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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 Tevi Troy

Prime Ministers of the Book
Israel's three most significant leaders were also dedicated readers

November 20, 2022  •  Tablet Magazine

With Bibi Netanyahu's forthcoming ascension to the Israeli premiership for the third time, it is clear that he now ranks, along with founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion and the first Likud prime minister Menachem Begin, as one of Israel's three most important and influential prime ministers to date. Since 40% of Israelis between the ages of 16 and 65 read at least one book a week, it may not be accidental that, in addition to their enormous roles in shaping the modern state of Israel, all three men shared a prodigious, perhaps even obsessive, love of books.

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

New coalition can give Temple Mount back to Jewish people

November 20, 2022  •  Jerusalem Post

Here's a news item you may have missed which is as revealing as it is risible.

This past Monday, a young Israeli woman named Ofir Dayan visited the Temple Mount. Moved by the experience of setting foot on the site where Jews had longed to return for 19 centuries, she burst into song, proudly offering up a rendition of "Hatikvah," Israel's national anthem.

But as patriotism poured forth from her vocal cords in the heart of Jerusalem, Dayan was greeted by an unpleasant and rather unwelcome surprise, when an Israeli policeman asked her to stop.

Despite the inexplicable instructions, that is exactly what Dayan did, acting in line with the officer's directive.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Israel must reclaim its Arab citizens

November 18, 2022  •  Jerusalem Post

The rise of right-leaning candidates in Israel's November 1 election has been derided by a gaggle of breathless commentators, notably The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, lamenting the end of Israel as we once knew it. First, it should be noted that such prognostications are wildly premature; Israel's government has yet to be formed. Moreover, it's worth noting what these observers have until now ignored: the elections were heavily influenced by the 11-day war in May 2021, also known as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

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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 Soeren Kern

German Mosque Broadcasts Call to Prayer; Erdoğan Gains Victory

October 18, 2022  •  Focus on Western Islamism

A Turkish mega-mosque in Cologne, a historic stronghold of Christendom in Germany, has for the first time begun sounding Muslim calls to prayer over outdoor loudspeakers. City officials say the move is aimed at promoting multicultural diversity and inclusion, but many worry that Cologne is establishing a national precedent, and that soon many of the more than 3,000 other mosques in Germany will also begin publicly calling Muslims to prayer.

The sounding of Muslim prayer calls in Cologne — famous for its cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe — marks a major victory for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his unrelenting effort to ensconce political Islam in Germany.

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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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