As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More

Colin Powell: A Leader For The Ages

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff died early October 18 after complications caused by COVID-19, according to his family. He was 84 years old. As the family put it: “General Powell was fully vaccinated, and we want to thank the staff of the Walter Reed National…

The Challenge Of Global Vaccination Against Covid-19

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients describe the challenge bluntly in a recent Washington Post column: Vaccinating Americans and people around the world to defeat the virus both here at home and abroad.  Our most powerful weapon in this fight is safe and effective vaccines.” Distributing vaccines around…

Taiwan: Epicenter Of A Coming Global Crisis?

The world must be fully aware of the perils that would erupt should China occupy its tiny southeast Pacific coastal neighbor, Taiwan, and abolish it as a separate, internationally recognized republic. How would the United States and the world react if Beijing eliminated Taiwan and integrated it with the mainland? Background of the current situation…

The Arctic: A Fresh Focus For The United States?

New legislation introduced in the United States Senate would expand America’s attention to the strategically important Arctic region to our north. The proposed law would establish a new Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs, “it’s high time that we have such representation,” according to Sherri Goodman, a former United States Deputy Undersecretary for…

COVID-19 Deaths in The United States Pass 700,000

A wide-angle photo of the Mall surrounding the Washington Monument tells the grim story. Tiny white monuments to victims of the disease stretch to the horizon. Scores of eyewitnesses file through a winding path to the Monument, obviously moved by their firsthand glimpse of the scale of the nation’s COVID-19 death toll. Compare this pandemic…

Helping Afghan Child Refugees In America: A Pair Of Moving Examples

Starting October 1st, the Biden administration is doubling the ceiling on Afghan refugees re-settling here, permitting local communities to expand aid to displaced Afghans arriving in the United States. Washington is expanding the total to 125,000, according to local newspapers in New Jersey and Florida. “It’s just the humane thing to do… they are humans…

The Abraham Accords First Anniversary: Looking Ahead

On September 15 last year, the United States, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed what has been called “a positive step toward stability in the turbulent Middle East.” The key goal: endorsing a significant new trend in Arab-Israeli relations through: —Recognition of Israel and normalizing its diplomatic relations for the first time with several Arab…

Climate Change: A Grim Update

A U.S. State Department report, “The Climate Crisis; Working Together for Future Generations,” sums it all up: “Bold action to tackle the climate crisis is more urgent than ever.  The record-breaking heat, floods, storms and drought, and wildfires devastating communities around the world underscore the grave risks we also face. “Through our actions at home…