A Barrier at the U.S.-Mexico Border, A First and Necessary Step

Much has been said about President Trump’s Executive Order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” issued on January 25th. Some of it good, a lot of it, political noise. However, rarely included in the discussions on this Presidential action is the comment by the Israeli Prime Minister. For example, on 1/28/2017 at 10:55 a.m., …

Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Weapon of Mass Destruction for U.S. and Global Nonproliferation Efforts

Announcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iranian nuclear activities, President Obama claimed it would make “our country and the world safer and more secure.” On the contrary, what the agreement allows; the process by which it was negotiated and will be considered by Congress, will have far-reaching negative consequences on U.S. and …

Terrorist threats in the Americas

The Washington Times ran my latest op-ed this week: “Terrorist threats in the Americas: Extremists are infiltrating the Western Hemisphere to strike the U.S.“: Hezbollah activities in the Americas are well documented and continue to expand in scope and sophistication. The terrorist group has been actively studying and operating in the Americas since the 1980s, but it …

NCR: Religious Liberty Abroad: Where is Obama?

Thank you to Michael Sean Winters at the National Catholic Reporter for posting an item about my piece that appeared in the American Thinker earlier this week: While the USCCB seems more interested in the plight of Christians at Hobby Lobby than the plight of Christians in the Holy Land (with the exception of Bishop Pates), Yleem …

The U.S. Must Remain a Leader for Worldwide Religious Freedom

Over at the American Thinker, you can read my latest piece on global religious freedom: The rich American heritage of religious freedom should suffice as a basis for robust sustained engagement. If not, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underscores: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom …

U.S. Can Learn A Lot From Israel About Secure Borders

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary electoral defeat in the Commonwealth of Virginia is being attributed to many things. Political scientists and other analysts will plumb the many political nuances of this campaign for weeks, months, and possibly years. Indeed, the college professor who beat the Majority Leader, first time a Majority Leader has been …

Response to Russia: Doomed to Fail Unless Immediate Action Taken

Thursday last week I moderated a panel on Capitol Hill with the Ambassadors from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Georgia and Lithuania titled: European Ambassadors to Discuss “Russian Aggression: Exploring the Implications of Putin’s Annexation of Crimea”. The discussion was co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the School of Theology and Religious Studies at …