of territories currently controlled by the...
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...

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