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Jan 18, 2016 0 Comments

US Should Help Argentina Solve Terrorism Case Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: JOSEPH HUMIRE

Will the presidential victory of Mauricio Macri in Argentina finally bring justice to the victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires? Will it solve the murder of the AMIA investigation’s special prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, one year ago? Or will Nisman’s revelations of Iran’s role in terrorism in the Western Hemisphere die as he did?

To be sure, the defeat of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s preferred candidate, Daniel Scioli, was met with a global sigh of relief for those concerned about Argentina’s rapprochement with Iran, including a secret backchannel exposed by Nisman.

Since taking office in December, Macri has signaled a significant change of course from his predecessor’s position on Iran. In less than two months, Macri has revoked the controversial Memorandum of Understanding  with the Islamic Republic, appointed a new cabinet- level official and bureau to oversee the AMIA investigation, and re-opened the probe into Nisman’s suspicious death. He has also said he would revisit Nisman’s investigation into the previous Argentine government’s alleged plan to expunge Iran’s involvement in the attack in exchange for closer bilateral diplomatic, economic and perhaps even nuclear ties.

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Jan 15, 2016 0 Comments

Stop pretending Islamic terror is our fault Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: Candice Malcolm

A Canadian is among the dead in an Islamic terrorist attack on Thursday in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Daesh, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, has taken responsibility, marking their second deadly foreign attack this week. Just two days earlier, a suicide bomber targeted tourists outside Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque.

The Jakarta attacks were described by those on the ground as a “Paris-style massacre,” with explosions and gunfire simultaneously rocking the Southeast Asian city. What a sad reminder of our time – that Paris, once known as the City of Light and Europe’s cultural capital, has now become synonymous with mass murder and senseless attacks against civilians going about their daily lives.

These attacks show a departure in strategy by the so-called Islamic State. Daesh was once only concerned with a ground war in Iraq and Syria, and building their ‘caliphate,’ or Islamic kingdom governed by fundamentalist Sunni teachings. But they are now launching more and more attacks outside the Middle East.

The assaults against Istanbul and Jakarta also contradict a common narrative – that Daesh’s terrorist attacks are mere retaliation for Western sins.

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