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Iran’s Elections—A National Show Designed to Delay Democracy

Iran's presidential elections are over and - as predicted by the unapologetic regime's experts and the real opposition groups in exile - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the "pure son" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, Pasdaran, wins, and wins big. For the connoisseurs in Khomeinist politics the win...

To Board or Not to Board?

For more than a week now, U.S. warships have been tailing a North Korean vessel suspected of carrying illegal weapons while it sails round in circles off the coast of China. The latest U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea (RES. 1874) has proved to be nothing to laugh at, and may...

A Dangerous Delusion

Right after 9/11, Pres. George W. Bush made a succinct demand of the Taliban: Hand over Osama bin Laden and his cohorts or face horrific consequences. The demand, the president emphasized, was non-negotiable. The Taliban refused, insisting that the U.S. produce evidence against al-Qaeda....

Still Time to Get It Right

Why not treat him as an enemy combatant?" Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was pressing John Brennan, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser. Umar Abdulmutallab had just tried to kill nearly 300 people aboard Northwest Flight 253 as it descended toward Detroit on Christmas Day. 

Lebanon’s War, Back to The Future

Connecting the Dots

President Barack Obama has just denounced the "screw up" in which his own intelligence team had the information to nab the Christmas Day underwear bomber but "failed to connect those dots."

But what about Obama himself? He is president of a country against which jihadis desiring an Islamic...


Ahmadinejad Personally Recruited Sanctions Buster During New York Trip, Court Documents Show

For the fifth time in five years, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is descending on New York to speak at the September opening of the United Nations General Assembly. His previous visits have stirred controversy as a circus of parties, interviews

- Wall Street Journal

Hitting Tehran Where It Hurts

After three decades of an Islamic revolution that has neither upheld Islam's virtues nor brought revolutionary change from repression, many Iranians have had enough. But political transformation, if indeed that's what we're seeing the start of, won't

- Contentions

Procrastination on Iran

At a weekend retreat in Finland, the foreign ministers of the EU met alongside the Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. Among the topics discussed was Iran. And among the conclusions emerging from the gathering, there is the admission by the French

- Jerusalem Post

German Firms Finance World Champ in Holocaust Denial’

BERLIN – The new president of Germany's 105,000-member Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, launched on Monday a withering attack on German companies, the Merkel administration and the country's central bank for their continued business

- Wall Street Journal

Senators Criticize Draft Rule On Iran Sanctions

A group of Republican senators slammed bank reporting requirements proposed by the U.S. Treasury, saying they fall short of the comprehensive Iran sanctions intended by Congress. The draft rules stem from a law passed last July requiring U.S. financial

- Platts

Iran Plans New Petrochemical Contracts on its Oil Bourse in Kish

Iran plans to launch new petrochemical contracts on the Iranian Oil Bourse on Kish island and is trying to promote existing and planned contracts, market sources told Platts Tuesday. A forum to explain the contracts and the procedures for carrying out

- Bloomberg

Ahmadinejad to Run Iran’s Oil Ministry After Minister Dismissed

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he will oversee the country's Oil Ministry following the dismissal of Oil Minister Masoud Mir-Kazemi as part of a plan to combine several ministries. "I am the caretaker for the Oil Ministry,"

Al Qaeda in Iraq on the Run

Al Qaeda in Iraq on the Run Al Qaeda is on the horns of a dilemma. Last month, some 30 of its senior leaders in Iraq were killed or captured. Now, Osama bin Laden faces a tough decision: Send...

¡No somos adictos!

La gente dice que somos adictos al petróleo pero decir eso es impreciso e injusto. Nuestros automóviles son los adictos al petróleo. Y Estados Unidos se ha diseñado en torno al automóvil.

In Defense of Biofuels 

Obama’s Assault on the First Amendment

In London last week, a frightful warning was sounded about encroaching tyranny. At an important conference, speaker after impassioned speaker warned of the peril to Western values posed by freedom-devouring sharia - the Islamic legal code. Like all tyrannies, sharia's first target is speech:...

Iran Wields The Gavel At The UNDP

Truly, I had plans to write this week about something other than the United Nations. But over at Turtle Bay, here they go again.

To chair the 2009 governing board of the U.N.'s flagship agency, the multibillion-dollar globe-girdling United Nations Development Program, dedicated to promoting...

What to Do About Pakistan

Should Pakistan be on the list of top U.S. priorities? The answer is yes, but only with a clear identification of the threat, very precise goals in mind, and specific tactics integrated into our broader strategy in Afghanistan and beyond. 

If we select Pakistan as a top priority, we should...

No Easy Answers

The Obama administration waited until 5:45 p.m. on a Friday in late June to float the idea that it is considering an executive order authorizing prolonged detention of captured enemy combatants.

The announcement was timed to run when most Washingtonians were tippling cocktails or en route to...


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