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Hamas evolution 1987-2012 Khaled Meshaal moved into the top leadership position of Hamas in 2004, after its founder Sheik Yassin had been assassinated, on the orders of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. Just a few days after that, Yassin’s successor Abdel Aziz Al Rantissi was also killed. Meshaal had been in exile since the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. Meshaal was 31 when Hamas was… Read more →

How close did Israel just come to its own Cuban missile crisis?

HAIFA, Israel –  Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel’s recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama administration’s full knowledge, intelligence experts told Jonathan Schantzer, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the real agenda behind Israel’s assault… Read more →

Hamas chief Meshaal makes historic Gaza visit

The political leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas has set foot in Gaza for the first time. Khaled Meshaal crossed into the strip from Egypt and was welcomed by members of various Palestinian factions. A large rally is to be held on Saturday to welcome him. Fatah, Hamas’ political rival, has also been invited to attend the rally, and has indicated that… Read more →

Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal visits Gaza

The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has called his first visit to the Gaza Strip his “third birth”. He said his previous two “births” were the day he survived an assassination attempt by Israeli agents in Jordan in 1997, and his actual birth in 1956. Mr Meshaal had not set foot in the Palestinian territories for decades. His visit… Read more →

PAD warns of civil war

Declared Socialist Popular Alliance Party rejection and condemnation of the policy of fait accompli by force, which devotes its Muslim Brotherhood, warning of civil war. He called the party of all its members and the masses of the Egyptian people to take to the palace Federal and defend their legitimate demands to drop the constitutional declaration and the draft Constitution… Read more →

Tea Party Gains Control Over Republican Policy Incubators

The Republicans’ anti-tax Tea Party wing, which failed in its goal to defeat President Barack Obama and the Senate Democratic majority, is rising to leadership positions in policy and activist groups that have guided the party’s direction for years. South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who helped insurgent candidates oust incumbent Republicans in primaries, announced yesterday that he will lead the Washington-based Heritage Foundation,… Read more →

Strong 7.3 quake hits off Japan near Fukushima

(Reuters) – A strong quake centered off northeasternJapan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered… Read more →