Free Republic 1st Qtr 2021 Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $34,332
Woo hoo!! And the first 39% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: middleeast

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Second wave of locusts striking hard-hit East Africa

    01/26/2021 12:57:41 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    jpost ^ | 1/25/21 | Tzvi Joffre
    A second wave of desert locust swarms has begun striking an already hard-hit East Africa in recent weeks after heavy rains and a late-season cyclone sparked a new round of breeding, with swarms invading Kenya and southern Ethiopia, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The first wave of locusts was reported in East Africa in January of last year, when heavy rains sparked a round of largescale breeding, according to FAO. Weather conditions remained favorable for locust reproduction and growth throughout the year, feeding outbreaks of locust from East Africa to Iran. With the...
  • The Donald J. Trump Presidency, R.I.P.

    01/20/2021 12:29:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 20, 2021 | Lloyd Pettegrew
    As Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America today, while the U.S. Senate takes up the second impeachment attempt against Donald J. Trump by the House of Representatives, we are left with some thorny issues that deserve answers sooner than later.Looking Beyond WordsAs Nathaniel Fischer reminds us, “When judging a statesman, we must look beyond his words and values to assess his true impact. While good values can play an important role, impact also depends on prudence to navigate contemporary challenges, the work ethic to push for results, and the...
  • Things I Never Told Sheldon Adelson

    01/17/2021 4:02:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | January 17, 2021 | Debra J. Saunders
    The knives were out for me in January 2017 when I arrived in Washington as the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You see, I worked for what scolds liked to call Sheldon Adelson's paper -- and that was a no-no. Adelson died Monday night, and I never got a chance to say this. Had he given me marching orders? I heard that question a lot in 2017. In fact, I didn't meet or talk to Adelson until 2018, when I introduced myself at an event ahead of the Jerusalem Embassy opening. The "marching orders" question is one...
  • No, We’re Not Going to War with Iran

    01/15/2021 4:56:47 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/2021 | Isaac Schorr
    Ayear after a U.S. military operation rid this world of the Iranian terrorist-general Qasem Soleimani, the same tired voices are repeating the same tired message, even on the eve of their return to power: “The Trump administration is on the brink of war with Iran!” “Trump is a very wounded and very cornered animal in an end-game scenario. He’s got a few weeks left, and we know that he is capable of extremely erratic behavior,” says Professor Danny Postel of Northwestern University. After the events of last Wednesday, it’s hard to argue with Postel’s assessment of the president’s psyche. But...
  • With Washington In Chaos, Let’s Steer Clear Of War With Iran

    01/13/2021 12:40:22 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 1/13/2021 | Bonnie Krisitan
    It is nigh impossible to look away from the chaos in Washington, but U.S.-Iran relations in the waning days of the Trump administration deserve a wary glance. Two U.S. bombers flew a “deterrence mission” in the Gulf region this past Thursday. U.S. Central Command has yet to release a statement on the flight, but an official described the last such mission in December as a means of ensuring “that if the Iranians do think they have a plan that’s executable, that they think twice before executing it, because they do see that we have a robust posture and presence still...

    01/13/2021 8:22:39 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies ^ | 1/13/21 | JNS
    At least 23 members of Iranian and Syrian-regime forces were killed in Israeli air strikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, and more than 28 militiamen wounded, some seriously, according to a U.K.-based war monitor. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Israel had struck targets in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, quoting a military source as saying that the strike occurred just after 1 a.m. but providing no further details. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the area between the city of Deir ez-Zor and the Syria-Iraq border, in the al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal districts, had been hit no...
  • With 2021 Still Young, We Already Have Trouble from Tehran

    01/06/2021 6:16:28 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 11 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/5/2021 | Peter Brookes
    Iran wasted no time setting a terrible tone for its 2021 foreign policy this week, making it clear that Tehran remains firmly committed to expanding its nuclear program and defeating U.S. sanctions. First, its paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy seized a South Korean-flagged chemical tanker sailing the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, reportedly for maritime pollution violations, according to Tehran. The tanker and crew are being held in Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards repeatedly have seized ships in international waters off Iran’s coast as a means of taking hostages to use as bargaining leverage in disputes with foreign...
  • In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

    01/02/2021 5:33:37 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 01/01/2020 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has abruptly sent the aircraft carrier Nimitz home from the Middle East and Africa over the objections of top military advisers, marking a reversal of a weekslong muscle-flexing strategy aimed at deterring Iran from attacking American troops and diplomats in the Persian Gulf. Officials said on Friday that the acting defense secretary, Christopher C. Miller, had ordered the redeployment of the ship in part as a “de-escalatory” signal to Tehran to avoid stumbling into a crisis in President Trump’s waning days in office. American intelligence reports indicate that Iran and its proxies may be preparing a...
  • What Was Great About 2020

    12/30/2020 11:48:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 30, 2020 | Jeff Jacoby
    ONE YEAR AGO, in a column headlined "What was so great about the 2010s," I remarked that the first decade of the 21st century, "for all its sorrows, has been the best time to be alive." Despite the media's relentless focus on bad news, I argued, humankind was living in the most fortunate era our species had ever known.Then came 2020.The past 12 months have brought misery, turmoil, and distress on a scale that most Americans couldn't have imagined last New Year's Eve: the emergence of the coronavirus, a torrent of sickness and death, economic and social lockdowns, a tidal...
  • Israel signals openness to future joint missile defence with Gulf partners

    12/16/2020 7:46:50 PM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Dec 2020 | Dan Williams
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defence with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns about Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday... ...Jitters about Iran were a driver of a U.S.-brokered pact on Sept. 15 formalising relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for the first time. Saudi Arabia has encouraged the rapprochement, while holding off on having its own bilateral ties with Israel for now. Prior to those deals, a senior Israeli official had told Reuters there would be no coordination on missile defence with Gulf countries.
  • New suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am terror bombing to be charged

    12/16/2020 12:56:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2020 | Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
    Federal prosecutors are expected to unseal new charges against a bomb-maker linked to the 1988 attack on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, according to a report. Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, a top bomb-maker for the late Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy, is accused of constructing the explosive that downed the airliner and killed 270 people on board, the Wall Street Journal said. Masud is being held by Libyan authorities.
  • Many Of Trump’s Massive Foreign Policy Gains Would Be Threatened if Biden Takes Over

    12/16/2020 9:09:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 16, 2020 | Martha Boneta
    It was hard to help but notice – and be somewhat sad about – all those happy faces Thursday afternoon when President Trump announced that Morocco had become the fourth Arab country, after Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates to formally recognize Israel. These four agreements – all achieved in the last four months – establish Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and leader of his negotiating team on this, as one of the preeminent diplomats of our generation. These accomplishments, along with the president’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from former hot spots around the region, have dramatically remade America’s...
  • Biden plan to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies faces big challenges

    12/01/2020 7:23:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 1, 2020 | By Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year for drillers and miners could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party. The challenge reflects just one of the obstacles that Biden will need to overcome as he seeks to usher in sweeping measures to combat climate change and transform the nation’s economy to net-zero emissions within three decades. Biden has said axing fossil fuel subsidies will generate money to help pay for his broader $2 trillion climate plan....
  • Joe Biden’s Throwback Team Threatens American Security and Middle East Stability

    12/02/2020 4:04:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 2, 2020 | Matt Mowers
    Joe Biden made clear he wants to put the old gang back together when he announced his prospective national security team this past week including the likes of John Kerry, Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan. They represent the worst instincts and outcomes of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy of promoting endless wars while undermining allies and placating adversaries that the Trump Administration had to clean up. How do I know? I served as the Senior White House Advisor at the U.S. Department of State in the Trump administration, cleaning up the mess that the Obama-Biden administration left behind. While the...
  • Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

    12/01/2020 5:28:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 1, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran's leading nuclear scientist, questions arise:Why would the Israelis kill him? And why would they do it now?The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, it is conceded, was a leader in Iran's nuclear bomb program, but that program was disbanded in 2003.Under George W. Bush, in 2007, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies declared with "high confidence" that Iran no longer had a bomb program.Four years later, the same intel agencies affirmed that finding.Since 2015, Iran's nuclear facilities, under the Iran nuclear deal, have been subject to U.N....
  • Two 'Boogaloo Bois' are charged with attempting to team up with Hamas to blow up courthouse and assassinate US senators after one gave interview at Minneapolis George Floyd protest saying 'it's time heavily armed rednecks stand up'

    09/05/2020 8:00:22 AM PDT · by Aquamarine · 53 replies ^ | Sept. 4, 2020 | Keith Griffith
    Two self-described supporters of the anti-government 'Boogaloo' movement have been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to Hamas in a bizarre alleged plot to bomb a county courthouse and assassinate white supremacists and national politicians. Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, were arrested on Thursday in Minnesota on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The Boogaloo movement is a loosely organized network of anti-government extremists who advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, and predict and hope for an impending civil war, which they refer...
  • Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar

    11/29/2020 4:36:09 PM PST · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 Nov 2020 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks ... Kushner’s trip comes after the killing on Friday of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran... Days before the killing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Saudi Arabia and met with bin Salman, an Israeli official said, in what was the first publicly confirmed visit by an Israeli leader. Israeli media said they were joined by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The historic meeting underlined how opposition to Tehran is bringing about a strategic realignment of countries...
  • The Future Of President Trump’s Agenda Hangs On Georgia

    11/27/2020 6:40:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 27, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    How permanent an impact a Joe Biden presidency will have comes down almost entirely to what happens in the state of Georgia on Jan. 5, 2021.There’s no doubt a Joe Biden administration is going to have a massive impact on the United States. How permanent an impact it will have, however, comes down almost entirely to what happens in the state of Georgia on Jan. 5, 2021. Like all modern presidents, President Barack Obama used the power of the executive to his benefit, signing orders that ranged from granting amnesty to illegal immigrants to joining the Paris climate agreement. President...
  • President Trump Deploys B-52H Stratofortress Bombers to Middle East For Possible Strike on Iran as Last Gift for Israel before Leaving Office

    11/25/2020 2:51:56 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    nteb ^ | 11/23/20 | Geoffrey Grider
    In threat to Iran, US sends heavy B-52H Stratofortress Bombers to Middle East via Israel FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: In a highly irregular move, the B-52H Stratofortress planes were seen flying toward Israeli airspace on Saturday en route to the base where they will be stationed, likely in Qatar. The aircraft were spotted on civilian tracking software approaching Israel before they apparently turned off their transponders, rendering them invisible on those applications. It was the third time in the past year and a half that B-52 bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other powerful munitions, have been...
  • Why has the US sent B-52s back to the Middle East? - Analysis

    11/25/2020 2:48:36 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    jpost ^ | 11/22/20 | Seth Frantzman
    American B-52s, the massive strategic bombers, arrived in the Middle East on Saturday. They are part of the Fifth Bomb Wing at Minot AFB in North Dakota. These veteran, giant aircraft were last deployed in the region in May 2019 and the US Central Command says they are here to “deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.” The B-52s have been sent to the region as the US appears to be drawing down forces in Iraq. The Pentagon has said that hundreds of troops are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan. As the US seeks to end twenty years of involvement...