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Comrades: Russians try to rescue collapsing Venezuela by restructuring $3.15 billion in debt

Comrades: Russians try to rescue collapsing Venezuela by restructuring $3.15 billion in debt
What kind of communist would you be if you didn’t help a needy comrade out?

Oh. Right. Russia’s not communist anymore. Not in name, anyway, and not in the sense of Russia itself operating under a true communist economic system. Putin’s Russia is more of a crony capitalist regime.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

North Korea sentences Trump to death ...for calling Kim Jong Un ‘fat’

North Korea sentences Trump to death ...for calling Kim Jong Un 'fat'
There’s a good chance you saw President Trump’s tweet - in which he very specifically did not call Kim Jong Un a little fatty - when it appeared last weekend.  If you missed it, here you go:

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

Zimbabwe’s leader and his despised wife are detained by military in ‘bloodless transition’ of power

Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe and his wife have been detained by the military in a ‘bloodless transition’ of power - and the country’s deposed vice-president has returned from exile.

Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be over this morning after military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation.—More

By News on the Net - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

Saudi Arabia in an Accelerated and Risky Process of Transformation

Saudi Arabia in an Accelerated and Risky Process of Transformation
Saudi Arabia is challenged in nearly every dimension, on both domestic and external levels. Therefore, the recent turmoil in the kingdom, reflected in an unprecedented number of arrests of hundreds of officials, including key leaders of the economic, communications, and political sectors, may prove to be a development of historic magnitude. Will the political upheaval be perceived by Riyadh’s enemies as a window of opportunity to intensify pressure? Is the kingdom facing an era of instability? Strategists and analysts in countries affected by the standing of the Saudi kingdom, including Israel, should increase their monitoring of the kingdom’s stability and prepare emergency plans in the event of a crisis.

By INSS -- Amos Yadlin, Yoel Guzansky- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

“Human error” wipes Israel off the map

Human error wipes Israel off the map
Australia’s national news broadcaster (“ABC”) has belatedly admitted that “human error” wiped Israel off this map.

This admission came during the investigation of a complaint lodged by me concerning a segment aired on Media Watch featuring the above map titled “Misplaced map outrage

By David Singer - Monday, November 13, 2017 - Full Story

U.N. to condemn Israel 9 times

GENEVA – The U.N. General Assembly will condemn Israel nine times today, “part of its annual ritual of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions singling out the Jewish state, and making no mention of Hamas stabbings, shootings or vehicular attacks against Israelis,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch. Click here for list of 9 resolutions.

Byu contrast, in this year’s session there will be a total of 6 condemnatory resolutions for the rest of the world combined — with one each on Syria, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Myanmar, as well as one on the U.S. for its Cuba embargo.

By UN Watch - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Full Story

More anti Israeli scenes from the United Nations

 

By Human Rights Voices - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Full Story

Tzippy and the Iceberg

Tzippy and the Iceberg
Princeton University Hillel’s last minute decision on Monday to cancel Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipy Hotovely’s scheduled address was the tip of a very dangerous iceberg.

The iceberg itself was revealed the next day on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2016. The bill is intended to facilitate the fight against antisemitism on campuses by requiring university authorities to refer to the State Department’s definition of antisemitism when they consider whether harassing acts were “motivated by antisemitic intent.”

By Caroline Glick - Friday, November 10, 2017 - Full Story

Destroying the Tunnel: Preserving Deterrence while Preventing Escalation

Destroying the Tunnel: Preserving Deterrence while Preventing Escalation
Israel’s proven ability to locate and destroy tunnels undermines the rationale of the enemy system (including both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad) whereby attack tunnels are a strategic and psychological tool par excellence. Despite the pressure to respond to Israel’s destruction of the Gaza tunnel because of the many casualties, it seems that Hamas does not want escalation at a time that it is focused on implementing the reconciliation agreement with Fatah. As a military escalation with Israel would hurt Hamas, the organization will therefore try to restrain the other organizations, and if there is a response it will likely be limited. For its part, Israel must both preserve its strong deterrence and prevent escalation. In this setting, Israel should assess the reconciliation process between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and consider its possible contribution to stability in the Gaza Strip. While the chances of success are slim, the very existence of such a process may serve Israel’s strategic interests and enable the shaping of a reality that is more convenient for both Israel and the Gaza Strip population.

By INSS -- Kobi Michael, Omer Dostri- Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

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