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Fracking, U.S. Manufacturing, and Putin’s Crimea

Fracking, U.S. Manufacturing, and Putin’s Crimea

The Russian annexation of Crimea and the continued menacing of Ukraine has given rise to a rather surprising challenge. People are calling for the United States to step up the export of domestically produced oil and, especially, natural …

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Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams are expected to meet today with United States Special Envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to arrive at a formula for extending the talks past the April 29 deadline.
The meeting was delayed 24 hours, with media outlets reporting different reasons for the one-day postponement. Israeli officials would neither …

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Failure of Imagination – Rumsfeld’s interpretation of American foreign policy

Failure of Imagination – Rumsfeld’s interpretation of American foreign policy


Errol Morris’ latest documentary, the Unknown Known, about and starring Donald Rumsfeld offers a superb regard into the life of one of the most divisive American foreign policy makers. This is not only a picture about power, but also about truth, imagination, history and rational action. …

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Montana candidate’s campaign ad shoots down drones

Montana candidate’s campaign ad shoots down drones

The Colorado town of Deer Trail that made headlines months ago by proposing issuing hunting licenses to shoot down drones may have tossed out its “unique” anti-surveillance initiative in early April. However, Deer Trail’s rejection of “drone hunting” hasn’t stopped Montana state Senator and U.S. House …

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Erdogan stays in control – for now

Erdogan stays in control – for now

In September 2011, on the heels of the Arab Spring upheaval, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, visited Cairo. In the shadow of the chaos of the Arab Spring, he took the opportunity to point out that “the Turkish state is in its core a state of …

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Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

The journalist who broke the story of the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal believes that the al Nusra Front backed by Turkey, not Assad, was responsible for the chemical weapons attack last August. Numerous Turkish commentators disagree with his assessment.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who broke …

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Droning On

Droning On


U.S. use of armed drone strikes, principally to combat terrorism, has increased steadily in recent years. The defense and intelligence communities defend drones as effective anti-terrorism tools. They are accepted by some U.S. allies, and even public opinion in some measures, for the same reason. However, …

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Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Japanese fighter jet pilots are getting no rest these days. In a statement released Wednesday, the Japanese Defense Ministry revealed that Japanese fighter jets were scrambled against Chinese planes a record high 415 times during the year ending in March. That number is up 36 percent from a year earlier …

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Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Earlier this week, there was an attack on an Israeli military outpost outside of Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
It started with stones being thrown at the soldiers’ quarters. The site was then ravaged by hundreds of rioters. They slashed tents, destroyed a water tank, a heater, a …

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Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Lukas Birk is the author of Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom: Old and New World Visions of China, a book released in January 2014 that compiles images he took from diverse parts of contemporary China, using his father’s expired Polaroid films.

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The FPA’s Must Reads (April 5 – April 11)

The FPA’s Must Reads (April 5 – April 11)


What Happened to Canada?
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By Marianne Lenabat
Marianne Lenabat discusses the dramatic political reorientation that has taken place in recent years in Canada. As Canada’s left parties decline, its renown social services may begin to decline, and populist politics will set in.
Year of the Pigskin: My …

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Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would be willing to continue the current peace talks past the April 29 deadline on the condition that extended talks include the possibility of establishing a Jewish state with East Jerusalem as its future capital.
A senior member of the …

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Confronting Confrontation: Is the Isolation of Russia the Right Strategy?

Confronting Confrontation: Is the Isolation of Russia the Right Strategy?

In a New York Times op-ed last month entitled “Confronting Putin’s Russia,” Michael McFaul, the recently retired U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, channeled frustration over tensions in Crimea into a call for “isolating” Russia. His case, though passionate, appears to rely on some questionable assumptions and prescribes a rather shortsighted approach.
Taking Responsibility
McFaul …

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Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Despite losing an American friend to Palestinian terrorism and also almost getting murdered herself, Kay Wilson refuses to hate all Arabs merely because the Palestinian educational system teaches children to hate and some Palestinians decided to act on such hatred they were taught from birth.
Kay Wilson has lived a …

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Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong democracy activists gained a boost in Washington last week with a visit to the capital by Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Martin Lee and Anson Chan. Lee is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Chan is the former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong, …

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