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review of Politics Is a Joke!

August 19, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

This summer, in an effort to promote her new memoir, Hillary Clinton showed up—where else?—across the table from Jon Stewart and then Stephen Colbert. On "The Colbert Report" the former secretary of state sparred with the faux-conservative host, who described the book's account of dealing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, playing piano with Bono and meeting Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi as "656 pages of shameless name-dropping." Mr. Stewart's take on "The Daily Show" was even more blunt: "I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares. They just want to know if you're running for president."

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Defeating terrorists: From Sri Lanka to Gaza

August 19, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Saturday night, a few thousand protesters gathered in the heart of Tel Aviv, recycling tired and familiar left-wing slogans as they called upon Israel to negotiate with the Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas.

In between chants of profoundly creative catchphrases such as "Bibi, go home," the participants heard speeches from several speakers, all of whom devoted more time and verbiage to criticizing Israel than our enemies.

Apparently unaware that Hamas initiated the latest round of bloodletting, Meretz MK Zahava Gal- On blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, hurling the curious accusation that he had "dragged us into a war of choice in Gaza."

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Islamic State: "We Will Take Spain Back"

August 17, 2014  •  Gatestone Institute

Radical Muslims in Spain have launched a social media campaign aimed at generating support for the jihadist group Islamic State [IS].

The campaign involves posters that include images of famous Spanish landmarks and monuments emblazoned with Arabic slogans such as, "We are all the Islamic State" and "Long Live the Islamic State."

One poster includes an image of the medieval Islamic Aljafería Palace in the Spanish city of Zaragoza and the black flag associated with the IS. Another uses an image of the famous La Concha beach in the Basque city of San Sebastián. Yet another includes an image of the statue of Jesus Christ on Monte Urgull in San Sebastián, with the Arabic words "Al-Andalus Country" instead of "Basque Country."

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Latest Article from Steven Emerson

The President's True Colors Finally Revealed

August 17, 2014  •  Jerusalem Online

When I first glanced at the headline on today's Jerusalem Online and reports in the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli newspapers, I thought they must have been a satire: "Washington officials have told Egypt that the US will guarantee Israel's commitment to any agreement signed." But it was not a satire. This was deadly serious, confirmed by other Israeli newspapers and sources in Cairo.

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Latest Article from Jeff Stier

Raising taxes on certain foods, drinks does little to fight obesity

August 16, 2014  •  Houston Chronicle

What do Latin American governments do when they realize they are spending more money than they have? In part, they raise taxes on the poor in the name of fighting obesity by taxing food and beverages. That's only the beginning of the ugliness.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Gaza: How we got here and what next?

August 15, 2014  •  YNet News

Despite the conviction in Israel that its military actions against Hamas in Gaza are justified, the notion that this third Gaza war in the past six years has been a consequence of the failure to conclude a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority is widely accepted across the globe.

For Palestinians, the argument continues, there is no choice but resistance and confrontation since diplomacy and non-violence have not ended the occupation. For that reason, many Palestinians claim that Hamas is fighting not simply to lift the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip but also to give them their freedom.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Cutting The Caliphate Down To Size

August 14, 2014  •  National Review Online

Is America headed back to Iraq? On August 7, President Obama took the first step in that direction when he authorized the use of air strikes to prevent the further advance of the militant Islamic group once known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) and now known as the Islamic State. Since then, the U.S. military has commenced a limited bombing campaign against Islamic State detachments in northern Iraq and added 130 military advisers to the 300 already stationed in the country. The decision reflects a stark reality. In recent weeks, the Islamic State has cut a bloody swath across Iraq, capturing and holding territory at an unprecedented rate. As a result, the Washington Post reports, the group "now controls resources and territory unmatched in the history of extremist organizations." The current effort, however, appears to be as far as the White House is willing to go — at least for the moment. Having staked its political legitimacy on an exit from Iraq, the Obama administration is leery of doing much more. As a result, a true strategy for rolling back the Islamic State's advance is still sorely lacking.

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

Arming Rebels Wasn't the Only Option

August 14, 2014  •  U.S. News and World Report

Syrian President Bashar Assad winning the Syrian civil war is akin to dying of a heart attack, but a Syrian opposition victory is the equivalent of dying from cancer. Unfortunately, the time for preventive medicine was more than three years ago.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

America needs an 'overarching strategy' on battling radical Islam

August 13, 2014  •  The Washington Times

Here's the dilemma: How do we stop the Islamic State without strengthening the Islamic Republic?

The Islamic State, a growing Sunni jihadist militia, now controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria and has been pushing into Iraqi Kurdistan. The Islamic Republic, the Shia jihadist regime that rules Iran, supports the Assad regime in Damascus, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

When our enemies are fighting each other, it's tempting to conclude that our best option is to stay out of the way, but that would be a strategic blunder. It also would be immoral.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Washington Needs to Help Cut Off Outside Aid to Hamas

August 5, 2014  •  New York Times

To help bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Washington needs to stop thinking about redrawing the map for a while, and start following the money. It must bring an end to the activities of outside malefactors who fan the flames of this conflict by supporting violent Palestinian radical groups like Hamas.

One good place to start would be Qatar, which provides Hamas a range of support, from financial backing to political cover to an external headquarters in Doha. Similarly, Turkey must be held to account for its ongoing material and political support to Hamas, as well as sheltering at least one known Hamas operative.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

The risks of Israel's Gaza incursion

July 18, 2014  •  Fox News

While Israel has demonstrated enormous strategic patience with Hamas' over 1,500 rocket attacks which sent some two-thirds of Israelis into bomb shelters, the potential cost to Israel of even a limited ground incursion in northern Gaza -- the death of more Palestinian civilians, the loss or kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, and a further erosion of Israel's international standing -- could be high.

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