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The OAS Secretary General Tells the Whole Truth About the Cuban Regime

For many years the Organization of American States was a dictators' club, where the rule was "you don't criticize my human rights abuses and I won't criticize yours." And the secretaries-general of the organization went along with this. Read More

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Celebrates 14th Anniversary of His Four-Year Term
On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…
U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump Versus the Government
As the Trump administration reaches the halfway point, what are we to make of Trump foreign policy? In the January issue of Foreign Affairs, I address that question in an article entitled "Trump V…
Lebanon
UNIFIL and the Hezbollah Tunnels
Israel announced this week the discovery of several tunnels dug by Hezbollah and reaching from Lebanon into Israel. Their existence has been confirmed, and has been condemned not only by Israel but a…
  • Religion
    American Jews and Israel
    Everyone knows that American Jews are becoming increasingly distant from and disenchanted with the State of Israel. Articles and books expound on this subject regularly. And everyone knows why: Israe…
  • Donald Trump
    Trump Policy in the Middle East
    What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…
  • Human Rights
    Twentieth anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act
    Twenty years ago today, October 27, 1998, the International Religious Freedom Act was signed into law. The Act established both an ambassador at large for international religious freedom in the De…
  • Saudi Arabia
    Khashoggi and the Saudi Kingdom
    On October 4th, I wrote a blog item here entitled "Where is Jamal Khashoggi?" Now we know: he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In The Weekly Standard, I've followed that blog post wi…
  • Human Rights
    Terrorism and Civil Society
    On October 4, the White House issued its new National Strategy for Counterterrorism. This is a long and welcome document, and I want to discuss only one element of the strategy: the role of civil soc…
  • Saudi Arabia
    Where is Jamal Khashoggi?
    On Tuesday, the 59-year-old Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to do some paperwork relating to a divorce. He has not been seen since. Khashoggi, whom I've me…
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    The Augusta Victoria Mistake
    As a strong supporter of the Trump administration's Middle East policy, I believe the president's recent decisions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are correct--except for one. Everyt…