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Rumors of High Level US-Iran Direct Talks

Part 24, Monday, July 26, 1988
“Both sides are very cautiously signaling each other that it’s time for a rapprochement. Iranians are tentatively interested in such a possibility, and the United States appears to be very interested.”
—Gary G. Sick, an expert on the Persian Gulf region, National Security Council staff under President Carter

 
On this day in 1988, UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar met twice with Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran’s foreign minister, in the first formal talks about a ceasefire for the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - Full Story

Obama Sides with Islamists in Choudhury Case

imageBarack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has touted himself as a friend to the oppressed, as a politician who stands up for justice and human rights. 

This is a cornerstone of his campaign to the American people.  It’s easy enough, however, to define oneself in whatever way one wants; especially when no one in the media challenges you on it. 

The real test of moral courage is how one acts—not just talks—in real-life situations.  And in the one concrete instance when the Illinois senator was called upon to stand up for justice, he was nowhere to be seen. 

In fact, Barack Obama demonstrated a level of moral cowardice unmatched by anyone in either the US House or Senate. 

By Dr. Richard Benkin - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Full Story

Tehran denounces Iraqi use of chemical weapons

Part 23 - JULY 25 1988
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes.”
Winston Churchill [1]

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Full Story

Israel fears Iran-Iraq Ceasefire

Part 22 - JULY 24 1988
‘‘Any additional surprise is likely to be one surprise too many.’‘
Yossi Sarid of the liberal Israeli Citizens’ Rights Party.

The largest Iranian armed opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (PMOI, MEK) [1], is based in Iraq since 1986. The leftist Islamic group is widely considered as traitors by Iranians.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Monday, July 28, 2008 - Full Story

Khomeini reluctantly renounces war

Part 21 - JULY 23 1988
“I repeat that the acceptance of this issue is more lethal for me than poison; but I surrender to God’s satisfaction. I have drunk this for the sake of God’s satisfaction.” - Ayatollah Khomeini

Khomeini repeated how painful it had been for him to accept Resolution 598, but provided no information as to what had prompted him to do so. The Supreme leader, however made it very clear that the decision had been made by Iranian officials without any foreign interference.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Sunday, July 27, 2008 - Full Story

Lecturing Europe While Accepting the Social Structure of Brutality

New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote, “The reason we have a democracy is that no one side is right all the time. The only people who are dangerous are those who can’t admit, even to themselves, that obvious fact.” Aside from the glaring error in his declaration that we live in a democracy (the United States is actually a Democratic Republic, not a democracy) his assertion is spot on. In light of the logic in Mr. Brook’s statement, it would seem that the woman slated to be Barack Obama’s “Muslim liaison” is dangerous, especially to women.

By Frank Salvato - Saturday, July 26, 2008 - Full Story

Iran and Iraq Reps to Meet With UN Secretary General

Part 20, Friday, July 22, 1988
“The downing of an Iranian passenger plane by an American warship on July 3 was a turning point.”
—Hojatolislam Hashemi Rafsanjani, speaker of the Iranian parliament and acting commander of the armed forces

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Saturday, July 26, 2008 - Full Story

Internet photo album of America’s new First Family

imageSome people might ask, “How come we haven’t seen or known about these pictures before?”

The original source of the photos is unknown but they were passed on by Poland-based journalist and CFP columnist David Dastych.  This photo album of what could in November 2008 be America’s new First Family, which may not have been printed anywhere in the mainstream media, is being posted here for the approximate two hundred million Americans who have Internet Access.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, July 25, 2008 - Full Story

Qantas jet lands with gaping hole in fuselage

imagePAUL ALEXANDER, News.yahoo.com
MANILA, Philippines - A Qantas jumbo jet carrying 345 passengers made an emergency landing Friday with a gaping hole in its fuselage after a mysterious “explosive decompression,” officials said.

There were no injuries, but some passengers vomited after disembarking the Boeing 747-400, said Octavio Lina, Manila International Airport Authority deputy manager for operations.

The cabin’s floor gave way, he said, exposing some of the cargo beneath and part of the ceiling collapsed.

By Guest Column - Friday, July 25, 2008 - Full Story

The 180lbs. “Guerilla”: China’s Military Aspirations

imageAs the mainstream media is dominated by its attention to the preparations for Beijing Olympics being held August 8-24 this year, an obvious truth is being ignored or going unaddressed. The more important story is that China is on a mission to dominate the United States and the rest of the world militarily by building nuclear weaponry meant to defeat the United States on the world stage. The actual Olympics pale in comparison to this upcoming event. And while our people continue to be distracted by a variety of “shiny things” meant to divert their attention, the Chinese continue their march to dominance in the military sphere. What serves to distract our nation from such an important subject?

By Nancy Salvato - Friday, July 25, 2008 - Full Story

8,000 foreign fighters in Fata ring alarm bells in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: In a disturbing report presented to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, days before he travels to the United States, the latest figure of foreign fighters present in the tribal areas of Pakistan is estimated to be more than 8,000.  The government is reluctant to officially confirm this number.

At a special cabinet briefing on Sunday in which Asif Ali Zardari was also present, besides the prime minister and Adviser to the Interior Ministry Rehman Malik said the government will have to use force if the process of dialogue does not produce the results,  but his view was opposed by the minister from FATA Hamidullah Jan.


Mild resolution adopted over the USS Vincennes incident

Part 19 - JULY 21 1988

‘The Resolution adopted today puts the unfortunate events of July 3 in proper perspective.’
Vernon A. Walters, United States Representative at the UN

Today, the UN Security Council adopted a mild resolution regarding the downing of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes, causing the instant death of 290 people including 66 children.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Friday, July 25, 2008 - Full Story

The skeleton in Obama’s money closet

imageRobert Wolf, CEO of UBS Americas, who has bundled more than $370,850 for Barack Obama so far this year, is one of the most embarrassing skeletons in BO’s money closet, now that the financial institution Wolf heads up in America has been outed in The Nation’s Attack of the Global Pirate Bankers.

  “…This crowded docket, combined with the UBS mea culpa, almost distracted us from the sordid details of the Levin Committee’s actual findings,” investigative journalist James S. Henry, wrote in The Nation on Tuesday.

  It’s not as if Wolf is just another number in the contribution side of the ledger paying for Obama’s race to the White House.

  Among the groupies pushing Obama’s rock star-status, Wolf stands at the front of the line.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - Full Story

The Day Canada Free Press dumped Michael Savage

Jumping to the defense of nationally syndicated radio giant Michael Savage for standing by his criticism of the autism “racket”, yesterday WorldNetDaily (WND) wrote that the autism controversy was “sparked by a left-leaning media watchdog’s campaign against him.”

Wrong.

No one other than a loose-tongued Michael Savage sparked the autism controversy.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - Full Story

Tarip Aziz: The war must go on

Part 18 - JULY 20 1988
‘‘The decision was like drinking poison.’’—Ayatollah Khomeini

Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini accepted a truce with Iraq. NB. In late 2006, Iranians were stunned to learn that the head of the Revolutionary guards, not Khomeini, had in fact made the decision to end the war.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - Full Story

Movie Director throws spotlight on terrorist training camps in Target Practice

imageThe military compounds training terrorists on American and Canadian soil, that everyone talks about but no one seems to do much about, has made it to the silver screen. 

  There is no doubt that director Richmond Riedel’s realistic film, Target Practice takes you there.

  Starring in a timely topic, Target Practice gives new meaning to the description of art imitating real life.

  Fast-paced and intense, the film has the distinction of premiering in two high-profile film festivals in the Los Angeles area on the same night.

  On Friday, July 25, Target Practice premiers at the 11th Annual Dances With Films Independent Film Festival (DWF). Ditto for the 4th Annual Action On Film International Film Festival (AOF).

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - Full Story

Iran accepts UN resolution

Part 17 - JULY 19 1988
‘Iran should now attract those countries who could become friends instead of alienating them, as it had done in the past.’
Iranian military chief Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Security Council Resolution 598, which Iran said today it had accepted, was adopted on July 20, 1987, as part of diplomatic efforts to end the war between Iran and Iraq. The text of the resolution is attached below.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - Full Story

Saddam offers peace deal to Tehran

Part 16 - JULY 18 1988
Today, in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the Baath Party’s rule, Saddam Hussein delivered a speech in which he proposed a Peace Treaty to Tehran.

The Iraqi president said that Iraq had inflicted ‘‘material and moral ruin on the Government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.’‘

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - Full Story

Opposing Barack Obama

imageIt has long been an article of faith on the left that the United States has lost the support of its allies around the world.  It is a major Democratic major talking point, and the mainstream media has never challenged it, even though it is based on a false and Euro-centric premise.  (See my Has America Lost its Moral Authority, CFP, April 25, 2008.)

I was in India this year to advocate for Bangladeshi Hindus, refugees from Islamist terror and ethnic cleansing and spent time in Delhi before leaving for the border areas.  It was there I met anti-Islamist Amitabh Tripathi, introduced to me by Daniel Pipes.  Tripathi represents a point of view shared by many Indians but rarely given voice in India’s mainstream media.  He is profoundly interested in the US Presidential election primarily because he believes the results will be critical for successful prosecution of the war against Islamist extremism.  In this interview, which he insisted on titling Opposing Barack Obama, Tripathi talks about why an Obama victory would be disastrous for Indians and others who live on the front lines of a war for our very survival.

By Dr. Richard Benkin - Monday, July 21, 2008 - Full Story

The global economy is at the point of maximum danger

By Ambrose Evans- Pritchard, Telegraph
It feels like the summer of 1931. The world’s two biggest financial institutions have had a heart attack. The global currency system is breaking down. The policy doctrines that got us into this mess are bankrupt. No world leader seems able to discern the problem, let alone forge a solution.

By Guest Column - Monday, July 21, 2008 - Full Story