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Democrats and two useful Republican idiots on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) have colluded in a disgraceful sham, published late last week as a report on “whether public statements regarding Iraq by U.S. government officials were substantiated by intelligence...

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Mr. Bush Goes to Africa

Next week, President Bush, accompanied by his wife, Laura, will embark on a five-country tour across the African continent, with stops planned in Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia. While cynics will undoubtedly dismiss the visit as another case of a lame duck president using...

Ramon’s actions teach vital lessons

The world grieved this week with the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its talented crew. Each of the men and women aboard the mission were there because of their individual strengths and backgrounds, and each added a vital element to the team. This international crew represented...

Agree to Worry

For the United States in Iraq, nothing is ever simple. If the two agreements struck by Washington and Baghdad this weekend tell us nothing else, they tell us that.

For nearly a year, American and Iraqi negotiators have haggled over future relations between our nations: both immediate...

Growing Cap and Trade on the Tax Farm

President Obama has called for a determined effort to free America from the hold of the international oil cartel. As his prime measure to achieve this, he has advanced a proposal to create a "cap-and -trade" system to limit carbon emissions. While the president's stated objective is indeed...

The Uprising is On and There’s No Turning Back

Why did the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei decide to suppress demonstrations and not order a reorganization of new elections to solve the crisis? What is the analysis inside the Khamanei/Ahmedinijad "war room"? Based on several assessments, it appears that the regime feels the protest movement is...

Whatever U.S. Calls It, War On Terror Is Real

As we read in the speech delivered by the White House's top advisor on homeland security and terrorism on dropping the use of phrases such as war on terror and jihad we realize that the administration is going backward in understanding the threat and explaining it to the public.


Exposing The Nutrients

Can sanctions persuade Iran to renounce its quest for nuclear weapons? The international community's standoff with the Islamic Republic has now entered its eighth year, and there are no signs that Tehran will concede. Some skeptics of sanctions advocate regime change or military action,...

- Foreign Policy

Out of Gas: Why Sanctions on Iran Are Still the Best Option

Following the passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act in the U.S. House of Representatives today, it's worth considering the following facts in response to those who claim that the legislation will lead to a "rally around the flag" in Iran

- Jerusalem Post

Germany: EU Iran Sanctions Don’t Prohibit Hamburg Bank

BERLIN – The German government last week denied that German authorities plan to pull the plug on the Hamburg-based Iranian EIH bank (Europaeisch- Iranische Handelsbank). Speaking during an Israel Project conference call earlier last week, Ambassador to

- Jerusalem Post

Iranian FM Barred from Munich Security Conference

BERLIN – Iran's newly appointed Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who is barred from visiting the European Union because of his activities in advancing his country's sanctioned nuclear proliferation program, did not attend this year's annual Conference

- Jerusalem Post

Die Welt’: Iran Building Rocket Bases in Venezuela

BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Thursday edition. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran's most important South American ally. Iran

- Reuters

Exclusive: How U.S. Trying to Wean China Off Iranian Oil

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The United States collaborated with Saudi Arabia to increase crude oil supplies to China at the expense of Iran, U.S. diplomatic cables show. The move was designed to hurt Iran and win Beijing's support for sanctions against Tehran

- AP

UN Experts Say Sanctions are Slowing Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile Programs

UNITED NATIONS — Iran is continuing to use front companies and other concealment methods to circumvent U.N. sanctions but the bans have succeeded in slowing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, according to a report by U.N. experts obtained

- Tehran Times

Iran to Invest USD 16 Billion in South Pars Gas Field

Tehran Times cited Mr Seyyed Pirouz Mousavi MD of Pars Special Economic Energy Zone as saying that Iran will invest more than USD 16 billion in South Pars gas field to develop its remaining phases in the current Iranian calendar year. Mr Mousavi said

The War on Terrorism in Africa: Assessment and Prospects

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a good time both to take stock of where we have been and to look ahead at the paths we are likely to take and the battles which we will have to fight in the coming months. What follows is a broad assessment of status of the African...

The Meaning of Another Lebanese Murder

The Syrian regime would seem to be right on program. That much was clear from the assassination of parliamentarian Antoine Ghanem on Wednesday, six days before Parliament is scheduled to meet to elect a new president. The assassination was, regrettably, predictable and carried a number...

NATO’s New Rival

The Russian intervention in Georgia has “called into question the entire premise” of the West’s hitherto engagement with Russia, warned Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week. He also said the war between Moscow and Tbilisi would have “profound implications for our security...

Preparing for Terror

Listening to the headlines these days can be a depressing activity. The news is filled on a daily basis with stories of terror attacks, near- misses and missed opportunities by law enforcement that may have prevented the deaths of innocent civilians. America, luckily, has remained a...


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