Weekly Briefing – March 1-7, 2015
By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 10:53PM
Right: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi described the removal of all sanctions against Tehran as a precondition for a comprehensive deal with the world powers, underlining that Tehran is standing on its positions firmly.
On the Road to a “Very Bad Deal” with Iran – Rachel Ehrenfeld – It looks as the Obama administration and the Iranian regime have joined to belittle the message of Israel’s Prime Minister’s to Congress against a bad deal with Iran. In Washington, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said: “I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the Israeli prime minister’s Tuesday night address at the US Congress against Iran, showed no “respect or the world nations’ power of understanding and reasoning…more…
Obama’s Iran Agenda – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented opposition to Israel’s Prime Minister’s address to Congress on March 3rd, the White House claimed his speech would negatively impact a deal with Tehran. But on Friday, February 28th, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested the speech would have no influence on the negotiations. If this is the case, why has the Administration gone out of its way to vilify Netanyahu? Congressional objection to the deal would unlikely prevent this President from signing an executive agreement to legitimize the super-terrorist Islamic Republic of Iran, to facilitate its nuclear agenda and to propel it’s activities towards the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel…more…
How Dangerous is Putin’s Russia? – Norman Bailey – On a scale of zero (not at all) to ten (existential threat to the world), Putin’s threat is an eight. It would be a serious mistake to assume he is merely blustering. Since taking control in 2000, President Putin has spent these fourteen years consolidating dictatorial power internally, rebuilding the Russian armed forces and security services, encouraging technological development in such areas as cyber-operations, recentralizing the Russian economy under state dominance, and probing soft spots on Russia¹s periphery, such as the cyber-attack on Estonia, the invasion of Georgia, and the annexation of Crimea...more …
The Obama Persian Mystery – Sol W. Sanders – Obscured by all the hullabaloo over the Congressional speaking invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the more fundamental mystery of the Obama Administration’s Iranian strategy. Laying aside the increasingly evident incompetence of the political hacks, wordsmiths and other amateurs the President has surrounded himself as foreign policy advisers, there is still the unanswered question of what Obama intends with his policy toward Tehran. The pettiness of the White House stance toward Netanyahu notwithstanding,…more…
The Conduct & Funding of ISIS – Feb. 26–March 4, 2015 – The Meir Amit Intelligence And Terrorism Information Center – Destruction of historical relics: In the past two decades, following the rise of Al-Qaeda and additional Salafist-jihadi organizations, graves have been destroyed and Moslem and non-Moslem statues have been smashed in various places around the world. Thus, for example, a huge statue of Buddha was destroyed by the Taliban in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in 2001 (the tomb was restored only a decade later); in 2012, Muslim cultural institutions were destroyed by Ansar Dine in Timbuktu.…more…
Of Great Illusions And The End of History – Norman A. Bailey – The 20th century was undoubtedly the bloodiest and most violent in the history of the world. Continual warfare, regional or worldwide, covering the entire period from 1914 to 1991, including three world wars (the so-called Cold War being the third) and the first use of nuclear weapons. Massacres, genocides, and mass-starvations covering almost all of Europe, as well as Turkey (the first), Rwanda, Cambodia. China, Ukraine, Russia, Korea and elsewhere. Forced exchanges of populations and huge refugee crises in many countries of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. .…more…
News & Analysis
Sisi: Egypt falls, so does the Middle East – Asharq Al-Awsat
Yemen: Two rulers, two capitals – Nasser Arrrabyee and Haytham Nuri
The Minsk II Agreement: Implications of a (Shaky) Ceasefire – Zvi Magen, Sarah Fainberg and Olena Bango-Moldovsky
Predicting the ‘Dangerousness’ of Potential Terrorists – Brian Michael Jenkins and Jean-Francois Clair
Sharing Information About Threats Is Not a Cybersecurity Panacea – Martin C. Libicki
SEC Warns Firm Leaders on Cybersecurity Policies – Financial Planning
Armed Services Committee – The President’s Proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIL and U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in the Greater Middle East.
Energy & Commerce Committee – Hearing: Understanding the Cyber Threat and Implications for the 21st Century Economy
Foreign Affairs Committee – Ukraine Under Siege
Armed Services Committee – Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cyber Security Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment.
Armed Services Committee – U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in Afghanistan: Post-2014 Transition, Risks, and Lessons Learned.
Energy & Commerce Committee – The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System.
Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies – Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal.
Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces – Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, Programs, and Strategy.
Energy & Natural Resources Committee – United States Arctic Opportunities Hearing.
Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation – Russian Aggression in Eastern Europe: Where Does Putin Go Next After Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova?
Judiciary Committee – Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Ensuring Agency Priorities Comply with the Law.
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