September 16, 2014
Saudi Arabia finally lost patience with its tiny neighbor, Qatar, and demanded that the rogue emirate stop promoting and financing radical Islam, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Riyadh also pressed for changes in Qatar-controlled al-Jazeera’s anti-Saudi editorial stance.
Qatar Cuts Funds to Hamas After Saudis Threaten War
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (left), Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tammin (center) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal during a meeting in Qatar in August. (Thaer Ghanaim/Getty Images)
Kerry’s Denial of US Overture to Iran on ISIS Defies Belief
September 16, 2014
By Fred Fleitz

Secretary of State John Kerry’s awkward denial that the United States has not proposed “coordinating with Iran” against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria suggests the Obama administration did, indeed, propose that and is now engaged in damage control after Iranian officials revealed the U.S. outreach.

ISIS Delivers Brutal Response to Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Speech
September 16, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria answered President Obama’s Sept. 10 primetime address announcing a new U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist army by beheading British aid worker David Haines.

Washington and London immediately denounced the ISIS and pledged to step up efforts to destroy it, but questions remain about whether either country is prepared to do enough to stop the brutal juggernaut with as many as 30,000 fighters who control an area the size of Britain and rake in about $3 million a day from black-market oil sales.

France, Italy Bet the Bank on Budget Deficits
September 16, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

At a recent convention of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi threw down a challenge to European politicians to adopt more growth-friendly policies. French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seized upon his remarks and sought private meetings with him straight afterwards to build an alliance against German-led fiscal restraint.
New India-Japan Partnership Counters China’s Clout
September 12, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, punctuated by a joint declaration, sent a strong signal to a region increasingly under China’s shadow. Modi and Abe are clearly eager to boost trade and defense ties to revitalize their poor economies and counter China’s regional belligerence.
ISIS Targets Lebanon, the New Front for Warring Terror Armies
September 12, 2014
Beirut was once called the “Paris of the Middle East.” Now it is the capital of a failed nation. Lebanon — small but strategically located — is exposed to terrorist threats that could further cripple the chaotic country and region.
Saudi Arabia Condemns Terrorism While Funding It
September 11, 2014
Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million dollars to the United Nations to support a counterterrorism center, but the kingdom is one of the primary sources of funding for jihadist groups, including the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This duplicity contributes to the increasing instability in the Middle East and is a toxic element in the growing strains in U.S.-Saudi relations.
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