U.S. ties Israel aid to Iron Dome technology access

U.S. ties Israel aid to Iron Dome technology access

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has conditioned aid for Israeli missile and rocket defense to propriety rights in the new Iron Dome system. Congress has stipulated that U.S. aid for the production of Israeli missile defense systems would be linked to access to technology. The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, in […]

Piracy still a thrivng business in Somalia, backed by international financiers

Piracy still a thrivng business in Somalia, backed by international financiers

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Despite a sharp drop in the success rate, hundreds of Somalis continue to engage in piracy in the Red Sea and Gulf. A senior U.S. official said hundreds of Somalis continue to be employed as pirates and target merchant vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Thomas Kelly, […]

High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a ‘big war’ that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a ‘big war’ that could involve Russia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sheda Vasseghi, FreePressers.com On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions. Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. […]

Ed Koch to Tom Friedman on the subject of throwing stones

Ed Koch to Tom Friedman on the subject of throwing stones

Special to WorldTribune.com By Ed Koch In an April 4th New York Times op ed article, Tom Friedman endorsed what he designated to be “non-violent resistance by Palestinians” against Israel. He added that Palestinians need to “accompany every boycott, hunger strike or rock they throw at Israel with a detailed map” delineating their territorial demands. […]

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

Special to WorldTribune.com By Uwe Siemon-Netto As Christianity is set to celebrate its highest feast in the church year, a Christian from overseas may be forgiven for asking his American coreligionists two troubling questions concerning the faltering campaign of Sen. Rick Santorum and the trivialization of life-and-death concerns in the current electoral season of the […]

To NY Time’s Friedman and ‘experts’: Explain again why ‘Arab Spring’ was a dream come true

To NY Time’s Friedman and ‘experts’: Explain again why ‘Arab Spring’ was a dream come true

Special to WorldTribune.com By Ed Koch The chickens are coming home to roost in the Middle East. The experts who supported the removal of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, e.g., The New York Times’ Tom Friedman and many others, are perhaps now wondering if they were right to do so. Hosni Mubarak was certainly an […]

Jordan defers to Islamists, allows ‘March to Jerusalem’

Jordan defers to Islamists, allows ‘March to Jerusalem’

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan, under strong pressure from the Islamist opposition and its foreign backers has allowed a scheduled march by up to one million Muslims to Israel. Officials said the Hashemite kingdom has relayed formal approval for the so-called “Global March to Jerusalem” on March 30.  The procession, organized by Hamas and […]

Tale of two massacres and the price of withdrawing from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Tale of two massacres and the price of withdrawing from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sol W. Sanders [See Archive Two recent deeply intertwined violent events demonstrate the terrible burden hanging on the outcome of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan. An American soldier’s rampage allegedly taking the lives of 17 Afghan villagers paralleled the attack of a Franco-Mahgrebian youth resulting in seven deaths of French [Muslim] veterans and Jewish […]

Wet winter ends Israel’s 7 years of drought; half of water now supplied by desalination

Wet winter ends Israel’s 7 years of drought; half of water now supplied by desalination

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s water supply has been rescued by one of the rainiest winters in years. Officials said the winter of 2012 has eased the threat of a water crisis in Israel. They said after years of drought, the water levels in acquifers and the Sea of Galilee rose significantly and […]