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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany's Muslim Demographic Revolution

August 31, 2015  •  Gatestone Institute

Germany's Muslim population is set to skyrocket by more than 700,000 in 2015, pushing the total number of Muslims in the country to nearly 6 million for the first time.

The surge in Germany's Muslim population — propelled by a wave of migration unprecedented since the Second World War — represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country's open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

The North Korean threat to Israel

August 30, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

Although Israel faces numerous threats at home and abroad, one of our most unsung enemies is the one that is perhaps furthest away: Kim Jong Un's dictatorial regime in North Korea.

Nearly 8,000 km separate Jerusalem from Pyongyang, but that hasn't stopped the North Korean government from going out of its way to side with Israel's foes, regularly providing them with military training and support and even selling them nuclear know-how and ballistic missile technology.

Indeed, North Korea is directly linked to just about every menace facing Israel, and it is time for the Jewish state to do something about this threat.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State's Health Department

August 27, 2015  •  Jihadology

The Islamic State's [IS] health department (Diwan al-Siha) is probably most familiar to UK readers, who will recognize the 'ISHS' (Islamic State Health Service) branding as a spin-off of the 'NHS' (National Health Service). The ISHS was promoted in an official Raqqa province video featuring two muhajireen medical personnel, the first of whom (originally from Australia) urges Muslim medical personnel from around the world to join IS, saying: "Muslims here are really suffering from not necessarily a lack of equipment or medicine but mainly a lack of qualified medical care." Though the video acknowledges lack of personnel, documents not officially released by IS also show that shortages of medical supplies are a significant problem. Of all departments, the IS Diwan al-Siha is arguably the least impressive, afflicted as it is by brain drain, deficiencies in supplies and lack of innovation despite the influx of muhajireen.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The Parchin Precedent

August 26, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined: "U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site." I soon realized that this revelation — a secret side agreement under which Iran is to police its own suspected nuclear weapons facilities — was too ludicrous not to parody.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Why Those Secret Iran Side Deals Matter

August 24, 2015  •  RealClearPolitics

It is past time to disclose and explain Iran's secret deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Although the White House has downplayed the importance of these arrangements, calling them "side deals," they raise questions that go to the heart of President Obama's claim that the agreement the six leading powers struck with Iran will deny it a bomb for at least 10 to15 years. These "side" understandings are crucial to evaluating the potential effectiveness of the July agreement, although Secretary of State John Kerry claims not to have read them. A draft of one of them has leaked to the Associated Press, but it raises more questions than it answers.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

What Are the 2016 GOP Candidates Reading?

August 21, 2015  •  New York Observer

Most of our Founding Fathers were serious readers, which is one reason we have a free and prosperous nation built on a foundation of the rule of law. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were all deeply influenced by the books they read. And they were part of a generation that read widely and voraciously. In subsequent years, some of our greatest presidents, both Democrat and Republicans, were avid readers – including Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah

August 21, 2015  •  Huffington Post

The debate over President Obama's Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within. Rather, it's because the deal is being painted as the only thing standing in the way of war. But this characterization is not only unfair because it is binary and fails to account for creative scenarios. Lost in this debate is whether the deal could itself cause a war.

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

Kurds Failing Representation Jeopardizes US Support

August 19, 2015  •  The Pasewan

Superficially, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s representation and influence in America has never been greater. After years of renting space in various office buildings, the KRG now has its own building less than two kilometers from the White House. Whereas once Kurds were largely forgotten in Washington, today a Kurdish Caucus in Congress counts nearly three dozen members. When I first visited Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2000, there were perhaps three non-Kurdish Americans in the area; today, that figure has increased by several orders of magnitude. Few who return from Kurdistan are not struck by the region's energy, the warmth of the Kurdish people, and empathy for the Kurdish narrative. Kurdistan enjoys huge sympathy in the United States.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Why Obama Will Open A US Embassy In Iran

August 18, 2015  •  New York Post

What's next after the Obama administration's opening to Cuba? Why, an embassy in Tehran, of course. On Aug. 14, in a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance, Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the formal re-opening of the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The occasion marked the culmination of nearly two years of quiet diplomacy between the White House and the Castro regime. The initiative had been launched following Kerry's fall 2013 address before the Organization of the American States, in which he had announced with great fanfare that the "era of the Monroe Doctrine is over." That pronouncement — intended to reassure regional powers that America's sometimes-heavyhanded approach to countries south of our border was a thing of the past — touched off a series of negotiations with Havana, during which the Obama administration formally abandoned more than half a century of established US policy toward the island nation in favor of a diplomatic opening. Obama's diplomacy with Cuba has been roundly condemned by human-rights dissidents and democracy activists alike as a whitewashing of the country's brutal Communist rule. But, in the eyes of the White House, it's an unreserved success. Kerry himself has said as much, waxing poetic during his Havana visit that, thanks to the negotiations, the United States and Cuba had turned a historic corner and were no longer "enemies or rivals, but neighbors" who "wish each other well." As such, it's virtually guaranteed to not be an isolated occurrence.

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Latest Article from Jeff Stier

Whole Foods Caught With Their Thumb On The Scale And Their Hand In Your Pocket

July 15, 2015  •  Forbes

Will the nation's largest municipal consumer protection agency crack down on misleading marketing claims about organic food by one of the most sanctimonious, greener-than-thou grocery chains?

We don't think it will, but there's a strong case—based on the law and the facts—that it should.

First some background. Nearly a week after New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigators found that Whole Foods Market ripped off unwitting customers by "routinely" overstating the weight of pre-packaged foods–including meats, seafood, dairy and baked goods–the store widely known as "Whole Paycheck Market" 'fessed up.

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