Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez Dies: Israel-Venezuela to Reboot Relations?

Although Jerusalem’s keeping quiet about Hugo Chavez’s death,  Haaretz reports of Israeli hopes to “reboot” relations with Venezuela. For background on El Commandante’s animus towards Israel, see Israel HaYom. The JTA elaborates on Chavez’s strained relationship with Venezuela’s Jewish community. Repairing Israeli-Venezuelan ties isn’t far-fetched. Elections are supposed to be held within 30 days; the […]

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Jonathan Pollard

Gilad Schalit: Free Pollard!

Gilad Schalit, who was held in captivity by Hamas for five years, called on Israelis to sign the petition calling upon U.S. President Barack Obama to free Jonathan Pollard, who was jailed over 27 years ago for spying on the U.S. “I have signed the petition,” Schalit wrote on his Facebook page. “Please, sign as […]

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50 Years of Syrian Misery

by Daniel Pipes March 8, 2013 Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner The horrors of today’s Syria – repression, civil war, barbarity – resulted from many developments; one of the most important occurred 50 years ago today. That’s when the pedantically named “Military Committee of the Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba’th […]

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Keystone XL: Parallels to the Alaska Pipeline

Jim West/ZUMA Press/Newscom As the U.S. commemorates the 40th anniversary of passage of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973, it is worth remembering the challenges the project overcame and how they mirror the challenges facing the Keystone XL Pipeline today. An 800-mile engineering marvel, the Alaska Pipeline was completed in two years and two […]

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Violence Against Christians Flares in Pakistan Amid Charges of ‘Blasphemy’

( – Christian schools in several cities remained closed on Monday following the weekend looting and torching of more than 150 Christians’ homes and stores by a Muslim mob riled by allegations of “blasphemy” against Mohammed. The violence in Lahore, the capital of Punjab state, sparked protests by Christians there and in other cities, in […]

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6 Things the Next U.S. Budget Should Do

It’s time for Congress to make a real budget—and not just any budget. It’s been four years since the U.S. had a real budget. While the House of Representatives has passed budgets, the Senate has stopped each one. Instead, the Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has done short-term, stopgap measures to keep the […]

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China Hacks Skype to Censor Citizens

Chinafotopress/ZUMApress/Newscom Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the Skype programs on Chinese computers all have keyword systems to identify when the citizens use forbidden words, according to Jeffrey Knockel, a computer science researcher at the University of New Mexico. The forbidden […]

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