Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cuban Regime Bristles After US Signals Prospect of Lawsuits Over Seized Assets

In a move described as “ominous” by supporters of U.S. businesses in Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signaled Wednesday that the administration is considering paving the way for foreign entities to be sued for “trafficking” in private property confiscated by the Castro regime decades ago. Read

Pence Vows US ‘Will Never Allow the Remnants of ISIS to Reestablish Their Evil and Murderous Caliphate’

Paying tribute to the four American killed in a reported suicide bombing in northern Syria on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence declared that, as the U.S. withdraws its troops from that country, it “will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever.” Read

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

British Gov’t Faces No Confidence Vote After Historic Defeat For May’s Brexit Plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence on Wednesday after the House of Commons Tuesday night rejected her deal for withdrawing from the European Union – by 230 votes, reportedly the biggest loss for a sitting government in the country’s modern history. Read

Ex-Ambassador Haley Calls ‘Coddling’ of Palestinians ‘The Reason the UN Is Not Taken Seriously’

The bloc of developing nations at the United Nations on Tuesday handed its presidency to the “State of Palestine,” with the U.N.’s top brass applauding the elevation of an entity that is neither a sovereign country nor a U.N. member-state, but which enjoys strong support across the world body. Read

Defending Women’s March Leaders, Farrakhan Media Outlet Slams Jews and White Women

As the Women’s March continues to suffer defections over its leaders’ associations with Louis Farrakhan, the controversial preacher’s Nation of Islam has been hitting back, accusing “Jewish and white women” of trying to undermine the movement ahead of its planned march this weekend. Read

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Malaysia’s 93-Year-Old PM, a Strident Critic of Israel, Says Israelis Can’t Compete in World Paralympic Championships

Six months before Malaysia hosts the world para swimming championships, its 93-year-old prime minister says Israelis are not welcome – and if the organizing body doesn’t like it, it can hold the event somewhere else. Read

Monday, January 14, 2019

Erdogan Aide Hits Back After Trump Warns US ‘Will Devastate Turkey Economically if They Hit Kurds’ in Syria

President Trump appears to have upset Turkey’s notoriously prickly Islamist president with a tweet Sunday warning that the U.S. “[w]ill devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.” Read

Joe Lieberman: Asking Pentagon for Strike Options Against Iran ‘Very Reasonable and Rational Thing’ to Do

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment Sunday on claims that the White House National Security Council asked the Pentagon last fall for options for a military strike against Iran, but a former Democratic senator said doing so would have been “very reasonable and rational thing” to do, given the circumstances. Read

Friday, January 11, 2019

In Cairo, Pompeo Rebuts Obama’s 2009 Speech: ‘The Age of Self-Inflicted American Shame is Over’

Almost a decade after President Obama delivered a widely-hailed address “to the Muslim world” in Cairo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned to the Egyptian capital Thursday to give a speech that amounted to a rebuttal of Obama’s – and a repudiation of the previous administration’s policies across the region. Read

Muslim Rep. Andre Carson Envisions Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib Becoming Speaker of the House

Welcoming his two fellow Muslim newcomers to Congress, Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) on Thursday evening envisioned a future with 30-35 Muslim members serving by 2030, and with Muslims holding posts ranging from committee chairs to the presidency of the United States. Read

Turkish Foreign Minister: Our Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters is Unrelated to US Troop Pullout

Turkey’s planned military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria is unrelated to President Trump’s plans to withdraw U.S. forces who have been supporting those fighters and will happen according to Turkey’s own timeline, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Read

Thursday, January 10, 2019

World’s Worst-Scoring Country For Gender Equality Gets Leadership Post in UN Women’s Agency

For the past 13 years, a comprehensive annual report has given Yemen the lowest ranking in the world for gender equality. This week Yemen was handed the vice presidency of the executive board of the United Nations gender equality and women’s empowerment agency, UN Women, for 2019. Read

Human Rights Groups, EU Officials Silent as Dual US National Who Sold Property to Jews Remains Behind Bars

As a U.S. dual citizen sentenced by a Palestinian court to life imprisonment for selling a house to Jews remains behind bars, an Israeli legal advocacy group says it has found virtually no interest in its attempts to alert international human rights groups and European politicians to take up his case. Read

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Citing Terror Plots, EU Imposes First Sanctions on Iran Since Nuclear Deal

The Trump administration on Tuesday welcomed a European Union decision to impose its first sanctions against the Iranian regime since the 2015 nuclear deal, in response to terrorist activity in Europe. Read

Rubio: Senate Democrats Put ‘Shutdown Politics Ahead of Support for Israel’

In the first Senate vote of the 116th Congress, 44 Democrats on Tuesday stalled movement on a pro-Israel bill which critics argue variously should not proceed amid the government shutdown and/or tramples on the First Amendment by seeking to counter boycotts of Israel. Read

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Rep. Tlaib, a Boycott-Israel Supporter, Slammed for Implying Pro-Israel Lawmakers Have 'Dual Loyalty'

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a Palestinian-American supporter of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, drew criticism Monday for insinuating that supporters of anti-BDS legislation in the Senate are acting in the interests of Israel rather than the United States. Read

Mexican Minister Talks About Securing Her Own Country's Southern Border, to Ensure ‘Legal and Orderly’ Entry

A day before President Trump gives a prime time Oval Office address on “the humanitarian and national security crisis” on the Southwest border, Mexico’s interior minister outlined plans to strengthen her own country’s porous southern border, where hundreds of illegal crossing points have been identified. Read

Palestinians Haven’t Voted in 13 Years; Now Abbas Casts Doubt on Elections in 2019

The Palestinian Legislative Council has been suspended for 12 years, and Mahmoud Abbas’ own four-year mandate as “president of the State of Palestine” expired ten years ago this month, but at the weekend he presented yet another reason why elections should not take place: Jerusalem. Read

Monday, January 07, 2019

Bolton Says Any Country in Doubt of US Support for Israel’s Self-Defense ‘Better Think About it Again’

National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking in Jerusalem Sunday about Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, assured Israel of the administration’s unequivocal support for its right to defend itself. Read

US Military Kills Al Qaeda Terrorist Involved in USS Cole Attack in 2000

The long arm of the United States finally caught up on New Year’s Day with an al-Qaeda terrorist centrally involved in the suicide bombing in 2000 of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole. The attack killed of 17 American sailors. Read

Rashida Tlaib, Who Heckled Trump in 2016, Warned She Was Bringing Her ‘Bullhorn’ to Congress

Rashida Tlaib, the new congresswoman from Michigan who last week called President Trump a “motherf****r,” said before the election that she planned to bring her “bullhorn to the floor of Congress.” Read

Friday, January 04, 2019

Invoking Obama’s Weak UN Resolution Language, Iran Plans Satellite Launches

The U.S. and Iran exchanged accusations Thursday about Iranian missile activity, a dispute that once again underscores the consequences of Obama administration decisions in 2015 that eased international pressure on the regime as part of the just-finalized nuclear deal. Read

Khamenei Appoints Hardliner to a Key Post in Iran, As Tensions With US Rise

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has appointed to a key post in the Islamic establishment a hardline cleric sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses and accused by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of financial corruption. Read

Thursday, January 03, 2019

U.S. Urged to Cut Aid to Palestinian Authority Until It Frees Dual American Citizen Who Sold Property to Jews

The Palestinian Authority is reportedly considering handing over to the U.S. a dual American citizen who was sentenced earlier this week to life imprisonment with hard labor for selling a property in Jerusalem to Jewish buyers. Read

Taiwan’s President Rejects Xi’s Declaration That Island ‘Must and Will Be’ Reincorporated, by Force if Necessary

Taiwan’s president responded coolly Wednesday to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s declaration that the island democracy “must and will be” united with communist-ruled China – by force if necessary – saying Xi’s stance made clear that Taiwan’s “misgivings” about Beijing are well-founded. Read

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Kim Jong Un’s Jan. 1 Message to Trump: I’m Ready to Meet Again, But Stop The ‘Sanctions and Pressure’

Kim Jong Un ushered in 2019 underlining a commitment to not manufacture, use or proliferate nuclear weapons, but warned that continuing U.S. sanctions and pressure may compel him to “find a new way” to defend North Korea’s sovereignty. Read

Trump Praises Brazil’s New Leader, Who Vows to Free His Country From Socialism

Taking the helm of the world’s fifth largest country on Tuesday, President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to free Brazil from “corruption, crime, economic irresponsibility and ideological submission” and to respect its “Judeo-Christian tradition.” Read

Nikki Haley Welcomes Formal US Departure from UNESCO ‘Cesspool’

On the day after her tenure as ambassador to the U.N. ended, Nikki Haley on Tuesday welcomed the official U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, describing the U.N. cultural agency as a corrupt and biased “cesspool.” Read

Friday, December 28, 2018

After Turkey Complains, Google Removes Offending ‘Kurdistan’ Map

Google has evidently taken down a user-generated map depicting the boundaries of the historical Kurdistan region, following demands by the Turkish government after a lawmaker complained the map served as “terrorist propaganda.” Read

Iran Tells Trump to Remove Troops From Iraq: ‘This Region Belongs to Us’

A day after President Trump told U.S. military personnel in Iraq that the U.S. would maintain a presence there, in part, to keep a “watch over Iran,” the regime in Tehran slammed the president’s visit and warned him to withdraw the troops. Read

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Pro-Iran Militia Leader in Iraq Warns Trump: Pull Out Troops or We’ll ‘Eject Them By Other Means’

President Trump’s unannounced visit Wednesday to U.S. forces in Iraq brought a veiled threat from the leader of an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia – remove the troops or face the type of bloodshed they confronted before their previous withdrawal, in 2011. Read

Trump and First Lady Pay Surprise Christmas Visit to U.S. Troops in Iraq

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have paid a surprise visit to Iraq, meeting with U.S. troops at an airbase in Anbar province “to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” the White House said. Read

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Iran Won’t Outlaw Marriage of Under-13 Girls, as Islamic Countries Fare Worst in Annual Gender Survey

Lawmakers in Iran have defeated a bid to outlaw the marrying of girls aged nine to 13, just days after the findings of a new global report indicate, once again, that women fare worse in Islamic countries. Read

After Trump’s Syria Decision US-Led Coalition Continues Airstrikes, Says ISIS ‘Presents a Very Real Threat’

As the various parties engaged in the Syrian conflict mull the looming departure of U.S. forces, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq announced airstrikes were continuing to degrade a terrorist group that “presents a very real threat to the long-term stability in this region.” Read

Friday, December 21, 2018

Pompeo: Ending ‘Catch and Release’ Will Lead to ‘Truly Historic Drop in Illegal Immigration’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday predicted that a new plan to send illegal aliens back to Mexico to await the outcome of U.S. asylum applications will result in “a truly historic drop in illegal immigration,” since the prospect of being able to disappear into the U.S. will no longer be an incentive. Read

Mattis’ Resignation Letter Cites Loyalty to Allies, Resoluteness With Foes

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ startling resignation on Thursday came amid reports that President Trump plans a 20 percent reduction in troop numbers in Afghanistan, following his decision to withdraw all troops from Syria. Read

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Invoking Fallen Soldiers, Trump Says it’s Time For US Troops in Syria ‘to Come Home’

Despite blistering reaction from some senior Republican lawmakers, President Trump said Wednesday his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria now that “we have won against ISIS” would be what American warriors who have been killed in action would have wanted. Read

Russia Threatens New Mid-Range Missiles If US Exits Arms-Control Treaty

The Kremlin is stepping up threats to deploy land-based intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms-control treaty. Read

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Accused War Criminals Meet in Damascus as Arab Bloc Moves Away From Snubbing Assad

A surprise visit to Damascus by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir made headlines this week because both he and his host are accused of war crimes. The visit may mark a grudging acknowledgment by Arab states that it’s time to resume business with Bashar al-Assad. Read

Pakistan Gov’t Minister Caught on Tape Pledging Support for US-Designated Global Terrorist

Three months after Pakistan complained about a U.S. decision to withhold funding over a failure to tackle terrorism effectively, a government minister has been caught on camera evidently pledging to support a global terrorist who is the subject of a $10 million U.S. reward offer. Read

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

As CAIR Challenges Texas Ban on Boycotting Israel, Governor Retorts, ‘Texas Stands With Israel. Period’

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced a lawsuit Monday challenging legislation in Texas which prohibits government agencies from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. Read

US Pushes Back Against ‘Reproductive Rights’ Language in UN Texts

The United States waged a lonely struggle at the United Nations on Monday as it opposed language that some advocacy groups have used to promote abortion – and even a global “right” to abortion. Read

Monday, December 17, 2018

Iran’s Zarif Boasts About Regime’s Ability to Evade Sanctions – ‘And We Can Teach it to Others For a Price’

The Iranian regime has perfected “the art of evading sanctions” and is willing to teach other countries to do the same – “for a price,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at the weekend. Read

‘A Church Without Putin’: Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians Declare Independence From Moscow

In a development that may receive little attention in the West, but could have important geopolitical implications, three Orthodox Church bodies in Ukraine united at the weekend to choose a new head, cementing a split from Russian oversight that Ukraine’s president characterized as the righting of a wrong going back more than three centuries. Read

Friday, December 14, 2018

Iranian Officials Called ‘Hypocrites’ for Sending Their Families to Study and Work in ‘Great Satan’

Denouncing the “hypocrisy of the regime” in Tehran, the State Department’s special representative for Iran says it is “working on” the issue of relatives of senior regime officials living and studying in the country which the mullahs deride as the “great Satan.” Read

US Senate Unanimously Holds Saudi Crown Prince Responsible for Khashoggi’s Murder

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution declaring that it believes the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia “is responsible for the murder" of the Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. It was a striking show of bipartisan disdain for the de facto ruler of a longstanding ally. Read

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Russian Strategic Bombers Fly Over Caribbean With Venezuelan Jets

Two Russian strategic bombers, which held joint exercises with Venezuelan fighter jets over the Caribbean Sea this week, will end their visit on Friday, according to the White House. Read

Pakistan, With Its Severe Blasphemy Laws, Says It’s ‘A Multi-Religious and Pluralistic Society’

Pakistan – whose prime minister said recently there was “no mention of Jesus in history” while calling for greater global awareness of how much Muslims revere Mohammed – said Wednesday it was “a multi-religious and pluralistic society.” Read

Incoming Muslim Congresswomen Mock Pence’s Christian Faith

One of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress took a snide dig on Twitter at Vice President Pence for sitting with eyes closed during a heated Oval Office meeting, posting a photo with the caption, “Jesus take the wheel!” – and the other incoming Muslim congresswoman applauded the insult. Read

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Religious Freedom Envoy: China One of the ‘Worst Human Rights Situations in the World’

The administration’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom painted a bleak picture Tuesday of the landscape in China, and called the communist regime’s suppression of Uighur Muslims one of the “worst human rights situations in the world.” Read

Under Trump, U.S. Finally Blacklists Pakistan for Religious Freedom Violations

For 16 consecutive years, the State Department under three administrations has rejected advice from an independent statutory watchdog to blacklist Pakistan for religious freedom violations – until now. Read

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Return to Venezuela

For the third time in a decade, Russian strategic bombers have landed in Venezuela, amid stepped-up tensions between Washington and Moscow, and continuing allegations by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of U.S. plotting against his regime. Read

Invoking Otto Warmbier, Administration Sanctions 3 Top North Koreans, Including Kim’s No. 2

Six months after President Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un, his administration marked international Human Rights Day on Monday by imposing sanctions on three of the North Korean dictator’s top officials – including the man viewed as his number two – for human rights abuses and censorship. Read

Monday, December 10, 2018

Days After Dodging UN Condemnation, Hamas Hails ‘Heroic’ Shooting Attack Seriously Wounding Pregnant Israeli

Three days after a U.S. bid to get the U.N. General Assembly to condemn Hamas for the first time ever failed, the terrorist group on Sunday night praised as “heroic” and “blessed” a drive-by shooting in which seven Israelis were wounded – one of them a pregnant 21-year-old. Read

U.S. Opposes U.N. Effort to Advance a Global Framework on Migration – Including Illegal Immigration

Representatives of more than 150 countries are meeting in Morocco on Monday to formally adopt a “compact” on migrants – an initiative which the Trump administration calls an attempt to “globalize migration governance at the expense of state sovereignty.” Read

Friday, December 07, 2018

As U.S.-Sponsored Censure of Hamas Fails at U.N., Haley Asks Arabs, ‘Is the Hatred [of Israel] That Strong?’

A U.S. attempt Thursday to have the U.N. General Assembly pass a first-ever resolution condemning Hamas was stonewalled when Arab states insisted on a two-thirds majority vote for adoption – a step U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said was designed “purely to disrupt” the U.S. initiative. Read

6,000 Miles Apart, Trump and Netanyahu Mark Hanukkah on Anniversary of Historic US Jerusalem Policy Shift

In two ceremonies 6,000 miles apart, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday marked the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, each noting that the occasion fell a year to the day since Trump in a historic policy shift recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Read

New Report: UN Should Investigate Secret Execution of Thousands of Iranian Dissidents 30 Years Ago

The Iranian regime’s refusal to come clean about the secret executions of thousands of dissidents 30 years ago amounts to an ongoing crime against humanity, a global human rights group says in a new report. Read

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Up to Two Million Uighurs Incarcerated in Chinese Camps; Islamic Bloc Silent

Over the past 20 months Chinese authorities have incarcerated between 800,000 and two million Uighurs in internment camps, according to U.S. intelligence estimates cited by a senior State Department official on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Read

US Warship Sails Near Disputed Waters to ‘Challenge Russia’s Excessive Maritime Claims’

Amid simmering U.S.-Russia tensions over missiles and Ukraine, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer on Wednesday sailed near disputed waters between Russia and Japan, in an operation designed “to challenge Russia’s excessive maritime claims” in the area. Read

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

UN Peacekeeping Force Silent About Hezbollah’s Cross-Border Attack Tunnels

Israel’s discovery of a sophisticated tunnel dug by Hezbollah to breach the Lebanon-Israel border has brought a bland reaction – and no condemnation for the terrorist group – from the U.N. peacekeeping mission deployed there. Read

With NATO’s Backing, US Gives Putin 60-Day Notice to Comply With Missile Treaty

Accusing Russia of deploying missiles threatening Europe in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty, the Trump administration on Tuesday gave Russia 60 days to return to compliance, failing which the United States will itself withdraw. Read

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Hostages’ Families Urge Gov’ts to Make ‘Political Cost’ for Iran So High That It Releases Them

The families of seven Americans and others incarcerated or missing in Iran urged the international community Monday to apply pressure on the regime to secure their release and to end what they said amounts to hostage-taking. Read

State Dep’t Scorns Iran’s Claim That Missile Tests Are Defensive

The State Department on Monday urged the European Union to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile program, rejecting the regime’s claims that its launches are “defensive.” Read

Monday, December 03, 2018

Putin: Movie Depicting US Military Rescuing Russian President ‘Sounds Like a Bad Film’

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a dig at America’s military prowess – and filmmaking abilities – at the weekend, calling a movie scenario farfetched because it portrays U.S. military personnel penetrating a Russian naval base. Read

Haley Pushes Ahead With First-Ever UN Resolution Condemning Hamas

Weeks before she leaves her post at the U.N., Ambassador Nikki Haley is driving a concerted push to have the world body, for the first time ever, adopt a resolution condemning Hamas by name. Read