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Kick North Korea Out of the U.N.

Wall Street Journal

Calls by the United Nations Security Council to isolate North Korea haven’t stopped Kim Jong Un from launching missiles over Japan or threatening America and its allies. This week President Trump told the General Assembly that the United States is prepared “to totally destroy North Korea” in the event of an attack. If the international community is serious about isolating the Kim regime, there’s a less drastic option not yet tried: expel North Korea from the U.N.

Since the U.N.’s founding in 1945, no member state has ever been expelled. The U.N. charter does, however, provide for eviction: “A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”

By Claudia Rosett - Friday, September 22, 2017 - Full Story

Progressive media types seem pretty upset that Trump may not be giving ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un the

Before - and during - President Trump’s United Nations address, he referred to North Korea’s “Supreme Leader” as “Rocket Man.”

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger to Address U.N. Rights Council With Saudi Ambassador Present

GENEVA — The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi—the world’s most famous political prisoner—will address the United Nations for the first time in a Human Rights Council speech on Tuesday that will take place in the presence of Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, the representative of Saudi Arabia, whose government controversially sits on the 47-nation body.

Raif Badawi is currently four years into a 10-year prison sentence, convicted for “insulting Islam” after he published a blog calling for a free society in Saudi Arabia.

By UN Watch - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Will Trump seek UN or American applause at his UN debut?

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

As Trump mounts the U.N. General Assembly stage this week for the first time, one measuring stick cuts to the chase: will ‘make America great again’ shrivel into a futile search for applause lines?

The unvarnished truth is that the General Assembly is a hostile audience for an American president. Less than half of the 193 U.N. member states are fully-free democracies. And with precious few exceptions, they share a common goal. Tying the American giant down in order to raise themselves up.

By Anne Bayefsky - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

King Abdullah’s dethronement threatens Jordan-Israel two-state solution

A conference in Jerusalem next month proposing a plan (“Plan”) involving the dethronement of Jordan’s King Abdullah threatens any attempt by Jordan and Israel to peacefully apportion - between their respective States - sovereignty in Judea and Samaria—called the West Bank since 1950—and Gaza (“Disputed Territories”).

The Plan’s stated goal is to enable Israel to annex Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

By David Singer - Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Full Story

Empires End in the Dustbin of History

Empires come and go. The twilight of western civilization is not just a poetic idea, it is a painful reality. Liberals often say that they do not like to make broadly pessimistic pronouncements about the collective fate of civilization.  Of course not, it might upset their blind followers who dwell in the haze of marijuana, hard-core drugs, immorality, decadence, and debauchery.

Anarchists are allowed to burn down towns, while police are told to stand down. ANTI-FA and BLM, fascist and racist organizations by any description, deface statues they don’t like and beat up others whose ideas they disagree with, proclaiming that they have a right to attack them for their opinions.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Full Story

Two Coptic churches re-open; two meetings held: Are they related?

On Sunday, September 10, two Coptic churches were re-opened by an executive order made by President Al-Sisi. One of them was the St. Mary Church of Al-Furn village in Al Minya diocese, which was illegally shut down by Egyptian police recently in the final days of the Virgin Mary fast. 

Bishop Makariuos of Al Minya diocese issued a statement to announce this good news. He indicated that Al-Sisi issued an executive order to local law enforcement to re-open the two churches on the eve of the new Coptic year.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Full Story

Senior NHS consultant neurologist: Britain’s single-payer system killing up to 130,000 elderly patie

Ahhhhh… single-payer, government-run, healthcare. It’s the ultimate dream of the modern left.  As we’ve argued many times before, it’s not because they have some deep-seated desire to offer “high quality care to everyone.” It’s because it will grant them expansive new powers in the areas they love most: taxation and social engineering. There is absolutely no political issue - from gun control, to welfare, to how far you walk or drive - that can’t, in some way, be tied to the cost of health care.

Single-payer is the authoritarian statist’s holy grail because it will allow the feds to weasel their dirty little fingers into every single corner of your life.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, September 15, 2017 - Full Story

Venezuela’s socialists to the public: Since there’s no food, you should all breed (and eat) rabbits

Well you know they do breed like . . . eh, too obvious, isn’t it?

This is what it’s come to with socialism, is it? I’m sort of surprised the Soviets and their eastern European regimes never thought of this. They had rabbits back then! Where are the North Koreans on this?

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, September 15, 2017 - Full Story

Trump admin will extend Iran nuclear deal - continue Iranian sanciton relief ...for now

Thanks to my earlier opinions on the nascent DACA deal, and judging by my inbox, Trump fans are already none to please with me today. So why not make it a double? From the “don’t shoot the messenger file” comes word that the Trump admin is set to extend the sanction relief implemented by President Obama’s “Iran nuclear deal.”

Ugh.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Full Story

Russia gave $50,000 to UN expert who wrote report calling Russia a victim

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GENEVA—After an investigator of the U.N. human rights council presented a report slamming the U.S. and EU for imposing sanctions on Russia, which he said amounted to “unilateral coercive measures,” a Geneva-based watchdog group took the floor to challenge the Special Rapporteur, former Algerian ambassador Idriss Jazairy, on the ethics of his receiving $50,000 from Russia last year for his mandate, as disclosed in a recent U.N. report. (See intervention below.)

By UN Watch - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Full Story

The Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: An Opportunity for Policy Coordination on Iran in Light of the North Ko

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in New York in late September. With the events in the Korean peninsula in the background, the two leaders will almost certainly discuss this crisis and the lessons for preventing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Indeed, the parallel between the challenges to the United States posed by North Korea’s nuclear program and the Iranian nuclear program is clear. Both regimes regard the United States as a threatening ideological enemy, and both have systematically violated international norms, in part to develop military nuclear capabilities. However, the two cases are not identical, and it is important to understand the limitations of the parallel, particularly in order to focus on what can nevertheless be learned from the case of North Korea and applied to Iran.

By INSS -- Amos Yadlin, Avner Golov- Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Full Story

UN Security Council Passes One More Sanctions Resolution Against North Korea

The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2375 (2017) on Monday, which is intended to place further economic pressure on the North Korean regime in response to its recent testing of its most powerful nuclear bomb to date. However, in order to achieve consensus on the Security Council and avoid a veto by China and/or Russia, the Trump administration agreed to a drastically watered down version compared to its original draft.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who last week criticized the kind of incrementalism that Resolution 2375 embodies, praised the unanimous adoption of the compromise resolution by the Security Council. “Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. And today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves,” she said. “We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing. We are doing that by hitting North Korea’s ability to fuel and fund its weapons program.”

By Joseph A. Klein - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Full Story

Nigel Farage tells Juncker You’ve learned nothing!

By News on the Net - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Full Story

UN wimps out, declines to ban exports of oil to North Korea

You already knew the United Nations was worthless, but you can never know enough about why. We’ve reached an age when a lot of people think distrust of multinational organizations like the UN amounts to “white nationalism” or something. That’s what they think is behind Brexit. If Brits want their own country to determine its own destiny, it must be because they don’t like brown people, I guess.

In actual fact, multinational organizations are almost completely incapable of taking effective action to solve a problem, because there is always someone around who doesn’t want the problem solved and has veto power. Nowhere is this more true than the United Nations, which actually had a chance yesterday to deal a serious blow to the viability of the murderous Kim regime in North Korea.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Full Story

ABC Media Watch program continues to wipe Israel off the map

The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)taxpayer funded to the tune of $1 billion annually—still continues to feature a map which falsely identifies “Israel” as “Palestine”.

This bizarre conduct came to light after the ABC had initially removed the segment “Misplaced Map Outrage” from its Media Watch website containing the offending map with the following headline:

“Daily Mail accuses the ABC of wiping Israel off the map but misses the point of the story”

By David Singer - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Full Story

Tunisian gender reforms countered in Egypt by female Coptic MP

Under the Al-Sisi government, Copts expect the religious scholars of Al-Ahzar Institute to reform Islam. A good beginning would look like this: removal of violence-oriented content from school textbooks, moderate preaching from imams who are Al-Ahzar-certified, and the advancement of women’s rights under Sharia-Islamic law (indirectly affecting Copts who are pressured to follow it.) Are these expectations warranted? No, not likely. Recently, a campaign was launched inside Egypt by Al-Ahzar Institute’s leaders against the civilizing reforms announced by President Al-Sibsi of Tunisia last month on the occasion of Tunisia’s Women’s Day. 

Broadcasting through Egyptian TV, “fatwa” kiosks in subway platforms, and mosque assemblies, Al-Ahzar reacted quickly to refute every provision of President Al-Sibsi’s daring proposals in order to prohibit any influence of Tunisia’s enlightenment from seeping into the eager minds of Egyptian citizens. Al-Ahzar scholars flatly denounced the call by the Tunisian president for equality in inheritance for Tunisians, proving Al-Ahzar’s convictions are calcified and committed to the 7th century. While the Tunisian Mufti endorsed Al-Sibsi’s discourse and suggestions, Al-Ahzar’s vehement condemnation in a statement issued on Sunday, August 20, said this: “The provisions of inheritance” in Islam are “categorical and meaningful.”

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Monday, September 11, 2017 - Full Story

Bowl Cut Jr. throws himself a massive bash because now he can nuke you

You might have had one when you turned 16. Or when you graduated. You have your priorities that you believe justify a party in your own honor. He has his. It’s just that his involve the ability to essentially microwave an entire city into oblivion:

KCNA said Kim threw a banquet to laud the nuclear scientists and other top military and party officials who contributed to the nuclear bomb test last Sunday, topped with an art performance and a photo session with the leader himself.

KCNA did not specify when the banquet had been held, but analysts said it had likely been on Saturday.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, September 11, 2017 - Full Story

Israeli hightech attracts more overseas investors

During 2016, overseas investment in Israel totaled $12.6BN - a 7% increase over 2015, while overseas investment in the world declined by 2%.  320 overseas multinationals operate in Israel, spending 50% of their research & development budget in Israel, employing 50,000 people. 200 multinationals perform both production and R & D operations in Israel. During the last decade, there has been an annual increase of 30 multinationals entering Israel, compared to a 10-company-increase a decade ago (Globes, September 7, 2017).

Japan’s Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma (MTPC) acquired Israel’s NeuroDerm, which developed drug treatments for Parkinson’s disease, for $1.1BN in cash—the largest ever buyout of an Israeli pharmaceutical company. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (August 2, 2017), “the flow of deals [in Israel’s hightech sector] seems to be increasing steadily. On July 25, 2017, five separate acquisitions totaling $135MN were announced, and capital raising by Israeli companies totaled $1.26BN in the 2nd quarter of 2017, compared to $1.8BN in the peak, 4th quarter of 2016.¬† The Mitsubishi purchase reflects the growing involvement of Japanese multinationals in Israel, especially in technology companies.

By Yoram Ettinger - Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Full Story

North Korea’s ultimatum to America

The nuclear confrontation between the US and North Korea entered a critical phase Sunday with North Korea’s conduct of an underground test of a thermonuclear bomb.

If the previous round of this confrontation earlier this summer revolved around Pyongyang’s threat to attack the US territory of Guam, Sunday’s test, together with North Korea’s recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental US, was a direct threat to US cities.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, September 8, 2017 - Full Story