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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.”

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

Balfour Declaration Centenary Shames Arab and UN Deniers

Balfour Declaration Centenary Shames Arab and UN Deniers,  Jewish-Arab conflict

The continuing Arab refusal—aided and abetted by the United Nations - to recognise the international legitimacy of the Balfour Declaration 100 years after it was first issued on 2 November 1917 - remain the greatest obstacles to resolving the Jewish-Arab conflict.

The current Arab culprits are the Arab League, the PLO and Hamas who unconditionally reject the binding international legal validity of the Balfour Declaration. However their efforts to nullify the Balfour Declaration would have been undermined long ago had the United Nations not lent its support by propagating a fictitious narrative of the Jewish-Arab conflict.

By David Singer - Monday, October 23, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. and Israeli UN Ambassadors take the “Outlaw” Iranian Regime to Task

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley used her entire speech to the UN Security Council on Wednesday to denounce the Iranian regime on multiple grounds.  It was the Security Council first meeting on the ‘Situation in the Middle East’ after President Donald Trump’s statement on the new American policy on Iran. The session was supposed to be devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, Ambassador Haley departed from the monthly ritual during which Israel is normally singled out for criticism by other Council members. She went after Iran instead. She explained why the Trump administration decided to take “a comprehensive approach to confronting the Iranian regime,” which does not give the regime a get out of jail free card even if it is in technical compliance with the loophole-ridden nuclear deal agreed to by the Obama administration known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

By Joseph A. Klein - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Full Story

Iran’s very good week

You have to hand it to the Iranians. They don’t play around. Just hours after President Donald Trump gave his speech outlining the contours of a new US policy toward Iran, senior Iranian officials were on the ground in Iraq and Syria not only humiliating the US, but altering the strategic balance in Iran’s favor.

Last Friday Trump said that from now on, the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama concluded with the Iranian regime would be viewed in the overall context of Iran’s many forms of aggression. Iran’s support and direction of terrorism, its subversion of neighboring regimes, regional aggression, weapons proliferation, development of ballistic missiles and harassment of maritime traffic will no longer be dealt with in isolation from Iran’s nuclear program.

Disappointing the monstrous regime of Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was interviewed on CBS’s Face the Nation last Sunday. He said that by decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump has guaranteed that the world will no longer “trust any U.S. administration to engage in any long-term negotiation…” He added that “there’s not much courtesy left in the way the United States treats the rest of the world.”

Oh boo hoo!

By BombThrowers -- Eli David- Friday, October 20, 2017 - Full Story

The S-400 Deal: Russia Drives another Wedge between Turkey and its NATO Allies

The recent statement by Turkish President Erdogan that Ankara had made an advance payment to Russia for the purchase of two S-400 air defense batteries, combined with Russia’s confirmation of this report, constitutes a significant development that adds to the question marks about Turkey’s future in NATO. This development also strengthens Russia’s standing in the Middle East, because it is another expression of the rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara. However, the Turkish-Russian rapprochement does not by itself reduce the leverage available to the West in its relations with Turkey, above all the defense relations in the context of NATO and the extensive trade between Turkey and the European Union. While many believe that Turkey will remain a NATO member for the foreseeable future, they note at the same time that Turkey is a problematic member of the alliance that is already suffering from quite a few internal tensions.

By INSS -- Gallia Lindenstrauss, Zvi Magen- Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Full Story

King Salman’s Visit to Moscow: Affirmation of Russian Influence in the Middle East

The recent visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia was described by Saudi Arabia as historic; Moscow likewise attributed much significance to the visit, because it regards Saudi Arabia as a key Middle East state, and because it saw in it Riyadh’s recognition of Russia’s influence in the region. Despite their differences on Syria and other issues, Riyadh and Moscow have a string of common interests, headed by the goal of stabilizing oil prices. Furthermore, Moscow realizes that not only will it be difficult to enhance its influence in the Middle East without improving its relations with Riyadh, but that Riyadh still has considerable influence on the forces opposing Assad, and therefore on the chances of a settlement in Syria, as well as influence on Islamic forces in Russia itself. As for Israel, Russia is keeping close track of the discourse about an Israeli-Saudi rapprochement as part of the formation of an anti-Iran regional front.

By INSS -- Zvi Magen, Yoel Guzansky- Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Full Story

More Serial Human Rights Abusers Elected to UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday elected 15 member states to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term, including such notorious human rights abusers as Qatar, Angola, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Member states considered eligible for membership on the Human Rights Council are theoretically supposed to be able to demonstrate their commitment to the highest standards of human rights and their full cooperation with all UN mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Special Procedures and treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. These countries fall woefully short of such standards.

By Joseph A. Klein - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

The New York Times Strikes Again—Says Russian Propaganda War ‘May Be Impossible To Stop’

The New York Times is nothing if not consistent. The so-called “newspaper of record” has spent decades giving support to the propaganda efforts of Moscow and its allies beginning with the advent of the Soviet Union. In the 1920s and early 30s the New York Times Moscow correspondent, Walter Duranty, promoted pro-Soviet propaganda, although he knew the Communist Party line was false. Closer to home, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the New York Times gave a platform for Herbert Matthews’ pro-Castro lies. The New York Times support of the Party line continued throughout the Cold War. With the rise of Putin’s neo-Soviet Russia, the New York Times again follows the Moscow line, and in a recent article declares any struggle against Moscow’s latest propaganda offensive to be an all but lost cause.

For Moscow’s part, the stated purpose of its latest and glitzy manipulation of broadcast media and use of social media is to break “the Anglo-Saxon global information streams.”

By Toby Westerman - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

America and Israel quit UNESCO over “Palestine” fiasco

UNESCO’s decision to admit “Palestine” as a member state in 2011 in apparent breach of UNESCO’s own Constitution has come back to bite UNESCO with a vengeance – as America and Israel now give formal notice of their intention to quit UNESCO on 31 December 2018.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert asserted America’s decision was not taken lightly and reflected U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.

By David Singer - Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

Scandal: Qatar, Congo, Pakistan set to join U.N.’s top rights body; UN Watch urges ‘No&#

GENEVA,– Despite a recent pledge by a Dutch-led coalition of 47 nations, today’s election for 15 seats on the U.N.’s highest human rights body will install up to 10 more non-democracies in a mostly uncontested race, which may prompt U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley to determine that her June warning before the council—to stop electing “the world’s worst human rights offenders”—has been flouted.

In a detailed study released today by UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organization, finds that 7 out of 16 candidates have poor records and fail to qualify according to the UN’s own basic membership criteria: Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Qatar. The council already counts Saudi Arabia, Burundi, China, Cuba, Venezuela, and UAE as members.

By UN Watch - Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

PLO-Hamas referendum could boost Trump peace plans

There is little hope that reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will end a decade of bitter internecine feuding which has seen a parallel entrenchment of territorial divisions between them in Gaza and the West Bank.

Gazan and West Bank Arab populations will continue to be the victims of this ongoing power play as both groups remain bitterly opposed to recognising Israel as the Jewish National Home.

By David Singer - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Full Story

Iran to U.S.: Impose new sanctions on us and we might fire missiles at your military bases

Reuters misses the real news here with its headline, which reads, “Iran warns U.S. against imposing further sanctions.” It rather begs the question: What did they threaten to do?

It’s really not too ambiguous:

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, October 9, 2017 - Full Story

Radical leftist Pope Francis ousts anti-communist bishop from key post

Pope Francis continues to wreak havoc as he community-organizes the Roman Catholic church.

The latest outrage comes in the form of the pope’s September 28 decision to fire Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican. As a result of this power play, the 67-year-old archbishop, who has no diplomatic experience, is going to Athens, Greece, to become the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the Hellenic Republic.

Ireland honors dead commie Che Guevara

The postal service in the Republic of Ireland has decided to honor psychopathic mass-murdering communist Ernesto “Che” Guevara with a €1.00 (one euro) postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of his death. The decision was approved by Ireland’s cabinet, which didn’t bother to submit the matter to the Oireachtas, the country’s parliament.

“The promotion of Che Guevara as some kind of folk hero is nothing new; college campuses are filled with students unironically wearing Che tee-shirts,” Frank Camp writes at the Daily Wire. “Unfortunately, much like a cockroach, every time Guevara’s legacy is shown to be one of thuggery and murder, his deity-like status among progressives returns as if it had never been dismantled, and we see things like Ireland’s commemorative stamps.”