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The Chapel Hill Shooting Was Anything but a Dispute Over Parking

Too many people are giving the shooter the benefit of the doubt.

Company Sells Pork-Laced Bullets Designed To Send Muslims To Hell

An Idaho-based company enraged by Muslims has come up with a way to stop them: pork-laced bullets. Their plan is simple: shoot a Muslim and deny them Paradise.

New Atheists Are Muslim Bashers, Not Rational Thinkers

Celebrity atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins claim their fiery brand of atheism abbhors all religions. Their supporters have been duped.
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Who Won the Presidential Debate: Obama

Follow the last presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney LIVE. Here, I'll blog the happenings as the two candidates duke it out over foreign policy.
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9 11 Anniversary 2012: We Should Not Tout the Death of Osama Bin Laden

Touting the death of Osama bin Laden is not the right way to honor the men and women who died on 9/11.
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Bin Laden Anniversary: Make No Mistake, Al Qaeda is Defeated

On the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death, the story of his once-prominent terrorist group has fizzled out like a bad batch of sparklers.

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It's Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

There is no honor in overstaying a welcome. Eleven long years, billions of dollars, and un-ending blunders in the Graveyard of Empires means that it is time for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan.
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The Arab Spring One Year Later: A Story of Progress

One year later, much has been accomplished in the Middle East. Naysayers and skeptics who want a quick fix often overlook seismic shifts that have, slowly, paved the path for a more open society.
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After Saudi Arabia Executes Woman "Sorcerer," U.S. Needs to Get Tough On Riyadh

In the wake of the Arab Spring, where calls for political freedoms, and democracy, have reset longstanding political systems, it's time for Saudi Arabia to abandon barbarism and get on board.
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On the Run or On the Rise? Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden

Despite claims that Al-Qaeda is dying out, bin Laden's death and the subsequent diffusion of the group across the globe may have produced a more potent, borderless enemy.
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Cash-Strapped Al-Qaeda Digs Into North African Pockets

With an operating budget of just "thousands of dollars," Al-Qaeda has turned to kidnappings and ransom in North Africa for funding.

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With Zawahiri in Charge, Al-Qaeda Turns to North Africa

Under new leadership, Al-Qaeda will turn its attention to North Africa, where revolutionary instability has created a timely opportunity to spread its mandate through regional offshoots.
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Oil and the Continuation of the Iraq War

As U.S. and Iraqi policymakers backtrack on the proposed deadline for the exit of American troops, revelations of big oil profits indicate why.
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On Libya, Get Gaddafi or Get Out

NATO's decision to intervene in Libya has still not produced effective results. If NATO is serious about solving the crisis, it's time to go after Gaddafi.
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On Bin Laden's Death, Hold Your Applause

The death of Osama bin Laden may only be a symbolic end to an era, and will likely do little to curb the multi-headed hydra Al-Qaeda has become.
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The Big Flirt: Egypt and Iran in the Spotlight

Iran and Egypt seem to be rekindling their political relationship. Western observers must wonder if this fling will flame out or if this is lasting.

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Lean vs. Hughes: U.S. Drone Program is Counter to Foreign Policy Goals

U.S. drone strikes are hardly clinical operations, often killing civilians as well as alleged militants. More so, the ineffectiveness of drones has created a political backlash in Pakistan.
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Lean vs. Orr: Schumer's Gun Control Bill Is Right on Target

Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D - NY) legislation to restrict who can legally purchase guns is exactly the kind of reform needed to help ensure firearms are kept away from drug users and criminals.
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UPDATE: Exclusive Interview with Libyan Refugees

Contributing Writer Nathan Lean speaks with a Libyan refugee who tells a the horrific story of what has happened to her family in Libya and pleads for international military intervention.
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Exclusive Interview With Libyan Refugees (Part III)

In his third exclusive interview, Contributing Writer Nathan Lean caught up with a Libyan man who escaped to London, told his story, and sketched out a future for violence-stricken Libya.