Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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The Iran nuclear weapons issue is hovering over all other uncertainties besetting the world. In recent weeks it has become more pressing and more ominous. Both the United States and Europe are implementing additional sanctions even as military intervention chatter grows in the background.

Why? The U.S. is in an election year, a time when foreign concerns are usually ignored. Europe has many other problems, and generally takes a neutral stance on Middle East issues. Why would it reduce its own oil supply – and raise oil prices - when its economy is shaky?

The answer may well be... Read More

That’s a tweet by Hamaza Kashgari, a particularly brave Saudi Arabian-based journalist, poet and political activist. Already in trouble for stating this obvious truth, he chirruped a couple of tweets too loud; he tweeted about the Prophet Mohammed. Rather naïve of him, I would have thought, given where he lives and given what he knows, given that this is a subject likely to whip up all sorts of dreadful atavistic passions in a dreadful antediluvian kingdom.

He is young, only twenty-three. It was all innocent enough, but there is no innocence in this desert hellhole. Here it is in... Read More

Israel has been saying for years now that it will only be a matter of years before Iran acquires nuclear weapons. On November 8 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that they "highly doubt" Iran's claim that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes. Iran despite prior U.S. intelligence reports has continued to develop components to manufacture nuclear weapons. These include neutron initiators, the device that triggers the nuclear chain reaction, and the complex explosives necessary to manufacture a warhead that can fit on top of a a ballistic missile.... Read More

Egypt's "antiquities authority" shut down the the largest of the Giza pyramids on Friday upon hearing rumors that groups of Jewish Mason were planning to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 A.M. on Nov. 11, 2011.

According to the AP, the head of authorities, Mustafa Amin, stated "that the pyramid of Khufu, also known as Cheops, would be closed to visitors until Saturday morning for 'necessary maintenance.'" There have however been a series of unconfirmed reports in Egypt's local media that an unidentified groups would try to hold "Jewish" and / or "Masonic" rites at... Read More

Further to my previous article on Libya’s Mad Colonel (Do You Know Right from Wrong?) I can report that the National Transitional Council (NTC), the body that supposedly governs the ungovernable, has given up on the death by crossfire suggestion. Unfortunately for them there was too much cell phone footage. Now, unsettled by international condemnation, not just over the way he died but the chamber of horrors display of his remains, it has said that whoever killed Gaddafi will be “judged and given a fair trial.”

That’s an interesting way of putting things, don’t you agree? First comes... Read More

In Jerusalem an Israeli soldier was arrested Monday on the suspicion that he has leaked information about Israels' military operations in the West Bank to settlers.

No specific charges have been made, it's suspected that the soldier's actions enabled extremist settlers to disrupt the armies operations and carry out “price-tag” attacks.

Israeli military investigators questioned the soldier and upon his refusal to cooperate arrested him. The soldier resides in the West Bank, is a married and a father of two. He serves in the Samaria Brigade's rabbinate as a kashrut supervisor.... Read More

In October 1938 Neville Chamberlain, then British prime minister, returned from signing the Munich Agreement with Hitler, telling the British people, relieved that war had been averted, that he had secured ‘peace with honour’. The ‘honour’ involved the abject betrayal of Czechoslovakia, the high-tide of appeasement. Few were prepared at this moment to speak of uncomfortable truths. One of the few was Winston Churchill, who stood up in the House of Commons a week later, saying;

Our loyal, brave people ... should know the truth. ... they should know that we have sustained a defeat without... Read More

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