Tag: United States

Yemen chaos, Saudi king’s death pose new challenges for US

The collapse of the Yemeni government, coupled with the death early Friday of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, have in an instant thrown the future of America’s fight against Islamist extremists in the volatile region into question — while potentially giving Iran more sway.   The Obama administration is still assessing the political earthquakes in the […]

Remember the Doomsday Plane?

It seems like a long time since everyone was talking about such things as doomsday scenarios, first strike capability, mutual assured destruction, “the end of civilization as we know it” and so on. We don’t like to think about such things. Do you remember the President’s doomsday plane? Well, it’s still around. Actually, there are […]

After chilly White House response, Kerry says Benjamin Netanyahu welcome to speak in US ‘any time’

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome to give a speech at “any time” in the United States, hours after the White House expressed displeasure with the procedure behind a congressional invitation extended to the premier, AFP reported.   Earlier Wednesday, US House of Representatives Speaker John […]

US aid to Palestinians may be cut over ICC move

The Palestinians could lose annual US aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court which they joined this month over American and Israeli protests, a senior US Republican senator said on Monday.   Lindsey Graham, part of a seven-member delegation of senators visiting Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, said existing […]

Come to Jerusalem Instead of ICC

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday urged Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks instead of pursuing efforts at the International Criminal Court (ICC) or United Nations.   “There is no other way than direct negotiations. Unilateral steps will not solve the conflict, but just give more power to the extremists,” Rivlin […]

Duke University Mutes Muslim Prayer Call

Duke University was to be the first school in the United States to sound the Muslim call to prayer over its school-wide speaker system. The decision to do so, announced just last week, caused an immediate backlash and opposition – and the university administration reneged.   The prayer call was to occur once a week, […]

U.S. Republicans struggle to block Obama immigration moves

U.S. Republican lawmakers acknowledged on Thursday it will be difficult for the Senate to pass a House of Representatives bill blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration initiatives, and vowed not to put security funding at risk in the process.   At a policy retreat in Pennsylvania, House and Senate Republicans discussed the path forward after the […]

Jewish crisis has ‘nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinians’

In a modern synagogue in the capitol on Tuesday, alongside members of Congress, Obama administration officials and hundreds of deeply troubled Jewish Americans, France’s ambassador to the United States apologized for his country’s conduct last week.   “We failed,” Ambassador Gérard Araud told the audience. “We have not done enough. It’s obvious.”   Araud, once […]

Four Officials Out in Secret Service Shakeup

Four top officials at the United States Secret Service are being dismissed from their posts, NBC News confirmed Wednesday.   The Washington Post first reported the shakeup, which comes after much scrutiny following lapses in security in the agency that protects the president and his family.   Secret Service sources tell NBC News that Acting […]

Nancy Pelosi to name first Muslim lawmaker to House intelligence committee

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a closed-door meeting Tuesday she would name the first Muslim lawmaker to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.   A senior Democratic aide said Rep. André Carson of Indiana would be named in the “coming days” to the key national security-focused panel. Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers of the […]