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Latest Article from Michael Freund

Will the UN's Srebrenica vote thrust the Balkans into war once again?

May 20, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

With wars raging in the Middle East and Ukraine, it is not surprising that simmering tensions in the Balkans would largely go unnoticed. However, inattentiveness to a region that has in the past erupted into broad conflict carries its own peril, and this may soon be put to the test.

As of this writing, the UN General Assembly was set to vote this week on a draft resolution co-sponsored by the US, Germany, and others that would formally recognize the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an act of genocide. The proposed text also would designate July 11 as an annual International Day of Reflection and Remembrance in respect to the killings.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Biden turns on Israel

May 15, 2024  •  The Washington Times

Kerem Shalom is one of the main crossings through which humanitarian assistance moves from Israel into Gaza. It lies just a few miles southeast of Rafah, where four Hamas battalions are believed to be preparing for battle with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

On May 5, rockets launched from Gaza at this border crossing killed four Israeli soldiers. Why would Hamas leaders attack a conduit for aid needed by Gazan civilians, the people they have ruled since 2007 and want to continue to rule the "day after" the current war ends?

Because they understand that the more Gazans suffer, the more Israelis will be blamed, punished, and demonized by the "international community."

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

How Hamas Saved Egypt

May 15, 2024  •  Tablet

Last fall, Egypt was on the brink of economic collapse. A decade of debt-fueled spending on a pharaonic-scale had emptied its Central Bank coffers. By February, Cairo's public debt was 89% of its gross domestic product. External debt had soared to 46% of GDP. The pound, its currency, was one of the world's worst performing. Unable to import supplies and repatriate profits, foreign companies were leaving, or threatening to leave Egypt in droves. Annual inflation was over 35%, and double that for some food staples. Egypt seemed on the verge of a sovereign default—its first ever.

Then came Oct. 7.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Iran's Unexpected Regional Revival

Spring 2024  •  Horizons

On April 13th, the "shadow war" that has raged between Israel and Iran for decades finally broke into the open. That day, Iran's clerical regime fired over 300 drones and missiles at Israeli territory in retaliation for Israel's targeting of a top Iranian military commander in Syria days earlier. The massive Iranian attack, and Israel's limited response days later, has ushered in an ominous new "balance of terror" in the Middle East. Iran's escalation was all the more surprising because, by all accounts, the Iranian regime should be on the strategic back foot, grappling with deeply adverse domestic and international conditions that have cumulatively posed a serious challenge to its legitimacy and longevity. And yet, the Islamic Republic is unquestionably once again on the march in the Middle East.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

Erdoğan Has Found Another Way to Undermine German Democracy

May 13, 2024  •  Focus on Western Islamism

A new German Islamist party that is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has obtained authorization to participate in upcoming elections for the European Parliament from Germany's Federal Election Committee (Bundeswahlausschuss). The controversial decision offers Erdoğan and his affiliates in Germany an unprecedented opportunity to establish a foothold within the main organs of the European Union — from where they can expand their influence, spread propaganda, and propagate political Islam.

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

U.N. Relief and Works Agency is an inseparable arm of Hamas

April 13, 2024  •  The Washington Times

Since last year's Oct. 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas, no U.N. agency has garnered as many headlines as UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The U.N. agency, created in 1949, had one primary purpose — to resettle purported Arab Palestinian refugees and their descendants, created in the wake of the Arab states' failure to annihilate the nascent state of Israel following its establishment in 1948.

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Latest Article from Tevi Troy

Biden bows to left-wing staff on Israel

April 11, 2024  •  The Washington Examiner

In the immediate aftermath of the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israeli civilians, President Joe Biden showed sympathy and support for Israel. Even as news of that day's horrors, including the death of 30 Americans, continued to come out, Biden's sympathy and support was not shared across his administration. As the war reaches its six-month mark, those anti-Israel voices within the administration and the Democratic Party are pushing Biden further and further away from his initial position.

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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Germany Stands by Israel

April 8, 2024  •  Commentary

Israel looks increasingly isolated on the world stage. But one country has stood unwaveringly by Israel's side: Germany. It stands out as a model of support. Not because it gives Israel a free pass on every controversy. But because it has not buckled on its fundamental pro-Israel positions, even when international pressure builds.

First, let's acknowledge that Germany's strong pro-Israel positions are rooted in the country's need to right historic wrongs. As Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated, "German history and our responsibility arising from the Holocaust make it our duty to stand up for the existence and security of the State of Israel."

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller M.D.

Mask Up Again? As COVID Cases Rise, Look To Science And Not Pundits or Politicians
Politicizers and minimizers of the pandemic continue to spread disinformation about both the effectiveness and safety of masks

September 7, 2023  •  American Council on Science & Health

I can't believe we're having this discussion in September 2023, just as the fall respiratory virus season commences and we're experiencing a new wave of COVID-19, but the politicizers of COVID won't let up. Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) this week introduced legislation that "would prohibit any federal official, including the President, from issuing mask mandates applying to domestic air travel, public transit systems, or primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools."

There was also the ill-timed article by John Tierney in City Journal on August 27th claiming that "maskaholics are incorrigible" and everyone should reject masks because "we're rational."

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Latest from Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's Blog

The Tribal Uprising Against the Syrian Democratic Forces in Dayr al-Zur: Interview

September 4, 2023

While the ongoing protests in Syria's southern province of al-Suwayda' against the Syrian government and its policies are noteworthy, the tribal uprising in the eastern countryside of the eastern province of Dayr al-Zur against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is arguably of greater significance, as it amounts to an actual armed revolt that has posed a serious challenge to the SDF's authority over the area- an authority that was only established because of the American-led campaign against the Islamic State. In turn the revolt raises very serious issues about U.S. policy in the region and the supposed ongoing American mission to ensure the "enduring defeat" of the Islamic State.

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