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Talking Terrorism

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

American counter-terrorism officials are increasingly, and rightly, concerned about Americans joining groups like Al Qaeda. According to a Congressional Research Service report, between Sept. 11, 2001, and May 2009, authorities made arrests in 21 jihadi-related terrorism plots involving people radicalized in the United States. Between May 2009 and November 2010 there were 22 such plots, resulting in two attacks, including the 2009 one at Ft. Hood, Texas. Considering the numbers, it is unsurprising and appropriate that Rep. Peter T.

CIA Drones May Be Avoiding Pakistani Civilians | The Los Angeles Times

February 21, 2011

But the New America Foundation, which researches the drone program, estimates that as few as zero and as many as 18 civilians have been killed by US drones since the August hit. Overall, the level of noncombatant deaths dropped from 25% of the total in ...

Fundamental Moral Errors

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2011 |

Political fanaticism fosters moral relativism. That's the lesson we should all learn from the gruesome case of Shawna Forde, the Arizona anti-immigrant vigilante who was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors argued that Forde and two accomplices killed 29-year-old Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, in a botched robbery attempt meant to raise money to fund a splinter group of the anti-immigrant Minuteman movement.

What Are the Ties That Bind Us?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 14, 2011 |

Multiculturalism breeds terrorism. That's what British Prime Minister David Cameron said Feb. 5 in a high-profile speech in Germany, thereby opening up an absurd new chapter in the never-ending debate over how much to embrace, exalt and protect cultural differences in Britain and beyond.

Israelis Divided on How to Respond to Egypt Turmoil | The Los Angeles Times

February 11, 2011

... "They allowed themselves to go into denial," said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli Justice Ministry advisor who is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington. "Now they've got no strategy and their options just narrowed." ...

Seeing Ourselves in Cairo

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2011 |

The stunning live images out of Egypt last week had millions of Americans glued to their TVs and computer screens. Once again, cable TV news brought real-life, real-time history into our homes and offices. The narrative was irresistible, the suspense palpable and the stakes high. The Egyptian revolution was real reality TV at its best.

Book Reviews: 'The Longest War' and 'Osama Bin Laden' | The Los Angeles Times

February 2, 2011

... Peter L. Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, and Michael Scheuer spent three years in the late 1990s heading the CIA unit assigned to track Bin Laden. Their new books — "The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden," respectively — make useful contributions to our growing understanding of these issues, ...

The Cosmo Patriot

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2011 |

President Obama's resurrection of Cold War iconography in last week's State of the Union address — calling for a new "Sputnik moment" that would inspire American workers to "win the future" — sounded a lot like old-fashioned "America First" rhetoric and not so much like a leader in the new globalized world order.

Take that, Travel + Leisure

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
January 24, 2011 |

I demand a recount! Or a re-survey! Or some form of redress for the aspersions Travel + Leisure magazine has cast not only on the City of Angels but on all of us Angelenos.

The magazine released a survey last week of travelers who, in all their wisdom, concluded that Los Angeles surpasses New York as the rudest city in America.

Excuse me?

Did Tweeting Topple Tunisia? | The Los Angeles Times

January 23, 2011

Evgeny Morozov, a Belarus-born scholar at the New America Foundation, has just published a book, "The Net Delusion," that argues that the idea of promoting ...

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