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As we celebrate Veterans Day this week, it’s especially important to remember the sacrifice that the men and women of our military and their families make every day. Colonel Howe writes in The Washington Times on our military heroes as the strength of the Nation and discusses the Bush Institute’s Warrior Open golf tournament in September. News Channel 8 in the Dallas area also features a story this week on the golf tournament and highlights the inspiring story of retired Marine Staff Seargant Andrew Bachelder, a 2013 Warrior Open participant. Parade magazine reports on some of the unique challenges that our women veterans face when they return from the frontlines. The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative is committed to addressing women’s veterans issues, along with the areas of jobs, wellness, family, education and housing, that all post-9/11 veterans may face when they return home.
Elliott Abrams, Former Deputy Security Advisor to President Bush, writes in The Washington Post on human rights in Iran. Abrams, who is a member of the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, says Iran’s war on religious freedom has been especially damaging to Bahais, and he warns that President Hassan Rouhani’s government is following his predecessors’ footsteps in oppressing and persecuting Bahais in the country. “Whatever the trajectory of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, diplomacy should never be allowed to obscure the harsh facts about Iran’s miserable human rights situation and the regime’s assault on Bahais,” Abrams says.
Another member of the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, Melanie Kirkpatrick, recently reviewed Chinese dissident Bob Fu’s autobiography. Bob Fu is featured in the Bush Institute’s Freedom Collection. He was a leader in the student democracy movement at Tiananmen Square in 1989 who later converted to Christianity. In 1996, he was arrested and jailed for running a secret bible school. After his release, he and his wife escaped to Hong Kong and were later admitted to the United States as refugees. Kirkpatrick says that his book, God’s Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom, tells his inspiring story and details his own spiritual journey.
Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.Full Bio
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Is the global liberal democratic order in danger? Purposefully constructed in the aftermath of World War II, this order -- and the American leadership that is central to its success --has contributed to securing peace and expanding prosperity in the United States and around the world. Today, that order appears to be dissolving. This crisis is not new or sudden; it has been mounting for several years. Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline. Fraying traditional alliances united by core values of freedom are increasingly weak to respond. It is alarming that the downdraft in democratic resilience over the past decade or more includes countries that have long been part of the consolidated democratic West. This is democratic deconsolidation. In much of the Western world, we see a rise in demagogic populism, illiberalism, nationalism, protectionism, and waning conf
The Importance of Speaking Truth to Tyrants
What the president of the United States says matters. Even during the realpolitik policies of détente under Richard Nixon, it was still clear that American policy was based on a set of core values. Nixon’s practical goals of reaching deals with America’s adversaries was never based on the “great chemistry” with himself or praising the Soviet or Communist Chinese leadership doing a “fantastic job.” When the president aligns himself with the autocrats and dictators, he aligns America with their oppression. He sends a message that corruption and brutality are not our concern. Contrast that with how Ronald Reagan defied much of world opinion in calling out the brutality of the Soviet system. Natan Sharansky, then a refusenik imprisoned in a Soviet gulag, later wrote for the Weekly Standard of his thoughts on Reagan’s pronouncement that the USSR was an evil empire: “It was the great, brilliant moment whe