August 27, 2014
The meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus on Tuesday presented a very small potential opening to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, but no immediate breakthrough is likely.
No Breakthrough Likely From Ukrainian, Russian Talks
A Ukrainian soldier flexes his muscles as government troops roll back rebels from Donetsk. (Getty Images)
Gaza War Opens Politicized UN Relief Efforts to Global Scrutiny
August 5, 2014
The current fighting in Gaza has cast an international spotlight on the controversial work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Critics call UNRWA a pawn of terrorists, while defenders claim they are doing their best to reform the agency and cooperate with Israel.

Israel Seeks End to Gaza Conflict But Warns: ‘We Will Not Leave’
August 5, 2014

Frustrated with repeated Hamas cease-fire violations and under increased international pressure to end hostilities in Gaza because of the rising Palestinian death toll, Israeli officials are looking for a way to end the conflict that also stops Hamas rocket fire against Israeli civilian targets. Given the failure of negotiations and high levels of distrust, Israeli officials may be considering a unilateral truce like the one it declared after the 2009 Gaza conflict.

Gaza Conflict Spurs Broad Arab Support for Israel
August 4, 2014
Increasingly isolated in the rapidly changing Middle East, Hamas counted on a new war with Israel as the best path to its political survival. But despite its momentary leadership of the anti-Israel cause, Palestinian extremists in the Gaza Strip have unexpectedly sparked an emerging power shift in the region.
Five Lies in Controversy Over CIA ‘Spying’ on Congress
August 4, 2014
by Fred Fleitz

CIA Director John Brennan’s apology last week for monitoring computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members for an investigation of the Bush-era enhanced-interrogation program has fueled new criticism that U.S. intelligence agencies are out of control. There has been a feeding frenzy over the last few days by the news media and some politicians accusing the CIA of unprecedented constitutional violations and undermining congressional oversight of intelligence by spying on the legislative branch of government. This story is more complicated than the American people are being told.
The Smarter Investor Shreds His Irrational Fear of Loss
August 4, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

More than 30 years ago, two behavioral scientists blew a massive hole in conventional beliefs about rational human reaction in the face of risk and uncertainty. By conducting simple experiments, they discovered that individuals had inconsistent preferences regarding potential gains and losses on investments. Remarkably, although this result is well-documented in the study, human behavior has not adapted. The profit opportunity remains.

US Court Sees North Korea-Iran-Hezbollah Terrorist Link
August 1, 2014
Israeli victims of rocket attacks won an important legal victory in federal court last week, when a U.S. District Court judge found Iran and North Korea liable for damage caused by Hezbollah strikes on Israel in 2006.
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