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Latest Article from Michael Freund

How Israel prevented ISIS from going nuclear

September 3, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

The entire free world owes Israel an enormous debt of gratitude.

Were it not for a prescient strike against a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, which foreign media sources credit Israel with carrying out, the fanatics of Islamic State would now be in possession of their own nuclear facility.

This revelation came to light thanks to a recent article on the NK News website by former US diplomat Dennis P. Halpin, who highlighted an intriguing tidbit of information that was otherwise almost completely ignored by the mainstream press.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The deadly peril in appeasement

September 2, 2015  •  The Washington Times

"Appeasement" gets a bad rap but, strictly speaking, the word implies nothing more than an attempt to make peace. If aggrieved adversaries can be pacified by reasonable concessions, what's wrong with that?

Of course, when most of us talk about appeasement, we have in mind the policy of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who, in 1938, went to Munich in the hope of appeasing Germany and thereby achieving "peace for our time." Winston Churchill famously admonished and predicted: "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war."

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

September 1, 2015  •  Syria Comment

At this site I have previously profiled several pro-Assad militias, such as theMuqawama Suriya, the Coastal Shield Brigade and Dir' al-Watan. Below are profiles of five more pro-Assad militias.

Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra

Emblem of Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra: 'Quwat Dir' al-Watan' (Homeland Shield Forces).

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

ObamaCare: What Can a Republican President Do About It in 2017?

September 2015  •  Commentary

From the time of its inception until the end of June of this year, the Affordable Care Act had been riven with uncertainty about whether it would pass, what would happen to it in a Republican-led Congress or with a President Romney, and whether it would survive judicial scrutiny. But when the next president enters office in 2017, he or she will have to deal with the stark fact of its existence. The Supreme Court ended any hope of its destruction before Obama's departure from office when it chose to uphold the "intent" of the law in King v. Burwell at the end of its 2015 term—rather than ruling that federal subsidies to states that have not set up their own health-care exchanges were a clear violation of the language of the statute. There will be no visitation from above to save America from ObamaCare. The ACA appears fairly ensconced. It is not a success, and it remains unpopular, but there it is, and there, for now, it will stay—and the various players in the U.S. health-care system are trying to work through, or perhaps more accurately, around, it to get things done.

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

Iran Chooses Guns Over Butter Every Time

August 31, 2015  •  Newsweek

When negotiations on the Joint Plan of Action began, the Iranian economy had just shrunk 5.4 percent.

Rather than utilize that leverage to win an agreement with favorable terms, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sought to shower Tehran with incentives. With upwards of $100 billion in new investment now due in Tehran (even before Iran demonstrates its full compliance with the nuclear deal), Iranian authorities are starting their shopping spree, with a heavy emphasis on the military.

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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 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 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 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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