Pressure Points

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

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The Heroism of Vladimir Kara-Murza
The Russian democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been imprisoned, and his heroism must be saluted.
United Nations
The Biden Administrations Flirts with Dangerous Moves to Weaken U.S. Veto Power in the United Nations
The U.N. General Assembly is debating a move to weaken veto power in the Security Council, and the Biden administration is supporting the draft. But weakening the veto is clearly against U.S. interests.  
United States
The New Cold War
Putin's invasion of Ukraine and partnership with Xi have forced the United States into a new Cold War. Can the United States gain victory this time?
  • Israel
    Amnesty International Joins the Anti-Israel Jackals
    Amnesty International's 278-page report on Israel is a farrago of bias, double standards, and assaults on the very existence of the Jewish State.   
  • Israel
    Israel, Iran, and the Archbishop of Canterbury
    In recent weeks the Iran nuclear talks restarted, and the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered himself of a statement criticizing Israel's treatment of Christians. Herewith, comments on both matters.  
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends
    The Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States issued statements on December 14, and both tell us much about the Palestinian issue as 2021 ends.
  • China
    The Uighurs and the Question of Muslim Solidarity
    Facing genocide by China, the Uighurs, who are Muslim, benefit from near zero solidarity from their co-religionists.
  • Venezuela
    Saab Story: Venezuela, Maduro, and Human Sacrifice
    An extradition to the United States is a reminder of justice--and its absence.
  • Latin America
    EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections
    EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony elections.
  • Corruption
    The "Pandora Papers" Put Headlines Over Fair Treatment
    The "Pandora Papers" fail to distinguish between criminals and people whose apparent sin is to be rich.