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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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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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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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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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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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The Contribution of the Information, Communications, and Technology Sector to the Growth of U.S. Economy: 1997-2007

Harold Furchtgott-Roth & Jeffrey Li

In this paper, we identify the contribution of the information, communications, and technology sector to the economic growth of the United States. For...

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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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Book Review: 'In a Rocket Made of Ice' by Gail Gutradt

Melanie Kirkpatrick

It is hard to come up with a more heart-rending subject than children with AIDS. Locate the sick kids in the developing world and things get even grim...

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Buyer Beware: Obama Administration’s Hurry-up Climate Plan Based on Big Distortions

Lee Lane

Have you ever rushed to avoid missing an offer that will expire in 30 minutes and then regretted it? President Obama’s claim that we must act immedi...

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The Paradox of American Naval Power

Bryan McGrath

The U.S. Navy’s ability to provide the president with a variety of timely regional response options is its marquee contribution to American military...

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Time to Open the Door to US-Japan Weapons Trade

Arthur Herman

Will Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new emphasis on a "collective self defense" policy for Japan be a source of friction and fear for Japan's ne...

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NATO Summit Must Make Further Progress on Smart Defense

Richard Weitz

Next month’s NATO summit needs to make greater progress on so-called Smart Defense, the alliance-wide effort to get more collective benefits out of ...

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War Crimes in Gaza?

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Condemnation of Israel for its conduct of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza continues unabated. The chief accusation, heard time and again, is that th...

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Fading Star?

Richard Weitz

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stands at a pivotal point in its history. On the one hand, the growing ties between Russia and China as we...

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A Middle Way for the Gaza Fight

Max Singer

Executive Summary: Many supporters of Israel’s policy in the current Gaza battle argue that the only stronger alternative available for Israel is to...

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Are Marijuana and Alcohol Substitutes? Another Faulty Analysis from the Washington Post

David W. Murray

The Washington Post has been busy cheerleading yet again for legal marijuana....

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Bankers and Their Wounds

Irwin M. Stelzer

Bank of America likes to top rival J.P. Morgan Chase in as many ways as possible. Except one. The $16-to-$17 billion check it is about to write to cov...

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Pot, Radley Balko, and Statistics

John P. Walters & David W. Murray

In the Washington Post ("Since Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Highway Fatalities at Near-Historic Lows” August 5, 2014), Radley Balko looks at ...

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Politics at the Heart of Everything in China: Lee

John Lee

Centre for International Security Studies Adjunct Associate Professor John Lee discusses what he calls China’s “Corporate Leninism” and how Chin...

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‘Can This Really Be Happening in the Modern World?’

Lela Gilbert

Terrified mothers and fathers carry their wailing babies and screaming toddlers, struggling to hold them close while rushing away from their houses as...

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A Bubble Called Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Barely 14 months after convincingly winning a general election, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is being asked to resign amid threats of st...

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What Are Iraqi Christians Facing Right Now?

Nina Shea

What are Iraqi Christians facing right now? - The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea joins us to bring this Christian persecution into perspective....

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Tevi Troy on The Seth Leibsohn Show

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy talks the presidency, books, and pop culture on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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Golpe islamista en Camerún

Jaime Daremblum

Se realiza esta semana en Washington una reunión de 40 jefes de Estado africanos con el presidente norteamericano, Barack Obama, y figuras de su admi...

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Renewable Fuel Standards Are Driven By Ideology And Rent-Seeking, Not Science

Lee Lane

Throughout the last forty years, whenever gasoline prices have spiked, Washington has launched a new wave of mega-programs aimed at transforming the U...

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1,500 Iraqi Civilians Were Slaughtered Yesterday by ISIS, and the Obama Administration Issued a Statement

Nina Shea

On Wednesday, Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, came under assault from the Islamic State, and all 50 to 60,...

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The Ceasefire Holds But Israel’s Long War Is Far From Over

Lee Smith

Now into its second day, the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions continues to hold. With Hamas’ missile arsenal d...

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What Hamas Leaders Think

Douglas J. Feith & Trevor N. Parkes

One of the remarkable features of the recent Gaza war was the ineffectiveness of American diplomacy. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to nego...

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Doug Feith on The Seth Leibsohn Show

Douglas J. Feith

Doug Feith talks about the media's coverage of Hamas on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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ISIS Is on the Verge of Expelling Northern Iraq's Religious Minorities

Nina Shea

The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is continuing its two-month-old rampage across northern Iraq’s large, multi-cultural Nineveh province, in...

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Αποκαλυπτικό Άρση εμπάργκο για αμερικανικά όπλα στην Ε.Φ.

Seth Cropsey

Watch Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey on Antenna Cyprus (Greek) discuss U.S. foreign policy toward the Mediterranean. ...

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NATO Must Adapt to Counter Russia’s Next-Generation Warfare

Richard Weitz

A recently released paper of the Defense Committee of the U.K. House of Commons on Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the implications for Western securit...

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Ann Marlowe on The John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses the ongoing crisis in Libya on "The John Batchelor Show."...

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Seth Cropsey: Obama 'Unique' in Wanting to Curb US Global Role

Seth Cropsey

While the net effect of President Barack Obama's hands-off foreign policy won't be known for years, what's clear right now is that his attitude toward...

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The Underground War on Israel

Lee Smith

During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convin...

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It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today

Ann Marlowe

Decades of rule by Gaddafi left Libyans with a collective case of PTSD, or something very much like it....

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Dazed and Confused

Irwin M. Stelzer

At last, some good news about the U.S. economy. Sort of. The government's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reckons the economy grew at an annual rate...

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Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Lee Smith

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed ...

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Opinion: What Really Triggered World War I?

Arthur Herman

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman on how Europe’s weak system of military alliances and Great Britain’s “splendid isolation” caused...

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Opinion: The Great War’s Strategic Lessons

Arthur Herman

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman on how “leading from behind” could trigger another global conflict. ...

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Hamas Keeps Gaza's Economic Future Bottled Up by Blocking Natural Gas Development

Arthur Herman

As the world digests the full dimensions of John Kerry’s latest diplomatic disaster in Gaza, the fighting there continues to grind on, with Israel r...

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China is Complicit in North Korea's Human Rights Abuses

Melanie Kirkpatrick & Victor Cha

Wherever you are vacationing this summer, chances are you will encounter someone with his nose buried in David Baldacci's latest best-seller, "The Tar...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Sanctions Against Russia on "Real News"

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz discusses sanctions against Russia on "Real News"...

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China Needs a New Way to Manufacture Export Growth

John Lee

China’s emergence as a central hub of global export manufacturing is well known. Becoming increasingly dominant in market share at the lower value-add...

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Doing and Talking: Assad’s Rebirth and Triumph

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

In December of 2011, Fred Hof, then Pres. Obama’s senior official for Syria policy, testified to Congress that Syrian President Bashir al Assad was ...

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New York Times Plays Politics in Pot Editorial

David W. Murray

By now, most people who should care about this know that the New York Times editorial board has called for the legalization of marijuana as federal po...

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John Kerry Has Hamas’ Back: So, Who Has Israel’s?

Lee Smith

You know there’s something going on when Haaretz, the flagship of the Israeli left, reads like it’s being edited by Dick Cheney. Last Friday Secre...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Iran Nuclear Negotiations on Voice of Russia

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz, director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, discusses Iran nuclear negotiations in this July 30 VOR int...

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韩连潮:习近平反腐有底线,会封顶

Lianchao Han

Watch Liancho Han's interview on VOA Chinese about corruption in Xi's China...

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Only America Can Save Iraq's Last Christians

Nina Shea

The Arabic “nun” symbol, or N, which stands for Nazarene and refers to Christians, ominously began appearing, stamped in red, on Christian homes i...

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China Advances on Missile Defense, With Eye on Dissuading Rivals

Richard Weitz

On July 23, China conducted its third declared ballistic missile defense (BMD) test in the past four years, with the Defense Ministry announcing after...

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Ann Marlowe on The John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses the chaos in Libya on "The John Batchelor Show."...

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The Nullifier-in-Chief

John Fonte

‘Government by consent of the governed” is under attack. The crisis on our southern border tells us that American immigration policy is not decide...

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How to Play a Weak Hand in Iraq

Abram N. Shulsky , Eric B. Brown & Hillel Fradkin

Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki knows what he wants: a third term in office for himself and U.S. military help in defeating ISIS (now the Islamic ...

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Putin’s Propaganda Highlights Need for Public Diplomacy

Martha Bayles

OVER THE last six months, the Russian propaganda machine has pursued a two-pronged strategy toward its domestic audience. The first prong, used to jus...

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David Murray on The Seth Leibsohn Show

David W. Murray

David Murray talks marijuana on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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Hudson COO John Walters Responds to New York Times Editorial on Marijuana Legalization

John P. Walters

John Walters, Hudson COO and former director of National Drug Control Policy, on Fox News on New York Times favoring repeal of federal marijuana laws....

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Comparing Alcohol and Marijuana: Seriously

David W. Murray

President Obama made news when he stated that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol. Moreover, this view puts him in a large (if not necessaril...

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Marijuana Isn't Necessarily Safe to Treat What Ails Us

David W. Murray

The state of Texas is deciding whether to embrace medical marijuana as approved policy, perhaps in the spirit of Gov. Rick Perry's receptivity to "sta...

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Dodd-Frank Turns 4!

Irwin M. Stelzer

Celebrating a fourth birthday and growing nicely. That's the story of the Dodd-Frank law, designed to end a "too big to fail" banking system that forc...

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How to Isolate Allies and Reward Enemies

Douglas J. Feith

Of the Gaza war's many dreadful features, the one that may have the most significant and long-lasting effect is the 36-hour ban U.S. authorities impos...

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Russia Needs to Learn the Value of Human Life

David Satter

Hudson Senior Fellow David Satter on Russia, Putin and the destruction of the Malaysian Airliner MH17 over Ukraine....

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Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture

Tevi Troy

Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding. On this edition of Up t...

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If the Generals Have Changed Their Mind

Husain Haqqani

Last month, the Pakistan army launched what it describes as a major military offensive against the jihadi terrorist safe haven in North Waziristan. Se...

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MH17: Punishing Putin?

David Satter

What is the right response to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine? After the air disaster, five days of acrimony and...

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Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'

Nina Shea

What's the latest in Mosul? Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom answers this and more on CBN Newswatch, July 23...

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The Last Christians in Iraq

Lela Gilbert

Car by car, family by family, frightened Iraqi Christians by the thousands fled their ancient Iraqi homeland over the weekend. With broken hearts and ...

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Israel Unrest: 'Missing You in the Bomb Shelter'

Lela Gilbert

The bomb shelter I share with my Jerusalem neighbors was uninhabitable when I first moved into our residential building five years ago. And that wasn...

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Putin’s South American Trip Hides Russia’s Strategic Weaknesses

Richard Weitz

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to South America earlier this month was overshadowed by events in Ukraine and the Middle East, it ...

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Enter the Asian Stealth Fighters

Arthur Herman

Ever since the first Gulf War in 1990, the U.S. has enjoyed a monopoly on airplanes that by their design and materials are able to evade detection by ...

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Is Russia Funding Europe's Anti-fracking Green Protests?

Arthur Herman

If you were thinking that the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 and the death of 298 innocent people including Europeans, will finally force NATO t...

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What’s Wrong With Being Reasonable About the Middle East?

Lee Smith

The weekend saw the heaviest fighting in Gaza with 13 members of the IDF and dozens of Palestinians—87, according to Palestinian officials, killed. ...

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Bad Science: The Marijuana Experiment Has Failed

John P. Walters & David W. Murray

John Walters and David Murray on medical evidence about marijuana use...

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The Changing U.S. National-Security Outlook

Jack David

During a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last September, Representative Randy Forbes (R., Va.) posed two questions to the four chiefs of...

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Lee Smith on The Seth Leibsohn Show

Lee Smith

Lee Smith talks about the crisis in Israel on "The Seth Leibsohn Show."...

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