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Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky

U.S.- Iran Brinkmanship: Could War of Words Spiral Out of Control?

May 20, 2019  •  The Debate / France 24

Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Research Fellow at IRIS (French Research Centre for International and Strategic Studies) Thierry Coville; Associate Professor from University of Tehran Mohammed Marandi; and Fellow at the East West Institute Tara Kangarlou on France 24 "The Debate." They discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. and it gets rather heated.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Has the Trump-era made us numb to outrage?
Americans should be very upset about these 4 things

May 19, 2019  •  Fox News

Where is the prophetic cry from "Network's" Howard Beale, "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore"?

One theory is that the Trump administration has simply exhausted America's capacity outrage that noble sentiment, so vital to democratic rule.

Consider the following.


Being Boeing seems to mean that you never have to say you're culpable for the deaths of 346 people from crashing 737 MAX airliners.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Trump Can't Afford to Go Soft on Turkey

May 16, 2019  •  Wall Street Journal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be playing dumb, but he's not stupid.

The strongman plunked down a deposit for Russia's advanced S-400 air-defense system in December 2017—months after Congress passed a law that triggers painful U.S. sanctions on governments that purchase Russian armaments. Now Mr. Erdogan wants an exemption, and he apparently believes President Trump is inclined to give him one. Mr. Trump likely cannot do so without congressional approval. But even if he could, he shouldn't.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

The axis of oppression

May 15, 2019  •  The Washington Times

How do you kill a lion? Years ago in Kenya, the question arose (no doubt over too many Tusker beers) and someone gave me what sounded like an authoritative answer.

He said even a skilled tribal hunter, armed with only a spear, would be unlikely to survive such an attempt. So a strategy was developed. Several hunters would surround the beast, and whoever found himself behind it would step forward and stab it. When the lion turned, the hunter now at its rear would do the same. On and on until, sooner or later, bloodied and exhausted, the lion would succumb.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

A Memo to Jared

May 12, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A recent report indicates that President Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner suggested that then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other policy makers read a January 2018 Wall Street Journal piece regarding the cutoff of American funding for UNRWA, the international agency for Palestinian 'refugees.' As authors of the piece referenced in the leak, we are flattered. With the administration's much discussed peace plan to be announced in June, let us offer some last minute suggestions.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Germany: Citizenship for Polygamous Migrants?

May 10, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

The German government has withdrawn proposed legislation that would have banned immigrants in polygamous marriages from obtaining German citizenship. The proposed ban had been included in draft changes to Germany's naturalization law, but was quietly removed from the final text, apparently in the interests of political correctness and multiculturalism.

Although German law clearly prohibits polygamy for German nationals, some have argued that the law is unclear as to whether the law applies to foreign nationals living in Germany. The interior ministers of Germany's 16 states had unanimously called on the German government to clarify the issue by enshrining into law a blanket ban on German citizenship for polygamous migrants.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

'Shadow Strike' – Insights Into Israel's Decision To Strike Syria

May 8, 2019  •  Jerusalem Post

Israel's 2007 decision to destroy the nuclear reactor the Syrian regime was clandestinely building at al-Kibar, was, at the time, a deeply controversial one. But, as it turned out, Israel's decision to unilaterally strike Syria ended up being nothing short of prescient. Just a few years later, huge swaths of Syrian territory – including the particular patch of land that had once housed the Assad regime's embryonic nuclear effort – had fallen under the sway of the Islamic State terrorist group. Had Syria been allowed to forge ahead with its nuclear work, we could well have seen the world's most dangerous extremists get their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons.

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Latest Article from Uzay Bulut

Iran's 'Terror Factory' Targeting Christians

May 5, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

The daughter of a former pastor in Iran -- Dabrina Bet-Tamraz -- recently described the persecution and suffering to which her family is being subjected after being sentenced to lengthy prison terms for "crimes" related to Christianity.

Speaking from the safety of refuge in Switzerland, where she managed to flee with the help of friends, Dabrina Bet-Tamraz, the daughter of Victor and Shamiram Bet-Tamraz, told Gatestone Institute:

"I was arrested many times in Iran. I was threatened, forced to cooperate with the government against pastors, Christian leaders and church members. I was kept in custody with no legal permit, with no female officer present and in male surroundings.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Don't let Ladino die

April 24, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

By any rational yardstick, the legacy of medieval Spanish Jewry should long ago have met its demise. The community, Europe's largest and most influential at the time, was expelled in 1492 and scattered to the wind, spreading throughout the Middle East, the Balkans and North Africa. Few cultures could possibly hope to survive such a catastrophic and collective trauma, as its adherents were forced to rebuild their lives in foreign lands.

Nonetheless, defying all the odds, Spanish Jewry's unique cultural, linguistic and religious traditions continue to live on – and it behooves Israel and the Jewish people to do more to cultivate and nourish this critical part of our people's heritage.

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Latest from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog

The Shi'a of Busra al-Sham: Interview

December 24, 2018 at 10:30 pm

As conflict winds down in many parts of Syria, one major question is how certain communities will be put back together again, particularly when events took on a sectarian angle. For example, the town of Busra al-Sham in east Deraa countryside of southern Syria had a substantial Shi'i minority before the war. Following the town's fall to the rebels in March 2015, the entire Shi'i community of the town fled. Though Busra al-Sham entered into a reconciliation agreement through Russian mediation in the summer of this year, the Shi'a of Busra al-Sham have not yet returned to the town.

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

Biden's Prominence Illustrates the Dems' Weak Bench
You can't beat something with nothing

December 18, 2018  •  American Greatness

James Freeman wrote a recent Wall Street Journal column about the "authenticity" problems facing possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Beto O'Rourke. But former Vice-President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner according to a CNN poll released earlier this month, arguably has even more formidable baggage.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

2018: A Year in Reading

December 17, 2018  •  National Review Online

For the past five years, based on the initial suggestion of the resourceful Kathryn Jean Lopez, I've had the privilege of closing out the year with NRO readers, looking back on the books that made an impression on me. For this year's holiday retrospective, I want to take a slightly different tack, and take you, Dear Reader, on a tour of notable books by starting with a few key categories I know NRO readers would enjoy.

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