Turkish-Syrian Tensions Flare Anew

by Daniel Pipes June 19, 2011 Cross-posted from National Review Online Only 13 years ago the Turkish and Syrian governments came close to war, a culmination of long-existing tensions over borders, terrorism, water, contending alliances, and domestic factors. From an account of mine about the mood in October 1998: On Friday, [Oct. 2,] the Turkish […]

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Free Dinners with President Obama!

Millions of Americans probably received this week’s email from President Obama, inviting them to send money and be registered to win a free dinner with the President. Heritage’s Ernest Istook took it as a personal invitation to be one of four people to be chosen.  And upon reading the fine print, he found he doesn’t have to […]

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Shocking Study Results Reveal Moral Imperative to Fix Medicaid

This week, The New York Times highlighted a study on Medicaid, the federal–state partnership to provide health care to the poor and disabled, and its failure to offer enrolled children access to care. The researchers used a “secret shopper” technique to see how many specialists in Cook County, Illinois, turned away children with Medicaid compared […]

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Wisconsin Unions Lose First Round, But Win the Luck of the Draw in the Second

Wisconsin unions seem to have lucked out with the federal judge assigned to their latest lawsuit trying to stop the state’s new collective bargaining law for state employees.  The Wisconsin Education Association, the AFL-CIO, the Wisconsin State Employees Union, and other unions that have been violently and belligerently protesting the law lost big on June […]

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New Al-Qaeda Leader, but the Game Remains the Same

Al-Qaeda officially has a new leader in Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, the man who long served as Osama bin Laden’s number two in command. But does that have any impact on America? Heritage’s James Carafano says “Not much, actually.” Threats against America remain unchanged: First off, al-Qaeda is still determined to foster global terrorism and attack […]

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Al Zawahiri as Leader of Al Qaeda Does Little to Alter Its Waning Influence

The announcement that Osama bin Laden’s longtime second in command, Ayman al Zawahiri, will lead the fractured terrorist group came as no surprise to pundits and observers. Since joining forces with bin Laden in 1998, al Zawahiri had jointly pursued a series of dramatic assaults on the United States and Western interests abroad, including the […]

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Al Qaeda Seizes Part of Southern Town in Yemen

Islamic terrorists in Yemen launched Wednesday a surprise dawn attack and seized parts of a southern town of Al-Hota after a street by street gunfight with government forces, the Associated Press reports. Yemeni officials said one soldier was killed and three were wounded in the fighting. The terrorists, said to include Al Qaeda members numbering […]

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