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by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
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by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty

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Blogs

The Amoral Nature of the Pawn Strategy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, July 21, 2014

The humanitarian crisis on the border derived from four callous parties who used illegal immigrants as pawns for their own self-interested agendas.

Jerusalem
Featured Commentary

The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, July 21, 2014

Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. 

Blogs

Obama's Tranquility

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

Rockets
Featured Commentary

Israel's Iron Dome, and Us

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Images of Hamas’s artillery rockets being intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system naturally lead Americans to wonder why, if missiles were fired at our homes, we wouldn’t go to the trouble of stopping them in mid-flight as the Israelis do. The answer is that our bipartisan ruling class decided half a century ago that even trying to protect America against all but token missile attacks would be a hostile act toward Russia and China.

Featured Commentary

The Jihadist Governance Dilemma

by Amichai Magenvia The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)
Friday, July 18, 2014

After making astounding territorial gains in its war against the Iraqi government, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – which has refashioned itself “the Islamic State” – declared that it had reestablished the caliphate. The group’s gains put a spotlight on several questions related to Salafi jihadists’ efforts at building states. Can jihadists govern? 

Other Media

What’s Behind the Ongoing Violence in Gaza

quoting Michael S. Bernstamvia New York Post
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The differences between Hamas and Israel are so profound, it’s almost as though the two aren’t living in the same century.

Syrian Refugees
Interviews

Markos Kounalakis on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Visiting Fellow Markos Kounalakis discussed Syria and the Middle East on the John Batchelor Show

Featured Commentary

@ISIS Is #Winning

by Kori Schakevia ForeignPolicy.com
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is running a brilliantly effective social media campaign. With the group rebranded as the Islamic State (IS), its grisly messaging gets attention and discourages resistance to its military operations, both where it is fighting and among countries that might be inclined to intervene against it.

Jerusalem
Featured Commentary

Moral Equivalence, Moral Idiocy

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, July 7, 2014

Scenes all too familiar from the Arab conflict with Israel have followed the murder last Wednesday of a 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. 

Interviews

Kiron Skinner on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (5:15)

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia MSNBC
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Research Fellow Kiron Skinner discussed current events on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. 

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