After bomb test, North Korea, Iran continue illicit nuke cooperation

After bomb test, North Korea, Iran continue illicit nuke cooperation

By Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon One day after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, lawmakers and regional experts are warning that Pyongyang and Tehran are continuing an illicit clandestine partnership enabling the rogue nations to master nuclear technology. Loopholes in the nuclear pact recently reached between Iran and […]

Sweden draws line in sand with Euro

Sweden draws line in sand with Euro

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock In an irrational attempt to sponsor inflation, the Swedish central bank, Riksbank, slashed interest rates to -0.35% and conducted several rounds of QE. Those misguided efforts failed to produce the desired 2% rate inflation, so the central bank now threatens currency intervention while drawing a line in the sand with the […]

Palestinian leaders promise a new year of violence and death

Palestinian leaders promise a new year of violence and death

By Khaled Abu Toameh / Gatestone Institute After failing to offer their people any hope for the future, Fatah and Hamas are now telling Palestinians that they should expect more violence and bloodshed during in 2016. In separate messages to the Palestinians on New Year’s Eve, the two rival Palestinian parties pledged to pursue, and […]

Iran deal backers embarrassed by Obama admin’s sanctions blunder

Iran deal backers embarrassed by Obama admin’s sanctions blunder

By Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon A last minute delay last week in the implementation of new Iran sanctions has some prominent congressional backers of the nuclear deal accusing the Obama administration of capitulating to Iranian demands, according to sources both on and off Capitol Hill. Senior Obama administration officials at the White House’s […]

Israel shells its border to keep out terrorists

Israel shells its border to keep out terrorists

Israel, expecting retaliation from Hezbollah over the assassination of Samir Kuntar, a Druze fighter who was coordinating Hezbollah militant activities in Syria, took extraordinary action to protect its border. In order to prevent infiltration during a recent strong storm along the Lebanese border with Israel, the IDF shelled Israeli territory along the demarcation line in […]

Russian Imperialism meets illusions of Ottoman Grandeur

Russian Imperialism meets illusions of Ottoman Grandeur

By Burak Bekdil / Gatestone Institute In a 2012 speech, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, then foreign minister, predicted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days in power were numbered and that he would depart “within months or weeks.” Almost three and a half years have passed, with Assad still in power, and Davutoglu keeps on […]

China confirms recent anti-satellite test

China confirms recent anti-satellite test

By Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon A Chinese military official recently confirmed Beijing’s latest test of a satellite-killing missile that threatens U.S. space assets. Zhou Derong, a professor at the People’s Liberation Army Logistics Academy, described the development of anti-satellite weapons as being part of China’s national defense. Writing in an official science and […]

Dumb Idea of the Year Award

Dumb Idea of the Year Award

By Douglas Murray / Gatestone Institute It is that Dumb Idea of the Year Award time again, and among the many stellar contenders, one in particular stands out. The diplomatic convention in Great Britain is that new ambassadors present themselves at the Court of St James. There they meet representatives of the monarch and are […]

Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence

Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence

By Ted Belman / Israpundit The Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy, gave President Bashar Assad a big break in the Syrian war, thanks to his powerful backer, Vladimir Putin. This grave loss will accelerate the breakup of […]

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