Secretary of State John Kerry is turning out to be even more dangerous than former Secretary Hillary Clinton. "The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over," he took it upon himself to unilaterally proclaim.
The Monroe Doctrine has been a fixed star in American foreign policy since Dec. 2, 1823. Its essential words are: "The political system of the allied powers is essentially different ... from that of America ... We should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety."
The operative words are: "this hemisphere," "dangerous to our peace and safety" and "system." The Monroe Doctrine is not limited to military aggression; it prohibits extending the "system" of foreign powers to the Western Hemisphere, recognizing the fundamental difference between our constitutional republic and Old World empires and dictatorships. more >>
A Harvard University student Christian journal has apologized for publishing an anonymous essay online that states that Jews were to blame for killing Jesus and so consequently were the cause of their own persecution since the death of Christ.
In the essay published last week by The Harvard Ichthus entitled "Why Us?" the author stated "We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years."
Aaron Gyde, the journal's editor-in-chief, apologized for "inadequate editorial oversight in the publishing and re-publishing of this blog post." more >>
According to a recent news report, President Barack Obama has for over a year secretly conducted negotiations with Iran (through his adviser Valerie Jarrett) and the Geneva talks on Iranian nukes now appear to be just a facade providing international legitimacy for Obama's secret deal with Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry's contradictory criticism of Israeli objections to that deal only suggests more bad faith by the Obama administration. Kerry claims that Israel has been kept fully apprised of the negotiations with Iran but then argues that Israel has never seen the terms of the proposed deal with Iran and therefore shouldn't question it. The Obama administration apparently wants to present the nuclear deal as a fait accompli that Israel must simply accept as is.
In what is becoming a familiar pattern, Russia is readily moving in to the Mideast areas where U.S. influence has waned because of Obama's many fumbles in the region. Last August, Saudi Arabia made it clear that it would happily replace US aid to Egypt (highlighting one of many issues straining U.S. relations with yet another Mideast ally). more >>
Arguing that Muslim blood is more precious than infidel blood, Muslim clerics in and out of Sudan are outraged because a Sudanese court has condemned a Muslim man to death-simply because he murdered American Diplomat John Granville on January 1, 2008.
A 2009 report offers context:
The court had sentenced the men [originally four] to death in June for killing Granville and his driver in January 2008, but the sentence was cancelled in August after [his Muslim driver] Abbas's father forgave the men. more >>
Over the summer, the Israeli media highlighted a phenomenon that is both intriguing and encouraging: a movement among Israel's Christian Arabs advocating that their community be drafted, along with the country's Jewish and Druze citizens, into the Israel Defense Forces.
Historically, Israel's Arab citizens have been exempted from mandatory conscription. There have been exceptions-many Bedouin, for example, have served in the IDF with distinction-but those who actually volunteer are a tiny minority. At the same time, many Arabs have complained, not without justification, that the exemption marginalizes them from fully participating in Israeli life.
That now appears to be changing, against the background of a broader reassessment of the conscription policy. Earlier this year, a Knesset committee headed by Science and Technology Minister Jacob Perry approved measures that would draft the majority of haredi men-another minority that has largely avoided military service-with criminal sanctions waiting in the wings in the case that draft quotas are not met. more >>
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating a series of attacks targeting Jews in Brooklyn, and one Jewish advocacy group has found what it calls surprisingly high numbers of American adherents of the Hebrew faith fearing anti-Semitism in the United States.
"They're playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe," Brooklyn Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told CBS Local News. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated a total of eight attacks since September, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) released a poll this week finding 81 percent of American Jews consider anti-Semitism a problem in the U.S.