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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm

Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am

Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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Senate bill gives Congress oversight over Iran nuclear deal

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:45pm 5/7/2015 at 7:45pm

Today the Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the authority to review the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. The bill—and the vote—was controversial, with many Republicans arguing against final passage; those who opposed sending the bill to the House argued that it was not strong enough, and would not...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Takes in Gullible Media

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:30am 5/7/2015 at 8:30am

Last week Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in “a conversation” with columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post at NYU sponsored by the New America Foundation. There were those in the media who described Zarif as “suave” and “diplomatic,” but not everyone was impressed with...

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Bibi has a government, now comes the real battle

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:35pm 5/6/2015 at 8:35pm

When the Israeli elections were held in March, the result widely was seen as a huge win for Benjamin Netanyahu, because his Likud Party outperformed.

But that was Part 1. The second part has taken several weeks to play out — the formation of a governing coalition of at least 61...

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Sen. Tom Cotton challenges Iran’s Foreign Minister to a debate

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:45pm 4/29/2015 at 5:45pm

Things just got real up in here.

You might remember the hubbub surrounding Sen. Tom Cotton’s so-called “47 Traitors” open letter addressed to Iranian officials. You know, the one where Cotton, et al. were proved right?

Well earlier today, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (the same dude who thought it would be...

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Ayatollah Khamenei thinks you’re a racist monster, #BaltimoreRiots edition

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:36pm 4/28/2015 at 7:36pm

We are head-first through the looking glass, people. The Ayatollah of Iran is trolling us on Twitter:

Addressing the 20th annual General Congress of Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) Commanders and Staff on Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader criticized American police, saying their “authority is wrong and oppressive.” Khamenei took to Twitter to rail...

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Iran seizes Marshall Island-flagged merchant ship (Updated)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:15pm 4/28/2015 at 1:15pm

Earlier this morning, Al Arabiya reported Iranians boarded a U.S. ship. That report quickly changed to, “Iran has opened fire at a U.S. cargo ship and directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran.”

The BBC, Reuters, and the Telegraph picked up the story, regurgitating Al Arabiya’s...

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Competing Narratives Add to Chaos in Yemen

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:05pm 4/27/2015 at 1:05pm

Earlier this month, officials with the United Nations had a delicate situation on their hands. The situation in Yemen was spiraling, and their best laid plans were quickly being turned to rubble as Saudi coalition airstrikes smashed through key territory in an effort to protect strategic port cities from the advance...

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 4/27/2015 at 8:30am

Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons...

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Escalation! More US Warships to Yemen

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 20, 2015 at 3:00pm 4/20/2015 at 3:00pm

Earlier today, I wrote about how tensions escalated in Yemen after a Saudi airstrike allegedly hit targets close to the Iranian embassy in Sana’a, causing damage to the embassy itself, but no casualties. Houthi-controlled (read: Iranian-controlled) news outlets peddled the line that the airstrike had missed its intended target—a Sana’a arms...

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Allegations: Saudi airstrike hits close to Iranian embassy

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:35am 4/20/2015 at 11:35am

Over the past four weeks, Saudi Arabia has led a series of airstrikes aimed at quashing the spread and rise to power of Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Backed by the Iranian government, the Houthi have risen from obscurity to prominence. Once a regional threat, the group began late last year...

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Sharansky: The U.S. has “lost the courage of its convictions”

https://youtu.be/HLKRfpnEznA?t=2m15s
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:00pm 4/18/2015 at 9:00pm
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One of my early posts at Legal Insurrection, on November 11, 2008, was Is It Time For Conservatives To Sit Down In The Snow?.

The post analogized what conservatives were about to experience in the aftermath of Obama’s first victory to the experience of Soviet Jewish Refusenik Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky. I...

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Obama now open to immediate lifting of Iran sanctions?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:01pm 4/17/2015 at 7:01pm
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“This is the new America. We had better get used to it.”

Those were the words of an Israeli TV analyst upon learning that Obama is open to negotiating an immediate lifting of sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal —...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/15/2015 at 1:00pm

There have been a number of reactions to the Corker-Menendez bill, which provides for Congressional oversight of whatever nuclear deal the administration makes with Iran. It passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday with a 19-0 vote.

J. E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding looks at the numbers and sees the...

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Iran caught red-handed in Yemen?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 8:00am 4/12/2015 at 8:00am

Potentially-big news out of Yemen.

We’ve provided quite a bit of coverage on a rebel group called the Houthi. The Houthi are an Iranian-backed Shia rebel group currently gaining ground in Yemen. Earlier this year, they moved out of their territory in the north and seized control of the capital city of...

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The White House’s Cognitive Dissonance on Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:00pm 4/10/2015 at 6:00pm

We already know that there’s a lot the White House isn’t telling us when it comes to the nuclear scam deal “framework” it claims to have worked out with the Iranians. Yesterday, Professor Jacobson explained that after the “framework” was announced, it became almost immediately apparent that the US, Europe, and...

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