Posts by Jonathan Levin  (Page 4)
 

France’s Jewish Problems Are Not New

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Posted by    Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:00pm 12/31/2015 at 1:00pm

This week’s release of a trove of documents from the Vichy era are a reminder of anti-Semitism’s long history in France, even as France’s Jews increasingly flee to Israel.

NPR reports:

The documents, which were previously only partially accessible to researchers, will make “information such as the activities of the special police, who...

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BDS’s Economic Impact Isn’t The Point

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00am 12/30/2015 at 10:00am

A recent article from Adrienne Yaron has an important kernel of truth surrounded by a myriad of analytical errors and false conclusions.  The central point that BDS is a cover for defamation of Israel and development of a critical mass of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred on false pretenses is sound.  The...

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Russia’s Reborn Navy Contributing In Syria

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 1:30pm 12/29/2015 at 1:30pm

Russia’s Navy is growing and playing a greater role is Russia’s aggressive foreign policy posture for the first time in two generations, and the US seems – still – unprepared and unwilling to push back.

Russia’s military capacity has been severely limited since the end of the Cold War.  It’s most noteworthy...

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New York Considering Strongest Anti-BDS Law in the U.S.

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Posted by    Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00am 12/28/2015 at 10:00am

Proponents of the Boycott, Divest & Sanction (“BDS”) campaign are faced with growing legislative opposition.  In the US, New York is poised to become the third state to enact binding anti-BDS legislation.  In Britain, new rules will essentially prohibit BDS in local government altogether.

Proposed New York Law

The New York Senate...

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Media Bias Has Hollywood Rewriting History

http://www.datacenterjournal.com/ministry-truth-language-obamas-nsa-reform-speech/
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Posted by    Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 12:30pm 12/27/2015 at 12:30pm
http://www.datacenterjournal.com/ministry-truth-language-obamas-nsa-reform-speech/

The renewed attention on media bias since the Washington Post cartoon about Ted Cruz’s children reminded me of Kyle Smith’s December 14, 2015, review of Bridge of Lies in Commentary.

Smith writes that Hollywood loves “based on a true story” scripts for their emotional draw and their putative lessons about our society.  But...

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Falsely blaming Israel for Christianity’s collapse in Gaza and West Bank

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Posted by    Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 2:30pm 12/24/2015 at 2:30pm
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It’s a peculiar tradition.  As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, the media churns out articles blaming Israel for Christian struggles in the Holy Land.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Cliff May wrote about...

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Book Review: Lawless, by Prof. David Bernstein

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:15pm 12/23/2015 at 7:15pm

Professor David E. Bernstein has written a great last-minute Christmas present or belated Hanukkah gift.

Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on...

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Has the anti-Israel boycott movement peaked?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:30pm 12/22/2015 at 8:30pm

The Boycott, Divest & Sanction (“BDS”) movement and the broader campaign to delegitimize Israel has had a tough few weeks.  In academia and industry, the boycott campaign has been exposed as potentially discriminatory and unlawful, and yet another panel of experts has affirmed that Israel’s use of force against Hamas is...

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What If Spying On Social Media Could Save Lives?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA
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Posted by    Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:30am 12/21/2015 at 11:30am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA

Could cameras at immigration centers in airports and at the borders pick extremists out of the crowd?  Could software search social media to identify terrorists or for hints of upcoming attacks?

With terror organizations and terrorists using social media for recruitment and indoctrination it is worth revisiting such programs.

DARPA’s Total Information...

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Russia’s Focused Brutality Trumps US’s Gentle Touch In Syria

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Posted by    Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:45pm 12/17/2015 at 3:45pm

Russia’s policy of bloody deterrence and intimidation is reaping battlefield victories, and exposing US fecklessness in Syria.  President Obama has decided the risk of alienating the Syrian population and providing propaganda fodder for ISIS and other anti-Western organizations outweighs the benefits of a substantive military intervention, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’...

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Obama’s Lack Of Clarity On ISIS Confounds DOD And Critics Alike

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ray-odierno-destroy-boots-on-the-ground/2015/12/09/id/705150/
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Posted by    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 5:30pm 12/15/2015 at 5:30pm
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ray-odierno-destroy-boots-on-the-ground/2015/12/09/id/705150/

President Obama and the Defense Department are warning of the dangers of deploying ground troops to Syria without first answering whether ISIS can be defeated without them.

Critics say the status quo is not doing the job.  Max Boot wrote in the Wall Street Journal on December 8 that air power alone...

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Supreme Court Seems Poised To End Affirmative Action, But Watch For Procedural Dodge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RJSZWRWOSI
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Posted by    Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:45pm 12/11/2015 at 2:45pm
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Notwithstanding a modest consensus that affirmative action is doomed after Wednesday’s arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, there are hints the Court might delay a substantive decision, dissatisfying all parties.

For background on the case, see Legal Insurrection’s preview, here.  The full transcript of Wednesday’s oral arguments is here.

There...

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Obama Running Cover For Iran Missile Test Violations

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Posted by    Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10:00am 12/10/2015 at 10:00am

President Obama’s willful blindness toward Iran’s continued development of illicit weaponry is putting Americans and our allies in ever greater danger.  Obama’s superficial detente with Iran ignores its deceits, dissimulations, and resolve to obtain a nuclear capability.

In the latest instance, Obama is downplaying Iran’s November ballistic missile testU.N. Security Council...

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San Bernardino terrorists’ suspicious transactions raise issue of tightening federal reporting

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:30am 12/9/2015 at 8:30am

Emerging reports indicate Syed Farook made a series of questionable banking transactions in the weeks before he and his wife killed fourteen people in their terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

These transactions raise yet again the question of whether financial institutions could play a larger part in interdicting terrorists.  The transactions may have...

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Supreme Court preview: Will Affirmative Action survive?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:30pm 12/8/2015 at 7:30pm
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The United States Supreme Court will revisit affirmative action in public university admissions on Wednesday, when Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin returns to the high court for the second time.

As the Supreme Court previously explained, the University of Texas (“UT”) has a two-part admissions system.  First, under Texas’s statutory...

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Israel: We will prove the settlements are legal

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Posted by    Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:00pm 12/7/2015 at 6:00pm

After enduring decades of condemnation for “illegal” settlements in the West Bank, Israel is preparing a formal legal defense for general distribution.

The forthcoming report is being produced under the auspices of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and is expected to build upon a 2012 report by the Levy Commission that concluded...

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