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What Are the Best Books to Catch Up on This Summer?

July 22, 2016  •  National Review Online

Summer is a great time for reading, but then again, so is the rest of the year. One of my recent favorite recent books was Karl Rove's Triumph of William McKinley, which closes with a compelling analysis of how the 19th-century president's experience in politics is relevant even today. Also relevant for recent events is Operation Thunderbolt, by Saul David, which tells the story of Israel's 1976 raid on the hijackers holed up at Uganda's Entebbe airport. The book includes all sorts of good information that I did not get from late 1970s TV movies such as Raid on Entebbe: Yoni Netanyahu, the raid's leader and only Israeli soldier to die on the raid, was a fan of the Mission Impossible TV show; U.N. Secretary General — and former Wermacht solder — Kurt Waldheim condemned the raid as "a serious violation of the national sovereignty of a United Nations member state"; and the hijacked Air France plane lingered on the tarmac at Entebbe, deteriorating, for decades after the raid.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Tunnels of teaching and terrorism

July 21, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

There is a short video making the rounds on the Internet, the kind of audiovisual presentation that serves as a painful reminder, as if one were needed, of the depths of evil that Israel and the West now face.

Produced by Hamas to commemorate two years since the start of Operation Protective Edge, when Israel was compelled to enter Gaza to put a halt to rocket attacks that were terrorizing the country, the two-minute clip speaks volumes about the depravity of our foes and their fiendish vision for the future.

The film takes place entirely underground, in one of the Hamas tunnels that was built in the Gaza neighborhood of Sajiya.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

July 20, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

Jihadism is, as should be obvious, one of those forces. Those fighting what they call a holy war — al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic of Iran among them — regard "others" as enemies who must submit or be conquered or be killed. Their goal, and they're candid about this, is to establish Islamic domination anywhere they can and, eventually, everywhere they can.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

How Mike Pence worked to protect freedom of the press

July 19, 2016  •  Fox News

Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate brought a smile to my face. And not for the reason you may think. When I heard Pence described as a Tea Party acolyte, a "movement conservative" and "evangelical favorite" intended to shore up Trump's Republican base, I recalled that Pence had not always faithfully towed his party's line.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Kata'ib al-Jabalawi: A Pro-Assad Militia from Homs

July 19, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Kata'ib al-Jabalawi. The top reads: "Syrian Arab Republic." The bottom: "Katibat al-Jabalawi" (al-Jabalawi Battalion, interchangeable with Kata'ib al-Jabalawi). The person in the centre of the emblem is one Mazen Jabalawi, about whom more below.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey's Coup

July 19, 2016  •  New York Times

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

For one, trust between Ankara and Washington is at an all-time low. A Turkish minister charged on TV that the United States was behind the attempted coup. The State Department fired back, stating that, "claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations."

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

Erdogan Has Nobody to Blame for the Coup but Himself

July 15, 2016  •  Foreign Policy

This is not what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meant when he said he wanted to transform Turkey. The tanks and gunfire in the streets of Ankara mark the fifth time since 1960 that the Turkish military has attempted to stage a coup. Even if this one proves unsuccessful — and the elected government now seems likely to come out on top — it calls into question the stability of Erdogan's political movement. How exactly did a leader who began his rule 13 years ago with such promise derail so badly?

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Could Italy Bring Down the Euro?

July 14, 2016  •  Gatestone Institute

The eurosceptic Five Star Movement (M5S) has overtaken Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) in several opinion polls and is now the most popular political party in Italy.

The poll results represent a significant shift in Italy's political landscape and have potentially far-reaching implications for the future of the European Union.

M5S, which would win national elections if they were held today, has called for a referendum on whether Italy, which is facing the collapse of its banking system, should keep the euro, the single currency of the European Union, or bring back the Italian lira.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

A Bitter Birthday For The Iran Deal

July 14, 2016  •  U.S. News & World Report

Before the nuclear deal between Iran and the countries of the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) was concluded a year ago today, the true extent of the compromise struck over Iran's nuclear ambitions wasn't yet publicly known. It now is. In July of 2015, with great fanfare, the Obama administration formally unveiled the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. What we've discovered since is that the deal is not as bad as it was initially believed. It's actually much worse, for at least three reasons.

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Latest Article from Soner Cagaptay

Will Turkey and Russia Make Up?

July 8, 2016  •  The Cipher Brief

On June 27th, the Kremlin announced that Turkey had apologized to Moscow for downing a Russian jet, which had violated Turkish airspace while flying over Syria in November 2015. The following day, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had expressed his regrets to Russian President Vladimir Putin but that "an apology is out of question."

Even though Turkey, and more specifically Erdogan, may not be ready to apologize to Putin, both Ankara and Moscow have much to gain from normalizing their ties.

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Latest Article from Jeff Stier

New EPA emissions report threatens Alabama industries

July 5, 2016  •  Mobile Press-Register

The Environmental Protection Agency's latest report on greenhouse gas emissions demonstrates shrewd political strategy -- and a wanton disregard for objective science.

Using a new methodology that seems to have been designed to produce exactly the conclusion it did, the EPA has now found that the nation's methane emissions have been dramatically higher in recent years than previously thought. And for the EPA, this is a story with a villain: In a major departure from earlier studies, this year's report claims the oil and gas industry is the nation's chief methane culprit.

Green activists were quick to trumpet the new findings as proof that the oil and gas industry is behind all of our environmental ills.

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