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Allies and Adversaries in the Middle East

September 29, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

Who are we at war with in the Middle East?

At first glance, this seems like a straightforward question with an obvious answer. We are at war with the Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria. Moreover, "war" is the exact descriptor to use, now that the Obama administration has gotten over its initial reluctance to portray the clash in this part of the Middle East with such a stark and unmistakable word.

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Scottish nationalism, Zionism have their differences

September 24, 2014  •  JNS/Cleveland Jewish News

I will confess that, over the last week, I felt more anxious than I'd anticipated about the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum. In case it's not clear why, I'm a British citizen who has lived in the United States for the past decade.

Over that period, as with many arrivals to these shores, my attention has been consumed far more by domestic issues here, just as my concern with the finer details of politics in my native land has faded. Yet the spectacle of Scots voting on whether to leave the United Kingdom stirred something in me.

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Will Oil Make or Break the Islamic State?

September 18, 2014  •  Gatestone Institute

America's failure to achieve energy independence over the last 30 years has resulted in exponential oil price increases that have hurt our nation. Trillions of dollars have left, and billions more continue to leave our economy to purchase oil from countries that seek our destruction, and to support madrassas [Islamic religious schools] that teach new Muslim generations how to hate -- and worse.

Now, with the self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State [IS] having captured key oil wells in the Middle East this year, foreign oil has become an even more lethal financial weapon-of-choice for those seeking to destroy democracy and further escalate the War on Terror.

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The Danger of Depending on Turkey

September 16, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

Here's the good news: the Obama administration has finally grasped that the onslaught of the Islamic State terror group through Iraq and Syria needs to be defeated and destroyed. Sixty-one percent of Americans, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, agree with the president. At a time when much of the world believes, not unreasonably, that America is in retreat, the administration's willingness to pursue military options and its almost George W. Bush-esque rhetoric regarding the "evil" of Islamic State, as Secretary of State John Kerry put it, is most welcome.

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I'd rather George Galloway was in prison

September 4, 2014  •  Jewish News UK

Ask a foreigner to name a British parliamentarian. Assuming they are able to provide an answer, there's a high chance, especially if that person is a Jew or a Muslim, that the name on their lips will be that of George Galloway.

The 60-year-old Galloway has been a fixture of the British House of Commons since 1987. In that time, he has represented a variety of constituencies, beginning in the Scottish city of Glasgow and currently representing a section of Bradford, a heavily Muslim city in the north of England.

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