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Unsavory Bedfellows

Lee Smith

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz helped unmask an organization ostensibly founded to protect a Middle East minority. When the Texas legislator, the keynote...

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Moderate Palestinian Action is the Key to Ending the Conflict

Naser Khader

It’s frustrating to witness how it’s always pro-Hamas people or someone from the far-left that argues on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Not only...

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Increasing Anti-Semitism in Europe

Naser Khader

Sadly, there is an uprising of anti-Semitism currently happening across Europe. It is becoming more and more violent and the number of assaults on Jew...

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The Meaning of Black Flags over Jerusalem

Lela Gilbert

After a lengthy trip abroad, I returned to my Jerusalem home with great pleasure. Just two days after my arrival, a cease-fire with Hamas was announce...

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News Highlights (September 6-12)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Why Australia's Relationship with Japan Infuriates China

John Lee

The week began with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi firing an opening shot at the Abbott government by declaring that his country “may not be Aus...

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Fossil Fuels Are the Future

Irwin M. Stelzer

On September 23 in New York, the president will have an opportunity to score a political victory and advance an important part of his agenda. No, not ...

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Power Play: "A Reluctant Warrior"

Christopher Sands

Christopher Sands explains what U.S. President Barack Obama has to say to win over a nation sick of war....

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Quelle coalition internationale contre les jihadistes de l'EI ?

Kenneth R. Weinstein

A quoi va ressembler la coalition internationale qui aura pour objectif de vaincre l'organisation de l’État Islamique ? John Kerry entame une tournée ...

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Hard to Study: The Difficulty in Measuring Marijuana’s Value

David W. Murray

An effort to study marijuana’s potential in treating veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has garnered attention from both the Washingto...

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Once Again Relevant, NATO Will Now Be Judged on Effectiveness

Richard Weitz

Last week’s NATO summit in Wales was a mixed bag, with the alliance marking strong progress on some fronts but proving less successful on others. Ne...

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Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald, and Their War on Israel

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of the auction site eBay, became a billionaire at the age of 31. Having made his fortune (his net worth is somewh...

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Christians in the Crosshairs

Lela Gilbert

July 21. I arrived in Israel in 2006, eager to explore a land that had always fascinated me, as an American Christian, writer and news commentator. My...

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Anti-Government Protests in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with CNN national security analyst, Peter Bergen, and Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Husain Ha...

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Fear Secular Stagnation

Irwin M. Stelzer

Analysts hoping to rebut the purveyors of gloom who are arguing that America is in long-term decline were looking to Friday's job report for comfort. ...

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Duck and Cover: How the Obama Administration Mishandled the 2014 National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health

David W. Murray

It felt a bit like being invited to a christening, but: no baby. Thursday morning (September 4) saw the annual release of the 2014 National Survey on ...

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News Highlights (August 30-September 5)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

Links to news highlights concerning financial corruption and autocracy in Russia and China. ...

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Pakistan #Fail

Husain Haqqani

After paralyzing Islamabad for days, the crowds at boisterous protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are starting to thin o...

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Why Big Food Belongs in the School Lunchroom

Hank Cardello

America’s 50 million public school students are now back in the classroom, but a food fight raged all summer over the practicality of new standards ...

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Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is once again mired in a domestic political crisis. Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have ...

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Ann Marlowe, Who Reported Alongside Sotloff, Reacts to Tragedy

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses her experience alongside U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff on "Fox & Friends"....

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On the Origin of ISIS

Hussain Abdul-Hussain & Lee Smith

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist army many thousand strong now rampaging through the Levant, embraces such an extreme, violent ideol...

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Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

The Ebola virus, which has already killed more than 1,500 people since the epidemic began earlier this year, is wreaking havoc in West Africa, leaving...

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Managing Partnerships, not Enlargement, Is NATO’s Real Challenge

Richard Weitz

Despite the recent prominence given to the issue of NATO’s membership enlargement, the alliance seems destined for at least the next few years to fo...

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What's Going on in Pakistan?

Husain Haqqani

Tensions in Pakistan are mounting in demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. Judy Woodruff joins Husain Haqqani of the Hudson Institute a...

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The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Richard Weitz

Until recently, inadequate transportation infrastructure, along with rancorous arguments about price and a general atmosphere of mutual suspicion have...

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Drug Use and Drug Spending: How the Washington Post and the President Get It Wrong

David W. Murray

Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham writes about the drug issue during the Obama Administration, referencing both drug use data and the drug...

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Cronyism, and the Ex-Im Bank

Irwin M. Stelzer

Free trade is a huge benefit if you are a Walmart shopper. All those microwave ovens, lamps, sneakers, and other stuff available for a relative pittan...

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Root Out Extremist Ideology

Douglas J. Feith

The ISIL threat is pushing President Obama into military action. But the U.S. strategy should be more than force....

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News Highlights (August 23-29, 2014)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Net Neutrality Vs. Free Speech

Robert M. McDowell

As the Federal Communications Commission's Sept. 15 deadline for public comment on its new net-neutrality rules approaches, the "open Internet" moveme...

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Podcast: Obama's 'No Strategy' Old News In Middle East

Lee Smith

The Weekly Standard podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the President's speech on his non-existent ISIS policy in the Middle East....

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Інтерв'ю з Девідом Саттером

David Satter

Watch David Satter's Russian-language interview about the Russian invasion on Ukraine's Espresso.TV....

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Pakistan's Protests Risk Another Military Coup

Husain Haqqani

Pakistan's fragile democracy, and the semblance of stability it brings to this troubled nuclear-armed Muslim country, is once again under threat. Prot...

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A Reality Check Will Ground China's Sky-high Ambitions

John Lee

In 2008, the government set up the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China to try to break into the commercial airplane market dominated by America...

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Should We Decriminalize Heroin? Former Detective Lieutenant Says ‘Yes’

David W. Murray

Hudson Institute's David Murray responds to a former New Jersey detective lieutenant's idea to make legal drug dealing zones....

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Communicators on Media Mergers

Robert M. McDowell

Michael Copps and Robert McDowell talked about media merger proposals, including the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger and the proposed Comcast-Time Warner...

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CNO's Losing Battle to Avoid a Hollow Navy

Bryan McGrath

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert has adopted the lingo of marine navigation to bring organization to his thinking about fleet...

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Notes From the Underground: The Long History of Tunnel Warfare

Arthur Herman

Perhaps the most surprising development of the recent war between Israel and Gaza was the discovery of the sophisticated network of tunnels that Hamas...

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Background on ISIS from Current Trends

Essays by Kirk H. Sowell, Aymenn Jaweed al-Tamimi, Fanar Haddad, and Nibras Kazimi on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria....

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Hamas’s Media Strategy

Lee Smith

During the six weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used human shields—women and children—to protect its infrastructure in Gaz...

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Big Pay Off for Big Bank

Irwin M. Stelzer

Congratulations to you, Tom Montag, named sole chief operating officer of Bank of America this past Wednesday. And first thing Thursday morning asked ...

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A Privileged Press?

Gabriel Schoenfeld

After nearly four years of procedural delay, the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to open shortly. Sterling was indicted at the end...

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Russia’s Nuclear Revival and Its Challenges

Richard Weitz

Russia is slowly but surely replacing its aging stockpile of Soviet-era nuclear weapons with an arsenal that’s fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. Ri...

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Tevi Troy: US Healthcare Aided Doctor With Ebola

Tevi Troy

Watch Tevi Troy discuss the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and how American medicine helped save Dr. Kent Brantly's life....

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Japanese Defense Exporters Race to Catch Up

Arthur Herman

In a controversial move, the Abe government earlier this year relaxed some of the strict export controls on Japan's defense contractors. This could pr...

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Las Aventuras de Petro

Jaime Daremblum

Resulta que hay graves tensiones entre Ucrania y Rusia. Cada día asoma la amenaza inminente de un conflicto armado, como lo hemos visto a raíz de lo...

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Pakistan, Obsessed Over India, Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani

The elaborate diplomatic dance between India and Pakistan has been interrupted once again. The two sides remain far from a major breakthrough in their...

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IS Threatens Another U.S. Journalist

Lee Smith

The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley...

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When it Comes to Nonproliferation, China Has Been a ‘Free Rider’

Richard Weitz

When asked recently by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman whether China, as the “biggest energy investor in Iraq,” should behave more...

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Inequality vs. Capitalism

Irwin M. Stelzer

At long last we are emerging from the blind alleys down which the debate about income inequality seems to have wandered. The first such dead end was m...

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Melanie Kirkpatrick On The Road Out Of North Korea

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Although numbers are hard to pinpoint, people have been trying to escape the world’s most repressive country, North Korea, for decades, especially s...

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Ukraine Crisis Torpedoes Russia-Japan Rapprochement

Richard Weitz

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s main objectives since returning to office has been to improve relations with Russia, a goal also sought ...

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Liberalism’s Beleaguered Victory: “The End of History?” at 25

Abram N. Shulsky

About 25 years ago, the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe revived a line of speculation that had lain dormant for eighty ye...

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ISIS "JV" Continue Their Massacre

Nina Shea

Bill Bennett spoke with Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute. They discuss the humanitarian crisis in Iraq....

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The Danish Model for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremism

Naser Khader

May 24th 2014 was a horrific warning, not only for Europe, but for the U.S. as well. Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year old French citizen, went to the Jewish...

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The Middle-Income Trap Will Haunt China

John Lee

On Monday, Business Spectator published an interesting interview with Justin Yifu Lin, the former chief economist of the World Bank, who remains optim...

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Book Review: 'In a Rocket Made of Ice' by Gail Gutradt

Melanie Kirkpatrick

It is hard to come up with a more heart-rending subject than children with AIDS. Locate the sick kids in the developing world and things get even grim...

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Buyer Beware: Obama Administration’s Hurry-up Climate Plan Based on Big Distortions

Lee Lane

Have you ever rushed to avoid missing an offer that will expire in 30 minutes and then regretted it? President Obama’s claim that we must act immedi...

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The Paradox of American Naval Power

Bryan McGrath

The U.S. Navy’s ability to provide the president with a variety of timely regional response options is its marquee contribution to American military...

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Is a Catastrophe

Naser Khader

US bombings of ISIS-targets in Iraq are a small step in the right direction. It is not enough and way too late. Put simply, President Obama’s foreign ...

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Time to Open the Door to US-Japan Weapons Trade

Arthur Herman

Will Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new emphasis on a "collective self defense" policy for Japan be a source of friction and fear for Japan's ne...

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NATO Summit Must Make Further Progress on Smart Defense

Richard Weitz

Next month’s NATO summit needs to make greater progress on so-called Smart Defense, the alliance-wide effort to get more collective benefits out of ...

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War Crimes in Gaza?

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Condemnation of Israel for its conduct of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza continues unabated. The chief accusation, heard time and again, is that th...

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Fading Star?

Richard Weitz

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stands at a pivotal point in its history. On the one hand, the growing ties between Russia and China as we...

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A Middle Way for the Gaza Fight

Max Singer

Executive Summary: Many supporters of Israel’s policy in the current Gaza battle argue that the only stronger alternative available for Israel is to...

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Are Marijuana and Alcohol Substitutes? Another Faulty Analysis from the Washington Post

David W. Murray

The Washington Post has been busy cheerleading yet again for legal marijuana....

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Bankers and Their Wounds

Irwin M. Stelzer

Bank of America likes to top rival J.P. Morgan Chase in as many ways as possible. Except one. The $16-to-$17 billion check it is about to write to cov...

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Pot, Radley Balko, and Statistics

John P. Walters & David W. Murray

In the Washington Post ("Since Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Highway Fatalities at Near-Historic Lows” August 5, 2014), Radley Balko looks at ...

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Politics at the Heart of Everything in China: Lee

John Lee

Centre for International Security Studies Adjunct Associate Professor John Lee discusses what he calls China’s “Corporate Leninism” and how Chin...

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‘Can This Really Be Happening in the Modern World?’

Lela Gilbert

Terrified mothers and fathers carry their wailing babies and screaming toddlers, struggling to hold them close while rushing away from their houses as...

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A Bubble Called Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Barely 14 months after convincingly winning a general election, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is being asked to resign amid threats of st...

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What Are Iraqi Christians Facing Right Now?

Nina Shea

What are Iraqi Christians facing right now? - The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea joins us to bring this Christian persecution into perspective....

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Tevi Troy on The Seth Leibsohn Show

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy talks the presidency, books, and pop culture on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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Golpe islamista en Camerún

Jaime Daremblum

Se realiza esta semana en Washington una reunión de 40 jefes de Estado africanos con el presidente norteamericano, Barack Obama, y figuras de su admi...

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Renewable Fuel Standards Are Driven By Ideology And Rent-Seeking, Not Science

Lee Lane

Throughout the last forty years, whenever gasoline prices have spiked, Washington has launched a new wave of mega-programs aimed at transforming the U...

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1,500 Iraqi Civilians Were Slaughtered Yesterday by ISIS, and the Obama Administration Issued a Statement

Nina Shea

On Wednesday, Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, came under assault from the Islamic State, and all 50 to 60,...

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The Ceasefire Holds But Israel’s Long War Is Far From Over

Lee Smith

Now into its second day, the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions continues to hold. With Hamas’ missile arsenal d...

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What Hamas Leaders Think

Douglas J. Feith & Trevor N. Parkes

One of the remarkable features of the recent Gaza war was the ineffectiveness of American diplomacy. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to nego...

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Doug Feith on The Seth Leibsohn Show

Douglas J. Feith

Doug Feith talks about the media's coverage of Hamas on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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ISIS Is on the Verge of Expelling Northern Iraq's Religious Minorities

Nina Shea

The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is continuing its two-month-old rampage across northern Iraq’s large, multi-cultural Nineveh province, in...

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Αποκαλυπτικό Άρση εμπάργκο για αμερικανικά όπλα στην Ε.Φ.

Seth Cropsey

Watch Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey on Antenna Cyprus (Greek) discuss U.S. foreign policy toward the Mediterranean. ...

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NATO Must Adapt to Counter Russia’s Next-Generation Warfare

Richard Weitz

A recently released paper of the Defense Committee of the U.K. House of Commons on Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the implications for Western securit...

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Ann Marlowe on The John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses the ongoing crisis in Libya on "The John Batchelor Show."...

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Seth Cropsey: Obama 'Unique' in Wanting to Curb US Global Role

Seth Cropsey

While the net effect of President Barack Obama's hands-off foreign policy won't be known for years, what's clear right now is that his attitude toward...

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The Underground War on Israel

Lee Smith

During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convin...

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It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today

Ann Marlowe

Decades of rule by Gaddafi left Libyans with a collective case of PTSD, or something very much like it....

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Dazed and Confused

Irwin M. Stelzer

At last, some good news about the U.S. economy. Sort of. The government's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reckons the economy grew at an annual rate...

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Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Lee Smith

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed ...

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Opinion: What Really Triggered World War I?

Arthur Herman

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman on how Europe’s weak system of military alliances and Great Britain’s “splendid isolation” caused...

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Opinion: The Great War’s Strategic Lessons

Arthur Herman

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman on how “leading from behind” could trigger another global conflict. ...

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Hamas Keeps Gaza's Economic Future Bottled Up by Blocking Natural Gas Development

Arthur Herman

As the world digests the full dimensions of John Kerry’s latest diplomatic disaster in Gaza, the fighting there continues to grind on, with Israel r...

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China is Complicit in North Korea's Human Rights Abuses

Melanie Kirkpatrick & Victor Cha

Wherever you are vacationing this summer, chances are you will encounter someone with his nose buried in David Baldacci's latest best-seller, "The Tar...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Sanctions Against Russia on "Real News"

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz discusses sanctions against Russia on "Real News"...

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China Needs a New Way to Manufacture Export Growth

John Lee

China’s emergence as a central hub of global export manufacturing is well known. Becoming increasingly dominant in market share at the lower value-add...

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Doing and Talking: Assad’s Rebirth and Triumph

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

In December of 2011, Fred Hof, then Pres. Obama’s senior official for Syria policy, testified to Congress that Syrian President Bashir al Assad was ...

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New York Times Plays Politics in Pot Editorial

David W. Murray

By now, most people who should care about this know that the New York Times editorial board has called for the legalization of marijuana as federal po...

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John Kerry Has Hamas’ Back: So, Who Has Israel’s?

Lee Smith

You know there’s something going on when Haaretz, the flagship of the Israeli left, reads like it’s being edited by Dick Cheney. Last Friday Secre...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Iran Nuclear Negotiations on Voice of Russia

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz, director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, discusses Iran nuclear negotiations in this July 30 VOR int...

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