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European dream is my nightmare

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for having me here today. I applaud the fact that you invite someone who does not share your enthusiasm for the European Union. Or your European dream as Euro commissioner Frans Timmermans just called it. To be honest: his dream is my nightmare.

I realize that my views are different from those of the many members of the European establishment in our midst, but I am an optimist.

By Geert Wilders - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

VIDEO: This is what happens when you drink and drive . . . OK, not exactly drive

The story is that the guy had just nabbed a big business deal. I’m not sure exactly what business deals consist of in communist China, but maybe that’s why he thought it called for such an audacious celebration.

Either way, good on him for the score. I just hope the terms of the deal don’t require him to, shall we say, exhibit any intelligence whatsoever. Because he has none:

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

N.Y. POLISH AMERICANS RECALL 1939 GERMAN INVASION OF POLAND AND START OF WWII

Maspeth, NY…. To observe the 78th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland that started World War ll on   September l, 1939, New York’s Polish American community (Polonia) will be participating in a solemn memorial mass on Sunday, September 3.

The mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 61-21 56th Road in Maspeth.

A section of 56th Road bordering the church had its name changed to “St. Pope John Paul II Way” in 2014 largely through the efforts of the Polish American-Jewish American Dialog Committee of Queens, N.Y.  The Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress was the organization representing the Polish side of the dialog.

By Frank Milewski - Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Full Story

Russia in Syria: Between Iran and Israel

The central issue discussed in the August 23, 2017 meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin was the growing Iranian involvement in Syria and the role that Russia is assigning to Iran in shaping the future political arrangement in the war-torn state. Israel’s struggle against Iran’s growing influence in Syria will be determined by the ability of both Iran and Israel to exercise effective levers of influence on Russia. Russia for its part will try to maneuver between Israeli demands and the need for cooperation with Iran, partly by making conflicting promises to each side. Therefore, Israel should treat Russia’s promises in this context with caution, and improve its readiness to use force wisely and with a low signature, against Iran’s objectives for establishing itself in Syria.

There are conflicting reports, mostly speculative, regarding the August 23, 2017 meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The central issue discussed was growing Iranian involvement in Syria and the role that Russia is assigning to Iran in shaping the future political arrangement in the war-torn state. Already before the meeting, Israel sent strong messages relaying that the continued Iranian presence in Syria constituted a concrete threat to it. At the same time, there was an Israeli effort to persuade the United States to refrain from completely abandoning the Syrian arena to Russia, and indirectly to Iran. Indeed, most areas controlled by the Islamic State that were freed by the United States have been seized by Iran and its proxies.

By INSS -- Zvi Magen, Udi Dekel, Sima Shine- Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Full Story

The strategic case for Kurdistan

If the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan aren’t intimidated into standing down, on September 25, the people of Iraqi Kurdistan will go to the polls to vote on a referendum for independence.

The Kurds have been hoping to hold the referendum since 2013.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

Egypt: “War on terror” shuts down churches and prayer

Imagine walking through your village to church to pray during the final days of fasting for the Feast of The Assumption. You find police barricades blocking all roads to the sanctuary. At a check point you see your priest petitioning the heavens. State police forbid your entrance and give the same reasons they always do – excuses well known to Christian Copts. You have no permit to pray and you must stop irritating Muslims with whom you share your village. 

You are accustomed to it. You’ve always been told on the slightest whim that you need a government permit to pray in the church and even inside your home in the village of Al-Furn, and that goes for all other towns across Egypt. Yet no actual law or code exists requiring anyone anywhere in Egypt to have a permit for prayer. Meanwhile, Christians in this little town of four hundred Coptic families live with the familiar weekly scene of neighboring Muslims praying in the street—blocking public transportation and ceasing passage. Complaints are never lodged against them demanding the nebulous “permit.” They are free to do so.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Full Story

Iran: We don’t think we’ll let any UN inspectors visit our military sites

No one who’s paid attention to this from the beginning can be surprised. We told you two years ago that the verification measures in the Iran nuclear deal were a joke, and that it would be easy for Iran to defy inspectors on virtually any pretext, no matter how flimsy. Not only that, but Obama and Kerry fought to structure the deal in that way because Iran wouldn’t sign if they didn’t. That’s how badly they wanted signatures on a piece of paper, even if the deal they were signing was a complete disaster.

Now we’re seeing that’s exactly what it is:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Full Story

Abbas set to defy Trump and Netanyahu at United Nations

PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas seems set to once again embark on another futile journey to the United Nations (UN) seeking recognition of a second Arab state—in addition to Jordan—within the territory comprised in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.

A senior unidentified Palestinian source threatened such action on 21 August:

By David Singer - Monday, August 28, 2017 - Full Story

Seven Memorable “Guterres Moments” for Israel during the UN Secretary-General’s First Seven Mo

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel for the first time in late August 2017, seven full months after assuming the prestigious post in January 2017. Upon his election, the Israeli establishment expressed hope that Guterres’ leadership would lead to a change in the UN’s bias against Israel. In considering seven milestones during the past seven months, Guterres’ actions, rhetoric, and statements on Israel-related issues create the impression that he is indeed committed to bettering the situation.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel for the first time in late August 2017, seven full months after assuming the prestigious post in January 2017. In ascending to the position of the world’s top diplomat, Guterres prevailed in an election process that was unprecedented in its accessibility to the world’s citizenry through social media and, consequently, in the public interest that the process generated.

By INSS -- Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky- Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story

US anti-Semitism superseded by civic foundations

Contrary to European anti-Semitism, the recent episodes of anti-Semitism in the US—such as hundreds of white supremacists, bearing torches and giving the Nazi salute - represent a negligible American minority, religiously, socially, ethnically and politically. These episodes defy the civic, moral and religious foundations of the US, as well as the US political, media and civic discourse, which have demonstrated high esteem for Judaism from the era of the early Pilgrims, through the Founding Fathers until today.

The Colonial Origin of the American Constitution, by University of Houston Prof. Donald Lutz, highlights “the continuity from the [November 11, 1620] Mayflower Compact to the American state and national constitutions of the late eighteenth century, [which] clearly evolves from basic symbols in the Judeo-Christian tradition…. Protestants writing [constitutional] documents viewed their work as equivalent to the Jewish biblical covenants… between God and his chosen people…. The political compact eventually evolved into what we now recognize as the American form of constitutionalism….”

By Yoram Ettinger - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story

UN Hypocrites Lecture U.S. on Charlottesville Racism

Anastasia Crickley, The United Nations and Glass Houses

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, acting under its “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures,” intervened in the ongoing controversy over the deadly violence in Charlottesville sparked by a white supremacist rally and the Trump administration’s response. The urgent warning procedure is supposed to short circuit the normal periodic country human rights review process, which takes place about every five years. It is to be invoked only in those situations that could “spiral into terrible events” and require immediate action, according to Anastasia Crickley, chair of the committee, which monitors implementation of the global convention on prohibiting racial discrimination.

By Joseph A. Klein - Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Full Story

Egypt’s Challenging Shift from Counterterrorism to Counterinsurgency in the Sinai

Since June 2017, Egypt has faced a notable rise in terrorist attacks from Salafi-jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula that are affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and from Islamist organizations inside the Nile Valley. Due to increasing violence, Egypt declared a country-wide state of emergency in April, and extended it in June for another three months. Security has been stepped up around public areas and religious sites. On July 7, Sinai Province, the Egyptian affiliate of IS, employed suicide car bombs and gunmen to attack an Egyptian military outpost near Rafah, killing at least twenty-three soldiers. In response, Egypt launched the fourth phase of the operation “Martyr’s Right” against cells of the Sinai Province in North and Central Sinai, so far killing dozens of terrorists.

By INSS Ofir Winter, Meirav Malter- Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

The Iranian Threat in Syria: As Bad as It Seems?

The question of Syria’s future, especially the issue of Iran’s influence and presence in the country, was at the center of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with President Putin. On the table are a range of possible scenarios of Iranian levels of intervention for which Israel is preparing, against an array of strategic considerations that will influence Iran’s policy. The Iranian threat from Syria does not pose an intolerable security challenge for Israel right now and probably will not in the future, especially if Israel wisely exploits the range of tools at its disposal to reduce Iran’s dominance and curb the Iranian threat in the Syrian arena.

When the Syrian civil war broke out, Iran sided with President Bashar al-Assad. As time has passed and the threat to the stability of the Assad regime has grown, Iran’s involvement in the fighting has become more pronounced. Shia militias made up of foreigners (from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere) and Hezbollah—all under Iranian command—have been dispatched to the battlefield alongside units of the Revolutionary Guards and regular Iranian army troops. Iranian proxies are the mainstay ground forces of the pro-Assad coalition that has been led by Russia since the fall of 2015.

By INSS -- Udi Dekel, Carmit Valensi- Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Full Story

Trump must question Abbas-PLO commitment to peace with Israel

The planned visit to the Middle East at the end of August by President Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell – presents a wonderful opportunity for them to test the commitment of the PLO and its leader Mahmoud Abbas to concluding a peace treaty with Israel.

Abbas needs to confirm or reject his following remarks reported on 11 January 2014:

By David Singer - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

Quo Vadis the Arab Tsunami (a.k.a. “the Arab Spring”)?

Where is the Arab Middle East heading following the 2010-2017 disintegration of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Sudan; the toppling of several Arab regimes; the estimated toll of 400,000 fatalities and six million refugees, resulting from intra-Arab conflicts; the proliferation of Islamic Sunni terrorism; the unprecedented power-projection surge by Iran’s Shiite Ayatollahs; the approaching Sunni and Shiite terrorist machetes to the throat of the House of Saud and all other pro-US Arab regimes; and the intensified squashing of human rights in every Arab country, all ruled by minority-regimes?

The raging Arab Tsunami of the last 6.5 years – referred to by the Western establishment as the Arab Spring – has further destabilized the one-bullet, provisional, Arab regimes, characterized by tenuous policies and uncertain bilateral and multilateral intra-Arab agreements.

By Yoram Ettinger - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

Europe’s Challenges Open the Market for Israel’s Arms Industry

In the past few years, the European demand for arms has increased due to the significant security challenges that have developed throughout the continent. This trend has also resulted in a marked increase in Israeli defense exports to European countries, which is expected to continue in the years to come, especially to Eastern Europe. This development requires that Israel act cautiously—among other reasons—in order to avoid a direct diplomatic clash with Russia, which is the primary reason for the current European armament.

In 2015, Europe became the second largest destination for Israeli arms exports as the scope of European defense deals with Israel more than doubled—from $724 million in 2014 to $1.6 billion in 2015. This trend continued in 2016, as Israel’s defense exports to European countries reached $1.8 billion, far exceeding its transactions with the countries of North America ($1.265 billion), Latin America ($550 million), and Africa ($275 million) but still less than its defense exports to the countries of Asia ($2.6 billion).

By INSS -- Elai Rettig, Yotam Rosner- Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

EU Leaders Guilty of Criminal Negligence

Criminal Negligence: The crime of causing injury or harm to a person or property as the result of doing something or failing to provide a reasonable level of care.

What Europe’s leaders have forced on their people is nothing less than criminal negligence. What is missing in European society that they feel a need to expose their citizens to extreme foreign cultures? Why do they seem to divorce themselves from reality? Do they not see, behind their armed guards and thick walls, that the people and their way of life are under attack?

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Full Story

UN “Experts” Assail U.S. Immigration Policy

Last Monday, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention claimed in its panel of “experts” report that the United States is violating international law by virtue of its widespread detention of would-be immigrants including asylum-seekers.  “The Working Group is of the view that all administrative detention, in particular of immigrants in an irregular situation, should be in accordance with international human rights law; and that such detention is to be a measure of last resort, necessary and proportionate and be not punitive in nature, and that alternatives to detention are to be sought whenever possible,” the report said.

By Joseph A. Klein - Friday, August 18, 2017 - Full Story

North Korean Situation History and Proposed Solution

Of course the current North Korean brouhaha is all Trump’s fault at least according to the propaganda megaphone and prime time indoctrination machine that is the ABCCBSNBCPBSCNNMSNBCNPR Cartel. But then again according to these Alt-Left AntiFa stenographers what isn’t?

To be effective all current events must happen in a vacuum. That way the spinmeisters can work their editorial magic and make everything fit their narrative.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

Richard Branson pushes universal welfare programs

Swashbuckling entrepreneur Richard Branson is the latest billionaire to endorse the incredibly dumb idea of the government giving everyone money for doing nothing, CNBC reports.

Branson and corporate welfare addict Elon Musk both support a guaranteed annual income scheme like the top-heavy welfare states in Europe have. (Some call it a “universal basic income” scheme.)

By Matthew Vadum - Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story