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The China-Iran-Border Matrix

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have worked the U.S. into an advantageous position with a consistent policy toward bad actors.

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Ami Horowitz Goes 'Inside The Muslim Brotherhood'

quoting Samuel Tadrosvia The Daily Wire
Monday, June 17, 2019

Filmmaker and independent journalist Ami Horowitz’s new documentary provides viewers a glimpse "inside the Muslim Brotherhood," the "largest global Islamic organization in the world," which has branches in dozens of countries and which the Trump administration is considering formally designating a terrorist organization. In a series of interviews, Horowitz asks influential members of the group, including the U.S. and Turkey, to explain their ideology and approach to promoting their ultimate goal: “the creation of a global caliphate.”

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Accosted Woman Takes Matter Into Her Own Hands, Teaching Lesson

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Israel National News
Monday, June 17, 2019

Israeli government employee and olah from Poland Esther Fuerster was walking home last night when she was accosted by an exhibitionist, meters from her home. Posting on Facebook immediately after the ordeal, Fuerster wrote: “I won't say who this was, whether a Jew, an Arab, or a Christian, but on my way home now a religious-looking man turned to me as I approached and opened his trousers presenting his manhood.”

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A Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation Could Backfire.

quoting Samuel Tadrosvia Human Events
Monday, June 17, 2019

Amidst reports that the Trump Administration is once again considering designating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity, several longtime Brotherhood critics are urging caution.


Jamil Jaffer: Iran Is Trying To Push Back On Us Economic Pressure

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Yahoo Finance
Friday, June 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses the rising US-Iranian tensions and how oil prices are being affected by Iran’s alleged attack on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.

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Geopolitical Flashpoints With Ian Bremmer, Niall Ferguson, And Dana Perino

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia North Texas e-News
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On June 12, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present “Geopolitical Flashpoints with Ian Bremmer, Niall Ferguson, and Dana Perino,” part of the “Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management” series. Dana Perino of Fox News Channel will moderate the discussion between global political experts Ian Bremmer and Niall Ferguson, which will delve into the panelists’ unique perspectives on today’s global hot spots, including China, Russia, North Korea, and the Middle East. Auditorium seating for this event is sold out, but the program will be livestreamed at BushCenter.org and via Facebook Live.


Why Are The Western Middle Classes So Angry?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?


Democracy Demotion

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

For three decades beginning in the mid-1970s, the world experienced a remarkable expansion of democracy—the so-called third wave—with authoritarian regimes falling or reforming across the world. By 1993, a majority of states with populations over one million had become democracies. Levels of freedom, as measured by Freedom House, were steadily rising as well. In most years between 1991 and 2005, many more countries gained freedom than lost it.

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Strategika Issue 58: Current U.S.-Israel Relations

via Strategika
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Strategika Issue 58 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

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The Fall Of A Model Democracy

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Atlantic
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The recipe is not a good one: a brazen businessman, a contentious election, and a hint of criminality. Those troubling ingredients were brought to a boil in Benin this month as one of the world’s strongest democracies saw opposition parties barred from running for office, protesters taking to the streets, and an unknown number of arrests and deaths. As demonstrations grew over April’s parliamentary elections, President Patrice Talon also blocked access to the internet and unleashed the police. The story might seem routine in other parts of the developing world, but it’s an anomaly in Benin, which sparked a wave of African democratization in the 1990s and has remained resistant to breakdown and backsliding ever since.