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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Jerusalem Debate
Four panelists weigh in for a feisty discussion on the facts... and fake facts.

December 12, 2017  •  The Heat / CGTN America

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins anchor Anand Naidoo with panelists Omar Baddar, the Deputy Director of the Arab American Institute; Sahar Aziz, a law professor at Rutgers University and John Bennett, a White House Correspondent for Roll Call to debate President Trump's Jerusalem decision and to discuss the latest developments in the region and the ongoing conflict. Warning: It gets heated.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Jerusalem Is Already Israel's Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

December 7, 2017  •  Fortune

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it's all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump has really stepped in it this time, pundits warn. But has he?

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Jerusalem, Now and Eternal

December 7, 2017  •  City Journal

Why now? That's the question being asked in Arab capitals, at the Vatican, at the United Nations, and even in Washington, after President Donald Trump declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Calling it "long overdue," Trump described his decision as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge and "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality." Thanking him, Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu agreed: "Jerusalem," he tweeted, "has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years." Israel's Knesset, its parliament, is in West Jerusalem. So are its Supreme Court, its key ministries, and most key official institutions. Trump maintained that the dramatic step, endorsed by Congress in 1995 but consistently avoided by his White House predecessors, would not damage the search for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or change the status of Jerusalem's geographic and political borders. Those issues would still have to be agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians, the White House said.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Egypt's Population Bomb

December 5, 2017  •  Al-Hurra Digital

It's the most important Middle Eastern news story that no one is talking about. Earlier this Fall, Egypt's state statistics agency, the Central Agency for Popular Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), formally released the findings of its 2016 national census. The results shed important new light on the challenges now confronting the government of president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Cairo.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
"African exodus of biblical proportions impossible to stop"

December 3, 2017  •  Gatestone Institute

The African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, held in in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017, has ended in abject failure after the 55 African and 28 European leaders attending the event were unable to agree on even basic measures to prevent potentially tens of millions of African migrants from flooding Europe.

Despite high expectations and grand statements, the only concrete decision to come out of Abidjan was the promise to evacuate 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Netanyahu shatters the myth of Israel's isolation

December 2, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Last week, after a flight carrying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed on the airport tarmac in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the enduring fables of Middle East lore was dealt a withering blow.

Upon disembarking, the premier of the Jewish state, often described as "isolated" in the international arena, was greeted with all the colorful pomp and ceremony of an honor guard, as the Israeli and Kenyan flags fluttered side by side.

The brief welcoming ceremony marked the start of a whirlwind trip during which Netanyahu met with 11 African leaders who had come to attend the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The man who would be Saudi king

November 29, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Mohammad bin Salman is a young man in a hurry. When I visited Saudi Arabia back in February he was only the deputy crown prince. Nevertheless, it was he — not 81-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and not the crown prince, 58-year-old Muhammad bin Nayef — who was the talk of the town.

The 32-year old MBS, as he is known, was regarded as the brains and energy behind Vision 2030, an ambitious plan to construct, by the aforementioned date, a dynamic and diverse Saudi economy, one not dependent on extracting and exporting petroleum. To achieve that, he appeared to understand, will require significant economic, social and religious reforms.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

How the Quakers Became Champions of BDS

November 10, 2017  •  Tablet

In a not-so-earth-shattering move, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has appointed a Palestinian-American, Joyce Ajlouny, as its new Secretary General. Ajlouny is a native of Ramallah and formerly the head of the Quaker school there, a "passionate" advocate for Palestinians and for "evenhandedness."

Ajlouny may be the perfect candidate to run the AFSC, the leading American Quaker organization, which over the years has cultivated its image as peaceful and supremely benign. Few suspect, much less know, that one of their central missions these days is promoting the BDS movement that opposes Israel's existence.

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Latest from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog

The Situation in the Mt. Hermon Area: Interview with the Hermon Regiment

November 7, 2017 at 10:38 pm

The vicinity of Jabal al-Sheikh (aka Mt. Hermon), which lies at the intersection of Lebanon, Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, contains the last pockets of rebel-held territory in the southwestern Damascus countryside, centred around the localities of Beit Jann and Mazra'at Beit Jann. To clarify the difference, the former locality is the original one, whereas the origins of Mazra'at Beit Jann only date back to around the mid-20th century. Both Beit Jann and Mazra'at Beit Jann are Sunni localities. The main families in Beit Jann are:

- al-Safadi
- Hamada
- al-Badawi

As for Mazra'at Beit Jann:

- Othman
- Qablan
- Hamuda
- Abu Assaf
- Zaytun

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller

Gene Editing Is Here, and Desperate Patients Want It

October 12, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Should Americans be allowed to edit their DNA to prevent genetic diseases in their children? That question, which once might have sounded like science fiction, is stirring debate as breakthroughs bring the idea closer to reality. Bioethicists and activists, worried about falling down the slippery slope to genetically modified Olympic athletes, are calling for more regulation.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

In Hurricane Relief, 2 out of 3 Ain't Good

October 2, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

The federal government deserved the rave reviews it earned for its responses to back-to-back hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency worked well with state and local officials and predeployed key resources and personnel. It seemed as though Washington had learned from its failed response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yet as President Trump visits a Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria, cheers for FEMA have turned to boos. What went wrong?

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