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In the News

Trump Defends His Decisions Over Syria, G7

quoting Bill Whalenvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Monday, October 21, 2019

With a handful of Republicans criticizing President Donald Trump over his actions on Ukraine, Syria and his initial choice of his own Florida golf resort to host next year’s Group of Seven summit, the Republican president issued this salvo: “The Republicans have to get tougher and fight.”

Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Misguided Syria Policy

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Friday, October 18, 2019

History will judge Trump as harshly for his betrayal of the Kurds as it has the apostles of “peace in our time.”

Putin, Assad, Erdoğan And Khamenei — The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse 2.0 | Opinion

by Markos Kounalakis
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Texas tornadoes are potentially caused by the “flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil” according to the Butterfly Effect theory. Determining the ultimate cause and effects in weather is a tough call, however, given how many random physical factors ultimately come into play. But it’s fascinating to think that a distant and peacefully fluttering butterfly has so much potential power.

In the News

NDPC Engages Researchers On Ghana’s Priority Projects And Cost Benefits.

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia News Ghana
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a 3-days round-table discussion with both International and local researchers to provide the necessary advice on how to prioritize Ghana’s economic policies that would lead to development and also improve the living conditions of citizens in the country.


Nobel Laureates Aim Too Low On Global Poverty

by David R. Hendersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 14, 2019

Immigration and growth would help more than addressing the winners’ ‘manageable questions.’

In the News

Trump Tells Pentagon To Begin Withdrawing Remaining Troops From Northern Syria

quoting General Jim Mattisvia Reuters
Sunday, October 13, 2019

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation “untenable” for U.S. forces.


Jim Mattis Warns ISIS Could Resurge: 'Enemy Gets The Vote' After Trump's Announced Troop Pullout

interview with General Jim Mattisvia NBC News
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis warned that the president's decision to pull troops from Syria's border in advance of a Turkish incursion could have dire consequences and lead to ISIS's resurgence.

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I Unlearned Hate

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Born into a culture that blamed Jews for all wrongdoing, a scholar explains how she broke free of that prejudice—and how a certain Somali-American congresswoman can, too.

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Hopeless in Gaza

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Palestinians, in refusing even to consider taking economic aid in exchange for reforms, are only harming themselves.

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Clausewitz Goes East

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In the Mideast, it’s the power centers that matter—not territory, not capitals, but far-flung and complex alliances.