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Hizbollah’s Increased Strength: Risks and Opportunities for Israel

Zaki Shalom, INSS Insight No. 57

One tangible aftermath of the Second Lebanon War and the agreement that concluded it is an increase in Hizbollah’s strength. In fact, this agreement increases the possibility of Hizbollah’s taking over all or large parts of Lebanon, which entails severe dangers for Israel.

Irena Sendler: Compassion and Courage

Irena Mrs. Sendler, Mother of the Children of the Holocaust, an Angel in the GhettoWarsaw, Poland: Irena Sendler is not anymore with us. One could say the world suffered a great loss when an old lady in a wheelchair quietly pulled to the end of her long and painful but also charitable and glorious life. She passed away on the 12th of May in a Warsaw hospital, at the age of 98.

On the very day she died, a school in Warsaw was to be named “Irena Sendler’s Middle School No 23” and a ceremony occurred in a timely fashion.  But her portrait was adorned by a black ribbon and the school’s banner, as students and teachers stood silent with tears in their eyes. Her funeral, on May 15, brought together hundreds of people, friends and admirers of Mrs. Sendler from Poland and from abroad. On that day, AP reporter Monika Scislowska reported: “Pallbearers carried Sendler’s coffin through the historic Powazki cemetary. More than 40 children from the newly named Irena Sendler Middle School in the capital’s Praga neighborhood looked on, each holding a yellow tulip…Frederic Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ was played as Sendler was laid to rest and mourners gathered to hear a Catholic prayer.”

By David M. Dastych - Monday, May 26, 2008 - Full Story

Muslim English teacher admits threatening to blow up Europe’s largest shopping centre with limousine

A Muslim English teacher yesterday today pleaded guilty to threatening to blow up the giant Bluewater shopping centre.

By Guest Column - Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Full Story

Abbas Loses The Plot

PLO Chairman and President of the Palestinian Authority - Mahmoud Abbas - was clearly not happy with the remarks made by President Bush on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s reconstitution as an independent Jewish state within its biblical homeland 2000 years after it had last flourished there.

By David Singer - Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Full Story

Right Attitudes Will Win Victories Against Iran

An April 23rd news article, “Ross Issues Urgent Warning on Iran” by reported that “...US and its allies probably have no more than a year to take action against Iran before that nation acquires nuclear weapons, warns Dennis Ross, an architect of the Mideast peace process.”  Because of his deception tactics, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is likely closer than a year’s time to fulfilling his nuclear plans—-until he is stopped.

By George Koukeas - Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Full Story

Prisoners of ambiguity

The Economist print edition

UNTIL recently, Canadians who ended up in a foreign jail could be confident of help. The federal government backed any request by a convicted prisoner to be repatriated to a Canadian jail. For those sentenced to death, an appeal for clemency was automatic. While consular officials would not interfere in any reputable prosecution, once sentence was passed, they would help bring Canadians home.

By Guest Column - Friday, May 23, 2008 - Full Story

China Quake Used to Rail Against Overseas Dissent

By Matthew Little, Epoch Times Staff

China’s communist regime could be behind a rash of angry, sometimes violent, protests in the United States and Canada, said a retired Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agent and expert on the regime’s clandestine operations in Canada.

By Guest Column - Friday, May 23, 2008 - Full Story

Brave Bangladeshi journalists asks for your help

Bangladesh government withdrew police protection from my residence suddenly on May 5, 2008. I made numerous requests to them to restore the protection. But, it was never done.

My brother Dr. Richard L Benkin also made similar requests, but in vain. This afternoon, an official with Uttara Police Station [where my residence is located] told me on condition of anonymity that the police protection was withdrawn following a high-level instruction. I was also assured by several high officials that the police protection will be back. But it hasn’t returned!

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

President plans to kill off every single homosexual

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he will “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story


Six churches gutted after recovery of Christians teenagers from Muslim kidnappers.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Iran: Police Arrest 12 Christian Converts

Four still imprisoned in crackdown in Shiraz.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Not All Individuals are Respected Says Dr. Alveda King

The use of a racial slur by a Greenwood, Mississippi, city councilman not only reveals racism, but also brings to mind an attitude held by many today that some individuals are lesser beings said Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Christian Newswire - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Cause and Consequence: Deathblow in the Netherlands

Last week, the Dutch police raided the home of Gregorius Nekschot (a pseudonym meaning “Gregory Deathblow”). Mr. Nekschot makes rude and often sexually explicit cartoons that poke fun at the multicultural society and at religious people, especially Muslims. The police confiscated his computer and a number of drawings. The cartoonist was also arrested and jailed for 36 hours but has meanwhile been released until his court case is due.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Bosnia: Al-Qaeda smuggling weapons into Croatia, paper claims

Banjaluka, 21 May (AKI) – Al-Qaeda and the Muslim fundamentalist Wahabi movement’s operatives have been smuggling weapons and explosives into neighbouring Croatia, Bosnian daily Nezavisne novine reported on Wednesday.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

The Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: What was – and was not – Agreed On

Aluf Benn, INSS Insight No. 56,

At the Israeli Presidential Conference “Facing Tomorrow,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that real progress has been made in Israel’s talks with the Palestinian Authority. According to Olmert, “understandings and agreements regarding highly important matters have been achieved, though some issues are still outstanding.”

‘Dead Gazan’ alive and kicking

Meital Yasur-Beit Or, Israel News

Rights group got it wrong: Gaza cancer patient who ‘died while waiting for permit’ still a

By Guest Column - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Full Story

Iran sets off nuclear race in the Middle East

By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor, Telegraph

Iran’s neighbours began their nuclear programmes within months of Tehran’s decision to start enriching uranium, according to a new report.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Full Story

False Accusations Harm Cause of Human Rights:  The Case of Mary Mandol

Mary MondolEditor’s Note: On April 29, Canada Free Press (CFP) picked up a story sent by Christian Newswire about a persecuted mother and her infant son in Bangladesh.  From the outset, people trying to help could not find Mary Mondol, the woman who was the subject of the story.  The Chicago-based Dr. Richard Benkin, who successfully fought for the release of Bangladeshi journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, imprisoned after writing articles in the Weekly Blitz warning the outside world about the rise of Islamic radicals, urging Bangladesh to recognize Israel, and advocating for religious equality, contacted Choudhury to track down Mary Mondol, a Christian woman living in Dhaka.  Following are the results of their investigation.  Since 2006, Dr. Benkin has been investigating and exposing the emerging South Asian threat stemming from the cooperation of radical Communists and radical Islamists.  He has termed this the “Red-Green Alliance” and continues to speak about the atrocities and strategic advantages it already has carried out, as well as the very real threat it poses to us all.

By Dr. Richard Benkin - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - Full Story

Afghan Journalist Charged With Insulting Islam Appeals Death Sentence

“Prosecutor Ahmad Khan Ayar told the appeals court that the primary court sentence [of death] was “the right decision” according to Islamic law and the Afghan Constitution.”

Yes, Afghanistan, where the constitution stipulates that “no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam” (Chapter 1, Article 3). How many U.S. policymakers didn’t even see this one coming?

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

EU Kosovo mission to face delay

By Elitsa Vucheva

The EU’s mission to Kosovo is unlikely to be fully operational by 15 June, as first planned, due to opposition by Serbia and Russia which are blocking the transfer of power from the UN to the EU and local authorities.

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story