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2018: A Year in Reading

December 17, 2018  •  National Review Online

For the past five years, based on the initial suggestion of the resourceful Kathryn Jean Lopez, I've had the privilege of closing out the year with NRO readers, looking back on the books that made an impression on me. For this year's holiday retrospective, I want to take a slightly different tack, and take you, Dear Reader, on a tour of notable books by starting with a few key categories I know NRO readers would enjoy.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Italy Adopts Hardline Immigration Law

December 7, 2018  •  Gatestone Institute

The Italian Parliament has approved a tough new immigration and security law that will make it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes and strip those convicted of terrorism of their Italian citizenship.

Italy's lower house of parliament, the Camera dei Deputati, voted 396 to 99 on November 28 to approve the new law, which was sponsored by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The law had previously been approved by the Italian Senate on November 7. The measure was promulgated by President Sergio Mattarella on December 3.

Also known as the "Security Decree" or the "Salvini Decree," the new law includes several key provisions:

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Supporting Faculty on Israel: Now More than Ever

December 16, 2018  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

With the normalizing of anti-Semitism comes the normalizing of BDS. Professors and academics who support and advocate for BDS feel empowered and emboldened by the belief that their actions respond to the policies of current White House. Moreover, Israel is seen today as a right-wing issue, especially on campuses dominated completely by the political and cultural left. This allows every anti-Israel voice to be treated as normal and moral.

Faculty opposed to Israel are at the forefront of BDS, hiding behind the increasingly thin façade of academic freedom to launch systemic attacks on Israel, its supporters, and on the structure of the university itself.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Legislative Survivors

December 14, 2018  •  City Journal

It's been a good week for Britain's Theresa May and America's Nancy Pelosi, both of whom survived leadership challenges—and both of whom have repeatedly been underestimated by their colleagues and the media.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

The more they try to kill us, the more we must build

December 13, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Though you would never know it from the mainstream press, a new wave of Palestinian terrorism in Judea and Samaria appears to be well under way.

Over the course of the past several weeks, there has been a series of widespread and increasingly serious attacks against Israelis, including stabbings, stonings and shootings.

And while the death toll from this latest round of Palestinian violence has thankfully been relatively low, it isn't for lack of trying by the perpetrators. And that is why it is essential that Israel take immediate, concrete Zionist steps to restore deterrence vis-à-vis the terrorists.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Punishing the Saudi Prince

December 12, 2018  •  The Washington Times

ABU DHABI | Consult a map of the Middle East. Locate the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage separating the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, and connecting the Gulf — whether you call it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf is a thorny question — to the open oceans beyond.

The Strait of Hormuz is among the world's most strategic waterways, essential to the health of the global economy. More than a third of seaborne oil shipments and 20 percent of the oil traded internationally pass through it.

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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

European Powers Still Looking to Circumvent U.S. Sanctions with Iran

December 12, 2018  •  ClearCut with Michelle Makori / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Michelle Makori on i24News "ClearCut" to discuss Secretary Pompeo's remarks at the UN regarding the advances on Iran's ballistic missiles program, Europe's attempts to circumvent U.S. sanctions on Tehran, and the importance of keeping Saudi Arabia and the UAE in America's coalition of the willing against Iran.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

How The United States And Europe Can Punish Russia For Ukraine Ship Attack

November 30, 2018  •  USA Today

Last weekend's maritime dust-up between Russia and Ukraine — in which the Russian navy fired on Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov — caught Western capitals by surprise. Predictably, the skirmish has elicited condemnations from a host of nations worried about the possibility of further escalation in the four-and-a-half-year-old conflict between Moscow and Kiev. But a resolute Western response to Russia's renewed aggression has been far slower to materialize. This, however, hasn't been because of a lack of policy options. To the contrary, U.S. and European policymakers currently have a broad range of ways by which they can ratchet up the costs to Russia for the recent hostilities.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

I'm a Wonk at a Think Tank. Turkish Media Say I'm an International Man of Mystery.

November 29, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

I'm a terrorist, an intelligence agent for at least two Middle East governments, a coup-plotter, and a member of a sex cult.

At least that's what the Turkish press is reporting.

My career as a Turkish outlaw and secret agent began when I began researching Ankara's burgeoning links to terrorist groups. In 2010, I observed that Turkey had become a hub for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. A year later, I was shocked to learn from senior U.S. officials that Turkey was backing jihadists of all stripes in a bid to topple embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad. Then in 2012 and 2013, reports emerged that Turkey helped Iran evade sanctions—moving more than $20 billion in gold and cash—at the height of the nuclear standoff.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

The Middle East Studies Association and Islamic State Documents- Complaining About What?

October 8, 2018  •  History News Network

[Originally published under the headline "Why is the Middle East Studies Association Trying to Stop the Online Publication of Islamic State Documents?"]

Why would the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the primary umbrella organization for the field of Middle East studies, oppose the New York Times partnering with George Washington University (GWU)'s Program On Extremism to produce a public archive of the thousands of Islamic State (ISIS) documents the newspaper retrieved from northern Iraq?

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller

Eco-Bullying Crosses the Pond
Activists' abuse of Freedom of Information laws is spreading to Europe

October 8, 2018  •  Daily Caller

Some bad ideas have originated in America. Reality television, spray-on cheese, pineapple pizza, and deep-fried Hostess Twinkies come to mind. But the most obnoxious of all may be eco-activist campaigners armed with Freedom of Information Act requests, or FOIAs, who pervert the intention of the law in order to undermine sound science, academic scholarship and the free exchange of ideas.

They're about to make a menace of themselves in Europe

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