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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Competing Interests Involved in Afrin, Syria

February 19, 2018  •  The Rundown with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David / i24News

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Syria-based journalist, Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on i24News "The Rundown" with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David. They discuss the differing priorities of those involved in the Afrin operation and wider Syria. According to Brodsky, U.S. policy is confused and needs to be clarified.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Why peace can't be processed now

February 14, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Decade after decade, one administration after another has set in motion what has been called a "peace process." None has come close to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Over the past year, President Trump has been hoping he might succeed where others have failed. He tasked trusted advisers, unburdened by the errors of past peace processes, to work on this "ultimate deal." But the events of recent days should leave no doubt in his or anyone else's mind: A Palestinian leader shaking hands with an Israeli leader on the White House lawn is inconceivable for the foreseeable future.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Looming Threats

February 14, 2018  •  City Journal

The world is becoming ever more dangerous. So concluded President Donald J. Trump's most senior intelligence and national security advisers in public testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill. "The risk of inter-state conflict is higher than any time since the Cold War," Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told senators in his opening statement.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France
"It is time to bring in a new generation."

February 13, 2018  •  Gatestone Institute

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a declared effort to "fight fundamentalism" and "preserve national cohesion," has promised to "lay the groundwork for the entire reorganization of Islam in France."

According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state."

A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for Muslims living in the country.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Iran's Uprising Pits The Country's Old Rulers Against Its Young Citizens

February 9, 2018  •  The National Interest

Last month, with mass protests underway on the streets of Tehran and other cities, one of Iran's most senior clerics inadvertently sparked an altogether different sort of international incident. On January 8, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, one of the country's most powerful officials and a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, traveled to Germany to receive medical treatment amid rumors of failing health. The visit prompted outrage from human-rights activists, and German authorities — under growing pressure from watchdog groups — contemplated bringing charges against Shahroudi for "crimes against humanity" for his role in directing the imprisonment and torture of numerous opponents of the Iranian regime. The sixty-nine-year-old jurist ultimately decided to flee the Federal Republic in order to avoid the fallout. The episode, however fleeting, nonetheless tells us a great deal about Iran's future, and about the generational transition now looming over the Islamic Republic.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinians are taking a huge risk by ignoring Trump's threat to cut off US aid

January 30, 2018  •  Fox News

President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to cut off as much as $700 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians if their leaders don't begin serious peace negotiations with Israel, but the Palestinian leadership remained defiant.

Defiance might make Palestinian leaders feel good momentarily, but it doesn't make much sense to deliberately antagonize their largest donor and the only arbiter of the peace process with Israel. From all appearances, the Palestinians are now digging in for a fight with the Trump administration, and they don't seem to be interested in deviating from their hardline position anytime soon.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Thank you, Vice President Pence

January 28, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Standing at the podium in the Knesset this past Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence gave one of the most remarkable speeches about Israel ever delivered by a foreign dignitary.

Indeed, his message of support for the Jewish state was so heartfelt and genuine, and at times even lyrical, that anyone who cares about Israel's standing in the world should take 30 minutes out of his or her busy schedule to watch, listen and learn.

Condensed into that half-hour was a brilliant mix of principle and policy, history and hope, one that went far beyond the standard parameters of routine oratory.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

How Blockchain Will Disrupt Colleges, the Media, and Unions, Too

January 26, 2018  •  The Weekly Standard

As the technology empowering Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchains have been in the news a lot lately. Bitcoin, of course, has both roiled markets and is making world governments nervous about the possible creation of an alternative currency while simultaneously thrilling investors in crypto markets. Blockchain, however, is about so much more than just enabling digital currencies. It can be applied to everything from dating to contract law. And blockchain might even upending politics.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

How Aid To Palestinians Hurts - Not Helps - The Peace Process

January 22, 2018  •  Forward

Last week, the US announced its intention to delay a $65 million payment to UNRWA, the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency. UNRWA is a UN agency specifically dedicated to providing Palestinians with aid. The Trump Administration will be withholding $65 million out of the US's total annual contribution of over $360 million.

The responses to the US decision have been predictable. The Washington Post immediately sought out the Gazan on the street, who warned that

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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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