The Supreme Court Strikes Down Pandemic-Related Restrictions on Freedom of Worship—but Not All of Them

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled five to four in favor of Catholics and Orthodox Jews seeking relief from New York State’s stringent limits on attendance at religious services in certain neighborhoods. As Michael McConnell and Max Raskin explain, the ruling does not by any means assert that religious institutions are exempt from public-health measures, only that there needs to be a less discriminatory attempt to balance safety and First Amendment freedoms:

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war