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The Real Tocqueville?

Rachel Mackey

A response to Ben Judah’s exposé of the Frenchman’s failings...

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Mike Pompeo's Nomination for Secretary of State

Kenneth R. Weinstein

On April 24, Kenneth Weinstein appeared on C-SPAN to discuss Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State...

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Trump and the North Korean Tipping Point

Arthur Herman

The president’s potential meeting with Kim Jong Un would come at a time when American foreign policy is rapidly changing...

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Trump Needs Allies on Trade

Thomas J. Duesterberg

This week’s meetings with Macron and Merkel provide an opportunity to reaffirm common interests...

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Lost in Translation

Peter Rough

What Europe Should Know About American Resilience...

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Germany Must Assume More Leadership on Global Economic Issues

Thomas J. Duesterberg

German complacency on issues of international and domestic economic management is becoming a threat to the country’s economic future...

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Japan’s Industrial Security Problem

Arthur Herman

For the good of its defense industry, Tokyo needs to get serious about protecting secrets...

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Bitter Split Among Syria's Christians Over Loyalty to Assad

Lela Gilbert

The Syrian conflict has also turned Christians against Christians...

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Assad Must Go - U.S. Should Press Russia to Replace Syrian Dictator

Michael Pregent & Oubai Shahbandar

Despite the attack on Syria, its allies Iran and Russia are very unlikely to heed President Trump’s call to stop backing Assad’s criminal actions...

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My Sojourn Among the Saturday People

Lela Gilbert

In January 2006, I was standing on a beach at a Sinai resort called Nuweiba...

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The Theology of Foreign Policy

Michael Doran

On matters of foreign policy, Americans are divided into two hidden camps...

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UN Security Council Discussing Reaction to Syria Strikes

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On April 14, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss the UN's reaction to the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria...

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Inside the CBO's Crystal Ball

Irwin M. Stelzer

Unlike his heroes, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, Trump is not president-for-life...

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False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

There’s really no doubt among serious people that chemical weapons were used, but the question now is how to prove who did it...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Syria Conflict

Richard Weitz

On April 13, Richard Weitz appeared on BBC to discuss the impending Syria strikes...

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Why It’s Justified To Strike Syria Again For Using Chemical Weapons

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Syria in 2018 is not Iraq in 2003 and a response to Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons is not deposing Saddam Hussein...

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How to Fight Terror, the Somaliland Way

Bruno Maçães

In the breakaway republic, a strict clan system keeps al-Shabab in check...

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Trump Needs to Be More Trumpian in Syria

Michael Doran

The United States will be making an exit from Syria “very soon,” President Trump said late last month in Ohio. ...

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Why Big Government, Big Banks, and Big Tech All Hate Cash

Brendan Brown

Big government, big banks, and big tech are now all on the same side in the war against cash. Government — we all know about already. Big banks — ...

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Jack David on the Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Jack David

On April 10, Jack David appeared on the Secure Freedom Radio podcast to discuss Iran and North Korea...

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French Jews Face Relentless Anti-Semitic Violence

Lela Gilbert

The brutal March 23 stabbing of 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll cast a dark pall over a Jewish season of festivity...

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China Sets Its Sights on South America

Seth Cropsey

China’s leaders are betting that Latin America will prove useful politically, economically, and even militarily. The U.S. government should pay more a...

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How will Trump Respond to the Chemical Attack in Syria

Michael Pillsbury

On April 9th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss the recent chemical attack in Syria and potential responses from the Trump adminis...

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Bolton Faces a Dangerous World

Walter Russell Mead

He joins the chaotic Trump team amid the greatest uncertainty since Truman’s era...

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Macron Needs to Attack Syria

Benjamin Haddad

With or without the United States...

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The King of Masks

Martha Bayles

How the “Xi change” in China is causing an invisible earthquake...

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Egypt's New Strongman

Samuel Tadros

On April 6th, Samuel Tadros appeared on the Wall Street Journal Opinion: Foreign Edition podcast to discuss Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's re-election and rel...

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Trump's Pressure Against North Korea is Best Way to Avoid War

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against North Korea is working...

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The Secret to Successful Arab Modernization is to Stop Hating Israel

Lee Smith

Saudi Arabia’s main reason to normalize relations with the Jewish state is not strategic but sociological...

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What Trump Has Wrong ‐ and Right ‐ About Amazon

Irwin M. Stelzer

The president's attack on Amazon is the hallmark of an aspiring caudillo. But there are valid anti-trust concerns about the internet giant...

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Will the U.S. Surrender Commercial Nuclear to Russia & China?

Thomas J. Duesterberg & William Schneider

The fate of American industrial icon Westinghouse is now in the hands of regulators...

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A U.S. Battlefield Victory Against Russia’s “Little Green Men”

Tod Lindberg

Americans drove back an advance by mercenaries. The next one ended almost as soon as it began...

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Trump’s Views on Trade Aren’t a Passing Fad

Peter Rough

The United States and Europe must find a synthesis between the free trading dogmas of yesterday and the nationalist impulses of today...

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What Is Illiberalism? Answering Joshua Muravchik

John Fonte

Freedom House, biased against conservatives, is no longer a reliable source of ratings for nations’ democratic policies...

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Arab Leaders Abandon the Palestinians

Walter Russell Mead

Facing threats from Iran and Turkey, they want peace—and to strangle Hamas...

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Trump Is Betting Everything on the Economy

Irwin M. Stelzer

Because if a recession hits before 2020, the government will have no tools to fight it...

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Turkish Assault Threatens Christians, Yazidis and Kurds

Lela Gilbert

Thousands of Syrian refugees are unable to return to their homes following the Turkish invasion of northwest Syria...

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Raid the Defense Budget to Build the Wall?

Seth Cropsey

The bill would start to address two problems that face the U.S. military: readiness and modernization...

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With Diplomat Expulsions, Trump Punches Russia Back — Yet Again

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

President Trump demonstrated once again he’s willing to punch Russia if it punches us or our friends...

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What Does Kim Jong-Un's China Visit Mean for the U.S.?

Michael Pillsbury

On March 28, Michael Pillsbury appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent visit to China...

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There's No Such Thing As Free Data

Irwin M. Stelzer

It's time for the government to reckon with what Facebook has become...

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John Bolton Is No Bugaboo

Walter Russell Mead

He believes the U.S. must be prepared to act alone, but Trump will take convincing...

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Bolton is Quite the Insider

Michael Pillsbury

On March 23, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox News to discuss the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser...

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Notes of Caution on the Navy's Forthcoming Force Structure Assessment

Bryan McGrath

What happens when the U.S. Navy’s force structure planning is built on strategic assumptions that are superseded by a change in the Oval Office?...

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Here We Go Again

Husain Haqqani

Once again the U.S. government appears to be taking Pakistani promises about combatting terror at face value...

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Mike Pompeo Could be the Most Significant Secretary of State in Decades

Kenneth R. Weinstein

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has the potential to be the most significant secretary of state since George Shultz...

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Toothless Gestures Won’t Stop Putin

Walter Russell Mead

While Washington dreamed of an orderly world, revisionist powers upended it...

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The Descent of Syria into the Abyss

Samuel Tadros

Nearly seven years have passed since the outbreak of protests in Syria calling for change...

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Trump Grants Israel "Greatest Gift U.S. Could Give"

Lela Gilbert

Just weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in May of 2018....

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Europe’s AI delusion

Bruno Maçães

Brussels is failing to grasp threats and opportunities of artificial intelligence...

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Drones Can Protect Us From Kim’s Missiles

Arthur Herman & Stephen C. Meyer

But Congress has to act by this Friday’s budget deadline...

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How Is Larry Kudlow Going to Get Along with Trump?

Irwin M. Stelzer

The free trader will have to move carefully with the president...

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Why does Cambridge Analytica attract so much unwarranted attention?

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

NEWS FLASH – “Online business uses information to target customers.”...

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How to Answer Russia’s Escalation

David Satter

In response to a chemical attack in the U.K., impose sanctions directly against President Vladimir Putin...

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The West Must Step Up Russia Sanctions

Benjamin Haddad & Alina Polyakova

The Trump Administration’s newest sanctions are another step in the right direction. But after the attack in the UK, much more can and should be done ...

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Build Missile Defense Space Sensors Now

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Faced with an improving Russian threat, the United States should deploy a serious space sensor layer...

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Will Trump Start a Trade War with China?

Michael Pillsbury

On March 16th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss President Trump's trade dispute with china....

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Why Tillerson Had to Go

Arthur Herman

In the Trump administration, unconventional, assertive thinking about foreign policy is in; ineffectual, process-driven diplomacy is out...

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America Shouldn't Send Endangered Religious Minority Refugees Back to Iran

Nina Shea

Scores of members of Iranian religious minorities left their homeland more than a year ago...

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Hudson Experts on the Implications of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Seth Cropsey et al.

With former CIA Director Mike Pompeo replacing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Hudson experts look ahead on potential foreign policy implications...

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Mario Mancuso Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Mario Mancuso

On March 14th, 2018, Mario Mancuso testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Following is the full text of the testimony...

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“Blame Russia” Is Getting Old

Benjamin Haddad

Western voters want policy solutions, not conspiracy theories...

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Getting to Yes With Turkey

Walter Russell Mead

There’s a common interest in countering the Russian-Iranian axis in Syria...

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Islamists in Indonesia Flog 'Blasphemous' Christians, Shutter Churches

Lela Gilbert

The vulnerability of Indonesia’s Christians, as well as other religious minorities, is exponentially increasing...

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“N” for Nazarene

Nina Shea

In the Nineveh Plains, only a third of the Christian population that was driven by ISIS from their homes nearly four years ago has returned. A traumat...

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The Nationalists Take Over

Irwin M. Stelzer

The tariffs turn out to be more "flexible" that people thought, but that may just be the beginning...

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Will Potential U.S.-North Korea Talks Lead Anywhere?

Michael Pillsbury

On March 9th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss a potential meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. ...

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Former Rep. Frank Wolf: Time to End Nigeria Terror Infestation

Lela Gilbert

The first time many Americans focused their attention on the violence-torn African country of Nigeria was in April 2014. That was when some 276 young...

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The U.S. Must Speak Out on Russian Terror

David Satter

Ignoring the Putin regime’s crimes lends credibility to their disinformation campaigns...

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North Korea Open to Talks with the U.S.

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On March 6th, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss North Korea's recent expression of willingness for dialogue with the U.S....

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A License to Rewrite History

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

No doubt, GDPR has some well-intentioned if not entirely useful provisions...

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Ukraine's Drain of Talent and Hope Must Stop

Hannah Thoburn

The 2018 Winter Olympics have just come to a close, and with markedly different results than would have been imagined 30 years ago...

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50 Years Ago, A Marine Victory in Vietnam Was Considered a Defeat by the Media

Arthur Herman

A mainstream media that reshapes reality to fit a preordained political agenda isn’t something that started only recently...

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We All Play Our Parts

Martha Bayles

Five discomfiting aspects of the media spectacle that now accompanies every mass shooting...

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Trump Is Serious About Tariffs

Walter Russell Mead

His attacks on free trade emerge from one of his most deeply rooted beliefs...

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Network Neutrality or Fighting Online Sex Trafficking

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Are network neutrality principles entirely good for America?...

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Chief Powell Is Walking a Monetary Tightrope Blind

Brendan Brown

Some commentators might even have felt some sympathy for Fed Chief Powell in his first testimony before Congress...

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Absent at Munich: Placing Cybersecurity on the Main Stage of Geopolitics

Sorin Ducaru

This year’s Munich Security Conference missed a golden opportunity to place cyber on the main stage of geopolitics...

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Don’t Rehabilitate Obama on Russia

Benjamin Haddad & Alina Polyakova

President Trump’s boasts about him being tougher on Russia than his predecessor may ring hollow—but they’re true...

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Putin's Nuclear Warning

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On March 1st, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss Russian President Putin's recent announcement regarding Russia's nuclear arsenal....

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How Quantum Computing Threatens Blockchain

Idalia Friedson

Is there a way to prevent the technology from becoming obsolete?...

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All Trump's Trade Wars

Irwin M. Stelzer

This isn't the trade war you're looking for...

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Don’t Misjudge Trump’s Trade Tirade

Walter Russell Mead

The president may be shifting the discussion more than GOP elites think is possible...

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Red Sea Rising

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Saudi frigate Al Madinah was patrolling the Red Sea in January of 2017 when an unmanned explosive boat called the Shark-33 slammed into it reportedly ...

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By Asking Whether Moscow "Tipped Election," NYT Plays into Russia's Hands

Abram N. Shulsky

If the Russians' goal was to destabilize our democracy, questioning the legitimacy of Trump's presidency contributes to that...

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You Can have Wage Growth Without Inflation

Brendan Brown

On February 23rd, Brendan Brown appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak Europe to discuss Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's statement on wage growth and infl...

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The Iran Deal Is Now Officially a Disaster. So Where Were You?

Lee Smith

Agents of Influence: The real consequence of Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative is mayhem...

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Reconstructing Iraq: A Test Case for Trumpian Burden-Sharing

Jonas Parello-​Plesner & Peter Rough

The success against the Islamic State in Iraq stands as one of the crowning foreign policy achievements of President Trump’s first year in office...

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U.S. Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East

Peter Rough

On February 20th, Peter Rough spoke at the Geneva Press Club on President Trump's Middle East policy...

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Egypt Honors Slain Coptic Christians, But Fails to Protect the Living

Lela Gilbert

A touching news story surfaced a few days ago, briefly casting a flicker of light across Egypt's shadowy heartland...

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For Europe, Trump Is a Blessing in Disguise

Walter Russell Mead

His policies promote energy independence and balance between France and Germany...

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Is The West Finally Pushing Saudi Arabia to Squelch its Version of Radical Islam

Nina Shea

The West is showing evidence of a newly stiffened spine in the face of Saudi Arabian influence on Islamic culture – and none too soon...

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Make Washington’s Birthday Great Again

John Fonte

We once celebrated the individual greatness of George Washington on his birthday, February 22. Historian James Thomas Flexner called George Washingt...

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The Three Risk Factors that Could Derail Trump's Economy

Irwin M. Stelzer

A stock market correction, trade protectionism, or impeachment...

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Did "See Something, Say Something" Mantra Fail in Parkland?

Michael Pregent

On February 17th, Michael Pregent appeared on Fox News to discuss the Parkland school shooting...

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New Coalition to Wage Global Fight to Save Persecuted Christians

Lela Gilbert

Christian persecution is not just a problem unique to the Middle East or Islamic countries....

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