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  • Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East

    04/10/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/10/2014 | Lord David Alton
    This is the text of a speech given by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Vigil for Syria held at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Tuesday, just a day after the murder of Fr van der Lugt in Homs. In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a 75-ear-old Dutch Jesuit, Fr.Franz van der Lugt who, in the face of extraordinary danger and acute suffering, refused to desert the suffering people of Homs.Father Frans van der Lugt was born on April 10, 1938 in the Netherlands and entered the Society...
  • The Empire of the Antichrist Is Very Near

    04/02/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by Shery · 132 replies ^ | April 01, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    The empire of the Antichrist is very near, and it will be Turkey. Before we examine the issue of Turkey, we must first examine the monumental problems in much of what circulates the prophecy arena in the West. Perhaps the major problem with modern Bible Prophecy Analysts in the U.S. is that they are mostly ahistorical who also invest in a crowd that is also ahistorical. Another problem is that the Bible is mostly focused on the Middle East and most Western Prophecy writers have a scant understanding of the Middle East demography, sectarian rifts and religious aspirations in the...
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • Iran’s Chief Rabbi Dies at 98

    03/31/2014 11:56:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Tablet ^ | March 31, 2014 | Lily Wilf
    Yosef Hamadani Cohen led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen, the Chief Rabbi of Iran, passed away this weekend at the age of 98, JTA reports. His death was announced by Siamak Moreh Sedgh, the representative of the Iranian Jews in parliament, and marked informally by Iranian Jews via their Facebook statuses. Hamadani, who had led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994, had been ill for many years. He reportedly had close ties with Iranian political leadership, and met Iranian President Mohammah Khatami in 2000, lating hosted him at his Yusef Abad Synagogue in 2003—the first-ever synagogue visit by...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Abyss of Area Studies

    03/25/2014 7:25:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    College and universities have one thing in common with the federal government, along with the cash that flows from the latter to the former: They seem to be following Einstein’s definition of insanity. They keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 1958, the federal government gives colleges and universities $120 million a year to train students to study languages that might be useful to America’s national security: Not many students receive such training under the law. Sarah Stern of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) gave the...
  • Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space

    03/23/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/22/2014 | Daren Butler
    Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of a border crossing. "A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. "Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard."
  • Exodus II?

    03/20/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    i>This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of “an exodus approaching biblical proportions.” Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leader’s own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists. President Gemayel’s warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna’s Catholic prelate. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious...
  • Obama Meets With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Israel Haters Club Convenes]

    03/18/2014 6:19:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    RTT News ^ | 3/17/14
    While the event was largely overshadowed by the latest developments in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama held a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. Obama was expected to use the meeting to urge Abbas to sign onto a framework to extend peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis beyond an April deadline. "I believe that now is the time for not just the leaders of both sides but also the peoples of both sides to embrace this opportunity for peace," Obama said in remarks ahead of the meeting.
  • Obama Makes Wars More Likely

    03/04/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 4, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Among the academic set from which President Barack Obama springs, everyone agrees that wars are the result of "arrogance" and bullying by the United States. So concerned was then-Sen. Obama about the potential for U.S. aggression that he declined to vote for 2007 legislation that would have designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The IRGC had been involved in training and arming terrorists worldwide, particularly in Lebanon (Hezbollah) but also in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. But Obama worried that such a vote would be "saber rattling." Our standing in the "world community" (an oxymoron to...
  • Saudi Village Under 'Bat Attack'

    03/03/2014 11:46:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 03, 2014
    Like in horror movies, swarms of bats attacked a Saudi village and caused panic among its residents, who said they were even more frightened by the birds’ screams. Residents of the village in the southern Saudi province of Jazan near the border with Yemen said some of the birds attacked children and other people outside their homes. “The residents said they are frightened to leave their homes after the bats attacked some of them,” Sabq Arabic language daily said. “They said they were even more frightened by the bats’ screams, which they described as horrifying. They called on authorities to...
  • Ukraine, Syria, Iran -- America isn't leading from behind, it's being left behind

    03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | K T McFarland
    Russia, flush with new-found wealth from oil exports, expands its military reach and political influence abroad. A war-weary America slashes defense spending and retreats from the world. The president embarks on a massive government-subsidized program to develop alternative energy to replace fossil fuels. Pundits cluck about America in retreat, and point to the rise of an Asian economic superpower. That’s the world circa 1976, but it sounds like quotes ripped from today’s headlines. History has a way of repeating itself, or to quote the great Yogi Bera, it’s déjŕ vu all over again. The Obama administration is looking a lot...
  • The exodus of Christians from the Middle East is a painful blow to the Arab world

    02/24/2014 8:42:30 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | Feb 24, 2014, 08.06 PM IST | Robert Fisk
    BEIRUT: Tarif Khalidi is a big, bearded bear of a man, the kind you would always choose to play Father Christmas, or perhaps a Cossack leader sweeping across the Russian steppe, reins in one hand, sword in the other. But Tarif — or Uncle Tarif as I invariably call him — is an Islamic scholar, the most recent translator of the Quran and author of a wonderful book of Muslim stories about Jesus. I am thus surprised — but after a few seconds not at all surprised — to hear how well this Palestinian from Jerusalem got on with the...
  • Gaza fisherman hooks statue of ancient Greek god Apollo

    02/19/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 47 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Nic Robertson and Talal Abu Rahma
    Gaza (CNN) -- When Jwdat Abu Ghrb spotted a dark shape last summer in the waters off Gaza, where he was diving for fish, he initially thought it was a corpse. "I was afraid," he told CNN. "I put on my goggles, dove underneath and still couldn't tell what it was. I resurfaced and got some help from other people and family members and came back, and after full four hours of trying we managed to get it out of the water and I was shocked by what I found." It was a life-size bronze statue, believed to be a...
  • Middle-earth as the Middle East

    02/15/2014 8:33:35 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 2/14/2014 | Timothy Furnish
    Controversial Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been described as the savior of the Islamic world and as a new Ottoman sultan. But likening him to the wizard Saruman from The Lord of the Rings is novel—as was done earlier this week by a leader in the Turkish opposition party: “[Turkey has become] a country where headlines and program flows can change with one phone call as if it were Middle-Earth in Lord of the Rings. The [person] who does it is like a Saruman the White who has lost all sense of shame,” Republican People’s Party’s [CHP] deputy...
  • What Remains of the Christians of the East (up to date map of churches)

    02/11/2014 3:38:32 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    chiesa ^ | February 11, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In the Arab countries they are fewer and fewer, driven to exodus by growing hostility. An up-to-date map of how many and who they are, three months before the pope's voyage to the Holy Land by Sandro Magister ROME, February 11, 2014 – Behind the scenes preparations are in full swing for the voyage of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, scheduled for May 24-26. When half a century ago Pope VI went to Jerusalem - the first pope in history to do do so - almost all of the holy places of the city were within the boundaries of...
  • Obama Approval Rating Dives In Israel

    02/09/2014 4:07:24 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Time Magazine - World ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Karl Vick
    Less than a year after President Obama left Israel to the sound of loud cheering after he assured Israelis in Hebrew that they “are not alone,” a new poll has found that 70% of Jewish Israelis do not trust Obama to safeguard their nation’s vital interests in negotiations with the Palestinians. The survey, published Friday in the Israeli weekly Sov Hashavua, is the latest in a string of recent polls demonstrating a precipitous fall in the confidence
  • By the Waters of Babble-on...and on and on and on.

    02/07/2014 6:53:36 PM PST · by Noremac · 2 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | February 7, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    [youtube=]   I noticed that Roger Waters, formerly of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, has been publicly scolding a few fellow celebrities in the field of music and film for not sharing his fanatical anti-Israel political views. Specifically, Scarlett Johansson drew Waters' ire for filming some ads for the Israeli beverage maker SodaStream and classic rocker Neil Young, who ignored Waters' directive to not book concerts in Israel. Waters has chugged the kool aid of the 'Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment', (BDS) movement, which is in reality a political movement whose underlying mission is to portray Palestinians as victims of...
  • As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that there’s no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s] Sen. Robert Menendez apparently can’t make heads or tails of the White House’s Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because it’s part of the Administration’s grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • Why Certainly: Obama for Peace Brings Us War

    02/04/2014 6:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | February 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 There are many things that are difficult to explain about the Obama administration. An apparently free and independent people not only elected him president of the United States, but also re-elected him even as it was apparent that his administration was mostly a miserable failure-- even by the measure of liberals. Historians will long ponder how a president who spent as much money and legislated as much produced very little that actually...
  • Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

    02/03/2014 11:48:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | January 31, 2014 | Bernhard Zand
    World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. Damascus, year three of the civil war: The 4th Division of the Syrian army has entrenched itself on Kassioun Mountain, the place where Cain is said to have slain his brother Abel. United Nations ballistics experts say the poison gas projectiles that landed in the Damascus suburbs of Muadamiya and Ain Tarma in the morning hours of...
  • We must stand up for Middle East's persecuted Christians

    02/01/2014 1:59:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-14 | Johnnie Moore
    Christianity began in the East, not the West, yet today Christians in the East are enduring an all-out-assault by Islamic terrorists, while Christians in the West live their lives largely oblivious to it all. This has to change. This is no imaginary persecution; in Syria alone there have been reports of kidnappings, Christian communities intentionally displaced by militants and, worst of all, shootings and beheadings of Christians who refused to convert to Islam. In Egypt radicals have recently destroyed dozens of churches, and the once vibrant Christian population in Iraq has been decimated. Christians in the West should stand up...
  • Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran

    01/31/2014 10:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | jan 28, 2014 | Karin McQuillan
    I called a hardheaded realist, a Harvard trained PhD who has been watching the Middle East professionally for decades, to ask him about Obama's Iran deal. This is what he told me. It's done. Iran will get a bomb. They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them. Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel. Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical. He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive. He...
  • Pope Francis’ historic mission to the Middle East

    01/30/2014 2:40:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    mercatornet ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nigel Zimmerman
    Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches in Syria, Iraq and and other parts of the Middle East, at the Vatican Nov. 21. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Pope to Eastern Catholics: Never resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians - YouTube Video Pope Francis announced this month he will visit the Middle East in May this year. While it has been foreshadowed since the first weeks of his papacy, this event will place the Church’s first South American Pope in the historic homeland of Christian faith, the “Holy Land”,...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘The world is literally about to blow up’

    01/29/2014 12:54:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/29/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Obama for the foreign policy portion of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. “The world is literally about to blow up,” the South Carolina Republican told Roll Call. “The world as I know was not remotely described by the president.” “Syria is a contagion … Iraq is disintegrating. The whole region is moving toward chaos, and we’re doing nothing. We’re talking about limiting drones?” he continued. “I hope he will leave a residual force in Afghanistan [so] they can do the job, because if he doesn’t,
  • The Sick Middle East

    01/25/2014 7:32:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent fall of Fallujah, Iraq, to an Al-Qaeda-linked group provides an unwelcome reminder of the American resources and lives devoted in 2004 to 2007 to control the city – all that effort expended and nothing to show for it. Similarly, outlays of hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize Afghanistan did not prevent the release of 72 prisoners who have attacked Americans. These two examples point to a larger conclusion: maladies run so deep in the Middle East (minus remarkable Israel) that outside powers cannot remedy them. Here's a fast summary: Water is running out. A dam going up...
  • Prime Minister Harper Morphs into Statesman

    01/23/2014 3:23:51 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | LPSullivan
    As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finishes the last segment of his historic visit to the Middle East, the measure of success is clearly evident in the reaction. Harper, long a vocal supporter of Israel, was welcomed to the Jewish state as ‘a great friend of Israel’. The pomp and circumstance upon the arrival of the Canadian delegation was impressive to say the least, and spoke to the often overlooked bond between the two nations.
  • [Obama and Iran warn] Republican Senate takeover could kill Iran nuclear agreement

    01/23/2014 4:08:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2014 | Julian Pecquet
    A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall could scuttle one of President Obama’s biggest second term goals — a nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans have lambasted the interim agreement with Iran, calling for the Senate to move an Iran sanctions bill. The House last year passed a measure in an overwhelming and bipartisan 400-20 vote. Both the Obama administration and Iran have warned moving such a measure could kill a final deal. A number of Democrats have also criticized the interim accord, which lifted $6 billion in sanctions on Iran in exchange for a commitment to restrictions on enriching...
  • President Obama's policies are a disaster in Iran

    01/12/2014 6:47:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 11, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama's inexplicable and increasingly dangerous tilt toward Iran is getting harder to hide. Whether his administration is consciously shifting policy or simply making ad hoc, unrelated (even incoherent) decisions is unclear. But the cumulative effect is indisputable — a declining America in the Middle East inevitably means a stronger Iran, portending grave risks for Washington and its appalled friends and allies. The first (and still the most significant and most damaging) shift toward Iran was last November's Geneva agreement regarding Tehran's nuclear weapons program. This deal, technically still not yet operational (and with specific provisions still being hammered out),...
  • Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East

    01/09/2014 12:07:20 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | Peter Bergen
    Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history. The focus of al Qaeda's leaders has always been regime change in the Arab world in order to install Taliban-style regimes. Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri acknowledged as much in his 2001 autobiography
  • Former Obama aides push back on Gates [Daley, Axerod]

    01/08/2014 8:58:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Former White House officials on Wednesday rushed to defend President Obama against scathing criticism from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In his new memoir, Gates wrote the president did not believe in his own strategy in Afghanistan, and that for him, it was “all about getting out.” Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Gates shouldn’t have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought. “It’s one thing as historians look back on an administration, but in the middle of it, when you’re pursuing a war at the same time, and one that...
  • The repercussions of America’s uncertain tone in the Middle East

    01/08/2014 2:00:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2014 | James Jeffrey reports of Sunni tribes in Anbar cooperating loosely with the Baghdad government against al-Qaeda,and expedited U.S. military assistance and intelligence, gave reasons for hope. But then came Sunday’s news conference by Secretary of State John Kerry. Although the secretary spoke about the dangers of al-Qaeda gaining ground in Iraq and the countermeasures the United States was taking,he stated no fewer than four times that this fight was not ours but the Iraqis’. This,combined with an immediate denial of a suggestion that no one is even making—that the United States put troops on the ground-undercuts all the good commitments he...
  • The Worst Defeat for the United States Since 9/11

    01/08/2014 6:17:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 8, 2014 | John Ransom
    Two years after Obama declared that the administration has decimated Al Qaeda worldwide, Al Qaeda has delivered the most devastating blow to the United States since the 9/11 attacks that precipitated America’s war on Islamic terrorism. The fall of the Iraqi Anbar province towns of Ramadi and Fallujah recently to foreign fighters under control of Al Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, represents not just a tactical defeat in Obama’s “Smart Power” strategy, but a strategic surrender of the entire U.S. foreign policy conception for the last 50 years. “US policies and leaders in three...
  • The Middle East Clusterduck and Obama - Kerry Myopia

    01/07/2014 12:22:47 PM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The myopic focus on "horrible" Israel and "sadly deprived" Palestinians in Israel is a disasterous farce -- for the entire Middle East region.Secretary Kerry has returned from Israel,"empty handed" again, but full of hope for change in which he can believe -- anything consistent with his librul ideology. History, facts and other aspects of reality are, to him, inconsequential. There have been many attempts at "peace process" frameworks, none of them acceptable to the principal actors in Palestine and few acceptable to Israel. Secretary Kerry apparently intends to present a new "framework" in a few weeks, covering all "core issues," including...
  • U.S. to support fight on al Qaeda in Iraq without troops: Kerry

    01/05/2014 3:01:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 5, 2014 | Reuters
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops back to Iraq. Sectarian and ethnic tensions have risen in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011, inflamed by the conflict in neighboring Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shi'ite Iran. The Iraqi army has joined forces with local tribesmen to battle al Qaeda, which has teamed up with groups of Syrian rebels to...
  • Al Qaeda thrives amid power vacuum in Middle East

    01/04/2014 5:38:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan5, 2014 | By Ben Hubbard, Robert F. Worth and Michael R. Gordon
    But for all its echoes, the bloodshed that has engulfed Iraq, Lebanon and Syria in the past two weeks exposes something new and destabilizing: the emergence of a post-American Middle East in which no broker has the power, or the will, to contain the region’s sectarian hatreds. Amid this vacuum, fanatical Islamists have flourished in Iraq and Syria under the banner of Al Qaeda, as the two countries’ conflicts amplify each other and foster ever-deeper radicalism.
  • It’s About the Settlements, Stupid

    01/02/2014 1:04:04 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | David P. Goldman
    Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, the misnamed occupied territories, are not the obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. They are the acid test of peace. To argue that peace is conceivable unless the bulk of the settlements remain in place constitutes stupidity or hypocrisy. Leave aside the issue of whether Jews have the right to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people. Ignore the fact that the settlers live overwhelmingly on what was waste land and turned into gardens, vineyards, and industries which have uplifted the lives of Palestinian Arabs more than all the aid that has...
  • Is the Syria of Today the Assyria of the Bible?

    09/11/2013 4:30:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Given all the talk of Syria in the news lately, I was asked if Syria is the same “Assyria” that is mentioned in the Bible. The answer is no from a political perspective. The modern state of Syria was formed after World War I and became independent after World War II.However, there are historical connections to ancient Assyria, including some similar territory. Given the recent news, perhaps we can take a brief look at ancient Assyria and the role it played in Biblical history. As with everything in Scripture, there are important teachings and admonitions for us.Assyria was one of...
  • Obama Isn't Telling Us The Truth About The Growing, Global Terrorist Threat

    12/27/2013 1:46:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | December 27, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    If 2013 is remembered for anything, it will be the terrorist civil wars that have inflicted death and destruction in much of the world, especially the Middle East and Africa. Deadly, often daily, bombings are a common occurrence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria where the ruthless dictator Bashar al Assad is killing civilians and rebels with impunity to crush the rebellion there. Meantime, Egypt is being torn apart in the wake of a military coup whose armies are battling Muslim extremists in a fierce religious war with no end in sight. This week, its military-backed government declared that...
  • Far From Happy Christmas for Christians in the Holy Land

    12/23/2013 7:01:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | December 23, 2013 | Kate Henderson
    “O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…” This hymn, and dozens like it will be sung all over the world soon, as they are every Christmas. Cards depicting the scene of the holy birth will decorate millions of houses. Nativities will be set up in homes, in shopping malls, in churches. But as people prepare to celebrate the humanity of a man known as Jesus of Nazareth, his homeland is no longer a safe place to be for those who follow him.
  • Prince Charles Speaks Out for Persecuted Christians

    12/19/2013 2:00:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Ricochet ^ | December 19, 2013 | Judith Levy
    Credit where it's due. Notorious goofball he may be, but Prince Charles hit the nail on the head this time. At a Christmas reception for Middle East Christians at Clarence House yesterday, the prince made an impassioned statement on behalf of the persecuted in which he not only pleaded for the victims but named their persecutors: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East,” he said. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are increasingly...
  • Saudi Prince Accuses Obama of Indecision on Middle East

    12/15/2013 2:21:47 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2013 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    An influential Saudi prince blasted the Obama administration on Sunday for indecision and a loss of credibility with allies in the Middle East, saying that American efforts to secure a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians would founder without a clear commitment from President Obama. “We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia. “When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him...
  • Nuclear Gangbangers Have Upper Hand on Global Police

    12/12/2013 5:08:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 12, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both. The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism. Since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998, it has been able to extort...
  • Iran: ‘Deal is dead’ if sanctions are passed - "Do not like to negotiate under duress"

    12/09/2013 12:28:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 9, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Iran is threatening to walk away from nuclear talks if Congress approves new sanctions against Tehran. In an interview with Time, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “the entire deal is dead” if Congress passes new sanctions, regardless of whether they would only be triggered by the failure of the talks. “We do not like to negotiate under duress,” Zarif said. “And if Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States.” Lawmakers angry about the six-month deal struck with Iran have said...
  • Game-changer: Saudis seek to re-balance Mideast against U.S.

    12/08/2013 8:06:59 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 12/05/2013 | Aaron Klein
    EILAT, Israel – Saudi Arabia is proposing a sweeping deal to Russia that solidifies Moscow’s position in the Middle East and Persian Gulf largely at the expense of the United States, according to informed Egyptian security officials. The deal incorporates increased Russian involvement in Egypt, Syria and the Persian Gulf, and even involves a Saudi guarantee to aid against terror plots targeting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Egyptian officials said the deal seeks to replace the U.S. with Russia as the major weapons dealer to Egypt. However, the weapons sales to Cairo are only the tip of...
  • Surprise! Plenty of Obama money for these people

    12/09/2013 6:28:14 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 8, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Newest plan for stabilizing economy not intended to help U.S.The Obama administration is launching a program with the ambitious goals of sparking business investment, reducing investment risks, and creating and sustaining new jobs. However, the beneficiaries are Middle Eastern and North African nations, not workers in the United States, WND has discovered. The MENA Investment Initiative, or MENAII, “will provide needed support to early stage businesses in order to create and sustain jobs,” according to a Request for Information, or RFI, that WND discovered via routine database research... The provision of matching capital to private-sector investors is one of the...
  • 'Schizophrenic' US foreign policy pushing Arab states toward Russia, Bahrain warns

    12/08/2013 10:04:48 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 Dec 2013 | Con Coughlin
    America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama's administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy. There has been a sharp rise in tensions between Washington and several major Arab states in the wake of last month’s controversial interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme. Citing President...
  • Obama to Congress: Back down on Iran

    12/08/2013 5:28:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama is sending two of his top diplomats to Capitol Hill next week in a final bid to stop new sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry and his lead Iran negotiator, Under Secretary Wendy Sherman, will testify in public before House and Senate panels about the preliminary deal reached last month in Geneva. Their goal: Convince skeptical lawmakers that levying new punishments on Iran could derail the sensitive nuclear negotiations. “Passing any new sanctions right now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to this issue by giving the Iranians an excuse to push the...
  • Obama sees Israeli-Palestinian deal within months

    12/07/2013 2:18:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama has an ambitious timetable for wrapping up a Middle East peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama said that an outline of a deal could be agreed to the 60-year standoff early next year. "I think it is possible over the next several months to arrive at a framework," he said at a Brooking Institution event. "We are now at a place where we can achieve a two-state solution." Obama said that retired U.S. General John Allen has conducted a security study and concluded that Israel can live securely alongside a new Palestine. He noted that Allen...
  • Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

    11/26/2013 4:14:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2013 | Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON — The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria.