Human Rights Advocates Blast Hillary Clinton

Activists highlight record of inaction during Clinton’s tenure of secretary of state
AP

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.

Ukraine Mobilizes After Putin’s ‘Declaration Of War’

People gather in Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday / AP

KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor, creating Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

Obama Administration Ignores Russian Nuclear Violations

Moscow’s cruise, ballistic missiles undermine ’87 treaty, experts say
AP

Russia is covertly developing and testing nuclear missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Obama administration to date has failed to hold Moscow accountable, according to arms control specialists.

Music for the Mullahs

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials meet in Iran to discuss concert
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / AP

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra sent a representative to Iran this week as part of an exploratory trip aimed at arranging the first official U.S. orchestra concert in Iran since the fall of the Shah.

Convergence of the Twain

Column: Why American foreign policy is headed for disaster
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Over the last several weeks, reading news of disorder and upheaval from Venezuela to the Levant to Ukraine to Iraq to Afghanistan, I have thought often of a poem written almost a century ago. Thomas Hardy composed “The Convergence of the Twain” in memory of the sinking of the Titanic. It was published in 1915, three years after the great ship made contact with the deadly iceberg, but reading it today one cannot help experiencing its timelessness, cannot help sharing in its tragic sense of fate.

Obama Admin Reveals New Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Policy threatens animals, aids criminals, terrorist groups
AP

The Obama administration has unveiled a new strategy to combat wildlife trafficking that threatens endangered species and lines the pockets of some of the world’s most notorious criminals and terrorist groups.