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Illustration on the aggressive strategic future of Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

In the second half of the 19th century, the British and Russian empires competed for domination of Central Asia in what history labels “The Great Game.” A new “great game,” with the entire Middle East at stake, is now being played out in Syria. The opponents are Russia and Iran on one side and the U.S. and Israel on the other. Both sides will try to use Arab states and Turkey as pawns.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine’s Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation’s cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

Chart to acccompany Moore article of Feb. 19, 2018.

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well deserved.

Unrest in India Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that he’s not afraid of using radical maneuvers to accomplish his economic agenda for India.

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Oppressing the Hand of Charity Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The ill at the mercy of government

When I founded a charity 29 years ago to help seriously ill patients afford health insurance and medicine, I knew there would be obstacles. However, I never imagined the federal government would be one of them. After all, our mission was to patch holes in coverage that Medicare and Medicaid were not filling.

To save his reputation, he had to lose his head

Although no three men could look less alike, short, graceful Charles I of England, fat, lumbering Louis XVI of France and shy, bearded Nicholas II of Russia had a lot in common.

Members of the media film the Doomsday Clock during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, announcing that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight. ( AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Doomsday Clock scream of 'danger!' falls flat on anti-Trump face

- The Washington Times

Much has just been made in the media about the figurative ticking time bomb that's about to blow up the world -- the one that arrived when the Doomsday Clock reset its hands to two minutes before midnight.But let's not read too much into it. One of the clock setters' biggest concerns seems to be President Donald Trump's rhetoric.

Illustration on corruption in the FBI by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Salvaging the legacy of the FBI

The FBI is experiencing its greatest crisis in our history. J. Edgar Hoover may have kept "intel" files on enemies but never attempted a government coup. Recent leadership at headquarters allowed politics to seep into our DNA, and field agents were smeared with the same brush.

Illustration on bipartisan cooperation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Barely a blip on the pipsqueak scale

Compared to many other government shutdowns, last weekend's mini-closure barely registered a blip on the pipsqueak scale.

Illustration on the extreme condition of Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The problem with Puerto Rico

Even before being wrecked by hurricane damage, Puerto Rico was a mess. Things were so out of control Congress and President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of appointing an oversight board to take charge, hoping it would act decisively and prevent the Puerto Rican government from going broke.

President Donald Trump listens during a dinner with European business leaders at the World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Davos. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump crashes the gasbag party at Davos

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump crashed the party in Davos late Thursday and the world's economic and cultural elite, and those worthies could only glumly concede that the biggest button, the biggest airplane and the biggest ego puts them and their airs in the shade.

Illustration on un assimilated immigration from impoverished nations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When it's something other than race

In 2015 approximately 17 percent of people in the United States married someone of a different race. Putting it ever so slightly differently, in 2015 approximately 83 percent of the people in this country married someone of the same race. What are we to make of that?

The shady company he may have kept

He was the 34th president of the United States and the only one forced from office by a scandal linked to a burglary.

In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, the Christopher Columbus statue at Manhattan's Columbus Circle, center, is shown from a view inside the Time Warner Center, in New York. A commission created to figure out what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property has recommended that most be kept where they are with historical markers added to give additional context. The commission was criticized for the idea that statues like those of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle could be removed. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Columbus Day out, as U.S. DNA chipped by PC once more

- The Washington Times

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors just voted to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples day. But why? Many in America already celebrate Native American Heritage Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving. San Francisco's board vote seems designed not so much to recognize Native Americans, as much as it is to erase Christopher Columbus from America's DNA.

Red States Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mass exits from the blue states

One reason Democrats seem so fixated on importing illegal immigrants and allowing their children to stay and become citizens may be the exodus from high-tax and traditionally Democratic states.

Illustration on air tanker aid to Taiwan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Deterring Chinese intimidation

Washington should offer to sell aerial refueling tankers to help Taiwan to counter China's ongoing military constriction involving air and sea exercises surrounding the island democracy, and its dangerous manipulation of sensitive airliner routes over the Taiwan Strait.

Illustration on man/woman relations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The confusing mishmash of modern morality

The abundant conversations about sexual harassment have become a mishmash of modern morality in America. Talkers mix the accusation toward the evildoer, the man who uses power against innocence to abuse women, with accusations against a man with less calculated motivation but whose weakness of the flesh exploits a confusion of sexual signals.

School Choice Dial Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why school choice matters

I am a Democrat who believes in public charter schools, and in the post-Obama era, that seems to increasingly make me an outlier in my party. Currently, more than 3 million children attend public charter schools in the U.S. They serve a greater percentage of poor minority students than traditional public schools, and the empirical evidence of more than a dozen gold-standard studies indicates they are producing significant academic gains for these students.

Freedom House chart to accompany Johnson article of Jan. 25, 2018.

A beacon of freedom in an oppressive neighborhood

The annual worldwide assessment of democracy by Freedom House is a sobering kick-in-the-pants to remind us just how many people live without basic human rights, political freedom or the right to simply speak what's on their mind.

Tale of a 'dirty bomb' in Haifa

Mark Henshaw, the author of the "The Last Man in Tehran" and the three previous spy thrillers in his "Red Cell" series, is a veteran CIA analyst who served in the CIA's Red Cell Unit.