1. Steve Gill: Secession Talk Underscores Fundamental Differences in Red and Blue States
2. Joseph Klein: Palestinian Statehood: An Ominous Vote at the U.N.
3. Al Fadi: The Israeli-Hamas Cease Fire: Winners & Losers
4. Ryan Mauro: What Americans are paying for in Egypt
Secession Talk Underscores Fundamental Differences in Red and Blue States
By Steve Gill
The talk of "secession" in the wake of the 2012 elections, which has produced signatures from citizens in virtually every state with nearly a million nationwide (and over 100,000 from Texas alone), has fueled flashbacks to the 1860s. While the viral petitions have been dismissed as "silly" by most serious politicians, the divide that such talk underlines is real and should not be ignored. [more...]
Palestinian Statehood: An Ominous Vote at the U.N.
By Joseph Klein
Permanent United Nations Observer of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, heralded the upcoming vote by the United Nations General Assembly on November 29th to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to an observer "state" as an "historic event." He boasted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s maneuver, in which Abbas will personally appear at the General Assembly and present the resolution for a vote, was a form of resistance to Israeli occupation that Mansour labeled "diplomatic resistance." [more...]
The Israeli-Hamas Cease Fire: Winners & Losers
By Al Fadi
Since last week the world has been celebrating a brokered cease fire deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The cease fire was the result of what appeared to be an imminent ground assault by the Israeli troops against the militant Islamic group Hamas. The fighting which began few weeks earlier was the result of the constant missile firing by the militant group from the Gaza Strip against Israel. For years Hamas has been firing thousands if missiles onto Israel in an effort to instigate a fight. Supported by Iran, Hamas' missile arsenal included long range missiles capable of reaching prominent cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Such a non-stop assault was the reason for the Israeli retaliation against the terrorist group. However, one must ask: who are the winners and losers out of this deal? [more...]
What Americans are paying for in Egypt
By Ryan Mauro
The U.S. government is about to add $450 million to its $16 trillion debt for the sake of Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt. According to the New York Times the emergency cash transfer is part of a $1 billion aid package pledged in May. The original plan was to provide $190 million as soon as possible, but the declining economic conditions of Egypt convinced the Obama Administration to more than double that amount. Another $260 million will be delivered once Egypt secures a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. [more...]