Lebanon held elections for its parliament on Sunday for the first time since 2009. Not unexpectedly, Hezbollah was the big winner. Hezbollah’s representatives and allies now control a majority of the seats in Lebanon’s parliament. Sunni candidates allied with – or rather controlled by – Hezbollah won seats that had been controlled by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement.Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s party lost several seats, making Aoun more beholden than ever to Hezbollah dictates. Foreign policy experts will no doubt argue that the election results change nothing on the ground in Lebanon. The Lebanese constitution’s division of power along confessional lines, which reserves the premiership to a Sunni, the presidency to a Christian, and the speakership of Parliament to a Shiite, will force Hezbollah to cooperate with Hariri and Aoun, who are expected to remain in their positions. This “business as usual” … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: With Hezbollah Calling Shots, Will U.S. Stop Arming Lebanon?
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World Turkey Diplomacy Andrew Brunson American pastor Andrew Brunson worked with members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to establish an independent Christian Kurdish state in Turkey, an anonymous witness allegedly told a Turkish court on Monday. Brunson is a 50-year-old Christian missionary who was arrested in Turkey in 2016 when the government of strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a crackdown against his political opponents in the wake of a failed coup. Thousands of civil servants, politicians, journalists and others have been fired or arrested over the past several years for allegedly working with Erdogan’s enemy Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric currently based in Pennsylvania. Turkey has accused Brunson—who for decades ran a church in Izmir, Turkey—of collaborating with Gulen’s network and spying for the PKK, a Kurdish political party that is outlawed in Turkey. He could be jailed for 35 years if he is found guilty. … [Read more...] about Jailed U.S. Pastor Wanted to Create a Christian Kurdish State in Turkey, Secret Witness Claims
World Lebanon Syria U.S. Military Russia Hezbollah Iran Israel Lebanon held on Sunday its first parliamentary elections in nine years, as citizens expressed cautious optimism that the country's rigid, oft-deadlocked sectarian political system could be swayed. Behind the scenes, however, one of the world's leading powers has quietly eyed the small state as a potential ground to project its power in the Middle East and into the Mediterranean. But it won't be easy. With Syrian rebels and jihadis at bay, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government set to further extend its comeback, Russia has pursued a cautious overture across the border into Lebanon—a $1 billion dollar arms deal, including a 15-year repayment term at zero percent interest, as the Christian Science Monitor reported. Unlike Syria, Lebanon's precarious political makeup means there are no Kremlin-backed strongmen to turn to, but a rocky balance of power that has so far left the … [Read more...] about Russia Has Won in Syria, Will It Challenge U.S. In Lebanon Next?
April 25, 2018 8:06 AM SHARE Thousands of "secret" files surrounding the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy 54 years ago will finally see the light of day Thursday. The National Archives and Records Administration will make the files available on its website. Prescotte Stokes III [email protected] Pres. John F. Kennedy greeted Fort Worth law enforcement crowd control officers who are on horseback in front of Hotel Texas, 11/22/1963. Star-Telegram Collection Star-Telegram This is the flag believed to be on the 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible SS-110-X limousine carrying President John F Kennedy into Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, where he was shot and killed. Courtesy Goldin Auctions 1 of 3 i By Anna M. Tinsley [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story A memento of one of the darkest days in the history of Dallas is up for sale to the highest … [Read more...] about A JFK treasure — a U.S. flag — hits the auction block
Supported by Europe By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and RON NIXONAPRIL 16, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story LONDON — The United States and Britain on Monday issued a first-of-its-kind joint warning about Russian cyberattacks against government and private organizations as well as individual homes and offices in both countries, a milestone in the escalating use of cyberweaponry between major powers.Although Washington and London have known for decades that the Kremlin was trying to penetrate their computer networks, the joint warning appeared to represent an effort to deter future attacks by calling attention to existing vulnerabilities, prodding individuals to mitigate them and threatening retaliation against Moscow if damage was done.“When we see malicious cyberattacks, whether from the Kremlin or other nation-state actors, we are going to push back,” Rob Joyce, a special assistant to the president and the … [Read more...] about U.S. and U.K. Warn of Cybersecurity Threat From Russia