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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 Michael Freund

Rallying Hispanics for Israel

October 1, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

This summer's bruising and ultimately failed effort to torpedo US President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran has provided pro-Israel activists in the United States with an important and timely lesson.

Despite spending tens of millions of dollars, organizing advertising campaigns in the print and electronic media and lighting up switchboards on Capitol Hill, they did not succeed in preventing the White House from putting together the votes needed to stymie opposition to the atrocious atomic accord.

Clearly, Israel's defenders in the US are in dire need of some reinforcements, and I believe that Hispanic Americans may just provide the key to ensuring long-term support for the Jewish state.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Putin's progress

September 30, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin. Most participants were confident and optimistic. A few of us Americans — not so much. I pointed out that in libraries around the world are hundreds of books on the transition from capitalism to socialism. But a treatise on how to move in the other direction? That would be like finding a cookbook instructing how to make eggs out of omelets.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Treasury and State Department Target Islamic State Financiers

September 29, 2015  •  FDD Policy Brief

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this morning the terrorism designations of 15 Islamic State (IS) terrorism facilitators. The U.S. Department of State also issued designations against a separate tranche of IS-linked entities and individuals. The designations reveal several important things about Washington's understanding of the organization and its efforts to combat it.

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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 Tevi Troy

Reclaiming the Congressional Hearing

Fall 2015  •  National Affairs

In the 2014 elections, the Republicans won control of Congress for the first time since 2006. Thus far, they have not passed many laws to show for it. Despite great promise and fanfare, the GOP Congress quickly found itself tangled up on questions like whether to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which showed that the Democratic minority would have the ability to block most of the new majority's legislative initiatives. When Keystone XL Pipeline legislation did make it past the Senate Democrats, it was quickly squelched by a presidential veto, highlighting the apparent impotence of the GOP majority.

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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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