Crime Pays for Somali Pirates – by Stephen Brown

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Al-Qaeda’s proxies step up terror war at sea.

Dave Barry’s year in review: 2009 – MiamiHerald.com

It was a year of Hope — at first in the sense of “I feel hopeful!” and later in the sense of “I hope this year ends soon!”It was also a year of Change, especially in Washington, where the tired old hacks of yesteryear finally yielded the reins of power to a group of fresh, […]

Battleground Yemen – by Ryan Mauro

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The War on Terror turns towards two insurgencies on the Arabian Peninsula.

Radical Imam Tied to Terror Plots Has Gone ‘Operational’ in Yemen – FOXNews.com

he radical Yemeni-based cleric connected to two violent plots in the U.S. has “gone operational,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News, suggesting Anwar al-Awlaki is becoming an increasingly significant figure in Arabian Peninsula terror networks. Al-Awlaki was thought to have been killed in an air strike by Yemeni forces last week, but that is […]

William McGurn: Obama Puts the Dis in Dissident – WSJ.com

Here’s a timely New Year’s resolution the president might do well to deliver to his National Security Council: “When it comes to nasty regimes that brutalize their people, we will never again forget that the most powerful weapon in a president’s arsenal is a White House photo-op.”The December headlines remind us that we have no […]

Jimmy Carter and the Politics of Apology – by Jacob Laksin

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The ex-president never meant to stigmatize Israel – except when he did.

Iranians’ Cry for Freedom – by Lisa Daftari

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Daring Iranians continue to take to the streets.

What My Daughter Taught Me About Compassion – by David Horowitz

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Sarah understood that changing the world meant starting with our relationship.

Sderot Celebrates Hanukkah – by Anav Silverman

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With Gaza rockets amidst small flickers of hope.

Jeffrey Goldberg: In Defense of Janet Napolitano – Atlantic

Yes, I know Napolitano said something exceedingly stupid yesterday (and has now retracted it) but here’s the problem with criticism of Napolitano — she’s been on the job for less than a year. The attacks of 9/11 took place more than eight years ago. For most of that period, it was the Bush Administration in […]