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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis: Where is the Public Outrage?

October 26, 2016  •  Gatestone Institute

A group of Serbian teenagers in the northern German city of Hamburg were handed suspended sentences for gang-raping a 14-year-old girl and leaving her for dead in sub-zero temperatures.

The judge said that although "the penalties may seem mild to the public," the teens had all made confessions, appeared remorseful and longer posed a danger to society.

The October 24 ruling, which effectively allowed the rapists to walk free, provoked a rare moment of public outrage over the problem of migrant sex crimes in Germany. An online petition calling for the teens to see time in prison has garnered more than 80,000 signatures, and prosecutors are appealing the verdict.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The Battle of Mosul

October 26, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Ayman al-Zawahiri was correct. Believed to be ensconced in the tribal lands of Pakistan, the leader of what's sometimes called al Qaeda Central has dedicated his life to a jihad that he hopes and prays will lead to the founding of a new and mighty Islamic empire. But he understands the value of strategic patience.

In particular, he recognized that establishing a caliphate before conditions were favorable for its survival and expansion could only be unhelpful, causing Muslims to doubt whether spreading Islamic domination in the 21st century is a divinely blessed mission.

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Latest Article from Michael Rubin

Turkey Should Play No Part in Liberating Mosul

October 20, 2016  •  Newsweek

In December 2001, US forces had Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora, a rugged cave complex in eastern Afghanistan not far from the Pakistani border. Rather than tighten the noose with US forces, however, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put Afghan tribal forces first. Despite what their leaders told US forces, they had their own agenda and allowed Bin Laden to escape. It would be nearly another decade, a couple thousand casualties, and tens of billions of dollars, before US forces finally caught up with Bin Laden.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

UNESCO isn't the only one to blame...

October 20, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

The scandalous decision by UNESCO to expunge the Jewish identity of the Temple Mount has aroused howls of protest from across the political spectrum, and rightly so.

Meeting on Tuesday in Paris, the 58-member Executive Board of the UN agency affirmed a resolution which caters to Islamic extremism by labeling the site a Muslim shrine while ignoring mountains of evidence dating back 3,000 years regarding its sanctity for the Jewish people.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

America's next president should learn from Israel on dealing with disaster

October 19, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

As Americans prepare to elect a new president, they must do so recognizing that whomever they choose will have to navigate the country through disaster.

Every president must face crises, without knowing in advance what those crises will be. In seeking for guidance on how to confront this difficult situation, the next president can take lessons from Israel when it comes to dealing with disasters.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

In the long term, China is not alliance material for Israel
Mind the Silk Ceiling

October 17, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Israel's leaders are not particularly fond of multilateral initiatives.

The ones coming out of the United Nations are notorious for one-sided measures that single out Israel, and even those that articulate a vision for Middle East peace usually call for Israeli unilateral territorial concessions.

But China's One Belt One Road initiative appears to be a notable exception. This is not a peace plan.

Rather, it's an economic vision that connects China to its Muslim neighbors in Eurasia and even stretches toward the Middle East, and even to Israel.

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Latest Article from Jeff Stier

Is Whole Foods Channeling Tony Soprano?
The USDA "organic" designation has nothing to do with food safety, nutrition or quality.

October 13, 2016  •  Forbes

In various episodes of "The Sopranos," the head of the mob family, Tony Soprano, and his capos met for brainstorming sessions to air ideas for new scams and heists. The more inventive rackets included stealing the valet-parked cars from an upscale New Jersey Bar Mitzvah and defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development by leaving the feds holding the bag on guaranteed loans intended for housing redevelopment in Newark.

Like criminals who constantly expand their repertoire, Whole Foods' violations of state and federal law have been escalating. They've gone from defrauding their customers in various ways to adopting food preparation practices that actually endanger them.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Morocco's Liberal Challengers

October 5, 2016  •  Foreign Affairs

Ilyas El Omari is on the offensive. The bespectacled 49-year-old activist who heads Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has spent years honing PAM's political message and worldview. Now, with the Kingdom heading into what is shaping up to be a decisive general election on October 7, Omari senses a political opening. In recent months, the liberal PAM has steadily risen in prominence, emerging as the most significant sustained challenge to the prevailing conservative and religious status quo in Moroccan politics. Its success is all the more striking given its relative youth. The party was founded just over seven years ago, in February 2009. Its relatively sudden rise thus suggests that a major shift is underway in Moroccan politics.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

An Arab disgrace – Middle Eastern leaders snub Shimon Peres one last time

September 29, 2016  •  Fox News

While Israelis and much of the world mourned the death of Shimon Peres, Arab governments and commentators remained largely silent or attacked the former Israeli president and prime minister who called himself their "partner in peace."

By Wednesday night, not a single Arab leader had announced his intention to join President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, the U.K.'s Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande at Peres' state funeral in Israel on Friday.

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