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National Security ‘Reconfigures’ GOP Primary

The 2016 presidential race is undergoing a sweeping reconfiguration, with national security taking on new prominence following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the downing of Russian fighter jet by Turkey that has the U.S. and its allies calling for calm on both sides.


Bashar al-Assad and the ‘Children of Monsters’

Breitbart News caught up to author Jay Nordlinger earlier this month. The dictator’s son commanding his attention also commands the world’s. The headlines call Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “mass murderer.” Nordlinger calls him, or at least an earlier version of him, “shy” and “nerdy.”

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) walks surrounded by security officers to receive Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (unseen) upon the latter's arrival in Riyadh to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 5, 2015.

WaPo: The Saudis’ ‘Religious-Industrial Complex’

From the Washington Post: The rise of the Islamic State has led to remarkable growth in Western criticism of Saudi Arabia. Often, these critics go far further than simply claiming that the Gulf kingdom, one of the West’s most important allies in the region, is not

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Iran Hacks State Department Social Media Accounts

Unimpressed by their “historic” nuclear deal with the United States, and its billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran’s hackers have escalated their attacks on U.S. government officials over the past four months.


Iran General Soleimani Lightly Wounded in Syria

Beirut (AFP) – General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations wing, was lightly injured in fighting against Syria rebels near Aleppo, a monitoring group and a security source said Wednesday.

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CAIR’s Identity Problem

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) styles itself as America’s largest Muslim civil rights advocacy group. Its executive director, Nihad Awad, recently took advantage of a reporter’s inflammatory article on a likely miscommunication with a presidential candidate to tweet to his English audience, “Exactly what #ISIS wants: #DonaldTrump’s recent call to force American Muslims to carry special ID.”

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Turkey Could Lose Billions for Downing Russian Jet

Turkey could lose billions in all sectors of their economy after the government shot down a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border. Tourism might be the first to suffer, as the country hosts over 4 million Russian visitors a year.


Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding,’ Obama Administration Admits

The nuclear deal agreed upon in July by the P5+1 world powers (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China) and the Islamic Republic of Iran has no “legally binding” basis. The deal, paraded by President Obama as a surefire measure to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is held together simply as a “political commitment” by the parties to the accord, the State Department admitted in a recent letter.

Migrants and refugees arrive after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, on November 24, 2015 on the Greek island of Lesbos. More than 800.000 migrants, mostly fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have crossed the Mediterranean this year to reach Europe. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC / AFP / BULENT KILIC

Canada Limits Single Male Syrian Refugees

The Canadian government is backing down from its pledge to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. The new resettlement plan calls for only 10,000 refugees by year-end, with another 15,000 by the end of February.

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Switzerland Bans Burqa, Women Face Fines Up to $10,000

The town of Ticino in Switzerland approved a referendum to ban burqas, after the Swiss parliament decided a ban would not “violate the country’s federal law.” Women could receive a fine up to £6,500 ($9,828.84) if caught wearing a burqa, which covers their entire body from head to foot.