Weekly Briefing, October 12-17, 2014
By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, October 17th, 2014 @ 11:37PM
Chemical Terrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Last August when President Obama announced the successful elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, he went on the call on the Assad regime to “follow through on its promise to destroy remaining chemical weapons facilities.” At the same time, he stressed his concern “about omissions and discrepancies in Syria’s declaration to the organization that oversaw the destruction.” Earlier this month, however,…more…
Rewarding Hamas and the Palestinians – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Palestinian terrorists proved, yet again, that killing Jews is a good business. Each time their attempt to destroy the Jewish State of Israel is defeated, they get billions of dollars to rebuild and re-arm. Each time they use their own people as human shields, they receive favorable media, which at the same time condemns Israel. Each time the media condemns Israel for atrocities caused by the Palestinians, the “outraged” so-called ”world donor community” throws ever-growing funds at the Palestinians. Last Sunday, as an apparent “bonus” toward accomplishing the Palestinians’ goal to “wipe Israel off the map,” representatives from 50 countries and 20 regional and international organizations pledged $1.4 billion more than the $4 billion the Palestinians asked for. For twenty years the Palestinian Authority (and beforehand, the PLO) constantly misappropriated tens of billions of dollars in donations from everywhere. Instead of developing the economy, their leaders used the money to enrich themselves, their relatives and friends, increase their terrorist base, purchase arms, pay for attacks on Israel, fund future martyrs and their families, and mount international anti-Israeli lobby campaigns.…more…
Political Pilgrims (Cont.) – Sol W. Sanders – It’s time for someone to write an update of Paul Hollander’s marvelously insightful and humorous (after a fashion) 1981 Political Pilgrims. For those kiddies for whom all this, and the environment in which it was written, is ancient history, may I remind you of Hollander’s hypothesis he fulfilled so well. It was to expose those Western intellectuals who flitted allegiance from one Marxist paradise to another. That followed, of course, their final acceptance that their initial unassailable infatuation with the Soviet Union was a failed love affair however bitter-sweet. Even their political naiveté could no longer take the strain between their hopes for a collectivized paradise on earth and the stark realities of one, if not the worst, of the tyrannies the world had ever known. So they transferred …more…
News & Analysis
A Little History: Thomas Jefferson Started a War Against Fundamentalist Islam Over 200 Years Ago – Secular Global Institute
Combatting Nuclear Smuggling: Risk-Informed Covert Assessments and Oversight of Corrective Actions Could Strengthen Capabilities at the Border – GAO-14-826: Published: Sep 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2014.
Chemical Facility Security: Issues and Options for the 113th Congress – Dana A. Shea, Acting Section Research Manager – October 14, 2014
Implementation of Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS): Issues for Congress – Dana A. Shea, Acting Section Research Manager – October 14, 2014
Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer – Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation – Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation – October 16, 2014
CRS Insights: Turkey-U.S. Cooperation Against the “Islamic State”: A Unique Dynamic? – Jim Zanotti, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs – October 15, 2014
Cybercrime: An Overview of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute and Related Federal Criminal Laws – Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law – October 15, 2014
Nuclear Energy Policy – Mark Holt, Specialist in Energy Policy – October 15, 2014
Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic – Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist – October 14, 2014
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