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  • Uproar in Israel as PA appeals to The Hague

    05/22/2018 6:17:07 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/18 | Nitzan Keidar
    Israel condemned PA efforts to have Israeli political and military officials prosecuted in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “war crimes” against rioters on the Gaza border. The Foreign Ministry said that the PA appeal to The Hague was “a cynical move that is not legally valid. The PA continues to abuse the tribunal for political purposes rather than to promote political negotiations.” "It is ridiculous that the Palestinians do this while they continue to incite to terror and use children and women as human shields to cover their violent attempts to harm the security of Israeli citizens."...
  • John Brennan’s Plot to Infiltrate the Trump Campaign

    05/22/2018 10:43:38 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 50 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 22 May 2018 | George Neumayr
    s Trump won primary after primary in 2016, a rattled John Brennan started claiming to colleagues at the CIA that Estonia’s intelligence agency had alerted him to an intercepted phone call suggesting Putin was pouring money into the Trump campaign. The tip was bogus, but Brennan bit on it with opportunistic relish. Out of Brennan’s alarmist chatter about the bogus tip came an extraordinary leak to the BBC: that Brennan had used it, along with later half-baked tips from British intelligence, as the justification to form a multi-agency spy operation (given the Orwellian designation of an “inter-agency taskforce”) on the...
  • Seething at Gaza leadership, Palestinian youth sets himself ablaze

    05/21/2018 5:31:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Ynet ^ | 05.20.18 | Elior Levy
    A young Palestinian father of two sets himself on fire in protest of Hamas' mishandling of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, causing himself moderate injuries across his body; he is not known to be suffering from any mental illness; his brother was injured at a recent border protest. Fathi Harb A 20-year-old Palestinian father of two from Gaza set himself on fire Saturday night in the city's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, all while cursing the strip's Hamas rulers who he apparently blamed for his family's poverty and the dismal economic situation in Gaza. The young man, Fathi Harb, survived...
  • Germany and EU partners scramble to save Iran deal

    05/21/2018 4:45:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2018 14:54 CEST+02:00
    Germany is leading the charge to rescue the Iran deal and the economic inroads German and European companies have made into the restricted economy since 2016. EU leaders are keen to salvage the deal shaped by Obama’s administration after President Trump on May 12th pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal, in which Iran committed to denuclearize in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, was signed by Iran, the US and the international community in 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and a host of other EU leaders have...
  • Putin and Erdogan publicly diss each other using startling body language

    05/21/2018 12:42:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    All is not well among the miscreants wreaking havoc in Syria. Heshmat Alavi, an Iranian human rights campaigner and blogger, spotted an incident broadcast on Turkish television that reveals mutual contempt between Russia's dictatorial leader, Putin, and Turkey's dictatorial leader, ErdoÄźan, at a public ceremony that also included Iran's dictatorial leader, Rouhani. Watch closely in the first seconds of the video embedded in the tweet, as Putin unmistakably responded to a body language insult by ErdoÄźan (failing to rise fully to shake his hand) by quickly and casually flipping ErdoÄźan's chair over and walking away to greet Rouhani as a...
  • Iran accuses Europe of insufficient support for nuclear deal

    05/21/2018 6:17:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2018-05-21
    The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system. “With the withdrawal of America .... the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told...
  • Macron rules out trade war over Iran deal as firms flee

    05/21/2018 7:35:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    SOFIA (Reuters) — French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out on Thursday any trade war with the United States over its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal as a wave of European companies quit business with Tehran, fearing the global reach of U.S. sanctions. European Union leaders united behind the 2015 accord, and Brussels announced it would launch a legal process banning EU-based firms from complying with the sanctions that U.S. President Donald Trump has reimposed on Iran. However, corporations face the choice of trading with the biggest economy in the world, the United States, or with Iran, risking sanctions and...
  • Multinationals abandon Iran despite EU efforts to rescue nuclear deal

    05/21/2018 7:08:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 18/5/2018 | Ahmed Y. Hamza
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The European Commission has launched a process to protect the interests of EU companies investing in Iran as part of its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal. However, a number of firms are already pulling out to protect their far larger US investments from sanctions. ...snip However, multinational companies have not waited for EU leaders to find a way around US sanctions. Some have already begun cutting trade with Iran. On May 16, French oil company Total announced its intension to end its project in Iran unless it is exempted from sanctions after the US pulled...
  • Trump and Pompeo's plan for Iran: It's risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

    05/21/2018 7:52:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 21, 2018 | 10:31 AM | Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Monday outlining President Trump's new strategy to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran: Intensify the Iranian regime's ongoing liquidity and political crisis to induce fundamental changes in behavior across a range of malign activities. In short, maximum diplomacy backed by maximum pressure. Pompeo's speech today was a reply to the critics of the administration's Iran policy who have argued that Trump had no "Plan B" for the day after his May 8 decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. That deal gave the Islamic Republic patient pathways to...
  • Israel condemns PLO lies as Trump contemplates PLO demise

    05/21/2018 8:13:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/18 | David Singer
    These PLO lies should have been shredded decades ago. They have proved to be the greatest obstacle to peace between Israel and the PLO The historic opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem has provided opportunities for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to totally discredit the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and President Trump to review the PLO as a suitable Arab interlocutor to negotiate with Israel on ending the Jewish-Arab conflict. Addressing the large gathering of American dignitaries and Israeli public figures – Netanyahu declared:
  • Nevertheless, He Persisted

    05/21/2018 5:24:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 5-21-18 | MOTUS
    The FBI and CIA thumbed the eye of an armed nuclear state based on false intelligence.  Why?  The answer is now obvious: to cover up their own election year shenanigans they thought would remain forever hidden in the inevitable Hillary Clinton victory.It was the ultimate campaign dirty trick: a joint operation by the intelligence agencies and the media against a political candidate.  - How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves Now, two years into the ginned-up investigation of Russiagate, there has been “not one smidgeon of corruption” to be found. In fact, not a...
  • Bernard Lewis, Influential and Renowned Middle East Scholar, Dies at 101

    05/20/2018 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/20/2018 | Ofer Aderet
    Jewish-American historian Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous and influential Middle East scholars in the world who warned of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, died Saturday at the age of 101 in New Jersey. Lewis was a consultant to both Israeli leaders and two U.S. presidents. Generations of students, intelligence personnel and diplomats learned about the history of Islam through his writings. His research, which dealt with the history of the Middle East, brought him fame, but also many critics and enemies around the world. One of his strongest critics was the Palestinian-born intellectual Edward...
  • Syria war: Islamic State militants leave Damascus suburbs

    05/20/2018 10:24:39 PM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2018 | BBC
    Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. ...army operations in the area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing. Al-Ikhbariya TV said a new plan is underway to storm IS-held areas in Hajar al-Aswad, near Yarmouk. The channel’s area correspondent said the coming hours would be “decisive” for restoring government control in Hajar al-Aswad, but didn’t mention Yarmouk. President...
  • 'Absurd and incomprehensible': France warns that US-China trade deal could cost Europe

    05/20/2018 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 20 May 2018 15:00 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Europe could end up rueing a potential new deal between China and the United States after the two sides stepped back from a trade war, France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Sunday. “The United States and China risk entering an agreement at the expense of Europe if Europe is not capable of showing a firm hand,” Le Maire told CNEWS television. “The United States wants to make Europe and European countries pay for China’s bad behavior. All of that is totally absurd and incomprehensible for allies,” he said. His comments came after a joint statement issued in Washington...
  • NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

    05/20/2018 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:54 PM | Jon Gambrell
    Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. While obliquely criticizing President Donald Trump, Kerry did not mention the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he secured with other world powers, an accord of which Trump now has pulled America out. […] While never naming Trump, Kerry began his remarks by saying: “Given what’s going on today, I’m glad to be invited anywhere, folks.” He quickly added that the U.S. “needs to build...
  • GERMAN BANK TO HALT IRAN TRANSACTIONS IN JULY

    05/19/2018 7:41:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 18, 2018
    GERMAN BANK TO HALT IRAN TRANSACTIONS IN JULY BY REUTERS MAY 18, 2018 21:25 BERLIN - Germany's No. 2 lender DZ Bank said on Friday it will suspend financial transactions with Iran in July following U.S. President Donald Trump's pullout from the nuclear deal with Tehran. Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the accord and his order that sanctions be reimposed have led several European companies to announce their exit from Iran, including French oil major Total earlier this week. "We will completely suspend our foreign payment transactions related to Iran starting July 1st," said a spokesman for Frankfurt-based...
  • Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse

    05/20/2018 1:37:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    The Baghdad Post ^ | May 19 2018 | Simon Constable
    Doomed? Why Iran's Economic Mess Will Get Worse Simon Constable The matter at hand is the decision earlier this month by the Trump administration not to certify the so-called nuclear deal, and that means Iran will soon be subject to harsh U.S. sanctions. Overall the result will be a squeezed economy. Current situation Even the latest official statistics for the Iranian economy don't look good. The unemployment rate stands at 11.9% and the inflation rate at 8.3%, according to TradingEconomics.com. However, at least some of the government figures may be more aspirational than actual. Take, for instance, the inflation rate....
  • Iran and Russia Discuss Transacting in Crypto to Avoid International Sanctions

    05/18/2018 9:19:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Coin Telegraph ^ | 2018-05-18 | Molly Jane Zuckerman
    Iran and Russia Discuss Transacting in Crypto to Avoid International Sanctions Molly Jane Zuckerman Iran and Russia could start using cryptocurrencies to avoid Western sanctions, Russian news portal RBC reported yesterday, May 17. Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, the head of the Iranian Parliamentary Commission for Economic Affairs, referred to cryptocurrencies as a promising way for both countries to avoid US dollar transactions, as well as a possible replacement of the SWIFT interbank payment system. At a meeting with Dmitry Mezentsev, the Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy, Pourebrahimi said that they have “engaged the Central Bank of Iran...
  • Deadly protests continue in southern Iran for a second day

    05/18/2018 12:40:21 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 43 replies
    Fox ^ | 17 May 2018 | Ben Evansky
    Deadly protests in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun continued for a second day following the deaths of two protesters Wednesday... parts of the city looked “war-torn.” ...“Reports from a variety of sources are indicating anti-regime rallies and protests throughout the country, staged by people from all walks of life” “Whenever the Iranian regime becomes the target of a firm policy, this plays into the interests of the Iranian people and revives a nearly four-decade dispute,” he said. “(The) principle here is the fact that the Iranian people want regime change and are taking major steps towards this objective.”
  • Trudeau Demands Probe of Why Israeli Soldiers Shot Canadian Doctor in Gaza

    05/17/2018 7:42:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Albawaba News ^ | 05/17/2018
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for an investigation into why Israeli soldiers shot a Canadian doctor in Gaza. Dr. Tarek Loubani was in the Gaza Strip Sunday providing medical services to protesters when Israeli soldiers shot him multiple times in his legs. Loubani, who was wearing clothing that identified him as a medical services provider, survived the shooting, The incident happened during a protest against the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem in which Israeli soldiers killed at least 59 Palestinians and wounded many others. "Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that...