Palestinian terror attacks and West Bank leaders’ perceived support for violence are drawing new calls for cutting U.S. aid to the Palestinians, and groups that have traditionally supported financial assistance may not intervene to stop the cuts.
Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said this week that the United States must bow to Iran’s “inalienable nuclear rights” and hinted that Western countries are being fooled about the extent of concessions being made by Tehran in talks, according to regional media reports.
The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.
A Costa Rican human rights organization is disputing a report by the Associated Press (AP) this week that its activities in Cuba were covertly designed to foment a revolution against the communist government.
Fernando Murillo, founder and CEO of Fundacion Operacion GAYA Internacional (FundaOGI), accused the AP in a statement of “manipulat[ing]” information about the group’s HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba. The AP reported on Monday that the workshop was part of a “clandestine operation” overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the goal of “ginning up rebellion” on the island.
Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents were reportedly harassed this week by officials from their authoritarian governments while participating in a panel at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, according to a watchdog group.
A Venezuela sanctions bill that will be debated on the House floor on Wednesday is applying more pressure on the Obama administration to take action in the crisis that will soon enter its fourth month, observers say.
Venezuelan opposition leaders have decided to suspend talks with President Nicolas Maduro aimed at ending the ongoing unrest in the country, prompting some U.S. lawmakers to renew their calls for sanctions against the government.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is said to be standing in the way of a bipartisan bill aimed at sanctioning human rights abusers in Venezuela, where anti-government protesters have come under violent attack by supporters of its Socialist government.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is raising concerns about Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s efforts to undermine democracy and the rule of law in the Central American country.