What New Settlement?

Some media mistakenly imply that Israel is building new settlements. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced the exemption from the West Bank settlement freeze of 112 housing units in Beitar Illit for safety and infrastructure reasons. One can agree or disagree with this decision. What is patently clear, however, is that these housing units are located […]

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Amnesty International Mainstreams the Jihad

by David J. Rusin  •  Mar 9, 2010 at 9:38 am Amnesty International famously advocates on behalf of people persecuted just for expressing an opinion. However, last month the group suspended Gita Sahgal, the head of its gender unit, after she expressed an opinion of her own: that by working with Taliban supporter Moazzam Begg, […]

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Iraq’s Cosmetic Election

by Daniel Pipes March 9, 2010 Cross-posted from National Review Online “It takes a cynical mind not to share in the achievement of Iraq’s national elections.” So writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board today. I’m no cynic, but my mood about Iraq could variously be described as depressed, despairing, despondent, dejected, pessimistic, melancholic, and […]

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It’s Rahm vs. Axelrod, and Rahm Is Winning

In the days of the old Pravda, one could determine who was winning secret Politburo power struggles by just looking at the official Soviet newspaper. Those winning simply got better press.   Perhaps it may be no different here in the United States.   This week two of the heaviest guns in American media, The […]

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36 States Fight Obama’s Socialized Healthcare

States have an extensive and complicated shared power relationship with the federal government in regulating various aspects of the health insurance market and in enacting health reforms. As part of state-based responses to federal health reform legislation, individual members of at least 36 state legislatures are using the legislative process to seek to limit, alter […]

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