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Latest Article from Clifford May

Alternatives to 'peace through strength'
None are preferable to robust deterrence

March 29, 2023  •  The Washington Times

A policy of "peace through strength" means doing what is necessary to instill fear in our enemies, to convince them that we have both the capability and the will to cause them serious harm. If that deters them, armed conflicts are avoided. If not, "peace through strength" also means we have the power to decisively defeat them.

If that's not our policy, if our enemies think we are eager to placate and appease, incapable of using force effectively or reluctant to do so, they'll conclude we are weak. And, for tyrants, weakness is blood in the water.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Sham and shame at Sharm el-Sheikh

March 24, 2023  •  Jerusalem Post

Earlier this week, I made the mistake of reading the communiqué published at the end of the March 19 Sharm el-Sheikh multilateral conference.

I say "mistake" because the document, which sums up various points agreed upon by Israeli, Palestinian, American, Egyptian and Jordanian political and security leaders, is so one-sided and infuriating that it is difficult to comprehend how the government could have agreed to such shameful terms.

Thankfully, the decisions published in such communiqués are usually worth little more than the cost of the ink used to print them. But that does not take away from just how deplorable the summit's statement is.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Austria's Mosques Work Against Muslim Integration

March 23, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Viennese mosques are promoting Islamic separatism and actively obstructing the integration of Muslims into Austrian society, according to a new report about mosques and Islamic associations in the Austrian capital. The in-depth investigative study also reveals that foreign governments continue to exert enormous influence on the practice of Islam in Austria, even though a so-called Islam Law prohibits such meddling.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Pray for Peace This Ramadan

March 21, 2023  •  Newsweek

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins March 22. It celebrates the month during which Muslims believe Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The holiday, marked by fasting and prayer, is intended to be a period of abstinence, penance, and spiritual introspection.

However, the holiday has recently become synonymous with Palestinian violence. According to the Biden administration, the month could be a "recipe for disaster in Jerusalem" this year. One American official sees "reason to assume that the violence this year will be worse."

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

In Diplomatic Black Eye For Washington, China Reshuffles Middle East Deck

March 15, 2023  •  The Washington Times

Last week, the People's Republic of China (PRC) made global headlines when its chief diplomat, Wang Yi, successfully brokered a peace deal between two of the Middle East's most bitter rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Under the terms of the agreement, regional news sources say, Riyadh and Tehran will resume diplomatic relations and re-open long shuttered embassies over the next couple of months, thereby paving the way for an end to the Middle East's longest-running sectarian struggle for influence. Within the Capitol Beltway and beyond, experts are now parsing whether the deal will in fact hold, and what it might mean for the region if it does. It's already clear, however, that the new Saudi-Iranian pact represents a triumph for Beijing and a serious strategic setback for Washington, for at least three reasons.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Biden and the veto power

March 9, 2023  •  The Washington Examiner

Joe Biden is expected, likely within the week, to issue the first veto of his presidency more than two years into the start of his administration. His target is the so-called ESG bill, a resolution passed by Congress and overturning a Labor Department rule that allowed asset managers to prioritize environmental, social, and corporate governance factors over the strict financial results in retiree accounts when making investments. Former Deputy Secretary of Labor Pat Pizzella, who worked on this issue in the Trump administration, said ESG investing is "the icing on the cake of woke capitalism."

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

See You Soon, Alligator

March 1, 2023  •  City Journal

"Listen up, New York—Florida sucks, and you'll all be back in five years." So proclaimed New York Post reporter Steve Cuozzo last June, after the flight south of hundreds of thousands of his fellow citizens from the Empire State. Many have found refuge in Florida, which prides itself on generous tax laws, low crime, a pro-business environment, unobtrusive pandemic policies, an anti-woke ethos, and general ease of life.

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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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