Sderot Children Send New Year Messages to Gaza – by Anav Silverman

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Defiant Israelis declare “A New Decade for Hope and Peace.”

Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin – Times Online

Just when Denmark thought the worst was over, Islamic fury has come back to haunt it with an assassination attempt on the artist whose cartoon of the prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber had an explosive impact four years ago on the Muslim world.An axe-wielding Somali extremist broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard on […]

Iran’s Resurgent Revolution – by Ryan Mauro

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The death of dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri energizes the democratic opposition.

Sderot Celebrates Hanukkah – by Anav Silverman

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With Gaza rockets amidst small flickers of hope.

Religious Climate Rage – by Mark D. Tooley

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The religious Left rues capitalism’s survival in Copenhagen.

“Honor” Horror In England – by Stephen Brown

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Father convicted in 15-year old daughter’s disappearance ten years ago.

Andrew C. McCarthy: Gitmo Does Not Cause Terrorism – National Review Online

So we’re going to shut down the detention center at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay and move the 200-plus terrorists detained there to a seldom-used civilian correctional center in Thomson, Ill. And we’re doing it, the Obama administration and Sen. Dick Durbin assure us, not because they want to use federal money to […]

Karl Rove: The President Is No B+ – WSJ.com

Barack Obama has won a place in history with the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year: 49% approve and 46% disapprove of his job performance in the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll. There are many factors that explain it, including weakness abroad, an unprecedented spending binge at home, and making […]

China tells U.S.: No deal on climate change – POLITICO.com

COPENHAGEN — China’s climate negotiators have told Western counterparts they can’t agree to an “operational agreement” on climate change that President Barack Obama had hoped to bring home from Copenhagen –- and will push for a short, noncommittal collective statement at the end of the talks, according to American staffers briefed on the situation.It’s not […]

Ill. prison to get Gitmo detainees – AP

WASHINGTON – Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the White House plans to announce Tuesday that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo. via […]