Egypt’s Slow-Motion Coup

Egypt’s rocky transition to democracy has been further complicated by a judicial ruling today that dissolved parliament and sets the stage for renewed public protests and intensifying political struggle. A presidential runoff election is scheduled to begin Saturday, but the next president is likely to inherit a country with few effective institutions outside of the […]

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Further Thoughts on Not Intervening in Syria

by Daniel Pipes June 13, 2012 My article today, “Stay out of the Syrian Morass,” has evinced a number of comments. Some responses: Jonathan Tobin wrote a refutation at the Commentary weblog, “Contentions.” The key paragraph reads: Assad’s survival will mean not just more Syrian slaughter but will be a huge victory for his Iranian […]

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Tunisian Riots Follow al-Qaeda Chief Zawahiri’s Exhortation to Muslims to ‘Rise Up’

(CNSNews.com) – Riots in Tunisia on Monday and Tuesday were attributed to “un-Islamic” art exhibits, but also came just a day after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahari  sent a message urging Tunisian Muslims to “rise up” in defense of Islamic law (shari’a). The terrorist leader accused the Islamist party that heads Tunisia’s post-revolutionary government, Ennahda (Renaissance), […]

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Der Sturmer in the UK?

Der Sturmer in the UK? June 13, 2012 15:13 by Simon Plosker The following by HR’s Managing Editor Simon Plosker appeared originally on The Times of Israel. What would Israel do if a journalist from Der Sturmer was filing reports from inside the country? Despite the fact that there is remarkable press freedom in Israel, […]

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Russia, PNTR, and Human Rights

Progress on the ability of U.S. firms to take advantage of new business opportunities when Russia joins the World Trade Organization (WTO) took a step forward yesterday when Senate leaders acknowledged that legislation to promote human rights will be a condition needed for permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to move forward, too. Senators Max Baucus […]

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South American Union’s Left Turn Is Bad News

Venezuelan Ali Rodriguez, recently chosen to lead the Union of South American Nations as Secretary General In a ceremony in Bogota on June 11, the position of Secretary General of UNASUR passed from Colombian Maria Emma Mejia to Venezuela’s Ali Rodriguez. An ex-Marxist guerrilla, former foreign and energy minister, and former Ambassador to Cuba, the […]

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