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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Urges Greater Focus on North Korea

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Urges Greater Focus on North Korea

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued statements by High Commissioner Navi Pillay regarding the ongoing human rights crisis in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). While the system of oppression employed by the DPRK is manifest, it remains “one of the worst – but least understood and reported […]

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Likud Openly Trying to Kill the Two-State Solution

Likud Openly Trying to Kill the Two-State Solution

Anyone trying to justify that Likud sincerely wants two states for two peoples, Israel for the Jews and Palestine for the Palestinians, is lying through their teeth. Several senior Likud ministers who attended the Jerusalem conference “Application of Israeli Sovereignty of Judea and Samaria” on Tuesday night openly called for the annexation of the West […]

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Double-Edged Support

Double-Edged Support

Bill Kristol. Caroline Glick. Barry Rubin. Dennis Prager. Jennifer Rubin. Among many others. While not being names of terrorists dedicated solely to the destruction of Israel, these individuals could cause major damage to the Jewish state despite their every effort to protect that special relationship between the United States and its closest ally in the […]

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A Candid Discussion with Muhammad Sahimi

A Candid Discussion with Muhammad Sahimi

In 2012 Iran was one of the key topics in American presidential debates. Its nuclear program and foreign policy subjected the country to harsh U.S.-led international sanctions that have wreaked havoc on the Iranian economy, so far impacting mostly the lives of ordinary Iranians without a change in Iran’s strategic calculus. In March, the country […]

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Human Rights Watch Says Gaza Fighting Violated Rules of War

Human Rights Watch Says Gaza Fighting Violated Rules of War

NGO Human Rights Watch is saying that fighting on both sides of the November 2012 Gaza-Israel conflict violated the laws of war. In two different reports with data and information collected post-fighting, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that militants in Gaza targeted civilian, non-enemy combatants. They also say that Israel made unlawful attacks on Palestinian […]

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U.S. Interests in the Mideast–Forget Human Rights says Aaron David Miller, and Think Guns, Oil, and More Guns

U.S. Interests in the Mideast–Forget Human Rights says Aaron David Miller, and Think Guns, Oil, and More Guns

The Syrian rebels, or opposition, or the Syrian National Coalition (the name this motley assembly of Sunnis, Salafists, jihadists, and foreign insurgents) agreed to take on in Doha as a prerequisite for U.S. support (money PLUS guns), successfully launched a surface to air missile (SAM) about ten days ago, bringing down a Syrian government aircraft. […]

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The Shoddy Science of AP’s Iran Diagram

The Shoddy Science of AP’s Iran Diagram

On November 27 the Associated Press published a diagram it received from officials, “of a country critical of Iran’s atomic program.” It allegedly calculates the explosive force of a nuclear weapon, which the sources have labelled, “a key step in developing such arms.” It has been touted as proof of Iran’s nuclear aims and purportedly […]

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Israel Can Only Rely On Itself

Israel Can Only Rely On Itself

Alan Dershowitz made a profound statement Wednesday night at an event I attended in New York City. He said Israel could never rely on another country for its defense and security. He was, of course, talking about the situation with Iran and the United States. The last year and a half has been full of […]

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Reassessing the IDF’s ‘Defensive Pillar’ Social Media Campaign

Reassessing the IDF’s ‘Defensive Pillar’ Social Media Campaign

With the uneasy ceasefire in Gaza holding (for now), there is opportunity to reflect on the controversial and closely scrutinized Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) social media campaign which accompanied Operation Pillar of Defense. The IDF has used Twitter prolifically in the days since November 14th, when an Israeli airstrike killed senior Hamas military wing commander […]

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GailForce: Egypt/Israel/Palestine – Never Ending Crisis

GailForce:  Egypt/Israel/Palestine – Never Ending Crisis

  I have been off the blogosphere this month because of foreign travel and poor internet connectivity.  Ironically, two of the countries I visited were Egypt and Israel.  The current crisis broke out a couple of days after I returned home.  As I write this blog a ceasefire announced last week by Egyptian Foreign Minister […]

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War in the 21st Century

War in the 21st Century

Operation Pillar of Defense appears to be over, thanks to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. There have been flareups in the few days since the ceasefire was agreed upon, but for now it seems to be holding. There were significantly less Israeli and Palestinian casualties from this conflict then there were in the last full […]

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Israel’s Right to Defend Itself: Response to Ms. Vahidy’s Op-ed Piece

Israel’s Right to Defend Itself: Response to Ms. Vahidy’s Op-ed Piece

  Editor’s Note:  The following is a guest opinion piece by Roz Rothstein and Roberta P. Seid. Roz Rothstein  is the CEO of StandWithUs and Roberta P. Seid, PhD is Director of Research at StandWithUs. It is an op-ed response to Ms. Ayesha Vahidy’s recent op-ed piece.  _____________________________________________________________ Ms. Vahidy’s outrage should be with Hamas, not Israel.  […]

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Israel and the Right to Defend Itself

Israel and the Right to Defend Itself

Editor’s Note:  The following is a guest opinion piece by Ayesha Vahidy. Ms. Vahidy is currently working towards her Masters degree in International development at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She holds a BA in Political Science from York University in Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Vahidy works as a consultant in diversity at public […]

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Cease-fires and the Diplomatic Long Game

Cease-fires and the Diplomatic Long Game

Currently an attempt to maintain a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip is taking shape, with conditions based on the halt of rocket fire and artillery from both sides. An obvious conclusion to create a cease-fire is to stop shooting, but the roots of a cease-fire comes from a balance of diplomacy and the […]

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Gaza and the post-Arab Spring Order

Gaza and the post-Arab Spring Order

  Israel’s attack on Hamas in the Gaza Strip has not elicited a strong response from the Arab world. It is as if the Arab Spring has not yet brought an intense focus on one of the core issues of Arab politics, as many assumed it would. While Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi and his Tunisian […]

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