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Here’s A Primer On Biden’s Off The Rails Iran Nuclear Deal

Nuclear talks with Iran are at an impasse. Just when a deal seemed imminent, Tehran resurrected a demand that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cease an investigation into potentially illegal uranium enrichment at three undeclared locations. As well, Iran fired up advanced IR-6 centrifuges at an underground nuclear facility at Natanz, which will enhance the regime’s ability to produce weapons-grade uranium.…

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Battle of the Monuments Continues Against Russia

When Antifa, BLM, and other rioters destroyed historical monuments in various American cities, they mostly failed to replace them with anything much. In contrast, the Russians operate in precisely deliberate way and know what their objective is: a restoration of Soviet and, to a lesser extent, Russian symbols. Read more at Newsmax

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How to leverage the Abraham Accords for maximum geopolitical effect

Simultaneously, what has been referred to as the “cold peace” with Egypt has warmed up a great deal since the beginning of the Abraham Accord process. In the past two-plus years Israel has signed agreements normalizing relations with four Arab/Muslim countries. The agreement with Sudan has remained in suspense until that country sorts out its…

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Thanks to Gorbachev’s reforms, the world is better off

Mikhail Gorbachev died almost exactly 42 years after the movement that gave his life meaning was born. Gorbachev’s whole career as the leader of the Soviet Union was a response to the Solidarity movement, a mass protest against communist oppression. Solidarity was a working-class phenomenon, a traditional communist stronghold. Thus, Solidarity proved that communism does not represent…

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Owen Smith with General John Singlaub

General John Singlaub, RIP

John K. Singlaub (1921-2022) was a legend among us anti-Communist kids when I was in college: The Reagan/Wolverines Generation. Some of us heard about the General’s exploits in the U.S. Special Forces and the CIA. It started in the Second World War (in both European and Pacific theaters). Then came Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and plenty…

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Going soft on the regime likeliest to use nukes

Only one country has serious thoughts of triggering Armageddon, and it isn’t Russia or China. Recently, commentators have been competing with each other to warn about the possibility of nuclear war, for the first time since 1962. Their concerns involve either Russia using nuclear weapons against Ukraine or China invading Taiwan, leading to a war…

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Teaching Dr. King as an Antidote to Violence

Both at home and abroad, we are witnessing a rising tide of violence. Those who may think these trends are disconnected must confront events such as the recent tragedy in Buffalo — a senseless act of hateful violence committed by a violent extremist. In killing 10 people, the American gunman consciously copied far-right extremist who…

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Nazism in Ukraine? A Short History of Russian Propaganda

President Vladimir Putin has vowed to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. He means that Ukraine is somehow a “Nazi” country at present. To understand the Kremlin’s narrative we must go back to the Second World War and even earlier. First, we must understand that the word “Nazi” or “fascist” and “Hitlerite” has been infinitely flexible in Moscow’s vocabulary.…

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Did US fighter jets escort Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan?

Taipei Times readers may not have noticed, but for several days at the beginning of the month, there was a considerable amount of American jet fighter activity out of Okinawa. On Saturday, July 30, Ryukyu Shimpo (琉球新報) reported the unusual arrival of nine refueling tankers at Kadena Air Base (嘉手納空軍基地). Then, just after dark at…

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Protect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Before It’s Too Late

The Additional Protocol I to the 1949 Geneva Convention offers a model, but the United States can’t denounce Russia until it embraces the norms it’s seeking to enforce. Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power complex, which Russia captured early in the war, has been continually in the European and U.S. headlines since Russia turned it into a…

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