Pakistan wants its own way

Before the January 8, 2008 elections in Pakistan, major political parties proclaim their political manifestos.

By Hamid Mir - Friday, December 14, 2007

American Intelligence Reappraises the Iranian Nuclear Issue

At the beginning of December 2007, the National Intelligence Council, the supreme body of the American intelligence community, released a reappraisal of Iran’s nuclear intentions and capabilities. The document, a non-classified summary of a detailed and classified analysis on the subject, states that Iran halted its secret nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 and has yet to restart it.

By INSS Ephraim Kam and Ephraim Asculai- Thursday, December 13, 2007

Liberating the Palestine Liberation Organisation

For better or for worse Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) are the parties that will - for the next 12 months - be negotiating the resolution of sovereignty in the West Bank with a view to ultimately creating a new independent Arab State between Israel and Jordan. These identical parties have been negotiating on the same issue for the last 14 years without the slightest sign of success.

By David Singer - Thursday, December 13, 2007

Terrorism can only be controlled by occupation

Hamas continues to fire rockets at Sderot. The situation is intolerable. Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi had a brain wave. He recently said,

By Ted Belman - Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Back to the U.N.

In its abuse of American taxpayer dollars and trust, the United Nations has come up with many creative projects over the years, ranging from terrorist schoolhouses in Gaza, to procurement fraud, to per diems for pedophiliac peacekeepers. Now, the U.N. is on the brink of channeling millions in U.S. funds to pay for an encore of its notorious America-bashing, Israel-trashing conference held six years ago in Durban, South Africa.

By Claudia Rosett - Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mugabe’s Apologists

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe—Robert Mugabe’s participation in the European Union-Africa summit in Lisbon over the weekend was a triumph of Zimbabwean diplomacy. Both African and EU leaders must share the blame for this farce. Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry managed to portray the octogenarian dictator, who has presided over widespread violations of human rights and an astonishing economic collapse, as the victim of a Western conspiracy.

By Guest Column Marian L. Tupy- Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Annapolis will lead to Dhimmi status for Israel

Everything I read about the negotiations leading up to Annapolis and the event itself suggests that a deal has been cut whereby Israel assumes its rightful (according to Islam) role as a Dhimmi in exchange for Saudi acceptance of the existence of Israel.

By Ted Belman Ted Belman- Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In the Shadow of Steel Mills

I grew up in Hamilton Ontario in the mid 1950s, in the very shadows of steel mills that were still vital and a football team that still won games, the only son of a refugee family who didn’t own a car, nor a television, nor a cottage and whose idea of a vacation was a yearly trek to the Canadian National Exhibition in far distant Toronto and a day’s outing to the great and bustling metropolis of Buffalo.

By Guest Column Chuck Konkel- Monday, December 10, 2007

NIE report fails to explain retreat on nuclear weapons

There’s lots to wonder about in the Key Judgments of the latest National Intelligence Estimate, which informs us with “high confidence” that Iran halted its nuclear bomb program four years ago. This contradicts its 2005 warning that Iran was “determined to develop nuclear weapons.” That followed the 2003-2004 zig-zag from our intelligence community on Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s interest in weapons of mass destruction; which followed the intelligence failure to zero in on the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers before they slammed airplanes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

By Claudia Rosett - Friday, December 7, 2007

Coup d’Etat in Belgium? King Bestows Extended Powers on Outgoing PM

Belgian television reports that today, on the 176th day of Belgium’s political crisis, the Belgian king, Albert II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, has bestowed “urgent” powers, including dealing with “international matters,” on Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, whose Liberal-Socialist coalition was battered in the general elections on 10 June. This is in violation of the Belgian Constitution which does not provide for extended powers to governments without a parliamentary majority. Probably the European Union authorities in Brussels back this unconstitutional move by the Belgian King. The King, however, has been careful not to make any official announcement after meeting Mr Verhofstadt this morning.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Monday, December 3, 2007

The Post-Annapolis Dynamic – The Hamas Factor

Although it was not represented at Annapolis, Hamas had a significant role in paving the way to the meeting.  Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip was clear evidence of the growing strength of the militant Islamist stream in the Palestinian camp, and it was therefore perceived as a threat.

By INSS Anat Kurz- Monday, December 3, 2007

The World… 2.0

Once in a while, you come across something so completely bizarre and fantastic, that it just blows your mind. And though I’m sitting here listening to Tay Zonday’s deep voice, that isn’t what’s blowing my mind. What is though is the fact that someone is building a miniature version of our planet off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 3, 2007

The U.N’s Massive AIDS Scandal

A massive 2,800-word article in Monday’s Washington Post paying homage to Bono quotes the rock star as saying he puts “flesh and blood on statistics” about AIDS. The problem is that, only six days earlier, the paper noted that the U.N.‘s estimate of AIDS cases has been vastly overblown by millions.

By Cliff Kincaid - Sunday, December 2, 2007