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All (Violent) Options

President Obama’s “smart diplomacy ” in the Middle East is paying dividends once again. From the AFP:

The Palestinians are considering “all options” in response to Israel’s decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all [...]

Monday Open Thread

Mongols besieging Baghdad in 1258 by Sayf al-vâhidî

On this date in AD 1258, the city of Baghdad (and the Abbasid Caliphate) fell to the Mongols.

Piece of Shi’ite in Our Time

It’s been awhile since I shared a little Spengler (aka David Goldman) and he has a ripping good piece over at PJ Media called The Dead’s Envy of the Living about Obama’s capitulation to Iran at the talks on nukes at Geneva.

Many commentators, most eloquently Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal, draw [...]

Party Like It’s 1999….BC

Afghanistan may be returning to its recent Taliban past by publicly stoning adulterers.

Afghan government officials have proposed reintroducing public stoning as a punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said, even though the practice has been denounced both inside and outside the country as one of the most repugnant symbols of the Taliban regime. [...]

We Lost Our Heads... er His Head.

In the immortal words of Erich Segal, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Hate? Hey man, sometimes even a good hate requires an apology and thank goodness we have the Islamists in the Syrian rebel group called ISIS to show us the way. It seems they beheaded a man mistakenly. Whoopsy! From the [...]

Last Man Standing

What is it like to be the last known Jew living in Afghanistan? Check out this story from Reuter’s.

Zabulon Simintov always removes his kippah, the skullcap worn by Jewish men, before entering his cafe in a dilapidated building that also houses Afghanistan’s last synagogue.

“Let me take off my cap, otherwise people will think [...]

Red Lines

Iranian President Rouhani, speaking about Iran’s uranium enrichment mocked evoked Obama:

Iran insists it does not seek nuclear weapons and says its reactors are only for electricity and medical applications.

In an address to parliament, Rouhani said uranium enrichment is a “red line” that cannot be crossed.

“Nuclear rights in the international framework, including [...]

It's Always Sunni in Saudi Arabia

This is great — GREAT! — news from the BBC:

Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.

While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is [...]

Israeli Gears (Up for Hezbollah)

Israel plays hardball with a little chin music for Syria.

Israel said it would not allow advanced weapons to fall into the hands of Hezbollah, after a raid on Syria that opposition sources said had hit an air force garrison believed to be holding Russian-made missiles destined for the militant group.

Israel has a [...]

Women Drivers

Saudi Arabian authorities ticketed and fined 16 women who defied a ban on women driving cars.

Only few women braved official threats of punishment and drove on Saturday in response to an online campaign headlined “Women’s driving is a choice.”

“Police stopped six women driving in Riyadh, and fined them 300 riyals [...]