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Jeffrey Herf
Iran's Intentions
In Defense of Pessimism

A lesson from German history for our dealings with Iran today: take the ideas of others seriously.

History and Accuracy
One Standard, Not Two, for Christianity and Islam

The President spoke the truth recently when he said “terrible deeds” have been committed in the name of Christianity. We should be equally frank in saying that terrible deeds are now being committed in the name of Islam.

Scholarship vs. Politics
Historians Reject Anti-Israel Resolutions

The American Historical Association rejected a pair of anti-Israel resolutions earlier this month. Perhaps the most important fact about that incident: they rejected them as historians.

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A Pro-Hamas Left Emerges

In the pursuit of political goals and an anti-Israel message, Historians Against the War has abandoned the standards of its profession and adopted a stance that objectively supports Hamas’s war aims.

In Their Own Words
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Why They Fight: Hamas’ Too-Little-Known Fascist Charter

As the Gaza conflict rolls on, the Western press has virtually ignored Hamas’s 1988 “Covenant,” which precisely details the terror group’s radical anti-Semitism and intellectual debt to Nazi ideology.

Ideological Exceptionalism
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Taking Iran’s Anti-Semitism Seriously

When U.S. policymakers focus on Iran, they tend to look at technical issues—its military capabilities, its economy, its nuclear ambitions. But they seldom pay enough attention to its ideological beliefs.

The Totalitarian Present

As with fascism and communism before, we’re underrating ideology and “split modernity” in confronting our enemies.

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Holy War

Saudi sectarian warfare watch continues as a prominent Saudi religious authority ceremonially fired artillery into Yemen.

China's Rise

As the Pentagon muddles and U.S. military equipment ages, Beijing is investing in advanced ballistic weapons.


California has legalized assisted suicide, quadrupling the number of Americans who can legally kill themselves with medical help if they become terminally ill. Will other states follow suit?

After the Nuclear Deal

If true, an Iranian ban on further talks with the U.S. would suggest that despite the nuclear deal, there’s no new relationship with Iran in sight.


To survive the transition to the web, journalism needs to do more than develop better business models: It needs to get much smarter about what it is doing and why.

Transport of Tomorrow

The transportation revolution is closer than you think—and the knock-on effects will be huge.

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