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Brexit: The Nation is Back!
By Yves Mamou

''How quickly the unthinkable became the irreversible''  writes  The Economist.  They are talking about Brexit, of course. The question of today is: Who could have imagined that British people were so tired of being members of The Club? The question of tomorrow is: What country will be next? (Full Story)

Belgium: Ground Zero for European Jihadis
The terrorist attacks on the airport and metro in Brussels are casting a spotlight, once again, on Belgium's role as a European haven for jihadists. (Full Story)
Hydrogen or Not, North Korea Conducted a Fourth Nuclear Test
By Ephraim Asculai  and Emily B. Landau
Ephraim AsculaiEmily B. Landau

The January 6, 2016 artificial earthquake in the northeastern region of North Korea was caused by a hydrogen bomb explosion, or so the official North Korean announcement claimed. Subsequent questions focused on whether North Korea’s claims were true – in this case, whether or not this was a hydrogen explosion, or even a boosted fission-based explosion. South Korea and the US lead the camp of skeptics, but whether hydrogen or not, this was still clearly North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. 

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Cologne, beneath the surface
By Abbas Goya, Marxist and political activist
The appalling sexual attacks in Cologne followed by Hamburg, Stuttgart, Kalmar, and Stockholm have become one of the critical points in the politics of the Europe, the outcome of which would act as a breakthrough for the extreme right and racists or the socialist left. The middle of the road politics does not have a solution. (Full Story)
Netanyahu in the US Congress: Did the Ends Justify the Means?
by Oded Eran

It is questionable whether the marginal effect that the Netanyahu speech may have on the current course of the negotiations with Iran justified the row, tension, and latest cracks in the personal relations between Obama and Netanyahu, as well as the danger of Israel becoming a political football in the US partisan rivalry between the Democratic and Republican Parties. (Full Story)

Members of Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! occupy the New York City office of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Protests in response to Israel’s assault on Gaza have drawn hundreds — and in some cases thousands — around the world. On Tuesday, members of Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! occupied the New York City office of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a nonprofit group that raises money in the United States to send to the Israeli military.

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The Annexation of Crimea: International Ramifications
By Zvi Magen, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Olena Bagno-Moldavsky

In a series of rather rapid moves, Russia, ignoring international criticism, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. The annexation began in early March with a non-violent military takeover, followed soon by a declaration of independence ostensibly initiated by the local population.  (Full Story)

Ukraine: An American-Russian Wrestling Arena
by Zvi Magen and Oded Eran

While President Obama has been challenged on a number of international fronts in the course of his five and a half years in office, the Russian invasion of the Crimean Peninsula presents perhaps the most difficult dilemma. According to his criteria and those of Secretary of State Kerry, this is a clear violation of both international agreements and the status quo in Europe, and challenges the credibility of the United States and NATO.  (Full Story)

Between Paralysis and Fatigue: The “Geneva 2” Negotiations on the Syrian Civil War
By Benedetta Berti

On January 22, 2014 representatives of the international community once again reconvened in Switzerland in an attempt to broker a negotiated agreement to end the bloody Syrian civil war. Since the last round of international talks in June 2012 (“Geneva 1”), the situation in Syria has deteriorated drastically. (Full Story)

Egyptians to the US: “We Hate You, but We Still Want Your Money”
By Orit Perlov

On October 9, 2013, the White House announced a partial suspension of military aid to Egypt, and stated that a resumption of aid was contingent on “credible progress toward an inclusive democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.” (Full Story)

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