Human Rights Advocates Blast Hillary Clinton

Activists highlight record of inaction during Clinton’s tenure of secretary of state
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record on human rights came under harsh criticism in Geneva, Switzerland, last week as political dissidents and pro-democracy activists gathered at a conference ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s annual session.

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles

Kim Jong Un visits participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired four short-range missiles over the sea off its east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea’s Defence Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.

Chinese Influence Over North Korea Waning

Communication between the two countries has nearly disappeared
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BEIJING—The People’s Republic of China (PRC) remains the chief benefactor of the neighboring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but as North Korea’s dependence on China increases, China’s influence over the country appears to be decreasing.

Horror in the Hermit Kingdom

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 72nd birth anniversary of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, U.N. investigators said on Monday.

Harm in the Hermit Kingdom

UN Rights Commission: grave violations of human rights in North Korea
North Korean soldiers / AP

North Korea’s communist government is guilty of “grave violations” of fundamental human rights against its people, according to the head of a United Nations special human rights commission.

Review: ‘Dancing with the Devil’ By Michael Rubin

Strengthening America’s enemies by endlessly talking to them
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  / AP

In Dancing with the Devil, Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute details the failures of diplomacy with rogue regimes that have weakened global peace prospects and strengthened America’s enemies.

What is a rogue regime? These are governments that do not follow the norms of global diplomacy, seek nuclear proliferation, sponsor terrorism, and pose a threat to America and her allies. Rubin’s book is a historical study of U.S. diplomatic engagement of Iran, North Korea, Libya, the Taliban, Pakistan, Iraq, and terrorist groups such as the PLO, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Engagement failed in each case.