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A TV Show Realistically Portrays The Brutality Of War In Middle East
A new show airing in Israel, Fauda, marks a departure from usual scheduled television by showing the complexity of lives of Israelis and Palestinians.

“With a majority of Arabic dialogue, a cast packed with Arab actors, and a plot line that makes it clear that both sides are as complicated as they are culpable, Raz and Issacharoff have taken the black-and-white narrative of Israel and its enemies and spun it into all kinds of gray. In war, the show insists, you don’t know if you are right or wrong. You only know your orders,” says a review in Foreign Policy magazine.

Obama’s Failure To Reform The United Nations
The Obama administration decided that engagement was a better approach to reforming the United Nations. One of its first actions was to reverse course from the previous administration’s decision to largely ignore the UN’s Human Rights Council, which Bush had considered inconsequential and ineffective.

Six years later, the council is hardly a shining example of confronting human rights abuses, argues Wall Street Journal columnist Sohrab Ahmari.

According to Ahmari, twenty-five of the 47 current members of the council are ranked unfree or partly free by Freedom House, including Venezuela, Cuba, Vietnam, China and Russia, and “Israel is still the only state to have a permanent, country-specific agenda item devoted to scrutinizing its rights record. More than half of all country-specific council resolutions are directed against the Jewish state.

Another change was the doctrine brought to the UN by Samantha Power, who is a frequent critic of the UN, but does not favor its abolishment as her predecessor John Bolton did.

Her view is “transnationalist,” which places international law above national laws, and holds that “all states are judged on the degree to which they abide by the dictates of this higher plane.”

The problem, Ahmari says, with her philosophy is that all of her criticisms of the UN and the Security Council cannot be resolved because she and Obama “have bound America to multilateralism and international law. Which means that bearing witness, criticizing and tweeting is about all they can do.”

Japan’s New Military Ambitions
Emily Chen of The National Interest examines the shift Tokyo is taking with regard to the future of its military and foreign policy posture.

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