Since President Putin's election, Russian authorities have intensified their assault on basic freedoms and undermined rule of law. This crackdown should be a matter of grave concern to the United States.
As President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China begin discussions designed to forge closer personal bonds between the two nations, they should not shy away from uncomfortable topics. The centerpiece for this summit ought to be crafting a shared vision on human rights.
Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor who was sentenced to death in Iran for the crime of apostasy and spent more than three years in prison, has been allegedly detained on Christmas Day in his home city of Rasht.
While Bahraini prisoners of conscience languish in jail cells, will U.S. and Bahraini officials continue with business as usual? Or will there be consequences for the relationship when a U.S. military ally represses its citizens?