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Lower-Calorie Foods and Beverages Fuel Growth at Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Companies

Hank Cardello & Jeffrey Wolfson

This newest study takes a second look at whether the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation member companies are continuing to make progress in increasi...

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Does Eric Holder’ Successor Face A Momentum Shift on Dope?

John P. Walters & David W. Murray

A poll reported in the Washington Post (September 23, 2014) offers positive news for those troubled by the movement to legalize marijuana. It also do...

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Obama's Post-American World Is Taking Shape with the Rise of Iran

Arthur Herman

Anyone wanting to take the moral temperature of the post-American world President Obama wants to create only had to drop by the United Nations last Th...

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Time for China to Rule Hong Kong Wisely

John Lee

Last weekend, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi used the august platform of the UN General Assembly to urge countries to treat each other and their s...

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Three Steps to Protect US Intellectual Property

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

If there were ever any doubt about America’s diplomatic priorities, those doubts were erased last week: Protecting intellectual property is not a t...

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The Modi-Obama Meet: Kickstarting U.S.-India Relations

Aparna Pande

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. They are the latest in a line ...

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The Obama-Military Divide

Seth Cropsey

In President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, he reiterated his vow not to involve U.S. combat troops in the fight against Islamic State jiha...

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Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications

Richard Weitz

The leaders of all five littoral states attended the fourth Caspian Sea summit in the Russian city of Astrakhan yesterday. The latest meeting was more...

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How Modi Can Strengthen Defense Ties with the U.S.

Aparna Pande

High expectations surround the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Washingtonhas pinned its hopes...

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The Unstable World - Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Pakistan may well be the most dangerous nation in the world. It is riven by religious extremism and sectarian violence. Successive governments have fa...

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Obama Pursuing Environmental Virtue?

Irwin M. Stelzer

Last week was good for environmentalists, and perhaps even for the environment. President Obama doubled down on his effort to increase the likelihood ...

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News Highlights (September 20-26)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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A Naval Disaster in the Making

Seth Cropsey

The U.S. Navy’s latest shipbuilding plan would see its attack submarine fleet diminish from 55 to 41 boats in the next decade and a half. That decis...

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Seoul-Tokyo Rivalry Should Stay on the Sports Field

John Lee

Beyond the headline events at the 17th Asian Games taking place now through October in Incheon, South Korea, other contests are being played out among...

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India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

Aparna Pande

Expectations are high about the meeting scheduled next week between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Americans have pin...

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Why Pregnancy and Pot Don’t - and Shouldn't - Mix

David W. Murray

The fall of the Roman Empire is the subject of much debate, and includes attention to the possible role of their aqueducts, lined with lead. More like...

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SCO Security Cooperation Has Multiple Motives

Richard Weitz

In her September 17, 2014 commentary on “Intra-SCO Security Cooperation Helps Regional Stability,” Shao Yuqun describes the military exercises hel...

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America’s New Oil Weapon

Arthur Herman

Thanks to our current booming domestic energy production, the United States at last has an oil weapon in the arsenal of “soft power” that it can use t...

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Don Quixote Lives At The FCC

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed its public comment period on its network neutrality proceeding with more than 3.7 million commen...

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Profiting from The Forbidden Fruit of the Virtual Garden of Eden

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

To some, the Internet is the Garden of Eden, a paradise where practically anything is available, simply to be taken. For a small fee or even free of c...

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A Foreign Economic Policy

Husain Haqqani

For decades, pundits have described India and China as rivals for leadership in Asia. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India suggests ...

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High-Profile Naval Visit Belies China’s Low-Profile Approach to Iran

Richard Weitz

Two Chinese warships paid a port call to Iran over the weekend, in advance of a four-day joint naval exercise with the Iranian navy that was reportedl...

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The Delicate Balance: Media, Security, and Freedom in a Post-9/11 World

Gabriel Schoenfeld

This panel on national security and press freedom discusses the legal authority to wage campaign against ISIS and right for public to gain access to i...

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Geopolitics Lurks in the Sidelines at 2014 Asian Games Event

John Lee

The 17th Asian Games taking place over this fortnight in Incheon, Republic of Korea seems a friendly affair if the official slogan for the meet, “Di...

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Fed's Gloomy Forecast

Irwin M. Stelzer

If you know how many months there are in a "considerable time," you will know exactly when Janet Yellen and her colleagues on the Federal Reserve Boar...

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In the End, Scots Chose Realism over Romanticism

Arthur Herman

On Thursday, Scotland, Great Britain, and the world dodged a bullet. By a large margin Scottish voters decided not to opt for independence in a refere...

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News Highlights (September 13-19)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Self-Inflicted Wounds: The Toll is Mounting from More Accessible Drugs

David W. Murray

On September 16, the White House’s drug control policy office blasted out a press release claiming that youth drug use was “down 24 percent.” At...

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Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

Richard Weitz

Thanks to its comprehensive democratization and its “Miracle on the Han,” which transformed the Republic of Korea into a developed country, South ...

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Misunderstanding China

Michael Pillsbury

China is stronger, more nationalistic and more committed to maintaining one-party rule than at any time since Mao's death....

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Keeping the Internet Bountiful

Robert M. McDowell

Three months after the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rule making” for new rules to regulate the Internet, more commo...

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Ebola's Warning for an Unprepared America

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

The world is finally mobilizing to wage a muscular fight against Ebola's catastrophic spread through West Africa. President Obama has put the Pentagon...

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How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar

Lee Smith

The New York Times recently published a long investigative report by Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams, and Nicholas Confessore on how foreign countries bu...

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Reducing Calories

Hank Cardello

Hank Cardello on recent trends in healthy eating....

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Arms Control: The Lesson of Russia’s Serial Treaty Violations

William Schneider

Last week, US officials began talks in Moscow regarding Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The agreement ...

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Book Review: 'Predator' by Richard Whittle

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Compared with, say, a B-2 Bomber, drones are simple things. An empty B-2 weighs 158,000 pounds. The largest version of the Predator—the unmanned aer...

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Responding to Crises, SCO Finally Embraces Expansion

Richard Weitz

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Sept. 12-13 may have been one of the organization’s most important. A...

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Can Obama's Military Strategy Against ISIS Work? Analysis with Friedman and Weitz

Richard Weitz

As US President Barack Obama announced his plans combat the ISIS threat militarily, skeptics and supporters alike weigh in on the viability of Obama's...

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Health Policy Expert: US, WHO 'Late' on Ebola Threat

Tevi Troy

The United States and the World Health Organization are behind the curve on an Ebola outbreak that is becoming epidemic in western Africa and threaten...

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Moderate Palestinian Action is the Key to Ending the Conflict

Naser Khader

It’s frustrating to witness how it’s always pro-Hamas people or someone from the far-left that argues on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Not only...

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Increasing Anti-Semitism in Europe

Naser Khader

Sadly, there is an uprising of anti-Semitism currently happening across Europe. It is becoming more and more violent and the number of assaults on Jew...

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FCC Received 1.4M Public Comments on Net Neutrality Proposal

Robert M. McDowell

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell weighs in on FCC’S proposal for Net Neutrality....

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The Meaning of Black Flags over Jerusalem

Lela Gilbert

After a lengthy trip abroad, I returned to my Jerusalem home with great pleasure. Just two days after my arrival, a cease-fire with Hamas was announce...

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Commission Suggests Legalizing Heroin, Cocaine

John P. Walters

Reaction from former drug czar John Walters...

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INI9 - Afghanistan after the US Drawout

Aparna Pande

Takshashila advisor Anand Arni and Hudson Institute's Aparna Pande discuss the situation in Afghanistan after the US drawout....

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News Highlights (September 6-12)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Why Australia's Relationship with Japan Infuriates China

John Lee

The week began with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi firing an opening shot at the Abbott government by declaring that his country “may not be Aus...

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Fossil Fuels Are the Future

Irwin M. Stelzer

On September 23 in New York, the president will have an opportunity to score a political victory and advance an important part of his agenda. No, not ...

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Power Play: "A Reluctant Warrior"

Christopher Sands

Christopher Sands explains what U.S. President Barack Obama has to say to win over a nation sick of war....

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Quelle coalition internationale contre les jihadistes de l'EI ?

Kenneth R. Weinstein

A quoi va ressembler la coalition internationale qui aura pour objectif de vaincre l'organisation de l’État Islamique ? John Kerry entame une tournée ...

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Hard to Study: The Difficulty in Measuring Marijuana’s Value

David W. Murray

An effort to study marijuana’s potential in treating veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has garnered attention from both the Washingto...

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Once Again Relevant, NATO Will Now Be Judged on Effectiveness

Richard Weitz

Last week’s NATO summit in Wales was a mixed bag, with the alliance marking strong progress on some fronts but proving less successful on others. Ne...

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Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald, and Their War on Israel

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of the auction site eBay, became a billionaire at the age of 31. Having made his fortune (his net worth is somewh...

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Christians in the Crosshairs

Lela Gilbert

July 21. I arrived in Israel in 2006, eager to explore a land that had always fascinated me, as an American Christian, writer and news commentator. My...

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Anti-Government Protests in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with CNN national security analyst, Peter Bergen, and Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Husain Ha...

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Fear Secular Stagnation

Irwin M. Stelzer

Analysts hoping to rebut the purveyors of gloom who are arguing that America is in long-term decline were looking to Friday's job report for comfort. ...

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Duck and Cover: How the Obama Administration Mishandled the 2014 National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health

David W. Murray

It felt a bit like being invited to a christening, but: no baby. Thursday morning (September 4) saw the annual release of the 2014 National Survey on ...

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News Highlights (August 30-September 5)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

Links to news highlights concerning financial corruption and autocracy in Russia and China. ...

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Pakistan #Fail

Husain Haqqani

After paralyzing Islamabad for days, the crowds at boisterous protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are starting to thin o...

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Why Big Food Belongs in the School Lunchroom

Hank Cardello

America’s 50 million public school students are now back in the classroom, but a food fight raged all summer over the practicality of new standards ...

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Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is once again mired in a domestic political crisis. Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have ...

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Ann Marlowe, Who Reported Alongside Sotloff, Reacts to Tragedy

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses her experience alongside U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff on "Fox & Friends"....

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On the Origin of ISIS

Hussain Abdul-Hussain & Lee Smith

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist army many thousand strong now rampaging through the Levant, embraces such an extreme, violent ideol...

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Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

The Ebola virus, which has already killed more than 1,500 people since the epidemic began earlier this year, is wreaking havoc in West Africa, leaving...

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Managing Partnerships, not Enlargement, Is NATO’s Real Challenge

Richard Weitz

Despite the recent prominence given to the issue of NATO’s membership enlargement, the alliance seems destined for at least the next few years to fo...

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What's Going on in Pakistan?

Husain Haqqani

Tensions in Pakistan are mounting in demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. Judy Woodruff joins Husain Haqqani of the Hudson Institute a...

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The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Richard Weitz

Until recently, inadequate transportation infrastructure, along with rancorous arguments about price and a general atmosphere of mutual suspicion have...

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Drug Use and Drug Spending: How the Washington Post and the President Get It Wrong

David W. Murray

Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham writes about the drug issue during the Obama Administration, referencing both drug use data and the drug...

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Cronyism, and the Ex-Im Bank

Irwin M. Stelzer

Free trade is a huge benefit if you are a Walmart shopper. All those microwave ovens, lamps, sneakers, and other stuff available for a relative pittan...

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Root Out Extremist Ideology

Douglas J. Feith

The ISIL threat is pushing President Obama into military action. But the U.S. strategy should be more than force....

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News Highlights (August 23-29, 2014)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Net Neutrality Vs. Free Speech

Robert M. McDowell

As the Federal Communications Commission's Sept. 15 deadline for public comment on its new net-neutrality rules approaches, the "open Internet" moveme...

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Podcast: Obama's 'No Strategy' Old News In Middle East

Lee Smith

The Weekly Standard podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the President's speech on his non-existent ISIS policy in the Middle East....

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Інтерв'ю з Девідом Саттером

David Satter

Watch David Satter's Russian-language interview about the Russian invasion on Ukraine's Espresso.TV....

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Pakistan's Protests Risk Another Military Coup

Husain Haqqani

Pakistan's fragile democracy, and the semblance of stability it brings to this troubled nuclear-armed Muslim country, is once again under threat. Prot...

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A Reality Check Will Ground China's Sky-high Ambitions

John Lee

In 2008, the government set up the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China to try to break into the commercial airplane market dominated by America...

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Should We Decriminalize Heroin? Former Detective Lieutenant Says ‘Yes’

David W. Murray

Hudson Institute's David Murray responds to a former New Jersey detective lieutenant's idea to make legal drug dealing zones....

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Communicators on Media Mergers

Robert M. McDowell

Michael Copps and Robert McDowell talked about media merger proposals, including the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger and the proposed Comcast-Time Warner...

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CNO's Losing Battle to Avoid a Hollow Navy

Bryan McGrath

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert has adopted the lingo of marine navigation to bring organization to his thinking about fleet...

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Notes From the Underground: The Long History of Tunnel Warfare

Arthur Herman

Perhaps the most surprising development of the recent war between Israel and Gaza was the discovery of the sophisticated network of tunnels that Hamas...

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Background on ISIS from Current Trends

Essays by Kirk H. Sowell, Aymenn Jaweed al-Tamimi, Fanar Haddad, and Nibras Kazimi on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria....

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Hamas’s Media Strategy

Lee Smith

During the six weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used human shields—women and children—to protect its infrastructure in Gaz...

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Big Pay Off for Big Bank

Irwin M. Stelzer

Congratulations to you, Tom Montag, named sole chief operating officer of Bank of America this past Wednesday. And first thing Thursday morning asked ...

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A Privileged Press?

Gabriel Schoenfeld

After nearly four years of procedural delay, the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to open shortly. Sterling was indicted at the end...

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Russia’s Nuclear Revival and Its Challenges

Richard Weitz

Russia is slowly but surely replacing its aging stockpile of Soviet-era nuclear weapons with an arsenal that’s fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. Ri...

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Tevi Troy: US Healthcare Aided Doctor With Ebola

Tevi Troy

Watch Tevi Troy discuss the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and how American medicine helped save Dr. Kent Brantly's life....

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Japanese Defense Exporters Race to Catch Up

Arthur Herman

In a controversial move, the Abe government earlier this year relaxed some of the strict export controls on Japan's defense contractors. This could pr...

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Las Aventuras de Petro

Jaime Daremblum

Resulta que hay graves tensiones entre Ucrania y Rusia. Cada día asoma la amenaza inminente de un conflicto armado, como lo hemos visto a raíz de lo...

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Pakistan, Obsessed Over India, Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani

The elaborate diplomatic dance between India and Pakistan has been interrupted once again. The two sides remain far from a major breakthrough in their...

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IS Threatens Another U.S. Journalist

Lee Smith

The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley...

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When it Comes to Nonproliferation, China Has Been a ‘Free Rider’

Richard Weitz

When asked recently by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman whether China, as the “biggest energy investor in Iraq,” should behave more...

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Inequality vs. Capitalism

Irwin M. Stelzer

At long last we are emerging from the blind alleys down which the debate about income inequality seems to have wandered. The first such dead end was m...

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Melanie Kirkpatrick On The Road Out Of North Korea

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Although numbers are hard to pinpoint, people have been trying to escape the world’s most repressive country, North Korea, for decades, especially s...

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Ukraine Crisis Torpedoes Russia-Japan Rapprochement

Richard Weitz

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s main objectives since returning to office has been to improve relations with Russia, a goal also sought ...

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Liberalism’s Beleaguered Victory: “The End of History?” at 25

Abram N. Shulsky

About 25 years ago, the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe revived a line of speculation that had lain dormant for eighty ye...

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ISIS "JV" Continue Their Massacre

Nina Shea

Bill Bennett spoke with Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute. They discuss the humanitarian crisis in Iraq....

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The Danish Model for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremism

Naser Khader

May 24th 2014 was a horrific warning, not only for Europe, but for the U.S. as well. Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year old French citizen, went to the Jewish...

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Questions over What Measures Australia, US Should Take over Iraq

Douglas J. Feith

Douglas Feith - former senior Pentagon official and member of the George W Bush administration, speaks to News Breakfast....

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The Middle-Income Trap Will Haunt China

John Lee

On Monday, Business Spectator published an interesting interview with Justin Yifu Lin, the former chief economist of the World Bank, who remains optim...

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