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  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Why the Left Doesnt Understand the Arab War Against Israel

    04/16/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Bender, Jerome Verlin
    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, womens rights, gay rights, minority rights, basic freedoms of speech, press, association, open democracy, and an independent judiciary, there is only one country in the Middle East that espouses those values you support: Israel. And he is absolutely correct. But there appears to be a major disconnect among American Jews. Today, too many Jewish Americans are ambivalent about Israel, or even openly hostile towards it, believing erroneously that Israel acts in ways that contradict their progressive or liberal ideals. Jews are even at the forefront...
  • Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot

    04/16/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at police when they opened the walled compounds gates. Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site. An AFP correspondent at the scene said dozens of Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets and stun grenade canisters, and were staying inside the Al-Aqsa mosque out of fear they would be...
  • Historic Sinai monastery criticized as threat to Egypts security

    04/03/2014 6:52:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/2/2014
    A retired Egyptian general has accused a historic monastery of being a threat to national security, and a Salafist weekly newspaper alleged that the monastery collaborates with Israeli intelligence officials, according to the Egyptian weekly Watani and the Fides news agency. Saint Catherines Monastery, now Eastern Orthodox, was built by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and is located at the foot of Mount Sinai. It stands accused of being a beachhead of Greece and the European Union on Egyptian territory. It is weird that our monks, and there are no more than 37 of us, would be accused...
  • Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished

    04/14/2014 5:26:04 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Al-ahram ^ | 13 Apr 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. ... In the same ONTV interview, Attiya levelled a host of accusations against the monastery's...
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: When U.S. Doesnt Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Notice

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Obama’s “five years of weakness” had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul’s less-interventionist foreign policy. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul,” Cruz said, “but I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • Pesach Shame: Hamas Conquers Temple Mount

    04/14/2014 1:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/14/2014, 10:11 AM | Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
    Police have lost control of the Temple Mount, Temple activists charged Monday morning, on the eve of Pesach. Dozens of Hamas men have taken over the Mount, waving Hamas flags, and are not allowing Jews and tourists into the Mount, said the activists. [] The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount.
  • Morsis Daughter: The Man in Prison is Not My Father

    04/12/2014 11:19:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2014, 4:53 AM | Elad Benari
    The daughter of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is claiming that she is certain that the televised footage showing the ousted leader in prison is not of her father, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, the daughter Alshymaa shared two pictures of Morsi on her Facebook page, one while he was president and the other of him during his trial. She claimed in a comment that the one in prison does not resemble her father.
  • Unearthed: The Humble Origins Of World Diplomacy (Hittites)

    01/18/2003 2:51:58 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 847+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-19-2003 | David Keys
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • At Last, the Season of Hope

    04/11/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal. The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt. Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged...
  • Rand Pauls Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Pauls project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administrations drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • PA launches pro-Mubarak demonstration in Ramallah

    02/02/2011 11:40:29 AM PST · by FourPeas · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2011 20:59 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Dozens of Fatah supporters demonstrated in Ramallah on Wednesday in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration is the first of its kind in the West Bank since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt. RELATED:For Palestinians, Egyptian unrest is bittersweet The demonstration coincided with the attack that was launched by Mubarak's supporters against anti-government protesters in Cairo. Sources in Ramallah said that the demonstration was initiated by the PA leadership, which has banned anti-Mubarak protests in the West Bank. The demonstrators shouted slogans condemning Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei as a CIA agent and warned against foreign...
  • Egypt court gives men 3-8 years for homosexuality

    04/07/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 12:12 PM EDT
    A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison. The Nasr City misdemeanor court issued its ruling on Monday. Police arrested the men for holding parties they say involved homosexual acts and where they found womens clothes and makeup.
  • Christians Should "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave," Says Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Candidate?

    05/30/2012 7:55:03 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 40 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 30MAY12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    "They need to know that conquest is coming, that Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate," Morsi reportedly said. According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will "achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya," the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute. In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these...
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the worlds leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treatys entry into force. [] Five of the worlds top 10 arms exportersBritain, France, Germany, Italy and Spainturned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the worlds largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Syria civil war 'kills over 150,000 people' in three years

    04/01/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Olivia Nwabali
    Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria, according to new figures. The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which closely monitors the conflict using a network of activists and medical staff in Syria, has documented the deaths of 150,344 people. More than a third of those killed in Syria by shellfire, air strikes and bullets are civilians, the rights group said. Now in its third year, the war, which continues, unabated, has ravaged entire cities, leaving whole civilian neighbourhoods flattened by shell fire and...
  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • David Cameron orders inquiry into Muslim Brotherhood activities (Britain considers banishment)

    04/01/2014 6:37:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 11 replies
    THE GUARDIAN ^ | 3/31/14 | Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood....to examine allegations that the M/B was behind the murder of three British tourists in Egypt in and that it planned extremist activities from Britain. Sir John Jenkins, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia is to draw up a report on the group's "philosophy and values and alleged connections with extremism and violence". Cameron faces pressure to follow the example of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which claim that London is the M/B's crucial centre for its activities. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi played a leading role in the overthrow of Pres Morsi,...
  • Israel to pay for 10 Plagues?

    03/31/2014 11:27:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 35 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3-31-14 | ARON DNZIS
    Egyptian journalist demands that his government sue Jewish state for heavenly punishments described in Exodus Bible study meets modern litigiousness in a story that may one day yield a riveting courtroom drama. Ahmad al-Gamal, an Egyptian columnist for Egyptian daily Al-Yawm Al-Sabi, advocated in the newspaper on March 11 that Egypt sue the State of Israel for damages caused by the 10 Biblical plagues, We want compensation for the plagues that were inflicted upon [us] as a result of the curses that the Jews ancient forefathers [cast] upon our ancient forefathers, who did not deserve to pay for the mistake...
  • Why You Should Care About Egypt Protests

    01/28/2011 7:17:35 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 79 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 27, 2011 | By Claire Berlinski
    [Excerpted from middle]....The fact that we are supporting the Mubarak regime may not be immediately obvious to most Americans, but it is the central fact about America to every Egyptian alive--to 83 million people in the heart of the Middle East. The Mubarak government is basically friendly to the United States, but it is right now crushing its own people. If it succeeds, we will not be identified with the man who is protesting. We will be identified with the men who are acting on behalf of the government. In fact, we already are. If it doesn't succeed, God knows...
  • Ten things you need to know about Turkey

    03/28/2014 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2014 | Claire Berlinski
    Here are ten things you need to know about Turkey. 1. On March 27, the government of Turkey blocked YouTube, less than a week after blacking out Twitter. Ostensibly, this was to prevent the spread of videos that are said to feature the voices of Turkeys foreign minister, intelligence chief, and a top army general proposing to send the Turkish military into Syria to protect the tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Dynasty. 2. If these tapes are real, Turkey has been considering staging an attack on itself as a pretext to intervene in...
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for kowtowing to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

    03/28/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/27/14 | David K Kirkpatrick
    Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil. But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire...
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obamas ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice Right now, theres a vacuum, she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committees annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. Theres a vacuum because weve decided to lower our voice. Weve decided to step back. Weve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum. Citing Bashar...
  • Egypt's Sisi paves way for presidential bid after resigning as minister

    03/27/2014 12:09:51 AM PDT · by kingattax · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-26-14 | Richard Spencer
    Egypt's military strongman, Field Marshal Abdulfattah al-Sisi, has resigned as defence minister, paving the way for a run for the presidency and a return to the decades in which the country was led by long-serving military officers. Field Marshal Sisi summoned a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to hand in his formal notice and bring to an end his 18-month term, in which he shot from being a virtually unknown younger general to one of the Middle East's most powerful men. People walk past a poster featuring Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo Photo: Mohamed Abd...
  • Gilead offers Egypt new hepatitis C drug at 99 percent discount

    03/24/2014 10:03:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/21/2014 | Maggie Fick and Ben Hirschler
    Gilead Sciences, facing mounting criticism over the high price of its new hepatitis C pill Sovaldi, has offered to supply the medicine to Egypt at a 99 percent discount to the U.S. price. While the drug will still cost $900 for a 12-week course of treatment, that is a fraction of the $84,000 charged for a course of treatment in the United States. The high price tag in America prompted questions from U.S. lawmakers on Friday, after U.S. health insurers said they were seeking help from state health officials to foot the bill. Gilead said it was "pleased to have...
  • Students try to tear off womans clothes (Cairo University, Egypt)

    03/26/2014 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    NineMSN ^ | 10:19am March 26, 2014
    Students have reportedly tried to tear the clothes off a blonde woman as she walked across the campus of Cairo University in an outfit described by the dean as a bit unconventional. A video that shows the long-haired woman wearing a hot pink top and black jeans appearing to rush through the campus as she is swarmed by a crowd of wolf-whistling men has gone viral and sparked outrage across Egypt. A member of an anti-sexual harassment group told AFP male students had verbally attacked the woman and attempted to undress her.
  • U.S. Warns Egypt Against Executing Brotherhood Supporters

    03/25/2014 8:07:14 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 67 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 3/26/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States warned Egypt on Tuesday that executing supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood may affect the aid that Washington provides to Cairo. Speaking one day after an Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of the movement to death, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the sentencing "shocking."
  • Top news from jpost Israel Navy fires at 2 suspected smuggling boats off Gaza coast

    According to IDF, vessels were bound to Egypt from the Strip; Palestinians report 4 wounded; gunman on Gaza shore open fire on Israeli forces escorting suspected boats to the coast.
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russias aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the Wests confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on the need for global energy security. Russias aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the Wests confrontation...
  • Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight jihadi cool

    03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    www.salon.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Hisham D. Aidi
    Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture" One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of flow, bling, and the politics of cool. American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over anti-American hip-hop, accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses jihad rap in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in...
  • 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 dont life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East, the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Russian TV Anchor Implies Jews Brought Holocaust On Themselves

  • Egypt court sentences 528 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-24-2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. They are expected to appeal. The verdict now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in...
  • William Hague: Russia faces 'isolation' over Ukraine

    03/24/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 23 March 2014 | BBC
    William Hague has warned Russia that it faces long-term "isolation and stagnation" over the crisis in Ukraine. The foreign secretary said it was time to consider a "new state of relations" different to that of the past 20 years. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said the UK and its European allies would not "run scared".
  • Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

    03/24/2014 6:41:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2014 4:09 AM ET|
    <p>Those convicted are part of a group of 545 defendants on trial for the killing of a police officer, attempted killing of two others, attacking a police station and other acts of violence.</p> <p>More than 150 suspects stood trial, the others were tried in absentia. Sixteen were acquitted.</p>
  • Egypt court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 2:25:40 AM PDT · by Zajko · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 24th March 2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group, members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, are part of a larger trial of more than 1,200 Morsi supporters. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. The Muslim Brotherhood's general guide Mohammed Badie was among those convicted.
  • Law of Social Media: Digital Coup Coming

    03/23/2014 4:12:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Recent events in Turkey, and prior events in Egypt and Libya got me thinking about the amazing power of social media. On Thursday, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate twitter, adding The international community can say this or that I dont care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic. The next day a "digital coup" occurred and Twitter Use in Turkey Jumped to New High. With the above in mind, I propose ... The Law of Social Media: Arrogant fools who think they can control social media quickly discover social media controls them. The...
  • US could free Pollard to rescue Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    03/23/2014 9:10:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Obama administration hasn't ruled out releasing Pollard in exchange for Israels agreement to free Israeli Arabs convicted of terrorist acts. With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks teetering on the brink of collapse, US officials are mulling a desperate bid to resuscitate the negotiations by making a significant move that would win the approval of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus coalition, one that may perhaps include the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, Israel Radio reported on Sunday. Citing Western diplomatic sources, Israel Radio reported that Obama administration officials have not ruled out Netanyahus proposal that Pollard be released in exchange for Israels agreement...
  • Does Russia or Iran pose greater danger to world peace?

    03/23/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sat Mar 22 2014 | Tony Burman
    While Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea are worthy of international censure, a more imminent threat to world peace is impasse over Iran. There has been a sense in recent days that this was no ordinary week in the life of the planet. Our already bloodstained 21st-century history unfolding once again in uncertain and threatening ways seemed to be opening a new chapter. Two events last Tuesday in world capitals more than 2,000 kilometres apart best symbolized this. But which of these events do you think poses the greatest potential danger to world peace? In Moscow, a preening, self-satisfied...
  • Turkey, Qatar excluded from Cairo Islamic meeting

    03/22/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    Egypt has not invited Qatar and Turkey for a major Islamic conference due in Cairo later this week, according to a report published on March 22. “We are not having a crisis with the Qatari or Turkish people … The issue lies in the policy of the Turkish and Qatari governments,” Egyptian Minister of Waqfs (religious endowments) Mohammad Jumaa told at a press conference, gulfnews.com has reported. Cairo will host a conference on March 25 on religious extremism, as Egypt continues a crackdown on Islamists in what the military-backed government portrays as a “war on terrorism”. Around 80 scholars from...
  • AP: Three years after US-NATO intervention, Libya is a failed state

    03/22/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 42 replies
    HotAir ^ | 03-22-2014 | Morrissey
    An anniversary passed this week that went almost completely unremarked and for good reason. March 17th marked the three-year anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya to stop the Moammar Qaddafi regime from attacking rebel-held Benghazi and Ajdabiya, and the three-year anniversary on the 19th of the NATO war on Libya. French, British, and American planes began bombarding the Qaddafi regime, an air war that would continue for months while Barack Obama refused to request Congressional approval for it. Later, Obama would claim that Libya represented the smart model of Western intervention....
  • Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults

    03/19/2014 1:18:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies
    March 19, 2014, 03:43 pm Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults By Rebecca Shabad Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday morning to protest insults the Israeli defense minister directed at the Obama administration this week, the State Department said. In a speech at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Moshe Yaalon criticized President Obama for having a weak foreign policy, and said Israel could no longer rely on the U.S. to lead nuclear negotiations with Iran. Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. And he protested to him his concerns about these...
  • CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues

    03/17/2014 2:08:11 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say. WASHINGTON The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials. Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision...
  • Egyptian Arrested for Loving Israel

    03/16/2014 11:04:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 3/17/2014, 5:46 AM | Elad Benari
    Egyptian authorities have arrested a local resident for loving Israel, the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported on Sunday. According to the report, the 24-year-old was arrested in the Sohag governorate in southern Egypt. He was arrested for allegedly writing to Israeli nationals through Facebook and criticizing Egypt and Egyptians as well as declaring his love for the Jewish state. [] Police say the suspect revealed that he has met several Israeli tourists when he traveled in 2011 to Sharm al-Sheikh and worked as a driver at a tourist resort, convincing him to travel to and live in Israel. He added that...
  • Egypt revolutionary singer stopped from performing

    03/15/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian singer known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the countrys interim president and military chief for security concerns. The halted performance Thursday from young singer Mohammed Mohsen comes as the broadcast of a show featuring a popular satirist who skewers public figures apparently was deliberately jammed again Friday. Mohsen said representatives from the presidency escorted him out of the Cairo Opera House before his performance was to begin and left him there as the concert went on without him.
  • Israel Ranked as Best Country for Women in Middle East

    03/14/2014 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    INN ^ | 3/14/2014, 12:04 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Israel is the best country in the Middle East for womens rights and freedoms, the World Economic Forums Global Gender Gap survey concluded this week. The survey, which has been conducted since 2006, ranks 110 countries in terms of gender equality and inequality, using a variety of factors including demographic data, socioeconomic figures, and a close look at women in the legal system. [] Thomson-Reuters noted recently that several Middle Eastern countriesEgypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and others have a poor track record for violence against women, reproductive rights, as well as the treatment and role of women. Egypt bottomed out...
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Kerry: 'It's a Mistake' to for Israel to Demand a Jewish State

    03/13/2014 1:08:31 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/14 | Joel Pollack
    Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon that it is a "mistake" for people to raise the issue of whether Palestinians would agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli government has insisted that Palestinians do so as part of an agreement, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the nations of the Arab League have all rejected Israel's demand. "I think it's a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the decider," Kerry said, when asked to clarify the official position of the Obama...