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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs
"The clans simply have no respect for the authorities."

June 18, 2017  •  Gatestone Institute

A court in Hanover has handed suspended sentences to six members of a Kurdish clan who seriously wounded two dozen police officers during a violent rampage in Hameln. The court's ruling was greeted with anger and derision by police who said it is yet another example of the laxity of Germany's politically correct judicial system.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Rock & Roll Zionism

June 18, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Of all the places in the world to experience a Zionist rite of passage, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland would appear to be the most unlikely of locations.

Walking the halls adorned by memorabilia such as Elvis Presley's golden jacket, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust suit and John Cougar Mellencamp's motorcycle, it is remarkably easy to get pulled into a vortex of American nostalgia inspired by some of the most dazzling musical hits of the past half-century.

As someone whose pop music tastes are largely confined to that greatest of decades, the 1980s, I suddenly found myself drifting, wistfully carried back in time by familiar melodies to a world that once was.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Meet the incorruptible, nonpartisan FBI director the nation needs

June 17, 2017  •  The Hill

A search for a new permanent FBI director is well underway. Given the political firestorm sparked by the timing of and manner in which James Comey was fired, President Trump must tread carefully in seeking a replacement.

To restore lost confidence in his administration, Trump must find an extraordinary nominee to succeed Comey; a person of the highest moral standing and impeccable legal credentials. Above all, the nominee should be staunchly nonpartisan, respected by both political parties but beholden to neither and fiercely committed to the pursuit of justice.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

The Kremlin Needs To Address Russia's Demographic Crisis

June 13, 2017  •  The Moscow Times

The latest numbers are in, and the forecast for Russia's demographic health is bleak. According to official figures released by the country's state statistics agency, Rosstat, in late May, Russia had 70,000 fewer births during the first four months of 2017 than it did a year earlier. These statistics run against the Kremlin's triumphalist narrative, in which strong leadership and shrewd investments allowed Russia to decisively turn a demographic corner. Instead, as one analysis of the Rosstat figures puts it, the "extinction" of Russia's population is accelerating, as the adverse demographic trends that have long affected the country continue to rage unabated.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The Qatar Ultimatum

June 14, 2017  •  The Washington Times

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make," he announced. "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America's enemies alike.

Is that because they sympathize with the goals of the terrorists or because they're afraid of the terrorists, or is there some other explanation? It's not clear. What is: No nation has hedged its bets more egregiously than Qatar.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

The world must finally awaken to the UN refugee agency's failures in the Palestinian territories

June 12, 2017  •  New York Daily News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke from the Government of Israel's longstanding policy and stated that UNRWA, the internationally funded UN body dedicated to providing health, education, welfare and legal services to Palestinian "refugees," should be shut down. This dramatic shift is long overdue in a region where refugee populations have grown enormously but where Palestinians continue to receive overdue attention.

Netanyahu's statement, made to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during her visit to Israel last week, came shortly after the discovery of yet another terror tunnel underneath a UNRWA-run school in Gaza.

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Latest from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog

The U.S.-Iranian confrontation on the Syria-Iraq Borders: Interview with an Iraqi Militia Official

June 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

Besides the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces operations with U.S. coalition support to capture the Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, the other major hot-spot to watch at the moment in Syria is the Syrian desert border area between Iraq and Syria. As the Islamic State continues to lose ground in Syria, it is apparent that there is a scramble to take the territory, particularly as the fighting shifts eastwards towards the border with Iraq. For the Syrian regime and its allies, the eastern regions are valuable for multiple reasons. Economically speaking, for example, there are valuable oil and gas resources, as well as agricultural assets and the prospect of opening or reopening important trade routes like the highway between Baghdad and Damascus. It is far more than mere symbolism, therefore, that the Syrian regime has worked to maintain its currently besieged outposts in Deir az-Zor province. The idea of coordinating with any available Iraqi forces to regain control of the eastern border areas has also long been on the table well, as when the commander for Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidin, a Syrian Hezbollah group fighting in the area, inquired with me in the autumn of last year about the territorial control situation in the eastern border areas, hoping he could arrange coordination with Iraqi forces.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Is Gotham Ready for Bioterror?

June 2017  •  City Journal

Savage terror attacks in recent years have killed thousands of people in the United States, Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The increasingly brazen acts, while violent and tragic, have been limited in scope because of the terrorists' dependence on conventional weapons—firearms, vehicles, and homemade bombs. After each incident, a familiar sequence of responses ensues: politicians call for resolve; civil authorities and residents work to clean up the damaged area; medical personnel give aid to the victims; shopkeepers and merchants reopen. And almost everyone outside those directly affected moves on, hoping that terror won't call their number in the future. Getting on with life makes sense, of course, but complacency about terrorism looms as a serious problem in free societies—especially since future terrorist threats hold the potential to shake the foundations of our society. The overwhelming evidence—from Osama bin Laden's hard drive to incessant ISIS tweets—is that our jihadist enemies are determined to break through conventional limitations on death-dealing and do us even more grievous harm.

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