OPEC and President Trump: His Tweets Don’t Matter

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by Thomas W. Lippman There are several possible explanations for the tweet President Trump sent out on Wednesday criticizing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the continuing rise in the price of oil. One is that he simply… Continue Reading  

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

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by Human Rights Watch Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10,… Continue Reading  

Trump and Bin Laden: Messaging Wizards

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by Emile Nakhleh Of the many critical factors that contributed to President-elect Trump’s victory none is more central than his messaging. His words, descriptions of his opponents, and pithy calls for political “jihad” among his army of believers are not… Continue Reading  

Flynn’s Twitter Account Follows Racists and Conspiracy Theorists

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by Eli Clifton National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has come under increasing fire. His personal Twitter account and his son’s promotion of Twitter-based conspiracy theories about Comet Pizza are prompting renewed scrutiny of President-elect Trump’s pick for… Continue Reading  

Bret Stephens’s Racist “Olfactory Element”

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by Eli Clifton Yesterday, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens attempted to denounce Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby’s refusal to shake hands with an Israeli opponent after losing his judo match at the Rio Olympics. Shehaby’s conduct violated both the… Continue Reading