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Jan 21, 2016 0 Comments

Europe’s Iran Hypocrisy Media Mentions

On its surface, the Islamic Republic of Iran should be anathema to European progressives. After all, since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution (after promising Europeans he sought only social justice and democracy), the Iranian government has systematically stripped rights away from women, repressed religious minorities, and made homosexuality a capital offense. True, they are not the Islamic State tossing gays off of tall buildings; the Iranian regime prefers slow strangulation instead. Iranian hit squads have murdered dissidents across the European continent. Racism is engrained in Iranian society, and the Iranian leadership has been disdainful of environmental concerns. Generally speaking, the Islamic Republic’s positions are diametrically opposite everything for which European leaders and progressives say they stand.

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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 18, 2016 0 Comments

How a $3.5 billion resort went bust before it opened Media Mentions

Beyond the tropical waters, across palm-fringed sands, and behind locked gates, looms Baha Mar — the largest and, at $3.5 billion, priciest resort in the Caribbean.

Here, no one frolics poolside, pina colada in hand, or hits irons on the Jack Nicklaus golf course. No slot machines jingle-jangle in the casino. The Flamingo Bar, the Brasserie des Arts and the Cartier boutique lie dark. On this bright October morning in the Bahamas, all 2,200 guest rooms are empty.

The quiet is almost spooky here on the outskirts of Nassau, where the waterscape frills of nearby Paradise Island give way to the vast ghost-resort that is Baha Mar.

Just how the place ended up like this — in a bankruptcy so colossal that it’s jeopardizing the Bahamas’ credit rating — is the biggest business story to hit this Caribbean nation for as long as anyone here can remember. It stretches far beyond the white beaches and across time zones, to none other than the State Council of China.

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