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Latest Article from Michael Freund


October 8, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

The past three weeks have seen an increasingly brutal series of Palestinian terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli Jews, but much of the international community either does not know or seem to care.

Toddlers have been wounded, parents murdered in front of their children and Jewish holy sites desecrated, but the conscience of the world has not been pricked. Not one lousy bit.

In the past week alone, 13 Jewish kids became orphans, their lives forever altered by the cruelty and savagery of our foes. A nine-year old was forced to stand by the freshly dug graves of his parents and recite Kaddish, an experience that no Jewish child should ever have to endure.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Can Obama Counter Hezbollah After The Nuclear Deal?

October 7, 2015  •  Huffington Post Blog

Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Argentine murder mystery

October 7, 2015  •  The Washington Times

When heads of state gather, as they did for the United Nations General Assembly last week, you have a choice: Tune out or prepare to be bathed in blather, boilerplate and blatant lies. That said, the remarks of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserve at least a few minutes of our undivided attention.

Her biggest whooper: "[I]n Argentina, my government, our government will tirelessly continue seeking the truth and justice in the AMIA case."

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Obama's Media Precedents Will Shape the 2016 Race

October 5, 2015  •  New York Observer

Hillary Clinton is a serious person, a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. Yet to advance her campaign, she went on Saturday Night Live this weekend, where she dressed as a barkeep, imitated Donald Trump, and mocked her own policy flip flops. Hillary is not the only 2016 candidate to try to humanize herself on a comedy show. Former CEO Carly Fiorina recently paid a visit to comedian Jimmy Fallon's late night show, where she sang a song she made up for her dog, Snickers: "My name's Snick, and I'm lazy, please don't take a walk with me . . ." Her visit and song are indicative of the increasingly frequent use of pop culture platforms to advance presidential aspirations. Besides the two ladies in the race, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz, among others, have each hit one, if not more, of the late night shows. Undeclared potential candidate Joe Biden has as well.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Druze Clues
Al Nusra's Rebranding and What It Means for Syria

October 5, 2015  •  Foreign Affairs

The market for extremism has been so disrupted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and its penchant for extraordinary brutality that even a group as notorious as al Qaeda is now able to reposition—or, one might say, rebrand—itself. In Syria, al Qaeda has tried to paint itself as a more reasonable jihadist force with which other rebels on the ground and outside states can cooperate.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters
"Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated"

October 1, 2015  •  Gatestone Institute

Muslim asylum seekers are enforcing Islamic Sharia law in German refugee shelters, according to police, who warn that Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in the shelters are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity.

Muslim migrants from different sects, clans, ethnicities and nationalities are also attacking each other. Violent brawls — sometimes involving hundreds of migrants — are now a daily occurrence.

Police say the shelters, where thousands of migrants are housed together in cramped spaces for months at a time, are seething cauldrons ready to explode. The police are urgently calling for migrants of different faiths to be housed in separate facilities.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Obama meeting with Putin snubs ally Egypt

September 27, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Pity America's embattled allies in Eastern Europe and the Middle East when President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the United Nations Monday.

While Mr. Obama insists on welcoming the Russian autocrat whom the West has sanctioned for invading his neighbors and repressing his own people, he has refused to meet the president of Egypt, the most populous Arab nation and a traditional American ally that is battling Islamic extremists on two fronts.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Israel Braces For Obama's Bad Iran Deal

September 16, 2015  •  Foxnews.com

It's all over but the shouting. Over the past week, the political tug-of-war over President Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran has tilted decisively in favor of the White House. Despite widespread disapproval among the American electorate, and last-ditch attempts by some in Congress to delay its passage, it increasingly appears that the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, will soon be a done deal. Where does all this leave America's most important Middle Eastern ally?

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

9/11 and the road to the Iran nuclear deal

September 11, 2015  •  The Washington Examiner

On July 14, President Obama announced a nuclear deal with Iran, which he said justified his emphasis on diplomacy over military force to confront America's adversaries. "American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change -- change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure," he declared.

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