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The death of Osama bin Laden.

New Charges Possible in Hezbollah TV Case

Two New York men accused of trying to broadcast Hezbollah propaganda via satellite television could soon face additional criminal charges that they also streamed the programming over the Internet.

U.S. Seeks Cleric Backing Jihad

“The combination of perfect English, having the proper religious credentials, and being a jihadi theorist makes him a very significant figure, both in terms of radicalizing people and perhaps even in an operational context,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, director of the Center for Terrorism...

The John Batchelor Show

The demise of Osama bin Laden and the pact between Hamas and Fatah.


Recent developments in Somalia

Harvard Students Advocate Divestment to Impede Iranian Nuclear Program

Jonathan Schanzer, the director of research for the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, believes that if gasoline prices rise for the middle class due to sanctions, it will force Tehran to decide between supporting its people or continuing to funnel money into its nuclear...

Laura Ingraham Show

Execution of Saddam Hussein

The Janet Parshall Show

The blind sheikh trial.

IRGC Cell Broken up in Kuwait

Tony Badran from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies reports in NOW Lebanon that Kuwaiti and Saudi officials have unearthed a group of Iranian agents allegedly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) living on Kuwaiti soil. In light of this recent security breach,...

Interview With a Chinese Ex-Vampire

Ethan Guttman has a fascinating piece in World Affairs Journal about China’s efforts to track and quash dissidents through computer surveillance. The centerpiece of the article is an interview with Hao Fengjun, a former Chinese government surveillance expert from the secret “6-10 Office” who...

Humanitarian Flotilla’ Tied to Terror Group

Jonathan Schanzer, author of the excellent book Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine, has a piece up at the Weekly Standard that’s going to make it hard to argue that the Israeli Defense Force attacked ‘peace activists’:

The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that...

The Rob Breckenridge Show

The Iraq Study Group

Rhetoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama

Heightened suspicion of and pressure upon American Muslims will be counterproductive. It will be far more effective to engage such communities as partners, taking seriously their concerns about civil liberties and avoiding demonization.21

21. Thanks to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for this...

In Focus: Turkey—Building Bridges

News Hub Web Show

The Pakistani Taliban.

Newsbeat with Blanquita Collum

Iran’s nuclear program

Aid Groups Worry US Aid to Gaza Won’t Clear Israeli Blockade

If this is the case, then why bother with the closures at all?  “It’s a conundrum,” says Jonathan Schanzer.  He is Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of Hamas vs Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine.  Schanzer says the point of the blockade is...

Patching Up Differences Vital for U.S.-Israeli Security and Politics, Experts Say

“There were still major sources of tension that had to be hashed out behind closed doors,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told “A lot has not been resolved, but this is a good first step.”

Schanzer, former...

Allman and Smash in the Morning

Myths of war.



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Tony Badran

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