Pacific trade pact seeks to embed American values in Asia to counter China

Chris Van Hollen

U.S. denies Kurdish ally Salih Muslim's request to visit

The Obama administration lavished praise this week on a Kurdish group in Syria that helped score a victory over Islamic State militants in the border town of Kobani after four months of fighting. But U.S. officials also made another gesture that seemed a lot less friendly. State Department officials rebuffed a request from Salih Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, for a visa to visit the United States to deliver a speech. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank, and pro-Kurdish U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), had urged the State Department to allow a visit. That the rejection came to light "on the day we...