Remedying the BCA’s Impacts on the Defense Budget

An increasing number of leaders in the House and the Senate recognize that the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 will impose a disproportionate burden on an already strained defense budget. The latest corrective effort comes from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA). The BCA established caps on spending for national security and discretionary spending […]

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Don’t Ignore Electoral Fraud in Egypt

by Daniel Pipes and Cynthia Farahat National Review Online January 24, 2012 When Egypt’s Lower House convened on Jan. 23, Islamists held 360 out of its 498 seats, or 72 percent. This astounding figure, however, reflects less the country’s public opinion than it does a ploy by the ruling military leadership to remain in power. […]

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Colombia Identified as Secret Buyer of Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems

Colombia has been identified as the mysterious buyer of Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems worth $50 million. Elbit had stated in a press release earlier this month that the UAVs were sold to an unidentified Latin America country. Several defense publications in the United States later pointed to Colombia, which sources said is interested […]

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Reuven Rivlin

Israel Knesset Speaker Rivlin’s New Year Greeting Angers Jordanian Parliament Speaker; Jordan Threatens Israel’s Survival

The Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament recently refused to accept a greeting for 2012 sent to him by Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin and sent it back, simply because it referred to Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel.” Channel 10 News reported on Sunday that the greeting, which Rivlin had sent to heads of parliaments […]

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French Socialist Party Nominee Hollande Mimics Obama’s “Change” Theme

Although French president Nicholas Sarkozy has not yet announced his candidacy, one can say that the French presidential campaign began today as Francois Hollande kicked off his campaign at Bourget before 10,000 Socialist Party activists. In the spirit of Barack Obama, the campaign slogan “change is now” (le changement, c’est maintenant)  was unfurled on the French […]

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Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen’s Saleh Apologizes and Surrenders Yemen; al Qaeda Begins Takeover

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh officially left his nation Sunday on his way to the U.S. for medical treatment, The Associated Press reported. Saleh left the country after passing power to his deputy and asking his people for forgiveness for any “shortcomings” during his 33-year reign, the report said. After months of diplomatic pressure and […]

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Egyptian Parliament Speaker is Muslim Brotherhood Official

Two and a half years after U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his “Cairo address,” Egypt’s parliament chose a top official of the once-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as its Speaker. The new Speaker is Sa’ad el-Katatni, secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which swept into power with 47 percent of the seats in the parliament, […]

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