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The US Needs Plan B

by Shoshana Bryen
August 21, 2015 | The Washington Times

In an interview on CNN, President Obama eschewed the notion of "Plan B" in case the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran failed to pass Congress. "I don't plan to lose," he said.

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Looking Ahead at Middle East "Peace"

by Shoshana Bryen
August 18, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

The Obama Administration has made it clear that it will not pursue Israeli-Palestinian "peace talks" while the Iran deal remains fluid. But as the President heads into his last year in office, the "two state solution" apparently remains an important political aspiration. The Iran deal and the "peace process" are linked by concerns over Iranian behavior on the non-nuclear front, and concerns about American willingness to remain the sort of ally Israel has found it to be in the past.

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Enriching Iran

by Gabriel Scheinmann
August 17, 2015 | The Hill

As fate would have it, Congress could vote on the Iranian nuclear deal two years to the day that it was supposed to vote to authorize military strikes against Assad's Syria. A Russian-brokered dismantlement deal forestalled that vote, but, in the process, Assad's chemical arsenal had achieved its original purpose: it secured his survival by transforming him into a partner in his own self-dispossession. The nuclear deal will do for Iran what the chemical weapons deal did for Syria. By making Iran indispensable to its own nuclear limitation, Iran has fulfilled its original nuclear objectives: the West's acquiescence—and even facilitation—of its regional hegemonic ambitions. In return for temporary enrichment restraints, the deal fuels Iran's conventional capabilities and greases Iran's path to power.

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The Writing is on the Wall for the US Military in the Persian Gulf

by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
August 10, 2015 | American Thinker

The long U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt is likely drawing to a close. What once worked to assure stability in the region and keep the oil flowing will not work in the face of Iranian nuclear capability, and the administration is disinclined to rethink a workable strategy. The United States will likely reengage, but only when the resulting chaos spreads to our shores, as it surely will.

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Shoshana Bryen on Lisa Benson Radio

August 10, 2015 | Lisa Benson Radio

Lisa Benson interviewed Jerry Gordon and JPC Senior Director Shoshana Bryen on the reaction to the Iran deal, the President's American University Speech and his CNN interview with President Obama by Fareed Zakaria.

What Society Says When Children are Murdered

by Shoshana Bryen
August 5, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

It is almost ghoulish to compare the deaths of children in war. They were not responsible for the situation in which they found themselves, and they did not deserve their fate. In a healthy society, such deaths are mourned without regard for the children's nationality, or the politics and misdeeds of their parents.

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Kosovo and Serbia Sign New Accord

by Michael Johnson
August 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

With help from EU moderators, Serbian and Kosovar negotiators have reached a new agreement to help de-escalate tensions between the two Balkan states. Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and its northern neighbor hope further political and trade normalization could eventually lead to closer ties with the EU.

Anti-Government Protests Erupt in Beirut

by Michael Johnson
August 25, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Anti-government demonstrators filled the streets of central Beirut again on Tuesday night, continuing a series of turbulent protests that began over the weekend. The Lebanese army deployed troops to the capital city as clashes between security forces and rioters turned violent.

Music Festival Apologizes to Jewish Singer

by Michael Johnson
August 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash music festival apologized Wednesday for canceling a performance by Matisyahu. Leaders of the reggae concert series in Spain faced international criticism for banning the Jewish singer, a decision they made following pressure from pro-Palestinian activists.

Libya's PM Announces Resignation

by Michael Johnson
August 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

The leader of Libya's internationally recognized government announced he would step down on Tuesday night following criticism that he is unable to provide security and basic services. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni also faces prolonged political infighting amid Libya's a civil war.

Islamic State Affiliate Takes Hostage in Sinai

by Adam Goldstein
August 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Terrorists with links to Islamic State released a video Wednesday, threatening to behead a captured Croatian, Tomislav Salopek, unless their demands are met. The video is one of many released by the Sinai Province of Islamic State, as the group has targeted Western civilians as well as local security forces over the past several years.

Tehran Ramps Up Anti-West Rhetoric After Nuclear Deal

by Adam Goldstein and Michael Johnson
August 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Just weeks after the "historic" nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries, leaders in the Islamic Republic have launched a worrisome new campaign based on vicious anti-Western, anti-Israel rhetoric. On Saturday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a book titled Palestine, which details how Iran plans to destroy Israel. The book, along with a series of inflammatory tweets and anti-Western protests in recent days, shows that Iran continues to be a threat to regional stability and plans on sponsoring terrorism.

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