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23rd December 2016 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to...

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Analysis: Anti-Israel UN Resolution Would Undermine Peace Talks

Grant Rumley

The passage of a one-sided anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council, as is anticipated to occur today, would mark a significant departure from an international consensus governing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by - Brent Scher - Washington Free Beacon

Keith Ellison Backs Out of Radical Muslim Conference

David Andrew Weinberg

Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison cancelled his scheduled appearance the Muslim American Society’s annual conference, where he was slated to deliver the keynote address.

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to...

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

US Refutes Israeli Claims of Lebanese APC Transfers to Hizbollah

Tony Badran

The US government is refuting Israeli assessments that US-supplied troop carriers to Lebanon have made their way to Hizbollah forces operating in Syria on behalf of the Bashar Assad regime.

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

How the Obama administration pushed Turkey into Russia’s arms

Aykan Erdemir

Much of the Washington foreign policy community stood aghast Tuesday as top officials of NATO ally Turkey sat down with leaders of Russia and Iran in Moscow to forge a new way forward for Syria, without the United States in the room. The scene was not only a turning point in the Syrian...

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Commoditytrademantra.com

Buy Gold – Dump Treasuries: A Strategic Geopolitical Move, not a Day Trade

Now is the time to keep your eyes on the monetary endgame. Not the daily mark-to-market in paper gold. This endgame is an all-out attack on the status of the US dollar as the benchmark global reserve currency.

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Airbus Will Sell 100 Planes to Iran After Similar Boeing Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus completed a deal on Thursday to sell 100 jetliners to Iran, a move described by both sides as a major step toward revitalizing Iran’s aged commercial fleet after years of sanctions and economic isolation.

21st December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Abbas Lifts Parliamentary Immunity From Rival’s Allies, Strengthening Grip on Power

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has stripped five lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity, a move likely to consolidate his rule following his unanimous reelection as the head of the Fatah Party, Reuters reported Monday. Three of the parliamentarians sought sanctuary in the...

21st December 2016 - Quoted by Uri Friedman - The Atlantic

The Terrifying Simplicity of the Berlin Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

Shortly after a semi-trailer packed with steel sped through an outdoor Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 and injuring dozens more, Germany’s chancellor expressed a concern likely shared by many Germans.

21st December 2016 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Israel Claims Suggest Lebanese Violation of US Export Law

Tony Badran

A senior Israeli defense official on Wednesday confirmed what US experts had been questioning for more than a month: that US troop carriers provided by Washington to Beirut are being operated by Hizbollah in Syria in support of the Bashar Assad regime, which experts note as a violation of...

21st December 2016 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Obama’s long years of cyber neglect

Boris Zilberman

President Obama is calling on President-elect Trump to prevent foreign cyber-meddling in future U.S. elections. But Obama himself already has had the power to preempt cyberattacks — a power he has used poorly and insufficiently, according to experts and Obama's opponents.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

As Boeing-Iran Deal Faces Increasing Pressure, Tehran Lashes Out

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Iranian officials are threatening to take action in the event that a controversial jet deal between Boeing and Iran Air collapses. Their heated rhetoric comes amid congressional opposition to the sale and mounting speculation that the deal will become unworkable under the Trump...

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Mark Dubowitz

Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Kate Shellnutt - Christianity Today

Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Christian advocates in the United States have launched a global campaign to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor jailed on erroneous allegations amid a crackdown on evangelicals in Turkey.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Alan Gomez - USA Today

Berlin attack latest in disturbing terror trend

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If the truck attack on a crowded Berlin market that killed a dozen people sounded familiar, that's because it follows a disturbing trend of terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How America got shut out of Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Rather than igniting World War III, the Monday assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Turkey could usher the beginning of a beautiful Russo-Turkish friendship — with the United States left out in the cold.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France-Presse

Envoy’s killing in Turkey exposes Russia tensions

Aykan Erdemir

The killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara has exposed deep divisions in policy and hostility to Moscow among some in Turkish society despite a reconciliation deal after a seven-month crisis.

20th December 2016 - Quoted Menekse Tokyay - Arab News

Assassination in Ankara: Cop guns down Russian ambassador

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated Monday night during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition in Ankara when he took to the podium to make a speech.

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Benjamin Harvey, Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Russian Ambassador Killed in Turkey by Gunman Invoking Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s ambassador was shot dead in the Turkish capital on Monday in an assassination apparently linked to Syria’s civil war, heightening tensions over a conflict that’s drawn in almost all the region’s main powers.

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