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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Media's Palestine Narrative Reads Like Fan Fiction
Recent events in Gaza demonstrate the growing chasm between reporting and reality.

May 25, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

Regardless of how one feels about Israel or the Palestinian quest for statehood, establishing what happened should have been a straightforward task given the abundance of verifiable evidence as the events unfolded. Unfortunately, this grotesque failure to report facts accurately or put them in context reached this point after several decades during which news outlets cemented the conflict narrative as a story focused on Israeli actions alone.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Croatia's neo-fascist revival

May 25, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

As a rising tide of extremism and antisemitism sweeps across Europe, much of the focus has been on a wave of incidents that has engulfed France and Germany, two of the continent's largest powers.

While events on the streets of Paris and Berlin, cities which have become increasingly dangerous for Jews, most certainly warrant our attention and concern, it would be a grave error to conclude that the problem is confined primarily to these two countries.

Indeed, the sad fact is that Croatia, a much smaller member of the European Union, is home to perhaps one of the largest, most pervasive and troubling revivals of neo-fascism in recent decades.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

France: Macron Buries Plan to Rehabilitate 'No-Go Zones'

May 24, 2018  •  Gatestone Institute

President Emmanuel Macron has substantially scaled back plans to rehabilitate France's banlieues — poverty-ridden and crime-infested neighborhoods with large Muslim populations — and has instead called on local mayors and civil society groups to find solutions at the grassroots level.

The policy reversal follows weeks of internal debate about whether a top-down or bottom-up approach is the best way to improve life in the troubled banlieues, which are breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalism and are often referred to as no-go zones because of the dangerous conditions there for police and other representatives of state authority.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

For Hamas and its allies, the worse the better

May 24, 2018  •  The Washington Times

There was a time when even inveterate haters of Israel refrained from making common cause with terrorists, jihadists and exterminationists. That time has passed.

Hamas, the terrorist organization that has ruled Gaza since 2007, has said clearly that there "is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad." Engaging in a "peace process" leading to a "two-state solution" — out of the question. Hamas' goal, as stated in its covenant, is to "obliterate" Israel.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Zionism and the Wedge Between US and Israeli Jews

May 24, 2018  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

In Mandatory Palestine, Jews began to accumulate power – economic, political, and military – which caused other Jews to immediately question the enterprise itself. Old anti-Semitic tropes came to the fore, like the notion that a Jewish state would be based on "exploitation" or even Zionist "world domination". The prospect of a Jewish state generated non-Jewish hostility and, among a Jewish minority, feelings of guilt. Decades before the state was founded, Judah Magnes anxiously said: "It is not only the end which for Israel must be desirable, but what is of equal importance, the means must be conceived and brought forth in cleanliness."

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Uzbekistan's President Goes To Washington

May 24, 2018  •  The National Interest

In official Washington, which is routinely awash in foreign dignitaries, it's all too easy to miss the comings and goings of world leaders. But even by the rather selective standards of the Beltway, last week's state visit of Uzbekistan's president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was noteworthy because it provided policymakers with an authoritative glimpse into the momentous changes now taking place in Central Asia. Since taking office in December 2016, following the death of Uzbekistan's founding president, Islam Karimov, Mirziyoyev has spearheaded a series of sweeping reforms affecting virtually every aspect of life in the historically autocratic Central Asian state. The effort—codified in February of 2017, when the Uzbek parliament formally adopted Mirziyoyev's National Development Strategy—is ambitious and unexpected. It marks a significant departure from the established political trajectory of Central Asia's most populous state, which U.S. and European officials had long written off as an authoritarian backwater.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Mike Pompeo just gave the Iran speech Kerry should have given

May 21, 2018  •  New York Post

In his first major speech as secretary of state — a searing 20-minute stemwinder — Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out the new US strategy toward Iran, following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Pompeo unveiled Washington's plan to deploy intense economic warfare against the Islamic Republic until it halts a wide range of nuclear and non-nuclear activity. But the speech was more than just that; it was the one Pompeo's predecessor, John Kerry, should have delivered in 2013.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Comey & Plame, spinning away on Scooter Libby

May 10, 2018  •  New York Daily News

There are many ways to lie. The simplest is to assert something that is patently false. But a more insidious, effective way is to ignore facts that contradict one's narrative.

Consider the reaction of former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA employee Valerie Plame to President Trump's recent pardon of I. Lewis (aka Scooter) Libby. In 2007, Libby, who had been Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice during the investigation of how Plame's identity had been leaked to the press four years earlier. In pardoning Libby, Trump declared he had been unjustly prosecuted.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Learning to Like Ike
The strategic savvy of an underestimated leader

May 4, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

Dwight Eisenhower appears to be having a moment. A popular president who was nevertheless looked down on by the media and the smart set in his time, Ike has grown in historical reputation and is now seen as one of our greatest presidents. Similarly, the 1950s have come down in popular perception as a dull time, but they were a time of peace, prosperity, and American success—and a period in which America made significant social progress.

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Latest Article from Jeff Jacoby

The death penalty, humane and painless

March 21, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

OKLAHOMA PLAYED a key role in the effort to make capital punishment more humane.

It was Oklahoma's state medical examiner who in 1977 proposed lethal injections as a less painful, less violent method of executing murderers than hanging or the electric chair. A few years later, lethal injection was used for the first time to put a condemned killer to death. Soon Oklahoma's innovation was the primary method of execution in nearly every state with the death penalty on its books.

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Latest Article from Jeff Stier

It's High Time To Cut U.S. Funding For This Troubled International Cancer Agency
The United States has failed to hold the World Health Organization accountable for the nearly $2 billion in U.S. funding WHO receives each year.

December 19, 2017  •  The Federalist

Since Donald Trump's election, international bureaucracies that receive U.S. tax dollars have been on notice that our unchecked government largess to them is about to end. The World Health Organization is one example of a bloated, inefficient agency that is ripe for reform.

As Jeff wrote in June, "WHO is plagued by persistent wasteful spending, utter disregard for transparency, pervasive incompetence, and failure to adhere to even basic democratic standards." The United States has failed to hold the WHO accountable for the nearly $2 billion in U.S. funding WHO receives each year.

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