Monthly Archives: June 2016

Vatican ecumenism forsakes Egypt’s Christian minorities

By | 2016-06-24T13:55:41+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Op-Eds|

Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this

Uranium discovered at Parchin complex tied to past nuclear work

By | 2016-06-23T13:51:35+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|News|

The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive Iranian military base likely were tied to the country’s past, covert nuclear weapons program, The Wall Street Journal reports.   The findings contradict Tehran’s longstanding denials that it was pursuing a nuclear bomb.   Traces of man-made uranium were found at

Iran says it foiled the ‘biggest terror plot ever’

By | 2016-06-23T12:21:41+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|News|

Iranian intelligence officials said Monday they had broken up "the biggest terrorist plot" to ever target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, The Associated Press reported.   An anchor on state television read off a statement attributing the information to Iran's Intelligence Ministry. Officials could not be immediately reached for comment to elaborate,

Abbas: Israel is committing mass-murder

By | 2016-06-23T11:52:29+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|News|

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas railed against Israel during an address to the European Union parliament in Brussels on Thursday, slamming the Jewish state for committing “mass-murder”.   The comments came hours after Abbas rebuffed efforts by EU President Martin Schultz to arrange a meeting between Abbas and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. While Rivlin accepted

Clinton ‘threw Bible at Secret Service agent’

By | 2016-06-23T11:31:25+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|News|

A former Secret Service agent claims then-First Lady Hillary Clinton regularly had violent outbursts, abusing Secret Service agents verbally and at times physically.   Gary Byrne, who guarded the Clinton’s during Bill Clinton’s tenure as president from 1993 to 2001, says the First Lady had an explosive personality behind closed doors, and treated those around

Egyptian court rejects deal to cede islands to Saudi Arabia

By | 2016-06-21T15:47:31+00:00 June 21st, 2016|News|

An Egyptian court has struck down an agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which would have seen two strategic Red Sea islands transferred to Saudi control.   News of the deal, struck earlier this year between Cairo's cash-strapped government and Riyadh, provoked angry protests by Egyptians, who saw the agreement as a blow to national

Hamas: Arab Peace Initiative ‘threatens Palestinian interests’

By | 2016-06-21T15:31:02+00:00 June 21st, 2016|News|

Hamas is rejecting the Arab Peace Initiative and calling on Arab countries to stop promoting it.   Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a member of Hamas' political bureau, on Thursday said the initiative is a threat to vital Palestinian interests.   In an interview with the Al-Arabi Al Jadid newspaper, Zahar called on Arab countries not to promote

French FM: Israeli response to attack could ‘raise tensions’

By | 2016-06-18T17:02:20+00:00 June 18th, 2016|News|

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned on Friday that Israel's decision to bar Palestinians    from entering its territory following the Tel Aviv attack could raise tensions and lead to more violence,    AFP reports.   "The decision by the Israeli authorities today to revoke tens of thousands of entry permits could stoke    tensions