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Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.
Mr. Dubowitz is an expert on sanctions and has testified before …
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) recently reported that Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi stressed in a TV interview on Al Awda TV that Hamas is no better than ISIS.
The Arab Spring could certainly be seen as having moved on to a dark winter as dictatorships re-established themselves and protestors were met with little support against those governments that took the option of brutality over negotiation.
Just two months before midterm elections, President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will pursue a military campaign in Iraq and Syria has lawmakers rethinking their midterm election efforts.
In his most recent flamboyant sign of making a clear break with the past, Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister, has taken the unexpected step of moving out of the Hungarian equivalent of the White House, choosing instead a not-too-shabby castle in the historical Buda Castle District, the former place of residence for Hungary’s kings of yore.
To look back at Tunisia’s long but successful transition, the constitution and examine challenges ahead as well as the future of Islamism, we sat down with Radwan A. Masmoudi, the Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.