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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Location, Location, Location
The Abraham Accords were a massive geopolitical shift

Fall 2022  •  Claremont Review of Books

The historic Abraham Accords, so named in order to emphasize Judaism, Christianity, and Islam's shared origin, were signed in 2020 between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain, and Morocco, and may be the most important—and certainly the most unanticipated—peace agreement of the 21st century.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

A Zionist newspaper's role

December 2, 2022  •  Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post turns 90 years young this week, as it celebrates the day back in 1932 when an ardent Zionist, Gershon Agron, along with a group of other visionaries, began publishing an English-language broadsheet in pre-state Israel.

This was no small feat given the economic conditions at the time, the oppressive British occupation of the Land of Israel and surging Palestinian Arab violence and hostility.

But it was precisely those circumstances which made the paper, known back then as The Palestine Post, such a crucial force in helping to shape the narrative of the region.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

The Quiet War between Israel and Iran

December 2, 2022  •  Middle East Quarterly

A major war has been underway for a decade in the Middle East though it infrequently makes headlines. Month after month, week after week, and night after night, the Israelis have operated across the region against the Islamic Republic of Iran in what the Israeli government calls "the-war-between-wars" (or "the-campaign-between-wars").

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Latest Article from Clifford May

COP27 indictment: Americans are climate criminals and must pay

November 30, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Three weeks ago, I warned you, dear reader, that the "climate summit" getting underway at the chic Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm El-Sheikh was up to no good. But the 12-day-long 27th Conference of the Parties – a U.N.-sponsored moveable feast dominated by fearmongering socialist globalists exceeded even my low expectations.

The COP27 summiteers indicted America and other wealthy nations for crimes against the climate and imposed fines in the interest of "climate justice."

To help you understand how wrongheaded this is, I will summarize the economic history of the world in four sentences:

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

The Real Costs Of Russia's Ukraine War

November 30, 2022  •  The Hill

How costly has the war in Ukraine been for Russia? Since the start of the conflict in February, a great deal of analysis has focused on the impact of Western sanctions on Russia's ailing economy, as well as on the practical consequences of what has become a veritable exodus of international firms from the country. Left largely unanswered, though, has been the question of how much the Kremlin itself has committed to the fight. We now have a sense of the answer, thanks to Forbes Ukraine. According to recent analysis published by the financial magazine, Russia has spent some $82 billion dollars in the nine months since the start of its war against Ukraine. Specifically, according to data culled by Forbes from Ukrainian military estimates, Moscow has allocated nearly $29 billion to support for its army, spent close to $16 billion on soldiers' salaries, and expended more than $9 billion to pay off the families of servicemen killed in combat. Another $7.7 billion has gone to support the families of those wounded in the war, while the Russian army's massive losses of military equipment on Ukrainian soil have cost the state almost $21 billion more. What does that mean, in practical terms? As Forbes points out, Russia's budget revenue last year amounted to $340 billion. In other words, the Kremlin has spent roughly a quarter of its total 2021 earnings to nurture Russian President Vladimir Putin's neo-imperial fantasies.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Will Tehran's 'Strategic Outpost' in Germany Finally Be Closed?

November 18, 2022  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Germany's parliament, outraged by the Iranian government's deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters, has called for the permanent closure of a controversial mosque in Hamburg that is used by Iran's theocratic regime to export its Islamic Revolution to Europe.

The Islamic Center of Hamburg (Islamischen Zentrum Hamburg, IZH), described by German intelligence officials as a leading "propaganda center" of the Islamic Republic in Europe, is well known for spreading anti-Western, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel extremist ideology.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

The Hijacking of Middle East Studies

November 4, 2022  •  Tablet

Few trends in academia are more depressing than the continued domination of Middle Eastern studies departments by postcolonial professors whose shtick involves recycling cliched attacks on the United States as the "Great Satan" and Israel as the "Little Satan." The results of this trend are evident in faculty antipathy toward Israel, which is increasingly playing out in their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Latest Article from Clare M. Lopez

The Role of Biological Warfare in China's Drive for Global Hegemony

October 31, 2022

In July 2021, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) issued a Press Release that, to date, stands out for its courage and honesty. Rep. Brooks wrote about a meeting he'd attended with Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese medical doctor, Ph.D. virologist, and whistleblower, who fled to the U.S. from Hong Kong in 2020 after being threatened with being "disappeared" for speaking out about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2. Her mission since then has been to warn America and the world about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s offensive Biological Warfare (BW) program.

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller M.D.

A Biotech Bureaucratic Bonanza
How Biden's attempt to boost the "bioeconomy" could do the opposite

October 13, 2022  •  City Journal

Half a century ago, biotechnology became a marketing buzzword for the products and processes that used then-new techniques of genetic modification, such as recombinant DNA technology, or "gene splicing." Today, that term has given way to "the bioeconomy," the economic output from biotechnology, which President Biden's September 12 "Executive Order 14081 on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing" seeks to grow with new industrial policy.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

What's the Russian Word for "Chutzpah"?

October 6, 2022  •  City Journal

While threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction against Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly accused, without evidence, the United States and Ukraine of working with dangerous pathogens to make bioweapons in 30 labs across the country, in violation of a 1972 treaty banning such weapons. Though both Washington and Kyiv have denied the charges as "preposterous," Chinese media and those of other American rivals have widely disseminated Russia's claims as part of an effort to dilute American and allied support for Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin himself has cited a "network of Western bioweapons labs" as one of the threats that justified Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

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