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Despite N.C. Gov's Wishes, National Elections Will Be Held

1:00 PM, Sep 27, 2012

One year ago today, North Carolina governor Bev Perdue suggested suspending national elections.

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Free 'Pussy Riot' Protest in Washington

3:18 PM, Aug 17, 2012

A group of protestors gathered this afternoon outside the Russian ambassador’s Washington residence to protest the jailing of the three Russian punk rock musicians from the group Pussy Riot. The musicians—Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29—were sentenced to two years in prison today for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” the BBC reported.

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Efforts Fail to Advance Human Rights With China—Again

11:16 AM, Jul 26, 2012

Low expectations for the 17th round of the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, conducted on July 23 and 24 in Washington, were borne out by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner’s briefing yesterday.

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Obama: 'This Election Will Be a Test of the Model that Got Us Here'

A test of democracy.
9:41 AM, Jul 10, 2012

In his latest fundraising email to supporters, President Barack Obama seems to suggest that this presidential election will be a test for democracy.

"This election will be a test of the model that got us here," Obama writes. "We'll learn whether it's still true that a grassroots campaign can elect a president -- whether ordinary Americans are in control of our democracy in the face of massive spending."

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Why Did Libya Vote Against the Muslim Brotherhood?

6:17 AM, Jul 10, 2012

In a remarkable development, the people of Libya on Sunday voted against the seemingly-irresistible advance of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in the “Arab Spring” countries of North Africa. Until Libyan ballots began coming in, Western media seemed assured that the MB would repeat, in that country, its successes elsewhere over the past year. In Tunisia last October, the Ennahda or Rebirth party won 37 percent at the polls. In Morocco’s November contest, the MB’s Justice and Development party gained enough strength to form a government under its leadership.

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A Fabricated Interview?

4:10 PM, Jun 25, 2012

Either the Iranian regime is lying or Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, gave an interview that will raise some eyebrows.

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Listen to the Children of Kafranbel

12:39 PM, Jun 11, 2012

While the Obama administration and its allies at the New York Times are waiting for Russia to intervene and get Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down, the children of Kafranbel show a clearer sense of strategic reality:

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Saudi Woman Blasts Religious Police for Harassment Over Nail Polish

7:56 AM, May 29, 2012

In this video, obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Saudi women blasts religious police for harassing her in a public mall for wearing nail polish:

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George W. Bush Returns to Washington to Celebrate Freedom

11:10 AM, May 15, 2012

President George W. Bush was back in Washington today, to mark the opening at his Bush Institute in Dallas of the “Freedom Collection.”

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A Talk with Samir Geagea, Head of the Lebanese Forces

1:11 PM, May 10, 2012

Maarab, Lebanon
Samir Geagea is reluctant to speak much of the attempt on his life last month.

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Chen Guangcheng Ignored by Hillary Clinton

7:05 AM, May 03, 2012

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who briefly took refuge in the U.S. embassy, recently expressed his hope that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would rescue him. "My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane," Chen told the Daily Beast.

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America’s Syria Policy Emboldens Assad—and Iran

11:03 AM, May 01, 2012

Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have brazenly slaughtered more than 10,000 Syrian civilians, and injured or detained tens of thousands more, since the anti-regime protests began in March 2011.

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Special Report Panel on China

9:07 AM, May 01, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: 

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The Real War on Women

4:05 PM, Apr 26, 2012

An essay in the latest issue of Foreign Policy by Egyptian-born activist and journalist Mona Eltahawy, “Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East,” couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

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Tibetan Envoy Pushes for Change

4:02 PM, Apr 24, 2012

The Chinese Communist party’s preoccupation with its leadership transition, expected to be made final next fall when Xi Jinping becomes general secretary, should not dissuade the U.S. from making a “strong intervention at the highest level” regarding Tibet, according to Lodi Gyari, who spoke yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Assad's Violence Continues

2:34 PM, Apr 15, 2012

Here's video from Homs, documenting yet more violations of the Kofi Annan-brokered Syrian ceasefire that the Obama administration is celebrating:

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‘Look World’

The White House says the ceasefire in Syria is "fragile"—but there is no ceasefire at all.
10:33 AM, Apr 14, 2012

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan sought a ceasefire in Syria between forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. The Obama administration insists that the ceasefire is holding. "What we saw in the last day or so was a very fragile truce emerge, a very fragile first step," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said yesterday in a press briefing.

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Will Obama Defend Freedom in the Americas?

10:34 AM, Apr 05, 2012

In April 2009, four months after taking office, President Obama wooed Latin American leaders and liberal elites at the Summit of the Americas by apologizing for decades of U.S. foreign policy and promising a new era of cooperation. Obama said:

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Arm the Free Syrian Army Now

9:15 AM, Mar 08, 2012

During the decades of international sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, successive U.S. administrations yearned for regime change.

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Our Town Meetings

They may be old fashioned, but town meetings are still a fine example of democracy in America.
12:00 AM, Mar 06, 2012

Today, the first Tuesday in March, is town meeting day in Vermont, as it has been for more than a century. Town meeting was a tradition in Vermont before there was any officially designated town meeting day. Town meeting was part of Vermont before Vermont was part of the Union.

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‘A Betrayal of Who We Are’

10:29 AM, Feb 25, 2012

On March 28, 2011, Barack Obama defended his decision to intervene days earlier with military force in Libya, arguing that for the United States to stand by without responding would have been “a betrayal of who we are.”

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Biden Checks a Box

10:16 AM, Feb 10, 2012

Egypt’s Great Liberal Nope

3:35 PM, Jan 23, 2012

Two years ago in Cairo, Nobel laureate and former International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaradei was the talk of the town. Newly retired from the IAEA, ElBaradei returned to Egypt in February 2010 after living abroad for decades. He began criticizing the Mubarak regime, hinting that he might run for president, and almost overnight he became Egypt’s great liberal hope. And yet when ElBaradei announced last week that he was ending his presidential bid, the news was met with a collective yawn.

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Ron Paul’s Bad Record on China

11:52 AM, Jan 19, 2012

In a recent presidential debate, Congressman Ron Paul made a bizarre equivalence between a Chinese dissident taking refuge in America and Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan, as he was attempting to criticize American foreign and defense policies generally.

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'China Is the Largest Hypocrisy in the World'

4:44 PM, Jan 11, 2012

“China is the largest hypocrisy in the world,” Richard Gere told an interviewer from Indian television station NDTV yesterday, while attending a major Buddhist teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya.

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Working Group on Egypt Urges Clinton to Withhold Aid

2:29 PM, Jan 04, 2012

On behalf of the Working Group on Egypt, Michele Dunne of the Atlantic Council and Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning disturbing activity in Egypt.

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Egyptian Forces Raid NGOs

4:02 PM, Dec 29, 2011

Another country has calculated that Christmas time is a good time to launch a crackdown on human rights. Following China’s harsh sentencing of two writers on subversion charges, Egyptian security forces today rolled up to several prominent democracy and human rights NGOs in Cairo and shut them down, confiscated materials, and detained employees onsite for questioning.

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Decline of Democratic Control and Faith in Market Capitalism?

12:00 AM, Dec 17, 2011

Two very important changes have occurred in America, and indeed in other Western economies. My guess is that they will prove to be permanent phenomena, just as permanent as the changes introduced by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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Undermine Putin

9:03 AM, Dec 14, 2011

Now is the time to undermine Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. With major protests going on in response to the recent fraudulent parliamentary elections, with Mikhail Prokhorov announcing that he is likely to challenge Putin for the presidency in the next election, and with major ferment in Russia, it is the best time to further undermine Putin’s control structure by holding human rights violators accountable. And there are several efforts underway to do just that in Congress.

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New Evidence Implicates Russian Officials in Death of Sergei Magnitsky

11:30 AM, Dec 12, 2011

Vladimir Putin’s official launch of his presidential campaign late last month coincided with the publication of a damning new dossier of evidence relating to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, the whistleblower attorney who has become a martyr to anti-corruption efforts in Russia.

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