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Analysis and Commentary

Peaceful Ukrainian Election Is A Win For Democracy

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Monday, April 22, 2019

In our world of declining democracy, Sunday’s Ukrainian presidential election stands out as a beacon of hope. With a turnout exceeding 60 percent, Ukraine voted overwhelmingly for bold change in a landslide for 41-year-old TV star Volodymyr Zelensky.

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American Evolution Partners With Virginia Arts Festival To Present Virginia International Tattoo's "Courage & Commitment: A Salute To Women In The Military"

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia PRNewswire
Monday, April 22, 2019

On April 25-28, 2019, Virginia's 2019 Commemoration American Evolution™ and Virginia Arts Festival will present the annual Virginia International Tattoo at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. This year's event, themed, "Courage and Commitment: A Salute to Women in the Military," will feature music, historic photos and video, tributes from U.S. military bands, and special appearances by groundbreaking women to celebrate the extraordinary courage and commitment of the women who serve in uniform today and the women whose service blazed the trail before them.


Russian ‘Collusion’s’ Greatest Hits

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 21, 2019

From late 2015 until April 2019, the media, the Left, and the Obama administrative state hierarchy warned us nonstop that candidate, president-elect, and inaugurated President Trump “colluded” with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, to assemble a suspect cabinet, and to rule in treasonous fashion in the interests of Vladimir Putin.


Sri Lanka Bombings Were 'Highly Sophisticated' Attack, Jamil Jaffer Says

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Bloomberg
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer talks about the deadly bombings in Sri Lanka, where more than 200 people -- including as many as 30 foreigners -- were killed in a series of coordinated explosions on Easter Sunday at churches and luxury hotels across the country.

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'Nothing Wrong' With Campaign Accepting Information From Russians, Giuliani Says

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Stamford Advocate
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, said Sunday that there is "nothing wrong" with a campaign accepting information from Russians, defending the Trump team's efforts to obtain damaging material about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race.

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'Time Is Short': Why Experts Warn Russian Meddling Detailed In Mueller Report Could Happen Again

quoting Michael McFaulvia USA Today
Saturday, April 20, 2019

On page after page, special counsel Robert Mueller detailed an elaborate, sophisticated Russian operation to sow division in the U.S. and interfere in the 2016 presidential election by using cyberattacks and social media as weapons. The Russians’ methods may have been new. But their goal was not. Since the Cold War, Russia has worked to create a fractious West that no longer poses an existential threat.

Analysis and Commentary

Hazlett On Facebook And Privacy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, April 20, 2019

While Congress has been holding hearings, poking tech execs, and dancing the legislative Fandango, the marketplace has imposed actual sanctions. Between the time Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed, March of last year, and March of this year, shareholders lost more than $61.6 billion adjusted for overall market (NASDAQ) fluctuations. In contrast, Sen. Wyden’s 4 percent fine—even if applied to global sales, and instantly—would whack just $2.2 billion from the Facebook moguls.

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Tucker On “The Smartest People In The World”: Why Are They Wrong On Everything?!

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The New American
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Seemingly wrong about virtually everything, the “smart people turn out to be dumb! Why is that?” asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday evening. The answer, as the pundit admitted at the time, is deep enough so that it cannot be done justice in a five-minute television segment.


Russia Attacked Us. The Mueller Report Still Doesn’t Give Us The Full Story.

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Friday, April 19, 2019

In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a comprehensive attack on U.S. sovereignty by attempting to shape the outcome of our presidential election. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigative team should be commended for providing amazing details about some aspects of this Russian intervention.


Islamic Republic of Iran in an Age of Global Transitions: Challenges for a Theocratic Iran

by Abbas Milani, Roya Pakzadvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 22, 2019

For the last 150 years, Iran, like most countries in the industrializing world, has experienced the tumults of two epochal global revolutions—the industrial revolution that changed the nature of labor and now the advent of the “second Machine Age,”2 which is changing the nature of not just labor, but life and leisure, knowledge and information. In the same period, Iran has gone through the travails of two domestic revolutions—the first in 1905-07 when the country’s elite tried to introduce democracy and modernity  to the country, and the second in 1979 when a democratic mass movement overthrew the monarchy but eventually begot the rise of a theocratic despotism keen on dismantling as much of modernity as possible.


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