In the coming weeks, President Obama may announce his support for—or at least his non-objection to—a U.N. Security Council resolution defining the terms of a Palestinian state. This would represent an unprecedented break with Israel and mark the culmination of the Obama administration’s six years of confrontation with and animosity toward the Jewish state.
The United States is offering big pay outs to anyone who has "information" on key ISIS leaders. "The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on four key leaders of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
President Obama’s decision to nominate Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a very good move. It’s also a little bit of a surprise: Even though it’s been clear for a while that Dunford was going to be the last man standing in the competition to succeed the outgoing chairman, Army Gen.
Most of the time the International Trade Commission makes the news -- in these pages, at least -- it’s because of its enforcement of anti-dumping rules that do little but boost the price of items such as steel and sugar for U.S. consumers.
Most American wouldn't know a donkey drop from a paddle scoop, but nevertheless, half a million taxpayer dollars will be going to support a cricket league in Afghanistan. The current grant opportunity looks to build on what was considered a successful 2014 program. The plan is for at least five regional cricket teams from throughout Afghanistan to compete in what is called the Sixers tournament in the fall of 2015.
David Keyes, the executive director of Advancing Human Rights, set out to punk the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on his recent trip to New York City. Watch here:
Keyes sought to track down Zarif and offer him congratulatory balloons. He also apparently wanted to have an ice cream party with the top Iranian diplomat. "Free ice cream, free Iran's political prisoners," random people on the streets of New York City say into the camera.
April turns out to be “Remember-a-Nazi Month.” A 93-year-old Auschwitz guard, a former member of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen-SS unit, is on trial on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. He says he “morally” shares the guilt for taking cash and belongings from the prisoners as they entered the camp, but is innocent of any criminal act.
Is there anything separating Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on the question of what to do about the Iran deal? As with many issues, the distinction between the two Florida Republicans falls more in the realm of tone and emphasis than on policy.
‘Why does the United States fight terror in Syria, Iraq, and Africa but not in Libya?” Idris al Magreibi, 40, a tall, lightly bearded member of Libya’s House of Representatives in Tobruk, was pacing the floor in the offices of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations as he raised the question. He spoke in Arabic, and a member of the mission served as interpreter.
When Hillary Clinton first ran for president eight years ago, it was not hard to anticipate problems inherent in the Clintons’ wielding political power while also accepting foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation. “If Hillary became president,” one prominent Democrat observed, “I think there would be all these questions about whether people would try to win favor with her by giving money” to the Clinton Foundation.
A bit more on the PEN/Charlie Hebdo backlash before we call it a day. Whenever a handful of writers are unhappy, a manifesto can’t be far behind. And sure enough, the withdrawal of a few worthies as hosts of the PEN dinner honoring Charlie Hebdo quickly led to a sententious “statement,” circulated by email for signatories. A few dozen prominent writers were happy to join in the breast-beating, signing on to noxious windbaggery of this sort: “Power and prestige are elements that must be recognized in considering almost any form of discourse, including satire.
Iran is on the march all over the world, from Syria and Iraq to Venezuela and Cuba (where they have a Hezbollah base). Except when they unceremoniously retreat, as in recent days when their flotilla to Yemen turned around when they saw the U.S. Navy.
There’s a lesson there: If you want the Iranian regime to be less bellicose, aim a gun at its temple. Better yet, threaten the survival of the regime itself. You don’t need aircraft carriers or airplanes or even special forces. All you need is the will to support a free Iran.
A few weeks ago, The Scrapbook took note of cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s excoriation of the eight Charlie Hebdo journalists shot and killed in Paris last January by Islamist fanatics. The satirist Trudeau, of Doonesbury fame, had just been handed the George Polk Award for “career achievement” and took the occasion to condemn the deceased Charlie Hebdo satirists for committing the wrong kind of satire—the kind (in his words) that “wandered into the realm of hate speech” and invited reprisal.