Democracy And Human Rights

Do not forget those who suffer under tyranny and violence. Do not abandon them to the evils of totalitarian rule or democratic neglect. For the freedom we celebrate is not the freedom to starve, or the freedom to languish in a long starless night of the soul. This, at least, is something that should be beyond debate.

– President Ronald Reagan, 1992

 

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On Friday, July 17, 2015, Donald Trump called me at the offices of THE WEEKLY STANDARD. He wanted to tell me that even though I’d been critical of him, and indeed though I had said I couldn’t imagine supporting him for president, he thought I’d been fairer and more open-minded about him than some other critics. He even said that he expected he’d bring me around to his candidacy. We had a cordial...
July 21, 2017 | William Kristol
The president-elect’s narrow victory at the end of a volatile campaign quickly led to efforts at planning a meeting of the American and Russian leaders. Relations between the two countries had deteriorated badly, not to say spectacularly, in the last year of the previous administration, amidst mutual recriminations about spying. Russia’s activist ambassador began assiduously working his contacts...
Liu Xiaobo, the literary critic, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died today at age 61. His death is an inestimable loss, and the circumstances cruel. Liu was serving an 11-year sentence for subversion for his role in Charter 08, a democracy manifesto and other writings critical of Chinese Communist Party rule. In late June, diagnosed with liver cancer, he was transferred from jail...
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Merve TahirogluRumors are swirling in Washington about a potential prisoner swap with Turkey. The Turks want the United States to release a Turkish-Iranian millionaire awaiting trial in Manhattan, in return for which they might free a North Carolina pastor being held in a prison in Izmir. Both men are accused of threatening national security. Yet a trade would...
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Hal Brands"The essence of a revolution is that it appears to contemporaries as a series of more or less unrelated upheavals,” Henry Kissinger wrote in 1969. “But the crises which form the headlines of the day are symptoms of deep-seated structural problems.” Kissinger wrote this passage as the postwar international system was coming under unprecedented strain...
June 21, 2017 | American Leadership | Eric Edelman
Here is one scenario that explains Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.When the Manhattan businessman announced his presidential bid in the summer of 2015, Moscow perked up its ears. Here was a candidate arguing against America’s traditional world leadership role, who attacked American allies as scroungers, who wanted to make “America first” and whose amoral, transactional worldview rendered...
Over a near 35-year career in the British House of Commons, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has never come across an anti-Western terrorist, political movement, or dictator he couldn’t defend.In 1984, weeks after an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb nearly killed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative Party conference in Brighton, Corbyn invited the leader of the IRA’s political...
June 7, 2017 | Europe | James Kirchick
A report Monday from Politico raises significant concerns not only about President Trump’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance, but also the state of decision-making within the administration. Susan Glaser writes that the speech Trump was to deliver last month at the unveiling of a memorial to NATO’s response to the September 11, 2001 attacks contained an explicit commitment to collective...
Invited to deliver a lecture last month at Chicago’s DePaul University on the rather straightforward topic “Dictatorships and Radical Islam: Enemies of LGBT Rights,” I was met with protest by a left-wing student group denouncing me as a “White, Zionist, neoliberal.” Guilty as charged.What is neoliberalism? Denunciations of it are ubiquitous. A writer for The Guardian describes neoliberalism as...
Aside from the thankfully lifeless British National Party, there is little evidence of anti-Semitism on the British Right today. Contrast that state of affairs with the miserable condition of the British Left. Since its hijacking by Jeremy Corbyn and his acolytes in the fall of 2015, the Labour Party has been engulfed in a series of anti-Semitism scandals. Ken Livingstone’s sick fixation on...
June 2, 2017 | Europe | James Kirchick

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