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Latest Article from Clifford May

Hopeless in Gaza

February 22, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Gaza has been an unhappy place for a long time but the situation is now reportedly growing desperate. Jobs are scarce, electricity is intermittent, drinking water is unsafe, and raw sewage released into the Mediterranean is washing up on Gaza's white sandy beaches.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Nervous In North Africa

February 22, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Officials in Morocco are apprehensive. "Africa is approaching a dangerous moment," one of the Kingdom's most senior political figures told me recently in Rabat. His bleak assessment, which I heard in virtually every meeting during my recent visit to the country, stems from what are essentially two factors. The first is the dawning realization, now proliferating among regional governments, that the security challenges confronting Africa following the Islamic State's collapse in Iraq and Syria might be more daunting than ever before. The second is a persistent worry that policymakers in Washington do not have an adequate appreciation of this increasingly perilous security environment - and of the need to resolutely address it.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany: Meet Jens Spahn, Merkel's Possible Successor
"I am a burkaphobe."

February 19, 2018  •  Gatestone Institute

Chancellor Angela Merkel has sparked a mutiny from within her own party over a controversial coalition deal that allows her to remain in office for a fourth term. The deal, in which Merkel agreed to relinquish control over the most influential government ministries, has led a growing number of voices from within her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to say — publicly — that it is time to begin looking for her successor.

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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 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 Jonathan Schanzer

The Iran-Israel War Flares Up

February 12, 2018  •  Wall Street Joujrnal

The conflict between Israel and Iran may be heating up after a half-decade simmer. On Friday night Iran dispatched a drone from Syria that penetrated Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights. Israel destroyed it with an Apache helicopter. Then on Saturday Israel sent eight F-16s across the border to strike the airfield in the Homs governorate, called the T-4 base, where the drone originated, as well as a handful of other Iranian targets. Although the mission was a success, one F-16 was shot down by Syrian antiaircraft fire—though the pilot made it back to Israel, where he and his navigator ejected successfully.

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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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