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Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

Jonathan Pollard

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Mike Huckabee’s Offensive, Idiotic Holocaust Rhetoric On Iran

Huckabee Announces His Intentions For The 2016 Presidential Race

In bringing Holocaust imagery into the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Huckabee has displayed the intellectual bankruptcy of his position.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

Jonathan Pollard

Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Majority Of Americans Support Iran Nuclear Deal

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Good news for the President.

United Nations Security Council Approves Iranian Nuclear Deal

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The U.N. Security Council has approved the Iranian nuclear deal, and now the ball is in Congress’s court.

Iran Nuclear Deal Struck, Reactions Pretty Much What You’d Expect

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Depending on who you listen to, it’s either peace in our time or an epic catastrophe.

Egyptian Judge Affirms Death Sentence For Former President Morsi

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Egypt’s legal system, which of course is little more than a tool for its military leaders, took another step down the road toward executing former President Mohammed Morsi: CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Tuesday confirmed a death sentence against the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, condemning his rule as a “black night” and his Islamist […]

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

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In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

Turkish Governing Party Loses Parliamentary Majority In Elections

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Turkey’s governing party suffered big setbacks at the ballot box yesterday.

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Conviction Of Blogger For “Insulting Islam”

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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a blogger sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam”: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites […]

U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Have Lost The Will To Fight ISIS

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Some unusually blunt, but true, language from the U.S. Secretary Of Defense.

ISIS Captures Another Key Iraqi City

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ISIS has captured Ramadi, and revealed yet again how fractured Iraq actually is. Fixing that isn’t something that American aid or arms can accomplish.

Former Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to Death

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Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first truly-elected president, has been sentenced to death by the government which ousted him in a coup.

Saudi, U.S. Relationship Becoming More Tense

Obama King Salman

The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has seen better days.

Vatican To Recognize Palestinian State

Pope Palestine

The Vatican has announced that it will recognize Palestinian statehood, but this is not going to resolve the underlying issues that prevent a Palestinian state from actually coming into existence.

Jeb Bush Says His Top Middle East Adviser Is George W. Bush

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Jeb Bush told a group of supporters that his brother is his top Middle East policy adviser. This strikes me as being a bad idea.

Netanyahu Forms Government At Last Minute, Beating Deadline

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As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was able to reach an agreement with several smaller parties to allow him to form a government before yesterday’s deadline expired: JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel barely met the legal deadline to form a new government on Wednesday night and will start his fourth term […]

Benjamin Netaynahu Having Trouble Forming Government As Deadline Nears

Benjamin Netanyahu

There hasn’t been much attention paid to Israeli politics since March, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have coasted to an overwhelming victory in elections that many thought would end up being closer than they ended up being. The only thing that remained for Netayanyahu after the results were clear was to put together […]

Saudi King Salman Shakes Up Royal Family Succession

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Saudi Arabia’s new King has shaken up the Royal Family, and that could have interesting results.

Two Hostages, Including One American, Killed In Raid On Al Qaeda Targets

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An attack on al Qaeda outposts in January resulted in the death of two hostages, but also resulted in the death of two high value al Qaeda targets.

Egyptian Court Sentences Former President To 20 Years

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An Egyptian Court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in a July 2013 coup, to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in the deaths of civilians during protests while he was in office: CAIRO — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years […]

Reactions To Iran Nuclear Deal About What You’d Expect

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The Iranian nuclear accords are barely 24 hours old and some people have already made up their mind about them.

Yemen Civil War Becoming Regional

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With everything going on in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia, the last thing that the world needed was for unrest and war to spread to yet another country in the Middle East. Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula and a historic site of unrest, is the latest to be engulfed in the sectarian […]

Rand Paul Tries To Explain Why He Signed The Cotton Letter To Iran, And Fails

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Rand Paul now says he signed the Cotton Letter to strengthen the Administration’s bargaining position.

Benjamin Netanyahu Appears To Secure Victory In Israeli Elections

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After appearing to be behind in pre-election polling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have secured a victory in Israel’s elections.

Netanyahu Trailing In New Polls, But He Could Remain In Power

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing in the final polls leading to Tuesday’s election, but he still may be able to form the coalition needed to stay in power.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Becoming Even More Of A Partisan Football

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s speech to Congress is becoming even more partisan, much to the apparent chagrin of the Israelis.

Democrats Consider Boycott Of Netanyahu Speech To Congress

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Some Congressional Democrats are considering skipping a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Session Of Congress.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Dies At 90, Crown Prince Salman Becomes King

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A big change in an important nation in the most volatile part of the world.

Texas Plumber’s Used Truck Ends Up In Syria Being Driven By Islamist Fighters

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A truck that used to belong to a small Texas plumbing company has been spotted in Syria in the hands of anti-Assad Islamist: TEXAS CITY — A local plumber is being flooded with phone calls — and some threats — after a picture of one of his old company vehicles being used by Islamist militants […]

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak, Further Cementing Renewed Military Rule

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Well, so much for that “people’s revolt” that brought down a military dictator.

U.S. Bombings Driving Anti-Assad Rebels To Support ISIS

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Our supposed Syrian allies seem to have a different idea of who the enemy in Syria actually is.

Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

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The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

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The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Supreme Court To Decide If Congress Can Dictate Where Jerusalem Is

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The Supreme Court will decide if Congress can override American foreign policy when it comes to declaring who has dominion over Jerusalem.

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

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Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

Obama Syria

So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border

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A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine

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Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Yemeni Rebels Seize Portion Of Capital

Yemen Rebels

While the world pays attention to Syria and Iraq, Yemen is once against lurching into chaos.

Israel’s ‘Secret’ Nukes

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Everyone knows that Israel has had nuclear weapons for decades. Don’t tell anyone—it’s a secret.

Iran And The U.S. On The Same Side Against ISIS?

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Iran and the United States are on the same side in the fight against ISIS, whether they like it or not.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

King Abdullah Warns the West

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Is the West next in ISIS’s crosshairs?

Gaza Cease Fire Extended, But Prospects For Bigger Peace Deal Seem Dim

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The two sides in Gaza keep extending the humanitarian cease fire, but remain miles apart on the major issues dividing them.

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