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UN on Edge

The U.N. Agency That Keeps Palestinians From Prospering

January 12th 2018


Frustrated by Palestinian intransigence, the Trump administration has reportedly frozen $125 million of the American contribution to the internationally funded welfare agency for Palestinian "refugees," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Mr. Trump had expressed his irritation with the agency, known by the acronym Unrwa, in a characteristic tweet, noting that the U.S. provides "HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year" and gets "no appreciation or respect" from Palestinians. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., echoed the sentiment, saying the U.S. would use funding as leverage "until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table." Read more ..

Media on Edge

Lie by Omission at the NYT

January 10th 2018

New York Times Bldg

It’s a lie by omission. The New York Times published a compelling article on the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. It focused on mass starvation – particularly among infants and children — in spite of the nation sitting on the world’s largest known oil reserves.  Food and medicine are nearly unobtainable.  Scavenging in trash dumps for anything to eat is commonplace.

This article repudiated glowing praise the paper lavished on the socialist dictatorship just five years ago.  That praise was founded on the same key point the Times never mentioned in its recent 48-hundred word article.  The humanitarian disaster is the direct result of Venezuela’s socialist policies.  In 2012, according to the New York Times, Venezuela’s socialist policies created a paradise.  Today, those socialist polices got no mention. Read more ..

The Edge of Disability

Stopping Sexual Assault Of People With Disabilities

January 8th 2018

Holding Hands

AZlmost every day we learn about another powerful person who is a sexual predator and/or abuser. Some of them, like Harvey Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman, are Jewish. We have also heard of Rabbis and teachers from our community who are also perpetrators of abuse.

It’s important to remember that mensches and heroes still exist in the world. Many men are trying to do the right thing, but frankly some don’t even know what they don’t know about how to address the issues. Matt Damon, the father of four girls, made an attempt that backfired, and is hurting his career.

The best role model I know is Jewish. He is Scott Berkowitz, the CEO of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. Read more ..

The Trump Era

Nagging Questions for the Special Counselors

January 5th 2018


1) If the FISA Court orders to explore the purported Trump-Russian collusion were predicated on phony Steele/Fusion GPS documents and suppositions that prove largely untrue (Comey himself testified under oath that he could not verify their contents), then are subsequent transcripts of court-approved surveilled conversations somewhat poisoned? And, if so, not permissible to be used in collation with later sworn FBI statements to prove inconsistencies, lying, or obstructing? Would someone like Flynn eventually have grounds to appeal his confession?
2) Given the overwhelming progressive consensus by summer 2016 that Trump was not going to be president and that his likely post facto blame for his defeat would fall on deaf ears (Obama before the election had both predicted that Trump would not win and that he would have no grounds to complain of outside interference in the results), why did the amateurish Clinton-created Fusion GPS dossier win such a shelf life, to be peddled around the FBI, discussed by the Obama White House, bandied about by the intelligence agencies, and worked on by the spouse of a DOJ high official?

The Iranian Threat

Counter Iran's aggression By Changing the Map of the Middle East

January 2nd 2018

Iranian Revolutionary Guard

The Trump Administration's just released National Security Strategy properly identifies Iran as among the important challengers to U.S. security interests but does not offer a concrete strategy on how to counter its growing regional hegemony. Indeed, Iran's geopolitical ascent is the most significant, and dangerous, development in the Middle East this century. President Trump should follow Ronald Reagan's example and take the offensive, supporting indigenous forces that oppose, and seek independence from, Iranian domination. This requires eschewing convention and recognizing Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen for what they are: failed, artificial constructs whose capitals now serve as Iranian satrapies. Read more ..

Iran on Edge

The End of the Islamic Republic?

January 1st 2018

Iranian clerics

There is no way to tell now what will be the outcome of the massive protests that are sweeping Iran, but that they are undeniably momentous, despite the cavalier treatment they have received from the establishment media in the West. They have already led to the Tehran Police announcing that they will no longer enforce the dress codes for women that were imposed after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and more could be coming, including the downfall of the Islamic regime itself – although the mullahs are mobilizing their military, and will not go down without a fight.

Whatever happens next, what has already happened is extraordinary. Unlike the 2009 Green Movement protests, which featured protesters shouting “Allahu akbar,” signaling that all they wanted was reform of the Islamic regime, not the end of the regime itself, the protesters over the last few days have been clear, chanting: “We don’t want an Islamic Republic!” “Clerics shame on you, let go of our country!” Some have even chanted: “Reza Shah, bless your soul!” Read more ..

Refugees on Edge

Trump Should Crack Down on UNRWA, Finally End Fiction of Palestinian ‘Refugees’

December 28th 2017

Palestinian Rock Attackers

As the UN General Assembly voted to reject America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, US Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a stern warning: We’ll remember this the next time you come calling for more hard-earned American taxpayer dollars. Most nation-states called her bluff, leaving many to wonder what comes next.

If President Trump wants to use his financial leverage at the United Nations to strike at the heart of the anti-America, anti-Israel institutional infrastructure, he should look no further than the agency responsible for Palestinian refugees: the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

By most definitions, refugees are those forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. Nearly every refugee in the world is cared for by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, whose ultimate goal is repatriation, resettlement and integration. The exception? Palestinian refugees. Read more ..

Israel on Edge

Islamic Governments Cede West Jerusalem to Israel

December 20th 2017

Israeli flag and clouds

Last week in Istanbul, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. They made the announcement with a barrage of angry rhetoric, of course. Israel is a “racist” state, and the Trump administration’s recognition earlier this month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is "an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus to extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security."

Look past the bombast at the main point. By recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, the OIC is effectively ceding West Jerusalem to the Israelis and implicitly recognizing it as Israel’s capital.

The vast majority of media organizations around the world that don’t specialize in the Middle East didn’t report this, but it’s important. The OIC includes 57 member states and extends far beyond the Middle East, from Sub-Saharan Africa through South Asia and all the way to Indonesia. Read more ..

Israel on Edge

On Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem

December 14th 2017

Wailing Wall 1967

When President Donald Trump announced that the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Muslim world reacted with outrage and threats. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences.” The spokesman for Turkish president Erdogan warned that the move was a “grave mistake” because “Jerusalem is our red line.” Bekir Bozdag, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the move would plunge the world “into a fire with no end in sight.” And Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned that the move “would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims all over the world.”

The leaders of the Western world reacted in similar fashion. Pope Francis, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron all criticized Trump’s announcement. Meanwhile, the patriarchs and heads of the local churches in Jerusalem sent a letter to President Trump warning that the transfer of the embassy “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering in Jerusalem.”

But there is an obvious contradiction here. As Jihad Watch editor Robert Spencer points out in a recent column, these leaders have a record of defending Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance, which is being perverted by only a handful of extremists. Pope Francis, for example, has said that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” On another occasion he drew a moral equivalence between Islam and Catholicism, saying, “If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.” For over a decade now, various Church leaders and secular leaders have assured us that violence has nothing to do with Islam.

But if that’s what they really believe, why should they worry that moving an embassy would create – to quote from the letter of the church leaders in Jerusalem – “hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering.” Read more ..

Israel on Edge

A Down Payment for Peace

December 7th 2017


It’s starting to sound like a plan.

Since the beginning of the Oslo “peace process,” it has been assumed that Israel has more to give than the Palestinians. After all, the story went, Israel is wealthy, recognized, democratic, and stable. The Palestinians are refugees with nothing. Right? So Israel was told not to build houses for Jews in areas that might become a Palestinian state -- lest the Palestinians end up with a country that has Jews in it. Israel has, further, been pressed to “make life better” for the Palestinians in terms of jobs, electricity, water, medical care, and agriculture. The Arab states and the EU -- as well as the U.S. -- provide funds for, well, for everything including Palestinian leaders’ mansions and bank accounts. The deeper others waded into the “process” over the past two-plus decades, the more the Palestinians could be excused for believing that they didn’t have to do anything, but could wait for people to squeeze more out of Israel on their behalf under threat of a) discontinuing the process and/or b) more violence. Read more ..

Campus on Edge

Time to Tax University Endowments

November 28th 2017


Why are taxpayers supporting multi-billion dollar outfits that pay no taxes without a murmur of complaint from the usual Progressives who chant the “redistribution of wealth” theme whenever they smell the possibility of taking down the white-privileged-upper-class? You know why? Because the wealthiest, most protected “businesses” in this country are our universities with their huge endowment funds which are tax free. College endowment funds are the tax free savings accounts that are gifted by supporters. Let’s look at some figures for the money making engines of some top schools in the country: Harvard–$30 billion, Princeton–$21 billion, Yale–$24 billion, University of Michigan–$8 billion, Stanford–$17 billion. And so on and so on. These institutions are basically hedge funds with a university attached to it. They hoard billions of bucks in their bank accounts and pay no taxes on the gifts nor on the interest accumulated. Read more ..

Inside America

The Paradox of Abundance

November 24th 2017


Life is funny.  As suckling babes, the most luxurious thing we could ever imagine is the nurturing warmth of our mothers.  But as we age, a whole host of desires and ambitions begin to take shape in our minds. For the most part, whether we want to admit it or not, those ambitions generally center around wealth and social status.  These things replace the womb as the object of our desires, and give rise to an almost insatiable desire for more.  As we sit down with our families this thanksgiving, perhaps it is time for us to put things into greater perspective.

I can remember clearly when I started out in business, I merely wanted to save fifty thousand dollars.  As a spiritual wealthy and poor financial, righteous government staffer with conservative leanings, I thought that princely sum would remove all fear of my lack of financial resources and want. I could upgrade my car from an old jalopy to a used Ford truck. I could furnish my small 201 Mass apartment on Capitol Hill. I could travel and live a little. Fifty grand is all it would take.

              And so I got to work. I poured all of my heart and ambition into building a business marketing nutritional supplements. I became very good at it. By the time I sold my business I had my fifty grand and then some.  But that was not the end of the story.  By that time I had become known around town as somewhat of an entrepreneur. Back then, D.C. didn’t have many of those. In fact, business was frowned upon, as the name of the game in Washington was respect, power and then money. In that order. Read more ..

Oil Addiction

Don't Blame Just the Gas Tax for California's Pump Prices — Refineries $3 Billion more Annually Than They Should

November 23rd 2017

Oil Refinery

On Feb. 18, 2015, an explosion ripped through Exxon Mobil’s vast refinery in Torrance, forcing a shutdown that took 10% of the state’s overall gasoline production capacity offline.

Prices immediately spiked at the pump, rising by about 70 cents per gallon relative to the rest of the country. That wasn’t unexpected, given the resulting constraints in statewide gasoline supplies. What sets the Torrance outage apart from the effect of other outages, however, is what happened afterward.

Estimates of the mysterious premium being collected by the state’s refineries range from at least 20 cents per gallon — as calculated by UC Berkeley energy economist Severin Borenstein — to more than 30 cents, as reckoned by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. (Neither figure includes the Nov. 1 tax increase.) The lower estimate would take about $3 billion a year out of California drivers’ pockets, or about $300 a year for an average family of four; the higher estimate, $4.5 billion. Where is the money going? To refineries, whose margins increased after the explosion and have stayed high. Read more ..

The Edge of Terrorists

The Criminal Merah brothers: How France Failed its Citizens

November 17th 2017

Paratroopers at Eiffel

Earlier this month, Abdelkader Merah was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a French court. He was found guilty of criminal terrorist conspiracy. Abdelkader had had much influence on his murderous brother, Mohammed Merah. Analyzing the background of the Merah family provides major insights into the problems of uncontrolled immigration of Muslims into Europe as well as other issues that go far beyond the crimes of the Merah brothers.

First the facts. In March 2012, Mohammed Merah, a French-born Muslim of Algerian parents, killed a Jewish teacher and three children in front of the Jewish school Otzar HaTorah in Toulouse. Several days earlier he had murdered three French soldiers. A few days after the murders at the school, Merah was killed in a shootout with French police. It was found that he had been a visitor to an al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan.

Mohammed Merah claimed that he was motivated to murder Jews out of solidarity with Palestinian children. Thereafter then Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad distanced himself from Merah. He stated that Palestinian children should not be used to legitimize terrorism. Fayyad failed to mention that the Palestinians routinely glorify their own terrorist murderers of Israeli civilians in many ways.

According to the French daily Le Monde, the father of the Merahs said that to defend the Palestinians he was willing to become a suicide bomber. Souad Merah, the eldest sister of Mohammed, was quoted as saying that she wanted to turn into a suicide bomber together with her children, “It is not innocents which one is killing, but unbelievers.” Upon learning about the murders Mohammed committed, Merah’s mother Zoulikha said, “My son has brought France to its knees.” The current whereabouts of Souad Merah are unknown. Read more ..

The Edge of Terrorism

The U.S. Pro-Islamist Neighbor to the North

November 15th 2017

Montreal skyline

Shortly after taking office in November 2015, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   on CBC's "1 on 1" argued the importance of working with "the Muslim community to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies." Thus, reiterating the oxymoron that was introduced by the Muslim Brotherhood and has since been used by their many affiliated Muslim organizations to dupe the West.
So when on October 18, 2017, the province of Quebec passed a new law banning the wearing of niqab or burqa "when riding public transit or receiving government services" for security reasons- Trudeau made it known he wasn't happy with the new provincial law, law. "As a federal government, we are going to take our responsibility seriously and look carefully at what the implications are" even though the federal government, cannot challenge the new law, implying others could.

The Book Business

From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors

November 11th 2017

Amazon box

Last March, Amazon quietly changed the way it sells books. An obscure and seemingly harmless modification to its website has opened the door for some third-party sellers to deceive Amazon’s customers by selling books as “new” that may not come straight from a publisher or its wholesaler, thus depriving authors of royalties they should have earned from the sale of a new book.

Amazon decided to allow third-party sellers to be featured atop the primary purchase button for new books, a spot previously reserved for Amazon’s own inventory, which comes directly from the publishers. Approved third-party sellers “win” this placement through a secret algorithm that considers, among other things, price, availability, seller’s rating and shipping time. In doing so, Amazon abdicates its role as the prime retailer on its own website. The main requirement is that the books offered by the third-party seller must be “new.”

So when you, the customer, hit that main buy button, you should always expect to get a brand-new book, right?


The Digital Age

NSA Eavesdropping and Section 702

November 10th 2017

NSA facility

Congress is poised to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  If you travel abroad it could affect you. Section 702 allows NSA to eavesdrop on foreigners overseas without a warrant.  This is what spy agencies do.

Concerns arise over the incidental collection of communications inside the U.S. or of a U.S. person abroad.  Americans don’t lose their constitutional rights at home when they travel to another country.

According to the Director of National Intelligence’s transparency report, there were more than 106,000 targets the NSA collected against last year under 702.  Nearly 4,000 were U.S. persons. Read more ..

Financing the Flames

Interview Tries to Purify the New Israel Fund

October 30th 2017


Last Shabbat, the CEO of the New Israel Fund (NIF), Mickey Gitzin, was interviewed by the Israeli Yediot Ahronot newspaper. Four pages of prime location in the weekend supplement were allotted by the paper’s editor to journalist Nevo Ziv in order to try to rehabilitate the public standing of the NIF. The determined writer did not even try to hide or mask his flattery with questions that would make things difficult for Gitzin. Instead, Ziv presented his readers with four pages of flattery and softball questions.

A hypothetical parallel to Ziv’s pampering interview with Gitzin would be an interview with extreme right wing activists Itamar ben Gvir or Baruch Marzel, something that no right wing media agency would think of doing, and rightly so. The nature of the interview was determined by an editorial decision with a clear significance – in the current confrontation between the Israeli public and the NIF, Yediot Ahronot chose the Fund. Read more ..

Media On Edge

Standing up for Sinclair

October 27th 2017

Armstrong Williams Headshot

The recent hit piece issued against Sinclair Broadcasting group published by Bloomberg and many main stream media outlets represent a confusing and largely irrelevant hodge-podge of alarmist prevarication and silly partisan sniping. It is almost as if by signaling the decades-long development and recent successes of Sinclair’s television business, the liberal media feels as if it is being denied its sole right to control the perspective of the news content received by everyday Americans.

Among the pettier accusations is that as a political pundit who appeared on the Sinclair Network in 2005 – more than a decade ago – I was also a paid consultant for the Bush Administration who did not disclose that fact for viewers.  I was appropriately punished for that transgression and have since that time moved on from punditry to forming a company, Howard Stirk Holdings, which owns several broadcast stations in various local markets, some of which have business relationships with Sinclair Broadcasting Group.  In its zeal to dig up dirt on Sinclair, the mainstream media this ignores more recent developments and thus misrepresents the reality of the situation.

This is an increasingly common occurrence these days – as the media have in essence abandoned their role as reporters and chroniclers of current events, to becoming drivers of public opinion. And it is in fact that very failure on the part of media organizations that has created the opportunity that is before both HSH and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Namely, it is the opportunity to grow a business at scale that offers local news and serves the public interest.

The media ownership rules currently in place date back to the Radio Act of 1927, almost a hundred years ago, when the media landscape was far different than it is today.  Read more ..

Kurdistan Rising

The Kurds Continued Abandonment

October 23rd 2017

PKK (Kurdish Worker's Party) Fighter

The State Department is in a serious and weaken agency with the same Obama Administration team players in charge of policy, so there is a continuing growing gap between the White House policy on Iran and where State should be.


The events over the past 10 days are an ongoing devastating blow to the Kurds, and to the reputation of the United States. 


The Kurds have been a faithful, unwavering ally since 1991-92 when we first arrived in Northern Iraq.  They were instrumental in crafting the Iraqi constitution and getting it passed by the parliament in 2004. They are exercising their rights to self determination. Read more ..

Iran's Nukes

Trump's Critics on Iran Are Wrong

October 17th 2017

Iranian clerics

On Friday, President Trump announced he will not certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor. I'm sure most of us spent the weekend inundated with thought pieces declaring this a major misstep or some kind of politically motivated gambit that plays fast and loose with global security. But they're all wrong. With this bold action, we're finally on the path toward a safer Middle East.

Iran remains an immense threat to the United States and our allies, and decertification is a serious first step towards mitigating the harm Tehran is causing around the globe. Today's less covered announcement by the Treasury Department that it would apply further sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is an important second step.


Media on Edge

Jeff Bezos and Workers at The Washington Post.

October 13th 2017

Amazon box

Like most of the industry titans in the world of big tech, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is no fan of labor unions. Since 1994, he’s fended away every effort by Amazon warehouse workers to unionize.
But when Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013, he inherited more than 1,200 workers unionized with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. That union now claims that Bezos and Washington Post management are trying to gut protections and benefits for workers in the latest contract negotiations.
“Under the Bezos ownership, we fear a fundamental transformation is under way at the Post — one that is occurring in many other workplaces around the country, leading to economic insecurity for working people as though we are disposable or interchangeable elements in a machine,” the union bargaining committee wrote in a memo sent to Post employees on Oct. 6.

Historians on Edge

Michael Marrus Race Comment-- Do Not Dismiss the Painful Pattern of Microaggressions

October 11th 2017

U of Toronto Massey College

The resignation of University of Toronto emeritus history professor Michael Marrus from a senior fellowship at Massey College has provoked discussion far beyond the college. In an exchange covered elsewhere, Mr. Marrus made a slavery-related remark to a black junior fellow, in reference to the approach of the college's head or "Master," that concerned the graduate student and others nearby.

Globe editorial: Globe editorial: Massey professor showed terrible judgment, but the response was worse

As word of the incident spread, petitions demanding action from the college attracted hundreds of signatures. The upshot to date, in addition to Mr. Marrus's resignation, has been an official apology from Massey College and the suspension of the use of the title "Master" for the head of the college, among other commitments.


Islam on Edge

Is Austria's Burqa Ban an Example for America?

October 10th 2017

Egyptian hijabi

With the number of jihadist terrorists in Europe rising, and a concurrent increase in the number of women involved in Islamist terrorism and recruiting, Austria's centrist government passed a bill in May to prohibit all face coverings in the public sphere. The measure, which carries a fine of €150, includes a ban on clown makeup, ski masks, and even hospital masks worn on city streets; but it is clearly the face-covering garments of Muslim women – the niqab and burqa – that are the law's real targets. The so-called "burqa ban," which went into effect Oct. 1, makes Austria the fifth European country to outlaw the wearing of face-coverings in public, and the fifth to do so on the basis of national security concerns related to Islamic dress. France, Belgium, Latvia, and Bulgaria already have such laws in place, and partial bans are in effect in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

Now other countries are starting to consider instituting comparable laws, despite ongoing protests from Muslim and many rights groups. Read more ..

Historians on Edge

Michael Marrus Race Comment and The Importance of Forgiveness

October 9th 2017

U of Toronto Massey College

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” These days, Charles Dickens’ words might apply to Toronto’s Massey College. While its alumna Julie Payette was installed as Canada’s Governor General, distinguished senior member Professor Emeritus Michael Marrus was being pushed out the college door.

As a graduate student in computer engineering, Payette entered Massey College in 1988 with sparkling eyes, remarkable energy, and delightful eagerness to serve on the social committee and to converse with everyone around the dining room table. She lent her clear soprano voice to college events and quietly advanced academically in ways that would prepare her to later soar into space in 1999.  

Before Payette arrived at Massey, Marrus was already a Senior Fellow and had recently published a book with Oxford University Press titled The Unwanted: European Refugees in the Twentieth Century.


Jewry on Edge

Understanding the Unlikely Radical Alliances Spreading Antisemitism Today

October 5th 2017

Western/Wailing Wall

Radical Muslims are focused on destroying and delegitimizing Israel – the historic homeland of the Jewish People — and they fan the flames of antisemitism wherever they can.

Vicious antisemitism has long been present on the radical Right. It has been growing also on the radical Left. And it’s a cornerstone of radical Muslim movements. Although these three sources of antisemitism in our world today come from very different traditions, they are increasingly sharing ideas and tactics, reinforcing a wave of hate, bigotry, and racism.

In recent years, North America has joined Europe to witness a growing alliance between radical Muslims and radical leftists. Radical Muslims stone women, execute gays, trample on minority and human rights and abhor feminism. On paper, the far Left should be appalled by this ideology, but these unlikely allies happily cast aside their differences because they share a common hatred for Western influence in the world, pluralistic nationalism, freedom of speech, tolerance, and vile antisemitism.


Media on Edge

Selective Outrage on Jets

October 4th 2017

Cessna Citation CJ4

Two jet scandals. Two different responses. Tom Price resigned as HHS Secretary for leasing jets for official business and using military jets for official overseas travel.  Federal regulations require the use of commercial airliners, when possible.

The media firestorm [here, here, here, here] contributed to — if not caused — Price’s resignation.

But in 2014, there was different response to another jet scandal.

According to the GAO, in the first three years of the Obama Administration, Attorney-General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other presidential appointees used government aircraft nearly 400 times for personal travel and unofficial trips.  Not official travel.  Personal travel.  Government aircraft are not for personal use under any circumstances. Read more ..

World on Edge

Kurdistan, and The Problem Of an Endless Parade Of New Nation States

October 1st 2017

Kurds in Turkey

Woodrow Wilson, thou art mighty yet.

One hundred years ago, President Wilson took the United States into World War I to "make the world safe for democracy," and to uphold the principle of national self-determination. In the wake of the war, new states were carved out of the Russian, Ottoman, German, and Austro-Hungarian empires, their borders determined by some combination of Great Power jostling, popular referenda, and inter-communal violence. The Wilsonian vision was that a world of nation states would be more peaceful, after a transitional period, and that the governments therein would be more representative of and responsive to their respective peoples.

The luster of that vision has dimmed quite a bit over the century since, in large part because the process never seems to end. The "war to end all wars" did no such thing, and the subsequent, more terrible and more global world war was launched not only to create new world-girdling empires, but also to exploit dissatisfactions on the part of multiple states and stateless groups with the details of the post-World War I Wilsonian settlement. Read more ..

Kurdistan Rising

Trump Betrays Kurdistan

September 28th 2017

Kurdistan Map

It is difficult to look at the scandalous international response to the Kurdish independence referendum and not think, at the same time, of the betrayals endured by the Zionist movement in the decades after World War I.

In 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, promising a Jewish national homeland in Palestine. What people forget is that in 1939, Britain then issued a White Paper limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine — on the eve of the Holocaust — to a paltry 75,000 souls over five years. People forget, too, that as late as 1947, British troops at Haifa dock were locking Holocaust survivors who had escaped to Palestine in barbed wire cages, and then shipping them back to displaced persons camps in Germany.

A similar, sorry state prevails today with the Kurds — a predominantly Muslim nation of 25-35 million people currently divided between Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, whose denizens in Iraq this week voted by a majority of 93 percent for independence.


America on Edge

Kneeling Football Players Dominate News instead of Puerto Rico's Devastation

September 25th 2017

Hurricane Isabel

Over the September 23-24 weekend, news coverage and commentary was dominated by discussions over football players kneeling instead of standing for the National Anthem at NFL games across the country rather than the devastation of Puerto Rico. On September 20, Hurricane Maria struck the island commonwealth with fury, swelling rivers with record rainfall, knocking out electric power for 3.5 million people, and causing what by some accounts is “apocalyptic” destruction. The plight of Puerto Rico, which was already experiencing significant distress over debt incurred by wasteful government, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, did not merit much discussion on the principal Sunday political talk shows. 

When contacted by Spero News, Fr. Peter DiLeo-Vulic asked pleaded for help for his congregation of St. Spiridon, a  Byzantine Catholic-rite parish located just outside of San Juan, the island's capital.


Digital Control

Deane Gross Confronts GoFundMe Over Glazov Gang Ban

September 23rd 2017

Money Money Money

As we have recently reported, crowd-funding online company GoFundMe has banned The Glazov Gang, a web-tv show that tells the truth about the threat from the Left and Islam, from accepting online donations.

GoFundMe suspended The Glazov Gang campaign without any notice or explanation, nor have they responded to any queries. Read about what happened and what you can do HERE.

We are very touched that our fans are fighting on our behalf to have our campaign restored. Below is an example of one of our loyal supporters, Deane Gross, writing in to GoFundMe to confront the company on its surrender to leftist fascism.

We deeply appreciate Deane’s effort and the effort of all others who have done the same — and we encourage everyone to also take this action on our behalf and against leftist fascism. Read more ..

Constituion on Edge

Article VI Trampled

September 22nd 2017

Capitol Hill

The law requires every federal employee take an oath of office to support the Constitution. Days ago, a three Senators blatantly violated their oath and committed an unconstitutional act.  It received virtually no news coverage.

Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the 7th Appeals Court.  At her confirmation hearing, California’s Dianne Feinstein and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono discussed Barrett’s Catholic faith.  So did Illinois’ Dick Durbin.


That’s a direct violation of the Constitution’s Article VI.  It states “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Read more ..

Media on Edge

Who’s Afraid of RT?

September 19th 2017

Television Array

The company that manages the Russian news outlet R.T. (Russia Today) announced last week that it had received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice requiring it to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).  The Russian news outlet Sputnik International may be next.

FARA was passed in 1938 to require entities or individuals who represent foreign governments to disclose their relationships, activities, and finances. 

Registration would not stop R.T. from broadcasting in the U.S. or censor its programs – it is a paperwork requirement – but it would formally label R.T. an arm of the Russian government rather than an independent media source.  This, in essence, would tell Americans that news from R.T. should be considered suspect.

As a practical matter, all news – particularly from government-sponsored sources – should be considered skeptically.


America on Edge

Judiciary Impartiality Considered as Delaware’s Business Climate Falls from 1st to 11th Place

September 16th 2017

judge's gavel

Coming on the heels of some major news indicating that Delaware is no longer the preferred state to incorporate in, experts have been trying to understand what has happened.  How does the First State become the 11th in a world where nearly everyone used to incorporate in Delaware? Lisa Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform, said, “Delaware no longer lives up to its nickname as the ‘First State.”

For some, it may be a surprise. For others who follow the Delaware climate closely, this was a moment several years in the making.  A prominent writer and founding publisher of a state paper covering business, Samuel Waltz, wrote in January 2017, “Observers of Delaware’s bench and bar in 2017 will witness something that many agree is for the most part unprecedented, perhaps even historic, maybe even to the extent it could threaten the primacy of Delaware’s courts as America’s national business court of choice.”  That unprecedented issue – the case of TransPerfect, an international translation company at the heart of a major lawsuit playing out since 2015 in Delaware’s court system.

The case is about two wealthy owners of a private company, one who wants to keep, run and build, and the other who wants to sell for a premium. The math works out like this: If there are two 50% portions, no one has management or company control.  Arguably, the price that could be yielded for one half of the firm without that control is less than half of what one might pay for the market price of 100% of the company.  The party who wants the exit strategy has asked the courts to force 100% of the firm up for sale, so that she could maximize her value.  The Chancery court’s mandate is to preserve and protect the shareholders’ value, so it may seem logical that the Delaware Chancellor decided for the owner looking to maximize value. Read more ..

Jewry on Edge

Hating Israel at The Center for Jewish History

September 7th 2017

Campus antizionists

The Center for Jewish History claims to hold “the largest repository of Jewish historical documentation outside of Israel.” But now the Center has fallen into the hands of an anti-Israel activist who attacked efforts to fight campus anti-Semitism and defended a hate group promoting anti-Semitic speakers. It’s hard to find a group opposed to the Jewish State that David N. Myers, the new head of the Center, hasn’t endorsed, participated in or been a part of.

JVP, an anti-Semitic BDS hate group, listed Myers as a JVP Academic Advisory Board Member in its leaflet accusing Jewish activists of “Misusing Anti-Semitism Charges to Silence Free Speech.” Read more ..

Egypt and America

Egypt Caught between Washington and Moscow

September 4th 2017

General Al-Sisi

The latest move of the American administration – canceling part of its assistance to Egypt and suspending another part due to a lack of progress on human rights – has left Cairo stunned and angry. Throughout his electoral campaign, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated that he would not interfere in the internal policy of foreign countries, especially allied countries. This was in stark contrast to his predecessor, who ostracized President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi — the man who ousted the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood led by Mohamed Morsi.

Former president Barak Obama froze part of the assistance package, and turned a deaf ear to Egyptian pleas for greater financial aid and expert military training in guerrilla warfare to defeat Islamic terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. It had had the effect of pushing Egypt into the embrace of Russia, which was only too happy to help. New links were forged that eased Moscow’s return to the Middle East after a long hiatus. Read more ..

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Crossing the Rubicon

August 29th 2017

The Dome of the Rock from Atop

On Wednesday, at a U.S. State Department press briefing, the Rubicon was finally crossed. Responding to a question regarding Israeli-Palestinian ‎peace, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “We want to work toward a peace that both sides can agree to and both sides find ‎sustainable. … We believe that both parties should be able to find a workable solution that works for ‎both of them. We are not going to state what the outcome has to be. … It’s been many, many decades, ‎as you well know, that the parties have not been able to come to any kind of good agreement and ‎sustainable solution to this. So we leave it up to them to be able to work through that.”‎

This is the most constructive statement I have heard about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades. ‎For the last several years, the “experts” have been saying, “We all know what a solution to the ‎Palestinian-Israeli conflict looks like.” ‎ Read more ..

Significant Lives

Dick Gregory – A Underappreciated Sherpa On The Climb To Economic Freedom

August 21st 2017


Seldom a month goes by when I do not speak in glowing terms about my business mentor and brother in spirit Dick Gregory. My brother was many things – he was a ruthless social critic who always spoke his mind, he was an outspoken civil rights activist, and he introduced an entire generation to healthy lifestyles through his wildly popular Bahamian Diet. He was an epic conspiracy theorist who could spin yarns out of the most disparate of threads. Many others will recall his countless acts of kindness and candor, of humility and strength, and his amazing sense of humor. But I most fondly remember brother Gregory for getting me started on the road to financial freedom.

As a young man and recent college graduate, I moved to Washington, DC from a rural farm town in South Carolina to work as a presidential appointee in the Department of Agriculture. I really loved my job – it was exciting to be in the midst of the government and having the chance to get involved in issues that directly affected my community back home. My official portfolio APHIS at Ag included working to assist rural farmers, helping them to keep their farms in the face of the decline of small-scale agriculture in the United States. It is an issue I am still passionate about to this day.

But I quickly realized that in moving to Washington which was then, as it is now, one of the most expensive cities in the country – that passion alone doesn’t pay the rent. My government salary of under $25,000 per year in 1982 was just not going to cut it. I was driven by necessity and my father to look for ways to supplement my government salary when I was introduced to Dick Gregory's Bahamian Diet in Baltimore, Md. Read more ..

The Trump Era

Trump is Right-- the Alt-Left is Violent

August 19th 2017

Star Parker right crop

British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, "It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual."

The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, to courageously confront life's ambiguities and inconsistencies, and still move forward constructively. It's so much easier to blame someone else.

This is what racism is about.

Speaking to the horrible incident in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump condemned the "egregious display of bigotry and violence" on "many sides" that's "been going on for a long time in our country." The president appealed for the "hate and violence" to stop and that we "come together as Americans."

For these remarks the president is being attacked.


North Korea's Nukes

Forget Those Comparisons with the Cuban Missile Crisis

August 17th 2017


President Trump’s threat to unleash the greatest “fire and fury” in history against North Korea has prompted many hasty comparisons to the Cuban missile crisis. The initial speculation has focused particularly on the potential restraining influence of senior administration officials, especially Secretary of Defense James Mattis (a retired Marine general) and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (a former Army general). Ironically, however, examining today’s impasse from the perspective of 1962 actually demands turning the essence of the Cuban missile crisis upside down.

In 1962 the question was whether the civilian commander-in-chief could successfully face down the determined and united resistance of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (as well as that of most of his own advisers and the leaders of Congress). JFK was a fully-committed Cold Warrior, as demonstrated by his administration’s covert war in Cuba and efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro. But, unlike the Joint Chiefs, he understood that risking war between nations possessing nuclear weapons was no longer a rational option, one which could lead to what he vividly described as “the final failure.” “It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world,” he remarked at a White House meeting, “should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.” Once the first shot was fired, he warned, all bets were off.


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