When presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives in Israel Saturday and travels to occupied East Jerusalem to see the holy sites there he will be entering a city I am no longer allowed to visit – privately or as a medical doctor or as a presidential candidate. He somehow possesses more rights to the city than I do despite the fact that I was born in Jerusalem and worked as a medical doctor in Makassed hospital for several years. During my presidential campaign I was arrested and deported four times for entering the city to meet Palestinian voters.
Mitt Romney flies to Israel Saturday, following the well-worn American campaign trail to Jerusalem. Like Barack Obama and so many presidential contenders before him, Romney seeks political advantage in demonstrating in person his commitment to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Earlier this month, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled “U.S. policy toward Nigeria: West Africa’s troubled nation.” Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, spoke at length about how accountable governance and opportunities for economic growth can deter Boko Haram, a dangerous jihadist terrorist organization, from gaining power and tearing the fabric of Nigerian society.
Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen testified before the House Armed Services Committee that, "The most significant threat to our national security is our debt….” When America’s most senior military member considers America’s reckless spending a greater national security threat than Al-Qaeda, North Korea, Middle Eastern conflicts, or rogue terrorists, America should listen.
As the war in Afghanistan moves into its final stages, there are a growing number of news stories about the fraud and waste of the war in Afghanistan. Most of these focus on the wastefulness of aid spending, primarily through USAID. The focus on USAID is misleading, however.
As political centrists take the lead in Libya’s historic election, many Westerners are drawing the premature conclusion that it marks a reversal in the regional Islamist tide which includes parliamentary victories in Egypt and Tunisia.
In her first month as the second Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda is facing myriad challenges that threaten to undermine the slowly developing architecture of international justice. No obstacle is greater, arguably, than the primary Achilles heel of global accountability: the lack of a coherent or consistent strategy for apprehending war crimes suspects for whom international arrest warrants have been issued. In the absence of a global police force empowered to execute warrants issued by the ICC or other ad hoc tribunals, the key variable becomes whether capable states or multilateral entities are willing to take on this responsibility. Political will, therefore, is a wild card which has major impacts on each individual case.
What do the world's largest beverage company and the leading organization devoted to helping children in America and around the globe have in common? A lot more than one would think. Both Save the Children and The Coca-Cola Company are committed to the belief that American leadership is a necessity in today's rapidly changing world.
On June 27, along with members of Congress and other guests, I heard a message of peace and freedom from the Ahmadiyya world leader, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, at a Capitol Hill reception co-sponsored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), of which I am chair, and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
To build a strong house, we must begin with a foundation that can stand up to nature's challenges and the wear and tear of everyday life. Without that, no matter how well we build the rest, or how much we invest in it, the structure is compromised, and the house cannot provide reliable shelter.