The Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance
By Claudia Rosett Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to testify at this hearing on the Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance, and how it will likely be affected by the nuclear deal with Iran.
The Islamic State, the Caucasus, and the Russian Response
By INSS Tuesday, July 28, 2015
On June 23, 2015, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State, announced the establishment of Wilayat Qawqaz (Caucasus Province). The addition of the new subject province into the Islamic State thus joined the series of alliances made by the organization over the last year, since it announced the establishment of an Islamic caliphate headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph.
Nine Red Lines For a Nuclear Agreement With Iran
By Frank Gaffney Jr. Monday, July 27, 2015
The Iran nuclear talks have missed the June 30 deadline imposed by US President Barack Obama for a final agreement, but the US negotiators are hoping a deal can be struck by July 7. This is an important date because under the Corker-Cardin bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015), if an agreement is sent to Congress by July 9, the House and Senate will have only 30 days to review it. If submitted after July 9, however, legislators will have 60 days.
Obama tries to lecture president of Kenya on gay rights . . . that doesn’t go so well
By Dan Calabrese Monday, July 27, 2015
One thing everyone knows about a narcissist is that he thinks everything is about him. The Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal in all 50 states, and the next thing you know the White House is bathed in the gay rainbow colors. Why? Because Barack Obama thinks he did it. And he needs you to know that this is his accomplishment.
Iran Wins, Palestinians Lose
By Moshe Dann Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Containing Iran is no longer practical or possible. Obama has fulfilled his promise to change the world. The State of Israel has been abandoned and whatever regional stability undermined. That is Obama’s legacy.
The danger of Obama’s deal with Iran is not only that it enables Iran to become a nuclear power, but that it empowers Iranian proxies, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Alawite regime in Syria led by Assad, Shiites in Iraq, Houthis in Yemen and terrorist organizations everywhere. Given access to the international banking system, moreover, the deal also allows Iran to transfer funds directly into bank accounts; no more need to smuggle suitcases full of cash. This will provide Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Palestinian Authority (PA) with resources to overthrow the current ruling clique, led by Pres Mahmud Abbas.
Iran Sanctions: The Forgotten History
By UN Watch Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust Director Anne Bayefsky on the significance of the U.N. vote to lift international sanctions on Iran.
Accused Hamas front group locks Twitter account, deletes pro-terror posts, ahead of today’s UN vote
By UN Watch Monday, July 20, 2015
Despite its pose as pro-Palestinian human rights group, the PRC is one of the few Palestinian advocacy groups to have been banned by Israel, on account of its deep entanglement with top leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization based in Gaza and abroad.
Following the Problematic Nuclear Agreement: Scenarios and Policy Recommendations
By INSS Monday, July 20, 2015
The agreement reached last week in Vienna between the world powers and Iran on Iran’s nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is a highly problematic agreement that entails risks to Israel’s national security. It is very likely that the agreement will be implemented and its practical measures put into effect, and it appears that Israel has little ability to influence the process at this point.
Nuclear Extortion: Pioneered by North Korea, Perfected by Iran
By Claudia Rosett Friday, July 17, 2015
With implications reaching far beyond the Middle East, the Iran nuclear deal opens the gates not to a safer world, but to proliferation on a scale likely to defy any peaceful efforts at containment. With the fatally flawed bargain announced Tuesday in Vienna, the U.S. and its negotiating partners have underscored, bigtime, the sorry lesson of the series of failed nuclear deals that helped sustain North Korea’s regime all the way to the bomb: In a game of nuclear chicken, the U.S. will flinch. In the post-Cold War era, nuclear blackmail works.
Can the Nuclear Deal with Iran Be Derailed?
By Roger Aronoff Thursday, July 16, 2015
The mainstream media are celebrating, as a deal has been reached between Iran and the P5+1 nations. It appears, however, to be a complete capitulation by the West. CNN described it as “historic,” along the lines of Richard Nixon’s deal with China, which certainly must be music to President Obama’s ears.
But even as terms of the deal are starting to emerge, the holes in the agreement are becoming clear.
How to Judge the Nuclear Agreement with Iran
By Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Early on July 14th, as news of the pending deal between the P5+1 and Iran concerning the Iranian nuclear program was about to be announced, I received the following analysis from my decade-long friend and Iranian politics expert, Alireza Jafarzadeh. In the interests of a careful analysis of the treaty by American officials and the American public—whose lives will be affected by this treaty—I present Mr. Jafarzadeh’s analysis. Beneath the first letter is one from a few hours later as Mr. Jafarzadeh presented his first thoughts on what has been revealed of the treaty.
Abu Dhabi And Sydney—A Tale Of Two Cities
By David Singer Wednesday, July 15, 2015
An Australian woman—Jodi Magi - has been arrested, jailed and deported from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates after being found guilty of “writing bad words on social media about a person”—reportedly a cyber-crime in the United Arab Emirates.
By Tabitha Korol Tuesday, July 14, 2015
To the best of my knowledge, when I was growing up everyone had a pushke, a tin can that served as an alms box. I remember two types, cylindrical and squared, always wrapped in paper with a Star of David, and a coin slot at the top. Each Sabbath (Friday) evening, we dropped coins into it, and when it was full, we would bring it to the local synagogue to be given to Jewish groups that would somehow help the Jews in Europe.
Netanyahu: Um, Israel isn’t bound by this craptastic deal with Iran
By Dan Calabrese Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Barack Obama and John Kerry may have disavowed any option of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities (as if they would have ever considered it for a second), but Benjamin Netanyahu sure hasn’t. And Iran might want to keep that in mind, because while it’s seeking to become a nuclear power, Israel already is one.
And Israel’s current leader has a bit more clear-eyed understanding of the threats his nation faces than the fools who lead America at the moment:
Greek socialists reluctantly accept IMF ‘meddling’ in deal to save the country they ruined
By Dan Calabrese Monday, July 13, 2015
It’s the third bailout of Greece in five years. Heck, even Chrysler must be appalled at a performance like that. And while we’re still waiting for the details, early reports indicate that Greece’s socialist government had to accept much more stringent terms than the ones they told Greek voters to reject just last week.
It’s easy just telling everyone yes to whatever they want until you run out of stuff to give them. That’s when your creditors own you, and you can talk all you want about resisting “austerity” or whatever, but when you’re presented with one way and one way only to prevent the entire collapse of your country . . . there’s no way out: