A Blow to Obama’s Russia ‘Reset’ Last week’s International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iranian nuclear activities has understandably ruffled feathers in American and European foreign-policy circles. Among other damning conclusions, the report finds that “Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device” and “had been provided with nuclear explosive design information.” Governments in the U.S....

Charlie Hebdo Attack: No More Excuses The smoke had barely cleared from the firebombed office of Charlie Hebdo magazine—attacked for publishing cartoons of Mohammed—when TIME magazine’s Bruce Crumley chose to criticise the satirists before the terrorist. There exists an unspoken rule in the Republic of Letters — that land where novelists, poets, mere ink-stained wretches like myself, think tank scholars who...

What American "Political Prisoners?" An American hiker channels Noam Chomsky after two years in Iranian jail. Imagine you are Shane Bauer, one of two American hikers released from Iranian captivity last week. On July 31, 2009, you’re traversing a mountain trail in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the Iranian border. You’re with one of your best friends and your girlfriend. Suddenly...

In Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko is playing at reform The man known as Europe’s last dictator made a startling announcement last week: Come early October, hewill release all of the political prisoners in his jails. For 17 years, Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus in much the way that it was run as a Soviet socialist republic: Most of the economy is state-owned, independent journalists are...

Wikileaks' Collateral Damage Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister of Zimbabwe and the leader of its democratic opposition, has endured countless indignities at the hands of President Robert Mugabe. In 1997, thugs tried to throw him from the window of his 10th floor office. In 2002 and 2008, he had elections stolen from him and his party, the Movement...

Europe the Intolerant Prague “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.” So said Tom Wolfe in 1965, and so it is today. Various commentators have argued recently that opposition by many Americans to a proposed Islamic center two blocks from the ruins of the World Trade Center...

Spanish Inquisition, Part II Madrid Earlier this month Madrid celebrated its annual gay pride festival, reputed to be the largest in Europe. It featured the usual mixture of calls for tolerance, righteous political speechifying, and raucous display of sexuality. But the Spanish capital also earned a dubious distinction this year not for anything it included, but for what it...

Russia Rises While Kyrgyzstan Burns Over the past week in Kyrgyzstan, riots between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the country’s south have left nearly 200 people dead. Some 100,000 Uzbeks have poured into neighboring Uzbekistan. Dysentery has reportedly broken out in refugee camps along the border, which the Uzbek government closed despite a request from the United Nations to keep...