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Strategic Implications of the Surge in Oil Prices

By Shmuel Even

During the month of October, the price of Brent light crude oil reached a peak of $90 per barrel.  That surge follows continuous rises since 2003.  In real terms, oil prices are now significantly higher than during the “first wave” of price rises after the 1973 Yom Kippur War and are close to the all-time high reached during the “second wave” that followed the Islamic Revolution in Iran.


Turks Set Cars Alight in Brussels

Tonight (Wednesday evening) heavy rioting erupted in Turkish quarters of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Buses and trams were attacked. Several cars were torched and shops destroyed. Police forces were unable to restore law and order in the boroughs of Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaarbeek where since last Sunday the animosity among Turks is running high. Turkish flags are omnipresent. In some streets the Turkish crescent and star adorns almost every house.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Bowing to the Islamists

Last Thursday, a group of 80 people from 15 European countries, plus Israel, Canada and the United States, convened in a conference room on the seventh floor of the European Parliament building in Brussels for a “counterjihad” meeting.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Dispatch from the Eurabian Front: Riots in Amsterdam and Brussels

Europe’s no-go zones or SUAs (“sensitive urban areas”) are multiplying. These are areas where the police no longer dares to venture and where Islamists hold sway. Every night since the beginning of last week, immigrant youths have been torching cars and clashing with police in Amsterdam’s Slotervaart district.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Commemorating Alger Hiss Day

imageOn every October 24 since he’s been President, George W. Bush has issued a proclamation recognizing “United Nations Day.” Typically, Bush calls upon the people of the United States “to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.” The appropriate thing to do would be to acknowledge the basic truth that communist spy and State Department official Alger Hiss laid the groundwork for the U.N. and became its first acting secretary-general, causing it to be dubbed “the house that Hiss built.” Hiss also advised President Franklin Roosevelt at the Yalta conference, which defined post-World War II Europe and betrayed Eastern European nations to Soviet control.

By Cliff Kincaid - Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Life After Death

On the occasion of the 24th commemoration of the bombing of the US Marines Barracks in Beirut (October 23, 1983) by Hezbollah, we re-post the 2003 piece below since it captures the mood of the transformation in US foreign policy that took place after 2001.

By Guest Column Joseph Hitti- Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

The Frustrating Quest for Holocaust Truth

imageBy Polish American Congress

“Nowhere else is Holocaust history as distorted and misrepresented as it is about Poland.”

That’s one of the reasons Michael Preisler a Polish Catholic who survived more than three years in Auschwitz, founded the Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress and is now its co-chair.

By Frank Milewski - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Has President Bush’s Vision Succumbed To Reality?

President Bush appears to have abandoned any hope of creating a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan.

By David Singer - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Update on Iran: Continued Defiance, No Sanctions, and More Talk of Possible Military Action

By Emily B. Landau

Iran began a process of negotiations with the IAEA this summer with the aim of clearing up the lingering outstanding questions regarding its past nuclear activities. As always with Iran, this involves a complicated process, including pre-talks and then endless room for further conditions and clarifications down the road. Once again Iran dangles the bait of “cooperation” as a means of gaining valuable time for pressing its program forward. Russia and China, joined this time also by Germany, are unwilling to punish Iran with a third round of sanctions until it is clear how this process is evolving.

By INSS - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

DEMOCRACY, NOT “TWINS-CRACY”

imageWarsaw, Tuesday, October 23: Poles went to the polls on Sunday and the turnout was a record high since 1991:

53.8 percent (out of 30 million citizens registered, over 16 million cast valid votes). The October 21 snap elections in Poland could be the most important since the regime change in 1989. A majority of the voters, including most of the young ones, cast their ballots for the Civic Platform (PO), a pro-business center-right party (41.51 %), expressing their disillusionment with the two years of the rule of the Kaczynski Twins’ conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and their bizarre coalition with the populist Self-Defense (Samoobrona) and the nationalist-right League of Polish Families (LPR). Yet, Law and Justice remains a strong opposition (32.11%).

By David M. Dastych - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - Full Story

Can We Please Define “Racism”

James Watson, the geneticist who helped unravel the structure of DNA, came under fire for saying that Africans are not as intelligent as Westerners.  Aside from his remarks being deemed baseless and unscientific, he has quite predictably been labeled “racist.”  Why, some thought police even want him charged under Britain’s Orwellian “racial hatred laws” (Watson is conducting a speaking tour in Britain presently).

By Selwyn Duke - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Blowing the Whistle on U.N. Corruption

On the eve of a Senate vote on the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty, a former senior staffer in one of the key institutions created by the treaty says that U.S. senators should have the complete and honest truth about mismanagement and financial corruption there. The International Seabed Authority, which is one of the main organizations created by the treaty, stands to receive millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars if the Senate ratifies the pact.

By Cliff Kincaid - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf’s respect for press freedom

Although many are skeptical about Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf’s commitment to democracy, even they agree the press has had more freedom under him than probably ever before. Even so, the press there walks a careful line through a minefield of military, political and religious influences.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Saturday, October 20, 2007 - Full Story

The Lebanese state’s abandoned role in Hezbollah - Israel exchange of prisoners and bodies!!

Worldwide news agencies published on October 16, 2007 the following Report: (Israel and Hezbollah carried out a prisoner swap on Monday. The Jewish state handed over the bodies of two militants and a prisoner in exchange for the remains of an Israeli man.

By Elias Bejjani - Saturday, October 20, 2007 - Full Story

Benazir Bhutto and tales of Corruption

During her two terms in the office of Prime Minister in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto acquired wealth and cash worth a few hundred million dollars, most of which is located in Europe and Middle East.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Friday, October 19, 2007 - Full Story

Scandal rocks UN Sea Treaty Organization

The dramatic case, Sam-Thambiah against the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, involves allegations of sexual harassment and pornography. One side charges “distortions and fabrications.” The other side alleges “mismanagement and irregularities.” What makes this case unique is that it involves the shadowy world of a U.N.-affiliated agency that the U.S. Senate is poised to provide with millions of dollars through ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

By Cliff Kincaid - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Should Israel Swap Land For War or Peace

Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are reportedly looking at swapping land in the West Bank for land in Israel as a means of overcoming the PA’s long standing demand that all 6,205 square kms of the West Bank be handed over to the PA by Israel as a necessary precondition for peace.

By David Singer - Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - Full Story

Another Pakistani political surprise

The recent U-turn of Pakistan’s military ruler Pervez Musharraf from punishing political big fish turns out to have been bogged down in the ocean. Political critics and analysts are seeing this as the great victory of democracy over a military regime, while many feel that the Pakistani president finally had to abandon the idea of eliminating corruption, just for the sake of ensuring a few more years in power.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Are the U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course

By Gallia Lindenstrauss

Turkish-American relations currently face two significant challenges.  One has to do with the Turkish inclination to enter northern Iraq in order to deal with Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters operating there.


The Rise and Fall of Vicente Fox: A Five-Hour Thriller

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox spent most of last week sticking his intrusive nose into matters that are the exclusive domain of the American people and elected representatives, and which are absolutely none of the business of Mexico, it’s current president, or any former Mexican president.

By John Lillpop - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story