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Building Democracy on Sand

by Arye Carmonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Israel lacks a constitution—and any clear idea of where it is going. A new book takes up the unanswered questions of the Jewish state.

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Sceptic Or Believer?

mentioning Bjorn Lomborgvia Ahram Online
Monday, October 7, 2019

Our subject is climate change. It is not one we are particularly fond of but the mainstream media is obsessed with it, inundating us with headlines and articles, so here we go again to examine the issue one more time.

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The Death Of Europe, With Douglas Murray

interview with Douglas Murrayvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 7, 2019

Has increased immigration to EU member nations created distrust and delusion, contributing to a continent in the grip of a culture in the midst of its own suicide?

In the News

Concerns Over Two Australian Academics Held In Iran

quoting Abbas Milanivia ABC.net
Sunday, October 6, 2019

The weekend saw the release from an Australian prison of Iranian scientist Reza Dehbashi Kivi, after more than a year in jail, coinciding with Iran's release of two Australian travel bloggers after they were imprisoned for more than three months. Another Australian academic, Kylie Moore Gilbert remains in prison in Iran.

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Are Cyber-Operations A U.S. Retaliatory Option For The Saudi Oil Field Strikes? Would Such Action Deter Iran?

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Successful retaliatory strikes need to do two things. First, they send a credible signal to the target that attacks of this kind will not be tolerated. Second, they need to limit the risk of escalation through spiraling retaliation and counter-retaliations.

In the News

At 59: Is Hope Fading In Nigeria?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Sun
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sometimes,  a combination of history and fate, leaders and qualities of leadership meet at an intersection to shape a turning point in a nation’s unending search for freedom for its citizens and the development of the country. Nothing creates more bitterness than promises made and not kept. Nigeria at 59 is like celebrating a rich past and a lamentation of a fading future.

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Keep It Steady And Cool With Iran, America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

And keep pumping that American oil and gas.

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The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Whenever the Israeli–Palestinian question arises in Washington, an assumption inevitably precedes it:  the United States has an important and unique role to play in advancing peace between these two peoples.  Israelis and Palestinians might make progress alone (the 1993 Oslo Accords).  But the two can only go so far, so we are told, without American mediation, primarily because only Washington can push Jerusalem into taking risks— “land for peace” and military restraint toward the security deficiencies of the Palestinian Authority—that are the stepping stones to a two-state solution, the endgame for a peaceful settlement. 

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Welcome to the End of the Process

by Tony Badranvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Speaking to reporters in August, President Trump said he would likely wait until after the Israeli elections in September to unveil his peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. Although this plan has been long in the making, with the exception of the proposal to allocate investment funds to the Palestinian territories and neighboring countries, its details have remained unknown; and that’s a good thing. 

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The Economics Of Calm

by Katherine Bauervia The Caravan
Thursday, September 26, 2019

In the absence of a horizon for a political settlement, economics and security will be the twin pillars of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. This is not an economic peace that holds out prosperity in lieu of Palestinian national aspirations but because it is in Israel’s security interest. As international donor assistance to the Palestinians has declined, Israel –and the defense establishment in particular- has more actively promoted economic and financial stability in the West Bank and Gaza.

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