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First move toward completely renewable energy system

First move toward completely renewable energy system

Most people have never heard of El Hierro, westernmost of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. But this tiny outpost, population 10,000, may well become a model for larger communities and countries seeking energy independence.

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Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren: “BDS Hopes To Destroy Israel”

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren: “BDS Hopes To Destroy Israel”

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, speaking at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, emphasized that the BDS Movement hopes to destroy Israel politically. He asserted they hope to succeed where the Arab armies and terrorist organizations failed.

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Cultural Cleansing with Chinese Characteristics?

Cultural Cleansing with Chinese Characteristics?

In the remote northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, China authorities are certainly being exhaustive in their attempts to stem a spike in the long-running activity of Islamic militants. Recent attempts have involved the use of drones employed to locate, capture and kill suspected Islamic militants in the region, as well as restrictions being placed on the practice of Islam and the wearing of beards and veils in public.

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The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

After the end of the Cold War, Ukraine and the Soviet Union’s former Warsaw Pact neighbors agreed to remove some of their security apparatus in order to maintain stability in the region.

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Russia Unhinged? Why the World’s Leaders Must Take a Stand

Russia Unhinged? Why the World’s Leaders Must Take a Stand

Neither Russia’s violation of its international legal obligations nor its institutional blockade of the U.N. Security Council can possibly be in the interest of the other U.N. member states, least of all in the interest of the less mighty among them. Hence, when the world’s leaders gather for this year’s opening of the United Nations’ 69th General Assembly they would be well-advised to address this dual attack on the foundations of global governance.

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Chinese Autonomous Province May Seek to Limit Uighur Births

Chinese Autonomous Province May Seek to Limit Uighur Births

Authorities in the violence-prone Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China are sparing no measure in their crackdown on existing terrorists, and through a recently proposed policy, may even be trying to stem the birth of future terrorists. After a series of anti-terrorism efforts have repeatedly failed to stem the ongoing violence, a recent article in the party political theory journal Qiushi suggests Xinjiang may soon adopt limits on the ability of ethnic groups to bear children.

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Palestinian Authority Indirectly Uses American Money to Fund Terrorism

Palestinian Authority Indirectly Uses American Money to Fund Terrorism

The Palestinian Authority has officially distanced itself from funding the salaries of Palestinian terrorists. But in reality, nothing has really changed. The PA will transfer American and European money to the PLO, who in turn will pay the salaries of Palestinian terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

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Why Russia Intervenes

Why Russia Intervenes

Far from being an anomalous event, Russia’s coercive military pressure on Ukraine in the aftermath of the Maidan revolution is typical of the way great powers, including the United States, have behaved in the past.

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The Russia-Ukraine conflict: lessons for Europeans

The Russia-Ukraine conflict: lessons for Europeans

The current Russian-Ukrainian conflict is a game changer for European security. The entire European security architecture has trembled as the eastern flank of the continent has been destabilized. From a European perspective, four fundamental lessons-learned can already be drawn.

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2014 NATO Summit: ‘Crucial’ to Say the Least

2014 NATO Summit: ‘Crucial’ to Say the Least

As the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convene in Wales for a two-day conference, the world watches how the most important and powerful joint-military and political alliance will handle the myriad of problems it must face in many corners …

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Big Brother v. Big Bang

Big Brother v. Big Bang

On Jan. 5, 1930 Mao Zedong wrote the essay, “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire.” Yet over 80 years later, the phrase still rings true in today’s fragile and fractured China. One such recent example, although not nearly as serious in scale to what Mao was contemplating, occurred …

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Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Germany and U.S. Intelligence: Spies, Culture, and Politics

Recent revelations about espionage could have a lasting impact on U.S.-German relations. If they do, the mechanism will probably be through Germany’s domestic politics. Despite being close allies, neither country seems to understand the other side’s perspective on the issue.

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When a Revolution is Undemocratic

When a Revolution is Undemocratic

It’s been said that “every country has an army, Pakistan’s Army has a country.” It’s a young republic at 67 years old, but it’s formidable military has never shied from seizing political power. Having spent several decades under martial law, last year’s elections were welcomed as ushering a new era …

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Hezbollah’s War against ISIS

Despite Hezbollah’s radical Islamist ideology, they are opposed to ISIS and are working with local Christians within Lebanon to fight a war against the Sunni extremist terror group. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, is Shia, while ISIS is Sunni.
Hezbollah, despite its radical Islamist ideology, considers ISIS to be …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (August 23-29)

The FPA’s Must Reads (August 23-29)

Our five favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week!

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A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

As the summer of blood and gore in the Middle East continues to demand American foreign policy attention, a looming catastrophe in Afghanistan has developed outside of the headlines, but now threatens to undermine everything the United States has attempted to achieve there.

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