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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

The dubia surrounding Pope Francis’ election

With all the controversy that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013, it seems that Catholics may have lost sight of a very key element of this episode, namely, that Benedict XVI never resigned his papal office, but only the active exercise thereof.

On the eve of his resignation, he said: “Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… “The ‘always’ is also a “forever”—there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (General Audience, February 27, 2013)

According to these words, Benedict XVI remains pope, with no revocation of his office having occurred. According to Church law, a pope must give up “his office” for his resignation to be valid. (Canon 332) Pope Benedict clearly chose to retain his office “forever,” which means he is still pope, which means that Francis cannot be pope, since there cannot be two popes. The late Fatima expert Fr. Nicholas Gruner points this out in a rare video on Benedict XVI’s resignation. If Francis is the pope, then Benedict’s office is revoked, but Benedict insists it was not revoked.

Fr. Gruner on the resignation of Benedict XVI from Louie Verrecchio on Vimeo.

By David Martin - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Look Who Will Be Joining the U.N. Human Rights Council

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Weekly Standard

The U.N. Human Rights Council has an election coming up in October, which can mean only one thing: A new slate of human rights abusers are poised to be elected to the U.N.‘s top human rights body.

The council already currently includes such human rights luminaries as: China, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. They will be joined—at minimum—by the notorious Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Angola.

The election of these new states—both ranked by Freedom House in the lowest possible category of human rights protection (“not free”)—is a done deal because of a deliberate U.N. process. Each of the five U.N.

By Anne Bayefsky - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Running out of Options to Stop North Korea

After conducting a succession of ballistic missile tests, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and its most recent ballistic missile test over Japan, North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test this past weekend. It reportedly was at least four times more powerful than the previous nuclear test North Korea conducted last year. North Korea acted despite strident warnings from President Trump, enhanced demonstrations of U.S. and its allies’ joint military prowess in the region, and increased sanctions imposed collectively by the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally by the United States. The rogue regime is reportedly planning to launch another ICBM shortly.

By Joseph A. Klein - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Lynch Mob: How Globalism Lost Its Purpose and Its Credibility Without Any Globalists Noticing

The pundits sound surprised by Brexit and Trump. None of the experts saw it coming. It’s shocking. It can’t be explained. Yet it was majority rule. How can majority rule be a secret in today’s information age?  Maybe our information is poor because our discussion is lacking.

Globalism is not becoming unpopular. It was never agreed to. It was never even discussed. If we had discussed “globalism”, the belief that life is better with long distance trade across international borders, then we would have used the term “localism”, the opposite belief that life is better with trade limited to the local community. You can not discuss brightness without the concept of darkness. You can not discuss globalism without the concept of localism, as a philosophy. But the word “localism” is not used to mean a philosophy but a mannerism such as playing hockey in Canada, baseball in the US or red telephone booths in Britain.

By David Billings - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Kim Jong Un’s Thermonuclear Joyride

PJMedia: The Rosett Report

Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, advertised by Pyongyang as an ICBM-ready hydrogen bomb, it was good to hear Defense Secretary James Mattis talking tough. But that won’t stop North Korea from building nuclear missiles. It won’t stop North Korea’s threats against the U.S. and our allies. I’d wager it won’t even interfere with Kim Jong Un’s enjoyment of his apparently ample meals.

Mattis stressed Kim’s peril in his remarks on Sunday, when he said: “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response.” Mattis added the backhanded threat that “we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.”

By Claudia Rosett - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Norks: We are preparing more ‘gift packages’ for the United States

Yeah, you don’t want to open this package, not that you’d have a choice. If they fire it in your direction, your options are to shoot it down if you can, or take cover.

No wonder so many people are sick of Christmas. This would be even worse that one of those stupid fruitcakes:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

The only ‘Iranian nuclear deal’ that matters is the one it has with North Korea

The Iran nuclear “deal” is an abject joke. It always was. Iran demanded the deal be written in such a way that the UN could pretend it was effective, while it simultaneously allowed the terrorist nation to stall, delay, and obfuscate the barely-existent inspection process at every turn. Barack Obama and John Kerry were so desperate that the particulars were irrelevant. The accord was complete garbage, but they happily lapped it up so they could claim a political win.  No matter how terrible the agreement was, they were determined to sign it.

As Dan told you two weeks ago, Iran is still Iran...

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

WHY CHINA IS NOT GOING TO REIGN IN NORTH KOREA

On 09/03/2017, North Korea said it conducted its largest nuclear test so far. In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground explosion a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM.” Pyongyang said “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”

Kim Young-woo, a South Korean lawmaker who is chairman of the legislature’s defense committee, and who was briefed by his military, said that the latest nuclear test was estimated to have a yield of as high as 100 kilotons—about 10 times the power of the North’s previous test.

After a 90-minute emergency meeting of the National Security Council, South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said that Seoul would consider the possible deployment of what he described as the “most powerful strategic assets that the U.S. possesses”. The term “strategic assets” means the use of stealth bombers, aircraft carriers or possibly nuclear weapons.

By Robert Steven Ingebo - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

Rights Activists Urge Democracies to Expel Maduro from UNHRC

GENEVA - A cross-regional coalition of 12 human rights activists from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, today called on the U.N Human Rights Council to convene an urgent meeting to finally suspend the membership of Venezuela, which was re-elected in 2015.

UN Watch expressed “shock” that the U.N. Human Rights Council is allowing Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to open its session on Monday, September 11, 2017.

By UN Watch - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

United Nations and Trump should heed 1989 Balfour Declaration

A lot of bloodshed, pain and suffering sustained by both Jews and Arabs over the last 28 years could have been avoided had the United Nations heeded the 1989 Balfour Declaration presented by the 4th Lord Balfour at the 4th international conference of the Jordan is Palestine Committee held in Jerusalem in November 1989.

The 1989 Declaration stated:

“The world should be fully aware of what was British Palestine; the misleading propaganda issued from oil-wealthy Arab states must be countered; Palestine has already been divided into two countries – Jewish Israel and Arab Jordan; the present governments of Israel and Jordan should be fully supported and upheld; and a third state as suggested by the PLO would upset the political and economic situation in the whole area”

By David Singer - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

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