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15 reasons why Putin still stands by Assad


  1.  As himself  the Butcher of Chechnya,  Putin clearly  has no moral  problem with the slaughter of  thousands of Sunni Muslims — in the Caucasus or Syria — but not for any sectarian motives, but only if politically useful or necessary to retain power 2.  Syria provides  the only Med Naval Base open [or

Terror Gives the Lie to Iran’s Pose as Rational Actor


    The terrorist attack on Israelis vacationing in Burgas, Bulgaria yesterday ought to change the nature of the conversation about Iran. If, as Israel is asserting, the bombing which took the lives of five Israelis and left 33 wounded, is the work of Iran’s ally Hezbollah, then those counseling further appeasement of the Islamist

Iraq Sends Condolences to Bashar’s Sister


  The U.S. withdrawal from Iraq certainly has taken a toll in terms of influence. A day after a bomb killed the Syrian defense minister and the hated Assef Shawkat, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has sent his condolences (google translation here) to Bushra Assad, Bashar Assad’s sister. That’s right: After years of terror sponsorship—including helping

Iranian Arabic News Channel Reports Clinton Assassination Attempt in Israel

Iran’s Arabic language al-Alam news channel reports that there was an assassination attempt on Secretary of State Hilary Clinton during her recent visit to Israel. Clinton’s motorcade was allegedly fired upon while traveling on a road to Jerusalem. Read a translation of the al-Alam page here. The attempted attack was not reported by the establishment

Obama and J Street Together Again on Iran

The left-wing J Street lobby came into existence in order to support Obama administration pressure on Israel. But with the president shelving any talk about twisting Israel’s arm to make concessions to the Palestinians while he’s running for re-election, the group is instead doing its best to muster support for his weak position on Iran.

First They Came For the Baha’is….

There is a common misconception that Iran’s restrictions on the right to worship freely apply only to members of the Baha’i religion. But while the Islamic republic has reserved the most vicious forms of persecution for the adherents of this gentle faith — whose numbers, according to some estimates, have dwindled from around 500,000 at

Israeli navy getting new missiles Weapons provide response to threats from Gaza, Syria, Lebanon


BEIRUT, Lebanon – Israel’s navy is getting new vessels which will be equipped with short- and long-range surface-to-surface missiles that will assist in any Israeli Defense Forces ground offensive toward the Gaza Strip, Lebanon or Syria, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.  The missiles will be available for attacks on radar facilities,

Iran: Plan To Close Strait of Hormuz Finalized

First week of October earmarked for attack? Paul Joseph Watson Monday, July 16, 2012 Iran has confirmed that its plan to close the Strait of Hormuz has been finalized and is ready to be put into action as soon as confirmation is received from Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, amidst reports that President