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ICC Prosecutor Challenges U.S. Sovereignty

ICC Prosecutor Challenges U.S. Sovereignty
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has decided to request authorization from ICC judges to commence a formal investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to the conflict in Afghanistan. Allegations that U.S. military and CIA personnel committed acts of torture and other human rights abuses in connection with this conflict would presumably be deemed within the scope of such an investigation, if authorization is granted by the judges of the ICC’s pre-trial chamber. War crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Taliban and al Qaeda on Afghan territory would also be subjects of the investigation. The ICC would base its assertion of jurisdiction on the fact that Afghanistan is a State Party to the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty under which the ICC was established. The ICC would argue that, irrespective of the fact that the United States is not a State Party to the Rome Statute itself, the ICC would have the authority to prosecute any war crime or crime against humanity committed by anyone - including U.S. personnel - within the territory of Afghanistan or of any other State Party to the Rome Statute.

By Joseph A. Klein - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

Britain backs Jordan and Israel to end the Arab-Jewish conflict

Peel's proposed two-state solution
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has acknowledged that Jordan and Israel represent the only viable “two state solution” that can end the Arab-Jewish conflict.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on 29 October—ahead of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on 2 November—the Foreign Secretary stated:

“I have no doubt that the only viable solution to the conflict resembles the one first set down on paper by another Briton, Lord Peel, in the report of the Royal Commission on Palestine in 1937, and that is the vision of two states for two peoples.”

 

By David Singer - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. should deport Rutgers professor who represented Syria, abetted genocide

GENEVA – An international human rights group today called on Rutgers University to fire Mazen Adi, a professor on war crimes law, on grounds that as a Syrian diplomat and legal advisor he justified the war crimes of the genocidal Assad regime.

UN Watch, an independent non-governmental monitoring group based in Geneva, also called on the U.S. to deport Mr. Adi, whose identity was first exposed by the Algemeiner newspaper yesterday.

By UN Watch - Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

The Hariri Resignation:  Lebanon in the Shadow of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict

The Hariri Resignation
On November 4, 2017, during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri made a sudden surprise announcement that he was resigning from office. In explaining his decision, Hariri had scathing words for Iran and Hezbollah, saying that Tehran is forcibly trying to impose facts on Lebanon: “Iran bypasses the Lebanese regime in an attempt to impose a reality on the ground.” According to Hariri, “wherever Iran is, there are civil wars and destruction…Its hands in the region will be cut off.” Hariri did not spare Hezbollah from his ire: “The organization has managed to impose a reality by the force of weapons,” adding that “we oppose the existence of weapons outside the hands of Lebanon’s legitimate governing authorities.” Hariri accused Hezbollah of trying to assassinate him, the way it assassinated his father in February 2005.

By INSS -- Eldad Shavit, Yoel Guzansky- Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

America, the laughingstock

America, the laughingstock
The United States has a credibility problem. Put plainly, aside from Israel, no one in the Middle East appears to take the Americans seriously.

Let’s start with the Palestinians.

In the wake of last month’s unity deal concluded between US-backed Fatah and Iran-backed Hamas, US President Donald Trump’s special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt announced, “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists – and commit to peaceful negotiations.”

By Caroline Glick - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Full Story

Why North Korea Needs Relisting as a Terror-Sponsoring State

Why North Korea Needs Relisting as a Terror-Sponsoring State -- Youtube
Officially the State Department is headquartered in Washington, but every so often—far too often—there come these moments when State seems so out of touch that it might as well be operating on Neptune. So it goes with the question of whether to put North Korea back on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism—to which the the instant answer from State ought to be yes, yes, YES.

Instead, like an ant circumnavigating an elephant, State is examining the proposition (yet again), having just missed a legal deadline for telling Congress whether Kim Jong Un’s North Korea meets the criteria to be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. On Thursday national security adviser H.R. McMaster told the press that listing North Korea is an “option” which President Trump’s cabinet is considering “as part of the overall strategy on North Korea.”


International Theological Commission Member Rebukes Pope for his Scandalous Teaching

Fr. Thomas Weinand
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a prolific author and highly accomplished theologian and member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission sent a letter to Pope Francis on July 31, in which he expressed deep concerns about the present pontificate. The letter was made public on November 1, the feast of All Saints.

While maintaining complete respect and charity for the person of the Pope, Fr. Weinandy criticized Francis for “demeaning” the importance of doctrine, and rebuked the manner in which he seems to censor and even mock the defenders of doctrine as “Pharisaic stone-throwers who embody a merciless rigorism.”

By David Martin - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

The UN Funds Palestinian Lawfare Offensive against Israel

The UN  Funds Palestinian Lawfare Offensive against Israel
The United Nations is at it again, finding any means within its power to hurt Israel. For example, the UN is planning to allocate many millions of dollars of UN funding, meant to assist the Palestinian Authority in development work, to be used instead to help the Palestinians pursue legal action against Israel in international forums. A document entitled the “United Nations Development Framework State of Palestine 2018-2022” states that such assistance is to include training and technical advice to enable the Palestinians to “effectively access international accountability mechanisms” and “hold Israel accountable for its violations under international law.” The UN document was signed by more than a dozen UN agencies, including UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN human rights office and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It committed the UN itself to “strengthen its own advocacy on the impact of Israeli violations on Palestine’s development prospects, including through joint activities that clearly communicate the effect that the occupation and breaches of international law have on the ability of Palestine to develop economically, socially, environmentally and politically.”

By Joseph A. Klein - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Full Story

Hungary uses intelligence agencies to combat Soros schemes

Hungary uses intelligence agencies to combat Soros schemes

Normally the prospect of a government targeting a private citizen would alarm me, but George Soros is a gangster. More governments should go after him.

Bloomberg News reports:

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban renewed his assault on George Soros, instructing his intelligence services to map what he described as the networks run by the billionaire financier’s “empire” targeting his country.


More “peace solutions”: Egyptian Copts pay the price


The Islamic Bedouin peace process, used for negotiating an agreement between two tribes, arrived in Egypt via Saudi Arabia with the Arab conquest. Today, the technique is utilized to settle issues between Muslims and the indigenous Copts. The Copts submit to prepared agreements that force them as innocent victims into statements of guilt along with penalties, by-passing the courts.

Last week on Friday, October 27, following an attack by jihadists against Copts gathering to pray in a newly renovated church a week earlier, the heads of 1,800 Copts from the village of Al Kashery (Abu Kurkas region of Al Minya) were coerced into a Bedouin Peace Reconciliation meeting after a throng of Muslims (a thousand or more) gathered for prayer outside the mosque and threatened the church across the road.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Full Story

UN launches 65 million dollar legal pogrom to hunt down Israelis and smear Israel as a criminal stat

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on PJ Media.

The United Nations has made a deal with the Palestinians to fund a 65 million dollar legal pogrom directed at Israel. The party on the Palestinian side was referred to as the “Government of the State of Palestine.”

More specifically, the “United Nations System in the occupied Palestinian territory” plans to pay eight UN bodies $64,838,510 between the years of 2018 and 2022 to hunt down individual Israelis and smear Israel as a criminal state.

By Anne Bayefsky - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Trump Will Aid Persecuted Christians in Middle East

Trump Will Aid Persecuted Christians in Middle East
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vice President Mike Pence announced a new policy at the In Defense of Christians annual summit in Washington, promising direct aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

The Obama administration previously gave over a billion dollars in aid to the Middle East through the United Nations. However, little of that money made it to Christians and other vulnerable religious minority groups in that region. The Trump administration has now promised to bypass the United Nations and give the funds directly through the United States Agency for International Development to organizations on the ground to help victims of persecution and genocide.

By Liberty Counsel - Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story

Balfour Declaration Falsehoods Fuel Jew-Hatred and Israel-Bashing

Balfour Declaration Falsehoods Fuel Jew-Hatred and Israel-Bashing
The centenary of the Balfour Declaration issued on 2 November 1917 is being used to unleash a barrage of falsehoods designed to denigrate the Jewish people and delegitimise the Jewish State of Israel.

Among those current egregious falsehoods:

By David Singer - Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story

The Limits of Restraint: Hamas in Gaza and a Confrontation with Israel

The Limits of Restraint: Hamas in Gaza and a Confrontation with Israel
The severe economic crisis and deplorable conditions in the Gaza Strip, which worsened over the past year with the significant reduction in the supply of electricity, have spurred Hamas’s leadership to turn to several regional states for help, particularly Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey. Hamas’s reliance on diplomatic contact with these states coincides with a lengthy period of military restraint, whereby the organization does not fire at Israel and imposes a state of security calm on the organizations that heed its authority. It seems that Hamas has determined that at present, a military conflict does not serve its interests, and on the contrary, would only worsen the living conditions of the Gaza population. Therefore, Hamas leaders prefer to seek diplomatic channels to resolve civilian problems. This regional diplomacy benefits Israel as well, because it is an alternative to an expanded military escalation in the Gaza sector.

By INSS -- Yaron Schneider- Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story

Balfour’s greatest of gifts

Balfour’s greatest of gifts, Israel

This week Israel’s judo team was harassed and discriminated against by UAE officials when they tried to board a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, en route to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Judo Grand Slam competition.

Apropos of nothing, UAE told the Israelis they would only be permitted to enter the UAE from Amman. And once they finally arrived at the competition, they were prohibited from competing under their national flag. Lowlights of the UAE’s shameful bigotry included the forcing Tal Flicker to receive his gold medal under the international Judo association’s flag with the association’s theme song, rather than Israel’s national anthem playing in the background and the sight of a Moroccan female judoka literally running away from her Israeli opponent rather than shake hands with her.

By Caroline Glick - Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Full Story

The Global Failure of Globalization

The Global Failure of Globalization
“We cannot allow to fall back into pre-globalization times,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned.

Merkel was welcoming Obama back to Berlin for the last time. The election had been fought and won nine days earlier. And Obama and Merkel were defending globalism against President-elect Trump.

To Merkel and Obama, returning to pre-globalization times was every bit as mad as going back to the caves. Globalization had become synonymous with civilization. And its prophets, like Thomas Friedman, traced back its rise to the fall of the Berlin Wall in the city where Merkel and Obama were chatting.

By Daniel Greenfield - Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Full Story

The 2030 Great White Wave

The 2030 Great White Wave, European migration to the west
By 2030, twenty million Western European wretches yearning to breathe free will beg admission to the world’s largest refugee destination– the United States.

Too late the Democrat Party will understand the catastrophic consequences for their brand.

Perhaps the Party can take solace in the progressive history of the progressive in U.S. politics. Perhaps they will recall that Marcuse and his acolytes, all beneficiaries of the benevolence of their new country, sought immediately to undermine that country. They’d escaped Marxism in Germany but missed its caress with a lover’s passion, and realized they could remake their beloved Marxist society, in the U.S., with radical ease. By today’s standards, they were right.

By Dr. Brad Lyles - Friday, October 27, 2017 - Full Story

Single-payer health care kills

Single-payer health care kills
Britain’s National Health Service, held up as the
gold standard
by leftists everywhere, announced just last week that it will “ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking.”


According
to the Telegraph:


Egyptian president visits France: Declares “modernity” while Coptic church is seized

Coptic Christians in Egypt
During President Al Sisi’s press conference during his visit to France a few days ago (Saturday, Oct 21), a journalist asked about Egyptian human rights. The President replied that Egypt is suffering from disorder and chaos, adding, “I am keen to establish a modern and civil state.”

Meanwhile in Egypt on the same day, the government Zoning and Planning Commission paid a visit to a four-year old, owned and occupied Orthodox building containing a church for a surprise inspection. The Upper Egypt region of Egypt is primarily Christian and subject to gestapo-like scrutiny with a view to shutting down churches. The village of Al Hager in Suhag has three thousand Coptic Orthodox inhabitants with only one church a mile away – too far to walk.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Full Story

Baghdad Regains Control of Kirkuk: Strategic Implications

Baghdad Regains Control of Kirkuk: Strategic Implications
In a swift military action on October 16-17, 2017, the Iraqi government regained control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who took over the area in 2014. The oil-rich Kirkuk district has been a source of conflict and the subject of negotiations between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government for many years. However, until now the central government in Baghdad refrained from military conflict over the area, since in recent years efforts were focused on joint activities against the Islamic State. In the background to the takeover are the results of the referendum in the Kurdish region held on September 25, 2017, in which 93 percent of voters confirmed the Kurdish desire for independence. Kurdish independence aspirations encountered sweeping opposition from the Baghdad government, Iran, and Turkey, as well as from the international community, particularly the United States.

By INSS -- Eldad Shavit, Gallia Lindenstrauss- Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - Full Story