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Elliott Abrams discusses U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the Middle East and democracy and human rights.

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Silence on Nicaragua from Sanders and Di Blasio Helps the Regime’s Repression

The desperate human rights situation in Nicaragua is now very clear, and a Washington Post story today makes for grim reading. Read More

July 12, 2018

Israel
The Sad Fate of the Socialist International

Once upon a time, the Socialist International was an extraordinary organization. Founded in 1951 as a successor to various prior socialist groups, it was staunchly democratic and anti-Communist, and played an important role during the Cold War. Members included such luminaries as Felipe Gonzalez of Spain and Mario Soares of Portugal, and the SI helped them and their socialist parties re-establish their countries as democracies. The SI included people like Willy Brandt and Golda Meir.

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June 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The American People Support Promoting Democracy Overseas

Everyone knows that since the days of George W. Bush’s “Freedom Agenda”, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the failures in the “Arab Spring,” Americans no longer support the promotion of democracy abroad. It’s too expensive, may mire us in foreign conflicts, and won’t work anyway, so there is no support for promoting democracy and human rights overseas.

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June 27, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The PCUSA Against Israel

In the year 2000 the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) had 2.5 million members. Now it is down to 1.4 million. and the number is still falling. The age profile of members, according to a Pew study, suggests how this happens: 38% of members are 65 or over, while only 8% are under age 29. The denomination is also 88% white, and making no apparent inroads into Black, Asian, or Hispanic communities.

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