How China Bought Muslim Rulers’ Acquiescence to Its Persecution of the Uighurs

July 16 2020

During the past four years, the Chinese Communist Party has undertaken a brutal campaign of repression targeting the Muslim population of its northwestern Xinjiang province. Yet the world’s Muslim countries, who have so often rallied to condemn Israel’s imagined crimes against Palestinians, or the policies of the U.S.-led War on Terror, or even criticism of Islam in Western Europe, have been remarkable silent about this very real, and very cruel, wave of persecution. Ilan Berman explains why:

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More about: China, Freedom of Religion, Islam, Saudi Arabia, Turkey

 

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations