Countries and Regions

Putin’s inner circle reveals Russian leader’s personal world

A week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, the world’s attention remains focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Newsweek writer Ben Judah offers a rare glimpse into the life of a man some call a latter-day dictator. Michelle Miller reports.

Pentagon confirms 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near Russia border

Pentagon confirms 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near Russia border

The Pentagon has confirmed two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jets were shot down near the Russian border Wednesday. Ukraine’s Security Council said the jets may have been brought down by missiles fired from Russia, but a Pentagon spokesman said it’s too soon to determine what type of weapons were used, or where exactly the shots came from.  The Sukhoi-25 fighters were… Read more →

GERMANY 'LIKE 1938' AS 'BERLIN POLICE COWER BEFORE JEW-HATERS'

GERMANY ‘LIKE 1938′ AS ‘BERLIN POLICE COWER BEFORE JEW-HATERS’

A surge in anti-Semitism in Germany has led Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israeli ambassador in Berlin, to say it is like a return to the Nazi era: “They pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin… as if we were in 1938.” His comments came as Islamists were blamed for an “explosion” of anti-Semitism that has undermined Germany’s efforts to banish racism since the Holocaust. According to… Read more →

UN emergency session on Gaza: Hillel Neuer speaks out

Dictatorships attempt to silence UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer at the July 23, 2014 UNHRC emergency session on Gaza. Interruptions came from Iran, Syria, Egypt, the “State of Palestine,” Cuba and Venezuela. The U.S. and Canada defended Neuer’s right to speak.
Lear more: http://www.unwatch.org/isignup

Bill Whittle: The Case for Israel

As Israel is under attack from Hamas in the Gaza strip and BDS — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — right here in America, Bill Whittle makes the historical and moral case for Israel, and shows just who, indeed, are the tyrants and aggressors in the Middle East.

 

The Conservatives at Truth Revolt have the full transcript

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigning

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigning

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation, Fox News confirms. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. “I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition,” Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its work and… Read more →

Obama signs act to protect LGBT federal contractors

Obama signs act to protect LGBT federal contractors

President Obama signed an executive order Monday protecting gay and transgender federal contractors from discrimination, the latest in his effort to act on Democratic-supported issues he says are being ignored by the Republican-led House. “It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could… Read more →

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Editor’s note: Michael B. Oren, a CNN Middle East analyst, is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) – The displacement, injury, and death of civilians… Read more →

Smoking gun? Intercepted calls point finger at Russian separatists in jet downing

Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot down was a civilian passenger plane could be the smoking gun that helps prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed Ukraine by the insurgents.

The tapes were released by SBU, Ukraine’s security agency, and transcript was published in the Kiev Post. It appears to capture the chaotic moments after the plane was shot down — and the realization that it was a passenger plane rather than a Ukrainian transport plane, which had been targeted in recent days by the Russia-backed separatists.

“We have just shot down a plane,” says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

That call came just 20 minutes after the crash and was placed to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin, according to Ukraine security officials.

Fox News has the full article

Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Strip

Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Strip

The Israeli military launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had instructed the IDF to start a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the underground tunnels that reach into Israel. The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas… Read more →