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F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

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George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

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If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Some Facts for the Immigration Crisis Discussion

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NBC Bay Area has a pretty good run down of the situation here:  Kids Crossing the Border: What to Know About the Immigration Crisis. A key fact that is useful in trying to determine whether the simplistic narrative that is all about Obama administration policies on immigration or not is the following: Migrant children aren’t […]

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

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Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

Italian Appeals Court Overturns Berlusconi Conviction On Underage Sex Charges

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his June 2013 conviction on underage sex charges overturned by an Italian appeals court: ROME — An appeals court in Milan on Friday overturned the conviction of the former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, for paying for sex with a minor, and revoked his seven-year prison sentence […]

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

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Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

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The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease Fire Deal Israel Had Accepted

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An effort yesterday to bring about a cease fire in Gaza came to naught when Hamas rejected the proposal.

There Is No Such Thing as Europe

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The English-speaking and Scandinavian countries are very different.

Afghans Agree To Changes In Government In Deal To Resolve Election Dispute

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The various factions in Afghanistan have agreed, at least in principle, to alter the nation’s government as part of a deal to resolve election disputes.

Sending Europe Mixed Messages

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My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

North Korea Is Telling Its Citizens That Their Team Is In The World Cup Final

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North Korea is telling its people that their men’s national team is in the World Cup Final: We’ve known for a long time now that supreme leader Kim Jong-un controls the flow of information to his people, with the television channels only reporting positive stuff about the country. But in a report posted on YouTube, […]

Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales in Uruguay

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Via the BBC:  Uruguay legal cannabis sale delayed to next year, says president Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has said the start of legal cannabis sales will be delayed until next year due to "practical difficulties". Sales in state-owned pharmacies were due to begin as early as November. Under the new law the following will be […]

Tally me Banana?

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Via the BBC:  Cocaine valued at £25m found in banana delivery Cocaine with an estimated street value of £25m has been found hidden in a consignment of bananas from Colombia. Scotland Yard said 150kg of the drug was found packed into plastic bananas following an "intelligence-led" operation. Day-o, indeed.

It Looks Like Nouri Al-Maliki Has Lost The Kurds, Assuming He Ever Had Them

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Iraq continues to fall apart.

Vladmir Putin Looks To Be Throwing The ‘Pro-Russian’ Ukrainian Separatists Under The Bus

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In the end, the separatists in eastern Ukraine have always been expendable as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned.

Implementation Of Europe’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ About As Absurd As You’d Expect

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Judging by the early results, the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten” recently created by Europe’s highest court is creating more problems than it will solve.

Yes, We Spy On Germany. Big Deal.

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There’s a new round of allegations about American spying on Germany.

Israel Intensifies Attacks On Gaza, Hints At Ground Invasion

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Things look to be going from bad to worse in Gaza.

Institutional Design and Governance

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A piece at Foreign Policy provides a chance to give some thought to institutions.

Barriers to US-Europe Trade Deal Remain

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A US-EU free trade zone is a no-brainer. But the devil is in the details.

Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader To Life In Prison

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The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian Court: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Badie, was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence in street protests last year, an Egyptian television channel reported. Egypt’s ONTV reported that the presiding judge, Hassan Farid, said […]

Ukrainians Score Big Victory Over Separatists

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Ukrainian forces have recaptured the city of Slovyansk from pro-Russian separatists.

Russia Blocking ‘House Of Cards’ From Filming In Security Council Chamber

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The producers of Netflix’s House of Cards are trying to get permission from the United Nations to film in the chamber of the U.N. Security Chamber as they film their third season, but Russia appears to be blocking them: Russia just made a decision that most pay a heavy price for: The Kremlin said “no” to […]

Japan Relaxes Constitutional Bar Limiting Military To Self-Defense

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Nearly seventy years after the end of World War Two, Japan has approved a change to its Constitution that was imposed in the post-war era largely to prevent the rise of a militaristic Japan: Japan’s cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from […]

Well, So Much For That Unity Government In Iraq

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At least for now, it doesn’t appear that efforts to form a unity government in Iraq are going anywhere: BAGHDAD — Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of the Iraqi Parliament on Tuesday, imperiling efforts to form a new government in the face of a bitter offensive by Sunni militants. After the […]

Heavy Fighting Returns To Eastern Ukraine

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The cease fire called by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is officially over: MOSCOW — Heavy fighting resumed in eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, including artillery shelling around the rebel-controlled city of Slovyansk, shortly after President Petro O. Poroshenko declared an end to a 10-day cease-fire and ordered government forces to renew their effort to squash the […]

Israel Hits Hamas In Response To Discovery Of Dead Teenagers

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Not surprisingly, the discovery late yesterday of the bodies of three dead teenagers, one of whom holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, has lead to retaliation against Hamas: The Israeli air force has launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip, hours after the bodies of three settlers were found in the occupied […]

The Return Of Ahmad Chalabi?

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With the political future of Iraq in the balance, an old name with a tarnished past is reemerging:  BAGHDAD — He took millions of dollars from the C.I.A., founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a bill of goods on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. […]

Germany Lowers Retirement Age

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How long should we expect people to work?

Sarajevo and Europe, 100 Years Later

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A century later, the shots fired in Sarajevo 100 years ago still echo.

Ukraine Signs Trade Deal With Europe

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the trade deal with Europe that his predecessor rejected, setting off a series of protests that led to him being deposed as well as a crisis in eastern Ukraine that continues to unfold: BRUSSELS — Seven months after Ukraine’s former president Viktor F. Yanukovych rejected a sweeping trade deal […]

Another Capo Caught

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Via the BBC:  Mexican Tijuana cartel boss Sanchez Arellano ‘captured’ The Mexican army says it has captured the leader of the once-powerful Tijuana cartel, Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano. In the 1990s, the cartel controlled much of the drugs flow from the northern Mexican city of Tijuana to the United States. But it was dealt a […]

The Queen Plays the Game of Thrones

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Via the BBC: Queen and Prince Philip visit Game of Thrones film set. The trip is part of a three day visit to Northern Ireland. I find this photo quite amusing:

Solar Power in Germany

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Via the Local:  Germany produces half of energy with solar Analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed solar panels in Germany generated a record 24.24 GW of electricity between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, June 6th. And on Monday June 9th, which was a national holiday, solar power production peaked at 23.1 GW, which […]

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison

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In yet another sign of just what the future of Egypt is likely to look like, three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to prison for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt. […]

Is The Next Crimea In Northern Kazakhstan?

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While the world watches Ukraine, Central Asia could also be an area where Russia may seek to expand its territory.

U.S. Accuses Russia Of Arming Separatists

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The Obama Administration is accusing the Russians of continuing the arm pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine despite previous claims by Moscow that they were not doing so: WASHINGTON — On a day that the Ukrainian government announced .a unilateral cease-fire in its battle with separatists in the country’s east, the Obama administration raised the stakes […]

Former CNN Reporter to Become Queen of Spain

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Seeing the tweet “Former CNN reporter to become Queen of Spain” from CNN, I was intrigued. Naturally, I wondered which CNN reporter. It turns out that Letizia, Princess of Asturias, who becomes queen tomorrow, is the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Never heard of her? Me either. She didn’t actually report for CNN proper but rather something […]

Rumors Of A Ukrainian Cease Fire

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The Presidents of Russia and Ukraine are apparently talking about a cease fire in Eastern Ukraine: MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, discussed a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the deaths of two Russian journalists there in a late night telephone conversation, the Kremlin said. The conversation “touched on […]

Maliki Responding To Iraq Crisis In Worst Possible Way

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Iraq’s Prime Minister seems to be responding to the uprising in his country in a way guaranteed to make it worse.

U.S. Moves To Evacuate Some Embassy Personnel From Baghdad

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The United States plans to evacuate some personnel from the massive, sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: ERBIL, Iraq — The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced […]

Meanwhile, In Ukraine

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While the world’s attention is focused on Iraq, the situation in eastern Ukraine continues to slowly deteriorate, with the United States yesterday accusing the Russians of sending tanks to the separatists: DONETSK, Ukraine — The State Department said Friday that Russia had sent tanks and other heavy weapons to separatists in Ukraine, supporting accusations Thursday by the […]

The End of History, Continued

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Twenty-five years after his seminal “End of History” article, Francis Fukuyama reflects on its legacy.

Insurgents Continue Advance Toward Baghdad

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It’s sure beginning to look like a civil war in Iraq, albeit a rather one sided one at the moment.

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