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What You Need To Know: The Green Climate Fund

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What You Need To Know: The Green Climate Fund Background on the Green Climate Fund The Green Climate Fund is… The Green Climate Fund (abbreviated as “GCF”) is an international resource pool for adaptation to a changing climate and mitigation of climate disruption’s root causes in developing countries.  In the United States, we are already…



What You Need To Know: Iran Ballistic Missile Tests

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What You Need To Know: Iran Ballistic Missile Tests The Issue On March 8 and 9 in 2016, Iran conducted several ballistic missile tests. The range of the missiles fired was between 185 and 1250 miles.  Two of the missiles, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency, were marked in Hebrew with the words “Israel…



(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict

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(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict This week, we have made an addition to the banner on this mailing: it now reads “(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict.” The addition of the qualifier “Some of” reflects the complexity of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the difficulty in understanding…



What You Need To Know: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

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What You Need To Know: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 Yesterday, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, legislation which includes important anti-BDS provisions. The bill was adopted with broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate by margins of 256 to 158 and 70 to 25…



What You Need To Know: Iran elections

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What You Need To Know: Iran elections Iranians will vote on February 26 for members of the country’s next parliament as well as its Assembly of Experts.  The parliament, also known as the Majlis, is Iran’s 290-member legislative body. Women and religious minorities are eligible as candidates.  The Assembly’s 88 members elect the Supreme Leader, which…



Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates

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Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates   By Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch   Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those…



Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven

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A former U.S. counterterrorism official says a recent visit to Molenbeek shows why ISIL is thriving in Europe. Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven   By Matthew Levitt   BRUSSELS—The office of the mayor of Molenbeek municipality sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the…



The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine

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The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.   The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine   By Jeffrey Goldberg   Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered…



On Methane

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Methane leakage from natural gas is having a previously unrecorded impact on our warming planet. The drumbeat on methane and natural gas is getting louder. Read this article penned by Bill McKibben today in The Nation to learn more.



On the Clean Power Plan

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The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, the largest single source of carbon pollution. The plan is a national strategy and ruling put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency with flexibility to support emissions reductions in each state, according to its individual energy mix. Recently, the Supreme Court of…