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  • Egyptian court orders YouTube blocked for a month

    05/27/2018 4:54:44 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/5/18
    for airing anti-Islam video ...
  • Turkey’s Currency Meltdown

    05/24/2018 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 65 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Turkey’s lira fell as much as 5% on Wednesday (23 May '18), and it’s lost more than a fifth of its value this year... On Wednesday the (Turkish Central) bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%... Mr. Erdogan has wanted to keep interest rates low before the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections when he hopes to consolidate even more power.
  • Gaza ministry removes baby from list of people killed by Israeli army

    05/24/2018 9:47:10 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 May 2018 | Hazem Balousha, Oliver holmes
    Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry has said it has removed an eight-month-old baby from a list of people killed by Israeli troops while authorities investigate to determine the cause of death. The ministry announced last week that Leila al-Ghandour died from teargas inhalation during a 14 May demonstration along the frontier, where it said Israeli fire killed more than 60 people. A doctor was later anonymously cited by the Associated Press as saying the infant had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe teargas caused her death. Ministry spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qidra said an investigation was now being...
  • The US Embassy Move Reflects the New Middle East

    05/24/2018 5:20:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 5-24-19 | Joshua S. Block
    A woman walks next to a road sign to the US embassy in Jerusalem, May 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad. When Iranian Quds forces fired missiles at Israeli targets on the Golan Heights recently and Israel responded by decimating significant parts of Iran’s military infrastructure inside Syria, something remarkable happened. The United States, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates all identified Iran as the aggressor. Bahrain even explicitly acknowledged the Jewish state’s right “to defend itself.” A decade ago, that would have been unthinkable, but the Middle East has changed in a very fundamental...
  • Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices

    05/23/2018 9:52:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is ripping the White House over high gas prices, arguing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is putting a pinch on middle class wallets. “According to energy analysts and experts, President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal has led to higher oil prices,” Schumer said at a press conference held at an Exxon filling station on Capitol Hill, where a gallon of regular costs $3.89. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices, something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people,” Schumer...
  • Uproar in Israel as PA appeals to The Hague

    05/22/2018 6:17:07 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/18 | Nitzan Keidar
    Israel condemned PA efforts to have Israeli political and military officials prosecuted in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “war crimes” against rioters on the Gaza border. The Foreign Ministry said that the PA appeal to The Hague was “a cynical move that is not legally valid. The PA continues to abuse the tribunal for political purposes rather than to promote political negotiations.” "It is ridiculous that the Palestinians do this while they continue to incite to terror and use children and women as human shields to cover their violent attempts to harm the security of Israeli citizens."...
  • Colonel Richard Kemp: UN Encourages Terrorism Against Israel

    05/21/2018 4:15:35 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 21, 2018 | Joel Leyden
    Colonel Richard Kemp: UN Encourages Terrorism Against Israel By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — May 21, 2018 … Speech made by Colonel Richard Kemp at the emergency session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation in Gaza on 18 May 2018. Col. Kemp, decorated for his bravery with the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, tells the United Nations Human Rights Council: “Your failure to admit Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt encourages their violence and use of human shields, makes you complicit in further bloodshed.” VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED AT: http://israelnewsagency.com/un-terrorism-gaza-hamas-iran-jihad-human-rights-israel-idf/...
  • Gaza Riots: Really About the Embassy?

    05/19/2018 12:27:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bassam Tawil
    Throughout history, the excuses to attack Israel keep changing. For 8 years under the Obama administration, the Palestinians had portrayed themselves, and been treated as, the deserving underdog -- the "good guys." Now, a foreign government is actually holding the Palestinians accountable and calling them out for activities they had taken for granted, such as incitement to riot and murder, or funding terrorists and their families. The Palestinians do not like it one bit. The Palestinians hate the Trump administration not because of the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but because it speaks truth to them and...
  • Paraguay latest country to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

    05/21/2018 6:26:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2018-05-21
    Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv.
  • Bernard Lewis, Influential and Renowned Middle East Scholar, Dies at 101

    05/20/2018 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/20/2018 | Ofer Aderet
    Jewish-American historian Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous and influential Middle East scholars in the world who warned of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, died Saturday at the age of 101 in New Jersey. Lewis was a consultant to both Israeli leaders and two U.S. presidents. Generations of students, intelligence personnel and diplomats learned about the history of Islam through his writings. His research, which dealt with the history of the Middle East, brought him fame, but also many critics and enemies around the world. One of his strongest critics was the Palestinian-born intellectual Edward...
  • Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse

    05/20/2018 1:37:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    The Baghdad Post ^ | May 19 2018 | Simon Constable
    Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse Simon Constable The matter at hand is the decision earlier this month by the Trump administration not to certify the so-called nuclear deal, and that means Iran will soon be subject to harsh U.S. sanctions. Overall the result will be a squeezed economy. Current situation Even the latest official statistics for the Iranian economy don't look good. The unemployment rate stands at 11.9% and the inflation rate at 8.3%, according to TradingEconomics.com. However, at least some of the government figures may be more aspirational than actual. Take, for instance, the inflation rate....
  • GERMAN BANK TO HALT IRAN TRANSACTIONS IN JULY

    05/19/2018 7:41:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 18, 2018
    GERMAN BANK TO HALT IRAN TRANSACTIONS IN JULY BY REUTERS MAY 18, 2018 21:25 BERLIN - Germany's No. 2 lender DZ Bank said on Friday it will suspend financial transactions with Iran in July following U.S. President Donald Trump's pullout from the nuclear deal with Tehran. Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the accord and his order that sanctions be reimposed have led several European companies to announce their exit from Iran, including French oil major Total earlier this week. "We will completely suspend our foreign payment transactions related to Iran starting July 1st," said a spokesman for Frankfurt-based...
  • New York Post Editorial: Blood is on Hamas’ hands, not Trump’s

    05/15/2018 7:51:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/15/2018 | Michael Goodwin
    Amidst the screaming headlines about “massacre” and “war crimes” and unsettling pictures of Arab casualties, keep in mind the central question: When is it the right time to do the right thing? That’s the question President Trump faced when considering whether to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. His three predecessors had used a loophole in the 1995 law requiring the move to give a consistent and increasingly cynical answer of, “Not now, maybe later.” That dodge lasted 22 years, until Trump cut through the nonsense last December with a statement of resounding moral clarity. Now, he said, is the...
  • Hamas official: 50 of the 62 Gazans killed in border violence were our members

    05/16/2018 8:00:03 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 26 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 05/16/18 | Judah Ari Gross
    A Hamas official on Wednesday acknowledged that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during Gaza border riots on Monday and Tuesday were members of the Islamist terrorist group, bringing the total number of known members of terror groups among the fatalities up to 53. “In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” said Hamas official Salah Bardawil in a television interview. The Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad had said on Tuesday that three members of its Saraya al-Quds military wing were killed by Israeli forces in Khan Younis. The Israeli military shared...
  • Nikki Haley Slams UN, Walks Out On Palestinian Rep

    05/15/2018 10:46:04 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 107 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | May 15, 2018
    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed the United Nations on Tuesday for pushing an investigation into the measures Israel took to secure its border during violent clashes with Hamas-backed insurgents earlier this week. After she concluded her speech, she walked out of the chamber when a Palestinian representative began to speak.
  • APPLE SUED—YOUR COMBUSTIBLE PHONE—Took Down an Airplane!!!

    05/14/2018 5:22:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5/11/2018 5:44 PM PDT
    The crash of EgyptAir flight 804 into the Mediterranean Sea that killed 66 people was caused by a hot Apple product ... according to a new suit. The families of several of the victims of the May 19, 2016 crash claim the tragedy was due to the co-pilot's iPhone 6S or iPad mini overheating in the cockpit and catching fire. According to the docs ... an investigation revealed the device ignited and led to a bigger fire in the cockpit, which ultimately took the plane down. It should be noted, however -- some industry experts have questioned this phone theory...
  • The U.S. Embassy Prepares to Move to Jerusalem (very detailed analysis of effect)

    05/14/2018 8:02:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | May 7, 2018 | Nadav Shragai
    The United States has hammered another nail into the “coffin” of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution that called for the internationalization of Jerusalem.The Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, and various other countries are considering to follow in the footsteps of the United States.The Christian evangelical sector of American voters was what finally clinched Trump’s resolve to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The “price” Israel will pay appears to be continued restraint in construction and an occasional building freeze in Jerusalem.The embassy will open in west Jerusalem, with...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz to attend U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem

    05/13/2018 9:57:00 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 105 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 12, 2018 | Katie Leslie
    WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is among a handful of Republican senators expected to attend the controversial opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, his office has confirmed. The trip comes roughly five months after President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Cruz, who has long called for such a move, praised the decision as “courageous and heroic.” But many Arab and European leaders slammed Trump for upending a decades-old foreign policy in which U.S. presidents declined to weigh in...
  • Iran attacked Israel from Syria without notifying Damascus – report

    05/11/2018 9:05:44 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 72 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10 May 2018, 10:40 pm | TOI staff
    Iranian forces in Syria did not ask the Syrian government, or even notify Syrian leaders, before launching 20 missiles at Israel just after midnight on Thursday, Fox News reported. “It appears that the regime of Bashar Assad of Syria wants to distance itself from Iran’s military activity in its very own back yard,” Fox News’s David Lee Miller reported from the Golan Heights on Thursday. Miller said that Fox News had learn from European sources that, “The Iranian major general in charge of the Al-Quds Force in Syria, Qassem Soleimani, launched last night’s attack against Israel without the knowledge or...
  • Bahraini official issues rare defense of Israel’s right to defend itself

    05/11/2018 4:59:28 AM PDT · by Freeport · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 11, 2018 | JTA
    WASHINGTON — The Bahraini foreign minister said Israel had a right to defend itself from Iran. The message on Twitter Thursday, a day after Israel once again struck targets in Syria believed to house Iranian materiel and personnel, was unusual for an Arab leader in its blunt defense of Israel. Bahrain is one of a number of Gulf states that have in recent decades moderated their views on Israel and allowed Israelis to visit and do business, but expressions of unadorned support for Israeli military action are exceptional if not unprecedented. “As long as Iran has breached the status quo...