July 23rd, 2014
06:05 PM ET

What I'm reading: Crossing borders

By Fareed Zakaria

“It is one thing for Republicans to decide that they will not be the party of immigration reform, but it is another to decide that they will be the anti-immigration party,” writes Amy Davidson in the New Yorker. “If they do, they will define themselves in opposition to America’s future and, incidentally, to its past – one built by newcomers like the gold prospector from Canada who, in 1876, sailed on a ship around South America and staked a claim that became the town of Oracle. In the short term, there may be benefits, in the form of an energized base, but enjoying them requires a distinct lack of shame.”

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“But to understand the root of Hamas's current frustration, one must look not northeast from Gaza, but west. The epicenter of Hamas's growing desperation lies in the policies of the new Egyptian government,” writes Hussein Ibish in Foreign Policy.

“Following the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian military swept into Sinai and the border area with Gaza. They reportedly killed up to two dozen Hamas operatives in Sinai whom they believed were operating in cahoots with insurgent groups, and virtually shut down Hamas's smuggling tunnel network. In the ensuing weeks, as the new government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cracked down on its opponents, it treated Hamas as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist campaign in Egypt being conducted by the extremist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis and, according to the government, the Muslim Brotherhood itself. The Egyptian government sees itself as being at war with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is the Brotherhood group in Palestine. The relationship between Egypt and Hamas is therefore distinctly unfriendly, if not outright hostile.”

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“The residents of Denmark regularly report the highest levels of life satisfaction in the world. Economists Eugenio Proto and Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick cautiously submit that there is a genetic component to this high level of contentment,” writes Tom Jacobs in Pacific Standard.

“‘We find that the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark…the happier is that country,’ they write in a working paper.

“The theory that our baseline level of happiness is at least partially determined by our genetic make-up is not brand new. In a paper published last year, researchers from University College London estimated that genes may account for as much as one-third of overall variation in life satisfaction.”


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  1. chri§§y

    Republicans need to get over theirselves...seriously! For all their bellyachin about welfare and taxes...they havent a clue about the missed opportunity they had with immigration reform! Because there are a very large number of immigrants that recieve food stamps and an even larger number that pay no taxes at all!!! Especially if they start businesses here! They need to get off that high horse theyre riding, mainly because the alti tude has to be too high for rational thinking. That or they are just too spiteful for their own good! Either way they are missing a very good opportunity...especially as elections are comming up! My advice...dont cut off your nose to spite your face Republicans!!!!

    July 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    The USA has far too many new immigrants.
    It is not surprising that the happiness of residents of Denmark would be related to genes.

    July 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  3. Ferhat Balkan

    We're all immigrants in the end. This kind of reminds me of that video I saw a while back of a native American who told anti-illegal immigration protesters who the lands really belongs to... He had a point there.

    July 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Found it on YouTube. Look up: A Native American Confronts Protesters on Illegal Immigration

      July 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Retired Military

      Ironic, the American Indian tribes continually battled amongst each other for hundreds of years. Many deaths and territories changing hands. But that is acceptable – right.

      July 24, 2014 at 2:41 am | Reply
    • John

      The "natives" were defeated and when my ancestors came here in the early 18th century(you know before there was a United States) it was not "immigration" as we define it today....it was MIGRATION. Immigration and laws concerning immigration did not exist at that time.....and those same "natives" MIGRATED here from Asia......

      July 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  4. dr. abdu halakamir harper M.D. E.

    IMMIGRENTS EAT SAW DUST

    July 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  5. dr. abdu halakamir harper M.D. E.

    MR BALKAN WE ALL RETURN TO DUST YOU DO KNOW IT
    GO NOW AND DRINK GREEN TEA WITH YOUR SAW DUST VOME BACK TO SEE IS IN THREE DAYS
    DO NOT FORGET YOUR COVKTALE

    July 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  6. dr. abdu halakamir harper M.D. E.

    NO THANK YOU MR BALKAN I DO NOT DRINK AS I TAKE CARE OF MY LIVER

    July 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  7. dr. abdu halakamir harper M.D. E.

    O YES MR BALKAN YOU DRINK YOUR LUNCH AND NOT EAT IT HAVE ANITHER MARTENIE ON THE ROCKS THEN FALL UNTO THE GRREN GRASS ON THE GROUND AND NO JESUS DID NOT MAKE IT GREEN FOR A DRUNK TO FALL ON UPON IT BUT YOUR MAY MAKE IT GREEN FROM YOUR VOMIT AFTER YOU EAT IT THE GREEN OREOS. GO OFF AND GET MARREID AGAIN MAKE BABYS TO BRING YOU A DRINK ON YOUR COMMAND
    GOOD NIGHT SIR I HAVE NOTHING FERTHER TO SAY TO YOU

    July 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  8. dr. abdu halakamir harper M.D. E.

    I DO NOT CARE FOR VOMIT IS IT HAS A PUNGENTE ODER THAT I FIND VERY OFENSIVELY LET US ALL BE GRATEFUL FOR GOOD VOMIT AS IT RIDS OUR BIDY OF HARMFUL DECAYENG BACTERIAH IN OUR GUT
    CLEAN YOURE GUT TODAY AND VOMIT

    July 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  9. Democrats - the Destroying Party

    Demo.c.rats deliberately destroyed American families, American businesses, American cities (i.e.: Detroit – the once proud Auto City for America) with false enemy behind the scenes connections. STOP Demo.c.rats NOW !!

    July 24, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Where did you get the idea that its democrats that destroyed Detroit?

    July 24, 2014 at 4:17 am | Reply
  11. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    July 24, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply

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