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15-year-old Ahed Tamimi denied visa by State Dept for US speaking tour

Richard Edmondson reports on his Fig Tree blog: Ahed Tamimi was slated to be part of the No Child Behind Bars/Living Resistance speaking tour that is to tour the US beginning on January 15, 2017, but according to an email sent out yesterday by the Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), she has been denied a visa to enter the country.

Pamela Anderson Would ‘Gladly Have a Russian Passport’

Baywatch star and animal rights' activist Pamela Anderson has announced she would “gladly have a Russian passport” at a panel in Moscow held by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). During the panel, which was broadcast by...Show More Summary

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

Christopher A. Preble Security, Asia The nation's interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning...Show More Summary

Two-thirds of Palestinians believe Palestinian state is no longer possible

The share of Palestinians who have lost faith in possibility of a Palestinian state rose from 56 percent in September to 65 percent now, probably due to an acceleration of settlement activity, said the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey research.

Theresa May adopts a definition of anti-Semitism that demonizes Israel’s critics

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK is formally adopting a definition of anti-Semitism agreed to earlier this year by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Many of the definitions would bar criticisms of Israel that even Jewish Israeli critics have made, like likening Israeli conduct to that of Nazis.

As Aleppo Burns, We Cannot Stand Idly By

A few months ago, I wrote about Syria that "as bad as the situation is today from a humanitarian perspective, it could get even worse." Now we have seen that terrible prediction come to pass, as pro-government forces bombard and wantonly...Show More Summary

Second Jerusalem Leaders Summit - Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | December 19, 2016

A High-Level Event with Leaders from Europe, India, Israel and the United States Elected members of the US Congress, members of the European Parliament, a distinguished delegation from India and leading figures from within Israel will participate in the second annual Jerusalem Leaders Summit at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem on December 19, 2016. Show More Summary

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Launches Presidential Bid

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has announced he will run for president of Russia in early 2018, less than a month since a ban on him standing for election was lifted. Navalny, widely regarded as one of the most influential critics ofShow More Summary

The U.S. Army's Radical Idea to Save Its Tanks from Enemy Missiles

Michael Peck Security, Think 'Captain America'-style shields. Remember that shield that Captain America uses? The one that deflect bullets? Well, the U.S. Army wants the same kind of shield. But not for the infantry. It's a shield for...Show More Summary

How Norway Is Building One of the World's Most Lethal Missiles (And It Could End Up on the F-35)

Kyle Mizokami Security, Europe The Naval Strike Missile is coming soon to America. The modern age of the missile at sea was arguably kicked off in October 1967, when the Israeli destroyer Eilat, sailing fourteen miles off the coast of Port Said, was ambushed by a pair of Osa-class guided missile boats. Show More Summary

Netherlands’ Wilders Attacks Court After Discrimination Verdict

The controversial anti-Islam politician calls into question the independence and very legitimacy of the courts.

Why U.S. Progressives Should Become Friends Of Taiwan

As a dual citizen of the United States and Taiwan, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the last few days contextualizing for my American friends the controversy behind Donald Trump’s recent call with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan. I...Show More Summary

After fire erupts in a settlement, Israeli army turns nearby Palestinian village into ‘a prison’

After a fire erupted in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, dozens of Palestinians have been detained in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham. And it has been blockaded by the Israeli army, “turning the lives of 1,600 into a prison,” locals told Ma‘an.

Austria's Presidential Elections And 'Common Decency'

The country I was born in and the country where I live -- Austria and the United States -- went to the polls in November and December to elect new heads of states respectively. Alexander van der Bellen, competing for a largely ceremonial...Show More Summary

This Viral Holiday Ad Might Leave You Blubbering

The tear-jerker Christmas ad of the year has arrived from Poland. The ad from auction website Allegro shows an elderly man using the site to search for "English." A package soon arrives on the man's doorstep with learning materials titled, "English for Beginners." We watch as the man slowly begins...

NATO, Nukes & Nazis: The Craziest World War III Game Ever Made

Michael Peck Security, Europe It’s as if the Battle of the Bulge met Desert Storm. It’s 1990, and the Third Reich lives. Ever since World War II ended with a compromise peace between Germany and the Allies, the Cold War has been waged between the Nazis and NATO. But the German economy has soured. Show More Summary

Understanding the Fidels of the World requires Empathy-based Nuance: Embrace and Teach It

This piece was originally published by ergo In 2006, during my junior year in high school, I had a research assignment in my honors Spanish class where I was tasked with writing about a topic of my choice involving Cuba. Since even then...Show More Summary

Story Behind Man Punching Kangaroo Is 'Intense'

Did a now-viral video of a man punching a kangaroo come out of Australia? Yes, of course. Should we be judging him for it? It depends on how you feel about dogs. The video, which has amassed more than 4.1 million views so far, was first Saturday posted on...

Obama would have overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state

Nearly 2/3 of Americans would not oppose establishment by UN of a Palestinian state, and Democratic numbers in support of Palestine are surging, with 60 percent supporting sanctions against Israel for settlements and 55 percent saying Israel has too much influence in U.S.

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