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American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:09pm
James Foley Journalist beheaded ISIS

ISIS has released a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog.

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How the media abetted Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:46am
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Yesterday the Washington Institute for Near East published Six Ways Hamas Hamas Could Limit Civilian Casualties in Gaza by Jeffrey White. All of White’s suggestions involve separating the combatants from civilians, but as White acknowledges, “… there is little chance the group will implement any of these measures.” And why would...

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Another biased anti-Israel U.N. investigative committee formed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:44am
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided that Israel’s self-defense needs to be investigated. (Note in the UN”s announcement the words “Hamas” and “rockets” are nowhere to be found.) After Operation Cast Lead the UNHRC picked a panel of four individuals, all of whom had prejudged Israel’s guilt. The...

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Can we “understand” evil?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:37pm
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ISIS is the embodiment of evil. But:

“We don’t understand real evil, organized evil very well,” said America’s former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, in an interview with The New York Times. “This is evil incarnate.”

“People like [Islamic State commander] Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a...

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ISIS and Yazidi: barbarism’s back, and how little we are doing about it

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:20am
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Post-9/11, I read a quip that went something like this: “I just realized what the problem is with the 21st century. We got the numbers mixed up. It’s not 2001, it’s 1200.”

In the ensuing years, barbarism and religious wars have made a strong comeback—not that they’d ever really...

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NY Mag claim that Hamas not involved in Israeli teens kidnapping falls apart some more

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:18pm
Kidnapped Israeli Teens

One of the enduring claims related to the Gaza war is that pushed by New York Magazine author Katie Zavadski in a viral article originally titled: “It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill 3 Israeli Teens After All (link goes to updated version, not original)(screenshot via Seth Frantzman):

That claim gave rise to the...

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About Second-Guessing Israel on Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the U.S. Ambassador to Israel “not to ever second guess me again” when it comes to Hamas, after Hamas’ refusal and eventual breach of ceasefire agreements.

Did he have a point?

The international community in its zeal to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians makes plenty...

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NY Mag viral story about Israel making up Hamas involvement in teen kidnapping falling apart

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 4:55pm
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Paul Hirschson from the Israeli Foreign Ministry discloses that the order to kidnap three Israeli teens, whose bodies were found in June, came from Hamas in Gaza:

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For Hamas ceasefires are just tactical

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:35am
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Last week’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas prompted a number of similarly themed observations.

Similar tweets appeared here and here and here and here.

What did Hamas...

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Gaza War: Flights resume to Ben-Gurion, more tunnel war and casualties (Live Updates)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:42am
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Live Video and Twitter feed at bottom of post

Five more Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past two days.

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9/11 Commission 10th Anniversary Report: “Islamist extremism … stronger than in the last decade”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:30pm
9:11 Commission

It has been ten years since the original 9/11 Commission released it’s report. The Commission has stayed together informally, but today released a anniversary report entitled “Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.”

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Did surface-to-air missile bring down Malaysian passenger Jet in Ukraine?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:41pm
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A flurry of media reports are reporting that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet has been shot down over Ukrainian airspace. The Boeing 777 carried 295 people and was “at altitude” (30,000 feet) according to the Interfax agency. All on board are said to have perished, according to Ukrainian sources.

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Updates on #Gaza: Israeli Commandos Attack Rocket Cache, more (#IsraelUnderFire)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 10:58am
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The Times of Israel sums up the casualties so far.

As of Saturday afternoon, the death toll in Gaza from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge had climbed to 127 people, after Israeli forces struck 60 targets overnight Friday and into Saturday; Israel had no breakdown on the proportion of civilian and combatant casualties....

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ISIS Captures Nuclear Material From Iraq

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3:45pm
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The breaking news via Twitter on Wednesday night was quite alarming.

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