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Eroticized Violence, Savage Justice in Saudi Arabia

Saudi human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khayr, who defended blogger Raif Badawi, was sentenced yesterday, July 6, to 15 years in prison. He was arrested on April 15, accused of: "inciting public opinion," "disobedience in matters of the sovereign," "lack of respect in dealings with the authorities," "offense of the judicial system," "inciting international organizations against the Saudi kingdom" and, finally, for having founded illegally, or without authorization, his association "Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia." 12 Jul 2014, 9:36 AM PDT

World View: Gaza Tunnels Make Israeli Ground Offensive Dangerous but Necessary

Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza is targeting Hamas military installations, but it is also targeting farms or bare land and even greenhouses. The reason is that the Palestinian militias have learned important lessons in previous wars with Israel and have set up sophisticated defenses in the form of an extensive network of tunnels, some as much as 30 meters deep. 12 Jul 2014, 5:54 AM PDT

ISIS Jihadists Vow to 'Liberate' Spain in Spanish Language Video

The jihadist terror group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has made clear their intentions to create an Islamic caliphate that extends across most of Europe and Asia. They are now further emphasizing their intention of capturing Spain, "land of our forefathers," in a Spanish-language video. 11 Jul 2014

Report: Lebanese Al Qaeda Wing Active in Gaza Alongside Hamas

Reports have surfaced that Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization, is not the only group behind the mass launching of rockets out of Gaza and into Israel in response to the Israeli military's Operation Protective Edge. An al-Qaeda-linked group from Lebanon has also been spotted in video and photos in the area. 11 Jul 2014

Infighting Among Pro-Russian Forces in East Ukraine

Ukraine took over Slaviansk from pro-Russians and now there are fights between the rebels as they continue a downward spiral in the east. One man in a battalion told the Associated Press he would not listen to the leader of one of the rebel groups. 11 Jul 2014

Egypt Opens Borders to Wounded Gaza Residents but Won't Mediate

Egypt, the country once leading mediation between Israel and Hamas during the 2012 Gaza conflict, is taking a passive approach to the current Operation Protective Edge. Rather than inserting itself as a peacemaker, the country is opening its borders to Gaza civilians caught in the crossfire who need medical care. 11 Jul 2014

War Escalation: Israel Rocketed from Lebanon

Tel Aviv, Israel-- Israelis living in the north of the country were awoken early this morning to the sound of three rockets from Lebanon crashing into their sovereign territory. Israel responded by firing artillery shells upon targets in Lebanon, according to an Israel Defense Forces spokesman. It remains unclear what group is responsible for firing the rockets into the Israel-Lebanon border towns of Metula and Kfar Shouba. 11 Jul 2014

China's West Jails 32 People for Terror Content

BEIJING (AP) — Courts in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for terror charges stemming from downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks, state media said Friday. Muslim Xinjiang Uighur terrorists are considered the eastern from of extremists' jihad in central Asia. 11 Jul 2014

Iraq's Kurds Say Will Boycott Cabinet Meetings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region. 11 Jul 2014

Iraqi Kurds Take over 2 Northern Oil Fields

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday, the Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. 11 Jul 2014

Obama Causes Another War

President Obama is not responsible for every conflict on the planet; he has nothing to do with the ongoing battles in Sudan or Somalia, for example. But the Obama administration is almost solely responsible for the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. 10 Jul 2014

Obama's 'Cease-Fire' Offer Is a Betrayal of Israel

President Barack Obama offered Thursday to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians--actually, the Hamas terror organization. That is one of the worst ideas, among many contenders, ever proffered by the Obama administration. The effect of the cease-fire would be to stop Israel from defending its citizens from Hamas, and to preserve the terrorist group's arsenal and infrastructure for future use in another round of war. 10 Jul 2014

French Police Foil Plot to Bomb Louvre, Eiffel Tower

French police announced today that an extensive investigation into an Algerian butcher in southern France revealed a plot involving Al Qaeda to bomb notable landmarks in the French capital, including the Eiffel Tower and the Lourve, as well as nuclear power plants. 10 Jul 2014

Benghazi Timeline: From 'We're Under Attack' to Evacuation

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Tripoli to Washington, military leaders struggled to learn what was happening in Libya and find a way to help when a diplomatic post and CIA compound in Benghazi came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and the next morning. 10 Jul 2014

ISIS Parody on Palestinian TV Depicts Jihadists as Allies of Israel

The rifts between jihadists fighting Israel in Palestine and the surging jihadist group The Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: ISIS), appear to be growing. In a comedy sketch for Palestine's Al-Filistiniya TV, ISIS jihadists are depicted as incompetent, slightly gay, and welcoming of English-speaking Jews. 10 Jul 2014

World View: Israel and Hamas Accuse Each Other of War Crimes

The rhetoric appears to be heating up to the extent that neither side is giving itself a way to back down. Tensions are rising and events are moving quickly in the Mideast. It's still possible that things will settle down and return to the usual status quo, but it's also possible that we'll be seeing a major war within a week or two. 10 Jul 2014

The Iron Dome: Israel's Life-Saver

The Iron Dome missile defense system, co-developed by the United States’ Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has achieved an impressive 90 percent success rate in shooting down rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. 10 Jul 2014

India's New Government Unveils Growth Budget

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget Thursday, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure. 10 Jul 2014

Report: Chinese Hackers Hit US Personnel Networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. 10 Jul 2014

North Korea Again Fires Missiles into Sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches. 10 Jul 2014

'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. 10 Jul 2014


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