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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

The Risks Of Sino-Saudi Partnership

February 20, 2020  •  Al-Hurra Digital

What does Riyadh really think about China? It was one of the questions on my mind last week, when I led a research delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The answers I found, gleaned from extensive conversations with officials and businessmen in the Saudi capital, were both surprising and concerning. Most directly, the visit made clear that the House of Saud does not remotely share the dominant view of China that now prevails in Washington. Saudi officials took pains to stress that they see the PRC as largely a "positive actor" in the region, and believe that Beijing's interests there, as well as in adjoining Africa, are "mostly economic" in nature.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

United Nations Human Rights Council delegitimizes Israel

February 19, 2020  •  The Washington Times

A question: What do Eritrea, Mauritania, Somalia, Qatar, Pakistan, Libya and Venezuela have in common? An answer: All are lands ruled by chronic violators of basic human rights. And, oh yes, all are members of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

This is no mere coincidence. Members of the UNHRC needn't worry about being criticized by the UNHRC. Membership has an additional privilege: A license to slander Israel, the only state in the Middle East that actually guarantees rights to its citizens — Jews, Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Druze alike. The UNHRC has condemned Israel more than all other nations of the world combined. It has passed not a single resolution condemning China, Russia, Cuba or Zimbabwe.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Italy: Salvini Facing Show Trial for "Kidnapping" Migrants

February 14, 2020  •  Gatestone Institute

The Italian Senate has voted to strip former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of parliamentary immunity so that he can face kidnapping charges for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from a ship at a port in Sicily.

If Salvini, who leads the anti-mass-migration party, Lega (League), is found guilty, he faces a ban on holding political office and up to 15 years in prison. He has said that he acted in Italy's national interest and that the charges against him are politically motivated, aimed at silencing criticism of the country's open-door migration policy.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Anti-Semitism, Toujours

February 12, 2020  •  City Journal

The most dangerous place to be a Jew in Europe today is France—that's the conclusion of an as-yet unpublished, two-year report on anti-Semitism in 11 European countries, conducted by former NYPD commissioner Raymond W. Kelly for Ronald S. Lauder, the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria.

Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, has donated heavily to efforts combatting anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. He asked Kelly, New York's longest-serving police commissioner, to assess the growth of the anti-Semitism sweeping Europe and suggest practical ways to strengthen the security of Jewish communities and institutions.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

If You Will It, It Is No Dream... But Only On Our Terms

February 10, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The necessity of a Jewish nation state was a foundational premise for the founding fathers of Zionism, no matter what their political persuasion. That understanding was once shared by most American Jews, particularly in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Today, however, the idea of Jewish statehood is no longer a unifying principle but a wedge issue for American Jews.

In his address to the Zionist Congress in London on August 2, 1900, Theodor Herzl said:

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Ending Iran's Fictions
What the Soleimani strike means

February 1, 2020  •  Commentary

When the United States killed Qassim Soleimani at the Baghdad airport in the early hours of January 3, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was not the only target. With Soleimani was a handful of other Iranian brass as well as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of the Iraqi Shiite militia known as Kata'ib Hezbollah. Only days before, that group had fired on a base in Kirkuk and killed an American contractor. The group was also involved in the siege of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad just days later.

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Latest Article from Jeff Jacoby

Coolidge and FDR were right about government workers and unions

October 30, 2019  •  The Boston Globe

WHEN BOSTON police officers declared an illegal strike in September 1919, Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge condemned the men for "desertion of duty," and upheld the decision of the commissioner of police to fire the strikers and hire replacements. "There is no right to strike against the public safety," he declared, "by anybody, anywhere, any time."

Coolidge's resolute stand made him a national hero overnight. In November he was reelected in a landslide. A year later he was Warren Harding's running mate on the GOP national ticket, and won election to the White House in his own right in 1924.

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller , M.D.

Apocalypse Not! How Science Is Distorted To Serve The Activist Agenda
The buzz about bees in jeopardy is all wrong

October 28, 2019  •  Issues & Insights

Part 1 in a series

Much of modern environmental activism, which owes more to zealotry than evidence, has spawned a nasty perversion — let's call it the Pseudo-Scientific Method. As employed by environmental campaigners and the activist scientists who enable them, it has little to do with scientific discovery or the accumulation of knowledge; rather, it is "advocacy research" that creates "evidence" to support a pre-determined public policy — usually, inappropriate regulation or even bans.

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Latest Article from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Trump and Syria: The Myth of Betrayal

October 23, 2019  •  American Spectator

"Trump has betrayed the Syrian Kurds" — so goes a popular refrain regarding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the areas of northeast Syria held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The events that have followed — namely, a Turkish invasion of parts of SDF territory along the border and the deployment of Syrian government forces in some SDF areas — have been characterized as a strategic disaster for American interests, with some commentators even proclaiming the withdrawal as indicative of a U.S. imperial decline and U.S. disengagement from the Middle East.

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