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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

From 'Huckleberry Capone' to 'Turd Blossom': A History of White House Nicknames

December 5, 2021  •  Politico

To really cut someone down to size, give them a brutal nickname they just can't shake. That's a rule as familiar on the schoolyard as it is in the White House.

The infighting that consumed Donald Trump's administration was no secret, but the recent onslaught of insider-y books on his presidency has delivered new texture about the gossipy backstabbing that took place — sometimes with real world ramifications.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Boycotting Israel at the Middle East Studies Association

December 4, 2021  •  The National Interest

The crisis in higher education, faculty, students, and administrations adopting ideological positions radically at odds from those of most Americans and in the process reshaping institutions, is becoming better understood.

But none of this is new. Another Israel boycott resolution being considered by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) reminds us that the rot in higher education set in long ago and was focused, not surprisingly, on Jews and the Jewish State.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Israel's growing intermarriage problem

December 3, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

It is the bane of much of world Jewry, a phenomenon growing worse with each passing year, one that poses a grave threat to the future of the entire Jewish people.

For the past few decades, scholars, activists and educators throughout the Diaspora have grappled with the challenge of soaring intermarriage rates, warning of the dire consequences for Jewish identity and continuity.

And while Israel had largely been immune to this peril, over the past few decades, new data indicates that may no longer be the case.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

PGM: Iran's greatest threat to Israel after nuclear program

December 2, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Defense Minister Benny Gantz shocked Israelis last week when he revealed details of a 2018 security incident during which an Iranian drone had crossed into Israeli airspace. The Israelis downed the drone, which originated at the T4 Air Base in Syria. This much was known. But Gantz revealed that the drone was actually intended to deliver explosives to terrorist groups in the West Bank.

The episode was only one among many on the Syrian-Israeli border in recent years. The Israelis have worked overtime to battle Iranian efforts to exploit the fog of war to smuggle a wide variety of advanced weapons to terrorist groups, primarily Hezbollah in Lebanon, but apparently other groups and jurisdictions, too.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Beijing's strategy for Cold War II
Enlisting U.S. governors and mayors is a clever component

December 1, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

The Cold War was a struggle for global supremacy between two superpowers. It ended thirty years ago this month when the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin.

People are now asking whether a second Cold War has begun. It seems to me the answer is obvious. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has made it abundantly clear that global supremacy is his goal.

The tougher question: Do Americans have the will and the energy "to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out" as President John F. Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address in 1961, described what then appeared to be an endless contest with the U.S.S.R.?

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Tehran Sets The Table In Vienna

November 30, 2021  •  Washington Examiner

What precisely does the Biden administration want to accomplish in its diplomacy with Iran? With new talks over Iran's nuclear program now underway in Vienna, it's a question worth asking. To hear the White House tell it, the current talks are the only way to put Iran's increasingly mature nuclear program back in a box, despite new evidence that — despite its denials — the Islamic Republic is, in fact, pursuing an offensive nuclear capability. From this standpoint, America's 2018 abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (as the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers is known) represented an egregious strategic error, and the "maximum pressure" policy that followed was an abject failure. It's a narrative the Iranian side has been only too happy to nurture. Iranian officials have railed against the "inhuman" measures levied against them by "the aggressor" United States and have called for an end to U.S. sanctions as a precursor to any deal.

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Biden and Pope Francis meet as the Vatican welcomes visitors post-COVID

October 30, 2021  •  Fox News

Visitors have finally resumed flocking to Vatican City, at 108 acres, the world's smallest city-state. After the Vatican's 14-month pandemic induced closure, the longest in its modern history, Pope Francis has been receiving a bevy of prominent guests – Germany's President Walter Steinmeier and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and this Friday, before heading to a pair of international summits, President Biden.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Poland Claws Back Sovereignty from European Union

October 26, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that Polish law takes precedence over European Union law. The landmark ruling, which seeks to reassert national sovereignty over certain judicial matters, has called into question the legitimacy of the EU's supranational legal and political order.

The power struggle has angered European federalists, who are seeking to turn the 27-member EU into a European superstate — a United States of Europe — and who do not take kindly to those who challenge their authority.

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Latest Article from Clare M. Lopez

Citizen Patriots Are Fighting Back
Marxist propaganda, Critical Race Theory and the deterioration of American schools.

June 22, 2021  •  Frontpage Magazine

With the Biden administration, and specifically the Department of Education, openly pushing the teaching of CRT in U.S. public schools, the situation is raising alarm among educators, parents, legislators, and ordinary citizens. As embedding of CRT into Ethnic Studies programs in California and other states became widespread over the last several years, parents increasingly began to realize the malignant nature of what was being taught to their children.

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