Daniel Bender
Daniel Bender
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Taksim Square Protests: Turkey Might Finally Become a True Democracy

Civil unrest across Turkey could create an opening for greater democratization in the country.

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Conservative Victory Project Super PAC By Karl Rove Could Be the Start Of a GOP Civil War

The Republican Party is on the brink of all-out civil war, illustrated in the dueling State of the Union rebuttals by Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, and Karl Rove's recent anti-Tea Party super PAC.
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5 Things Obama Can Learn From Bush as He Preps For SOTU 2013

Obama will give his upcoming SOTU address on February 12. And if President Bush's experience is any indication, the policy plan Obama will outline in this speech will make or break his legacy.
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5 Ways Obama Tries to Work With Republicans and is Rejected

To President Obama’s critics, he will never bring about the era of bipartisan cooperation that he campaigned on in 2008, but the facts prove otherwise.
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Israel Election Paints a Bleak Picture For Progressives

It looks like Israel's hawks will win out, yet again, following elections on January 22.
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5 Huge Lessons as the Middle East Spirals

Over the past two weeks, there have been a few key developments in the Middle East that have altered the landscape in several intriguing ways. Here are five of them.

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UN Palestine Membership: Why Palestinians Are Giving Up A Lot to Be Recognized at the UN

Achieving UN “non-member state” status will not make it any more acceptable to launch rockets across the border into Israel. It will not legitimize infiltrating Israel with trained bombers.
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War in Israel: Why Israel Should Not Invade Gaza

Israel was fully within its right to assassinate Ahmed al-Jabari, but a ground assault on Gaza would be a terrible miscalculation. Here's the reason why.
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Who Won the Presidential Debate Tonight: A Look at Which Candidate Had the Best Global Strategy

Winning or losing the final Presidential debate is a useless measure of success. We must look at the candidates' words and decide which plan will be better for our country for the next four years
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Who Won the Debate: Obama Presents Better Path for American Success

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square-off in an epic foreign policy debate to decide the election. The candidate showdown begins at 9 pm EST.
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Who Won the Presidential Debate: On Israel, Mitt Romney Loses

Americans should select a president who puts their interests above those of a controversial Israeli prime minister, not the other way around.

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Third Presidential Debate: On Foreign Policy, Romney has a Serious Syria Problem

Mitt Romney's plan of arming Syria's rebels would prove disastrous for Israel and U.S. foreign policy.
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Obama vs Romney: Coal Miners Should Not Support Mitt Romney, and Here is Why

Mitt Romney is grossly out of touch with the average coal miner, his energy plan is dangerously erratic, and his new line of attack against President Obama exposes both of these truths.
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Paul Ryan and Conservative Catholics Use Faith to Defend Their Political Agendas

Conservative Cafeteria Catholics are just as real as their liberal counterparts, but their hypocrisy is growing more dangerous to our civil liberties by the day.
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Israeli Settlements in West Bank Will Not Derail Israel-Palestine Peace Process

While Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank is disconcerting, the settlements themselves should not be the reason to deny the opportunity to discuss peace.
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As Assad Kills His Own People, 5 Reasons Why Turkey Must Protect the Free Syrian Army

The time is ripe for Turkey to create a "safe haven" for the Free Syrian Army and its supporters.

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Israel's Torch: Shedding Light on Turkey's Armenian Genocide

Israel should recognize the Armenian genocide, and the U.S. should do the same. This will only help Turkey in the long-term.
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The EU's Culture War With Turkey

The EU recognizes the military, economic, and diplomatic benefits of an integrated Turkey, but detests what it views as cultural and demographic drawbacks
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Lessons to Keep Egyptian Democracy Afloat

In order for Egyptian democracy to survive, it must separate Islamic pressures from the secular state.
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Chevy Volt + $1 Gas Tax Will Solve Energy, Deficit

Raising the gas tax could be just what America needs to shift towards green technologies and lift the country out of the recession.