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Independent election commission of Afghanistan

Two cheers for John Kerry and the Afghanistan Presidential standoff deal

Two cheers for John Kerry and the Afghanistan Presidential standoff deal

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014—Afghanistan’s election officials say that they will complete a nationwide ballot audit within a few weeks. Don’t hold your breath. Today marks the day that the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan was supposed to have certified the winner of the runoff election and declared a winner. Things didn’t go as planned,


Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2014 — The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians was the spark that ignited the latest round of missile and air strikes between Israel and Hamas. That led to the latest Israeli Defense Forces incursion into the Gaza Strip. The phrase “cycle of violence” is often used to describe the


The ‘Dr. Phil’ argument for Israel taking back Gaza

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel July 20, 2014 — In case you have been living under a rock lately, Israel, reacting after the kidnapping and murder of three young boys by Hamas terrorists on their way home from school and subsequent continuous rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip from both Hamas and Fatah affiliated terrorist networks, has

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Israel summer camp: Beach-storming terrorists, explosive road trips and other fun activities

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 — What are you doing this summer? As I sit in the sunny Los Angeles house that I grew up in, visiting from Israel due to a death in the family, it has become abundantly clear to me that Americans know how to enjoy their summer. So as Israel, America’s