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  • World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

    09/22/2018 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 5:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General António Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United...
  • America Will Suffer Same Fate as Saddam Hussein, Says Iran's Rohani

    09/22/2018 8:54:42 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 25 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Haaretz
    U.S. President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Saturday, referring to the war between the two Middle Eastern powers and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles. Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States after Trump withdrew from a landmark multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month.
  • Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

    09/22/2018 10:56:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/23/2018 | Órla Ryan
    Leo Varadkar is set to travel to New York today ahead of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The Taoiseach will visit the UN headquarters in New York tomorrow to attend the summit, which is being held in honor of the centenary of Mandela’s birth. […] The Taoiseach will address the plenary and will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with heads of state during which he will raise Ireland’s campaign for an elected seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. …
  • Likud source: Olmert is now Abbas' mouthpiece

    09/22/2018 11:35:51 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/9/18 | Hezki Baruch
    My words: "OOOH! LET'S SWORDFIGHT!" A senior Likud source on Saturday responded to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting took place in France. "Olmert, who offered Abbas the Western Wall, has now turned into his faithful mouthpiece," the source said. "In the US and many Arab countries, they already understand that Abbas is the true obstacle to peace, and that the reason for his extreme demands is not peace but rather the elimination of the State of Israel." MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) also responded to the meeting. "Olmert met with...
  • Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees [barf]

    09/22/2018 10:25:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/22/2018 | Gráinne Ní Aodha and AFP
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney today. Coveney had invited Abbas to come to Ireland at their meeting in Ramallah in January. To coincide with the visit, the Tánaiste announced additional funding of €1 million to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). “Ireland is a longstanding supporter of UNRWA’s vital work in delivering healthcare, education and food to 5.3 million Palestine refugees. The ongoing conflict in the Middle East region has meant an increased demand for UNRWA’s services but funding has not kept pace...
  • HE BATTLE FOR HATTIN

    09/21/2018 10:56:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 | RAFAEL (RAFI) LEWIS
    About three years ago, I was shocked to learn that the Israeli government decided to establish a new town for the Druze community on the southern slopes of the Horns of Hattin National Park. A GROUP of about 20 men take part in a three-day reenactment of the Battle of Hattin, which climaxed with the beheading of Raynald de Châtillon at Horns of Hattin, overlooking the Kinneret.. (photo credit: MEIR VAKNIN/FLASH90) bout three years ago, I was shocked to learn that the Israeli government decided to establish a new town for the Druze community on the southern slopes of the...
  • How Israel Defeated the PLO

    09/21/2018 10:53:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    "In the past 25 years, Israel’s economy has changed from a socialist command economy to a free-market economy and today Israel’s GDP per capita is higher than Japan’s." The so-called “Oslo process,” is really two processes. The first was the Oslo peace process. It began with secret negotiations between Israeli leftists with ties to then-foreign minister Shimon Peres in Oslo, Norway, in 1993. It led to Israel’s recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the establishment of the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority to run the Palestinian autonomy in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. It also led to a seven-year attempt by Israel...
  • Professor draws ire after declining to help student study in Israel

    09/21/2018 9:38:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Tamar Lapin
    A University of Michigan professor refused to help a student study abroad in Israel because of an academic boycott against the country — and claims he’s getting death threats for his decision. John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American culture department, told student Abigail Ingber he couldn’t write her a letter of recommendation to study in Israel, citing an academic boycott of the country. “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of the Palestinians living in Palestine,” Cheney-Lippold wrote in an email, a screenshot of which was posted to Facebook...
  • WHITE HOUSE SENDS WARNING SHOT TO PALESTINIANS OVER ‘PAY FOR SLAY’

    09/21/2018 8:19:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 | MICHAEL WILNER IN WASHINGTON, HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    “This is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.” he Trump administration is warning the Palestinian Authority that severe US aid cuts to Ramallah may be in the offing unless it ends its compensation program for the families of murderers and terrorists convicted by Israel. Responding to reports that the family of the killer of Ari Fuld, an American citizen, would receive official compensation for the terrorist act, a White House official noted that recent congressional legislation compels the administration to “restrict the use of Economic Support Funds that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority”...
  • THE OSLO ACCORDS AND THE FAILURES OF IDEALISTIC INTERNATIONALISM

    09/21/2018 8:11:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 21, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    A reflection on a wish-fulfilling folly. Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Twenty-five years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat stood in front of Bill Clinton in the White House Rose Garden and shook hands to mark their signing of the Oslo Accords. This pact included handing part of Judea and Samaria to the control of Palestinian Arabs. A year later the Palestinian Authority was created as the controlling authority that still governs part of the so-called West Bank. These changes were celebrated as a major step toward...
  • State Dep’t Challenges Reporter Over Palestinian Terror Payments: ‘That’s Not a Normal Thing to Do’

    09/21/2018 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 7 replies
    Cybercast News ^ | September 21, 2018 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave short shrift Thursday to a Palestinian journalist who questioned U.S. opposition to one of the Palestinian Authority’s most controversial policies. Paying the families of convicted and dead terrorists, she told him, is “not a normal thing to do.” Said Arikat, Washington bureau chief for the Palestinian daily newspaper Al- Quds, suggested during a press briefing that objections to the payments were misplaced, since the monthly stipends do not go to the perpetrators of terror attacks but to family members who “have nothing to do” with the acts. “This is an issue that...
  • US military welcomes Russian-Turkish DMZ agreement in Syria.....

    09/18/2018 10:42:36 AM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/18/2018 | Jamie McIntyre
    The U.S. military Tuesday said it supported a plan to establish a demilitarized zone in northern Syria that would separate rebels in their last stronghold from advancing government forces. The agreement to create a buffer zone was worked out Monday in a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held in Sochi, Russia. Russia’s defense minister said that under the agreement, Syria would refrain from launching an offensive on Idlib Province, the last major rebel stronghold.
  • Turkish-Russian ‘strategic partnership’ will be tested in Idlib

    08/25/2018 3:03:21 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    All of this diplomatic traffic is about the impending Syrian military operation into the Idlib province of Syria where around three million are living. The Syrian army, backed by Russia, is aiming to eliminate the jihadist terrorists, which have been controlling the province since early 2017. Turkey has 12 military outposts around Idlib, as part of a three-way agreement with Russia and Iran. Turkey has three main concerns: First, a large-scale operation without distinguishing civilians from terrorists can create a huge catastrophe. Second, it can kick another influx from Syria towards Turkey, complicating the already difficult refugee problem in the...
  • Putin praises Erdogan's 'great political authority'

    06/26/2018 6:53:19 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | June 26, 2018 | None Listed
    In a telegram earlier Monday, Putin had "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's great political authority..." © Provided by AFP In a telegram earlier Monday, Putin had "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's great political authority..." Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election triumph in a phone call, after saying the result showed the Turkish leader's "great political authority" and mass support. On the call Putin and Erdogan confirmed their interest in "deepening partnership ties between the two...
  • 8 countries warn Israel against demolishing Bedouin outpost

    09/20/2018 5:03:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 09/21/18 01:07 | Elad Benari
    Eight European countries at the United Nations, including five Security Council members, on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, AFP reported. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village “would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution”. “We therefore call upon the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar,” the countries said in a joint statement released ahead of a council meeting on the Middle East. Khan al-Ahmar was built in the 1990s on land belonging...
  • Putin on Downed Plane: On Second Thought, Maybe Israel Isn’t To Blame For “Tragic Chance Events”

    09/20/2018 1:09:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    One doesn’t often see a climbdown from Moscow, especially not from strongman Vladimir Putin, and even more so this fast. Yesterday, Russia’s defense spokesman spoke ominously of “the right to take appropriate measures against hostile actions by Israel” after Syrian air defense forces shot down a Russian surveillance plane. Now however, Putin has danced away from the threat, calling the downing the result of “tragic chance events”: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of “tragic chance events,” appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with...
  • For BDSers, Holding Eurovision Songfest in Israel Is a Bridge Too Far

    09/20/2018 10:17:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/20/2018 | Bruce Bawer
    Hardly anybody in America cares about the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and that's just as it should be, given that on the whole, it's almost as horrible a viewing experience these days as the Oscars or Emmys. But in Europe, Eurovision is as big as ever – almost as big a draw as the Super Bowl in the U.S., if you can imagine a Super Bowl that no straight man would ever be caught dead watching, but that is a magnet for gays, teenage girls, gays, a scattering of the senile and feebleminded who happened to have left their TVs...
  • Trump vs. Policy Elites – A New Model for US-Israel Relations

    09/20/2018 7:01:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 19, 2018 | Gideon Israel
    How Trump chose Israel over a failed “peace process”. Reprinted from Mida.org. In the wake of the turbulent relationship between former US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, two broadly different visions of how the US-Israel alliance should be repaired have developed. The one vision is that which is prominent among the foreign policy elites. In their book, Our Separate Ways – hailed as an “urgent examination of why the alliance [between Israel and the US] has deteriorated and the dangers of its neglect”, authors Dana Allin and Steve Simon discuss the inherent danger of this relationship falling apart, due to, in their words...
  • Putin dials back the rhetoric against Israel after downing of spy plane but still vows action

    09/19/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/19/18 | USA Features
    Putin’s dialing down of the rhetoric is an effort to mask his intentions. He — Russia — still has the same foreign policy interests in Syria as he did before the plane was shot down, and those aren’t going to change anytime soon. When journalists asked him about the much more hostile statement of his Defense Ministry, which also vowed a retaliatory response, Putin stated clearly that it was “fully coordinated” with him (of course it was). He defined what ‘retaliatory’ meant. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in...
  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries — and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...