This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

THE FUTILITY OF THE ISRAELI-GAZA CONFLICT

I’ve waited for a week or so to comment on the latest (and inevitable) Israeli-Arab conflict to see if anything different was going to happen compared to the last time Israel had to go after Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Apparently, it’s going to be more of the same—a truce, brokered by Egypt (the hypocrite), and Israel always stopping short of actually rooting out Hamas and all its armaments. There are many complexities to explain this week, but the bottom line is that for the good of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, Hamas has to be destroyed and Gaza has to be re-occupied—and not because Israel’s globalist puppet government is good or benevolent, but simply because, of the few alternatives available, that’s the only option that historically has given the innocent on both sides the chance to work and live normal lives without constant violence. It’s not real independence for the Palestinians, but as long as they have no power to elect peaceful leaders that’s the best thing they are going to get. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Ted Cruz Questions Whether Obama Is Boycotting Israel By Grounding Flights

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 23 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) suggested Wednesday that the Obama administration was conducting an "economic boycott" of Israel in order to force an immediate halt to its latest military incursion into the Gaza Strip, which has been marked by escalating death and destruction since it began earlier this month. In a sharply worded statement released by his office, the conservative firebrand questioned why the Federal Aviation Administration had extended its prohibition on U.S. flights heading to Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv for a second day in a row. — Huffington Post

Report Cites 'Aggressive' Islamic Push in British City's Schools

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 23 2014
First there was an anonymous letter outlining an Islamic takeover of British schools in Muslim neighborhoods ominously called Operation Trojan Horse. Then the letter was found to be riddled with inaccuracies and widely deemed to be a hoax. Now a report by a former antiterrorism chief suggests that some of the concerns raised by the letter - fake or not - may in fact be real, the latest twist in a tortured debate about how to reconcile Islam and Britishness in a country that has one of Western Europe's largest Muslim communities. — NY Times

Texas State Sen: More Illegals Enter than People Born in State Each Week

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 23 2014
...Patrick said "we didn't have this great wave of young people" before President Barack Obama unilaterally enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan in 2012, which was when the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border spiked even as the murder rates in Central American nations declined. — Breitbart

Lois Lerner's Hard Drive Was 'Scratched' Then 'Shredded'

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 23 2014
... The IRS claims that it lost Lerner's emails from 2009 to 2011 including emails to and from the White House, when her computer crashed in the midst of the agency's conservative targeting program. The IRS also claimed in a transcribed interview that many other IRS employees who worked under Lerner in her Washington, D.C. department and its Cincinnati-based affiliate also experienced computer crashes that deleted their emails, bringing the total number of crash victims to "less than 20." — Daily Caller

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down as Kiev accuses Moscow of sending more arms to separatists

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 23 2014
...The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said two Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down Wednesday afternoon over an area called Savur Mogila. The planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky. The pilots ejected from the planes but it is not known if they survived, Fox News confirms. A search party is out looking for them. — Fox News

Hollande Defies Critics Over Warship Sale to Russia

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
France is forging ahead with plans to supply Russia with at least one powerful warship despite objections from the U.S. and other allies, President François Hollande said, while dangling the possibility he might cancel the delivery of a second vessel....France is determined to hand over the first of two Mistral-class carriers capable of launching helicopter, tank and missile attacks from the sea, dramatically boosting Russia's military capability. — WSJ

Obama Admin. Says Health Subsidies Will Continue

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
..The Obama administration immediately declared that those policyholders will keep getting financial aid for their premiums as it seeks review of the ruling. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decision would have "no practical impact" on tax credits as the case works its way through further court appeals. — ABC News

Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
A major pillar of Obamacare crumbled under the gavel of a federal appeals court on Tuesday, which ruled that billions of dollars of government subsidies are illegal. The three-judge panel struck down premium subsidies used by 36 states, ruling that the Affordable Care Act doesn't allow the IRS to dole out the subsidies in federal insurance exchanges, and that customers must pay out of pocket for the full insurance cost. The ruling is the result of a wording glitch in the ACA—as written it says subsidies should be paid to those who purchase through an "exchange established by the state." This restricts premium tax credits to state-run exchanges. The government is expected to appeal. — Daily Beast

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day." "You gave us a down payment when you freed 600,000 DREAMers from deportation," Gutierrez said. "Now it is time for the president in the United States... [to] free the Mom and Dads of the DREAMers. And to go further. Be broad and expansive and generous." Gutierrez said giving amnesty to 100,000 illegal immigrants was "not expansive" enough, and he called on Obama to give amnesty to "millions of our undocumented," including the parents of illegal immigrant children. — Breitbart

Obama's LGBT Executive Order Threatens Religious Liberty, Say Advocates

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
Unwilling to wait for Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, Obama signed an executive order Monday prohibiting organizations with federal contracts from discriminating against employees who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or transgender. For religious freedom advocates, that could pose a major problem. Obama's order does not provide an exemption for religious organizations, whereas the ENDA bill before Congress does. — Daily Caller

Russia challenges accusations that Ukraine rebels shot down airliner

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
... "Russian air space control systems detected a Ukrainian Air Force plane, presumably an SU-25 (fighter jet), scrambling in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing ... The distance of the SU-25 plane from the Boeing was from 3 to 5 kilometres (2 to 3 miles)," Air Force Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev said. "Earlier, Ukrainian officials said that on the day of the Boeing 777 crash there were no military aircraft in the region - as you can see this does not appear to be true." Another officer, Lieutenant-General Andrei Kartopolov, said that, "whether it is a coincidence or not", a U.S. satellite had been monitoring the area at the time. "We also have some questions for our U.S. partners," he said. "According to the U.S. declarations, they have satellite images that confirm the missile was launched by the rebels. But nobody has seen these images." "If the American side has pictures from this satellite, then they should show the international community." — Yahoo News

Israel keeps up Gaza assaults, Kerry presses for truce

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
...Israel has signalled it is not in a hurry to achieve a truce before reaching a goal of crippling Hamas's militant infrastructure, including rocket arsenals and networks of tunnels threatening Israelis living along the Gaza frontier. "This is not the time to talk of a ceasefire," Gilad Erdan, communications minister and a member of Netanyahu's inner security cabinet, said on Monday. "We must complete the mission, and the mission cannot end until the threat of the tunnels is removed," Erdan told reporters. — Reuters

Vendor to McDonald's, Yum in China Promises Swift Response to Expired-Food Report

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 22 2014
McDonald's and Yum, parent of KFC and Pizza Hut, said they halted orders from Shanghai Husi Food Co., owned by OSI Group Inc. of Aurora Ill., after local Chinese media reported that Shanghai Husi was selling meat products beyond their shelf life. China's Food and Drug Administration announced it halted on Sunday all business activities of Shanghai Husi and that it launched a nationwide investigation of the company — WSJ

Western officials believe Russian commander linked to missile strike on airliner

posted by askousen - Saturday, July 19 2014
Senior Western intelligence officials believe they have found evidence that the Russian commander Igor "Strelkov" Girkin oversaw the missile strike Thursday that downed a Malaysian commercial airliner over Ukraine, killing all 289 aboard, U.S. officials tell Fox News. Girkin, whose nom de guerre means "shooter" in Russian, is the Russian commander who has overseen the uprising of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine over roughly the past four months. — Fox News

Hundreds of protests set this weekend against illegal immigration, Obama's policies

posted by askousen - Saturday, July 19 2014
Hundreds of protests are taking place across the United States this weekend in opposition to the surge of immigrants illegally crossing the country's southern border and proposed immigration reform that organizers say gives amnesty to those already living illegal in this country. Organizers say 321 protests will take place over the next two days -- from state capitals to highway overpasses to Mexican consulates. — Fox News

Ukraine charges anti-aircraft systems moved to Russia

posted by askousen - Saturday, July 19 2014
Officials also described difficult conditions at the aircraft's crash site, which they say is being kept under strict control by pro-Russian separatists who may have removed bodies and the plane's "black boxes." “Three missile launchers trespassed the Ukraine border on July 18,” Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine’s counterintelligence chief, told reporters in Kiev. The statement came a day after a government advisor posted a video purportedly showing a Buk system, with at least one missile missing, traveling toward Russia on a road in eastern Ukraine. — LA Times

Initial U.S. assessment: Pro-Russian rebels fired missile that downed Malaysia jet

posted by askousen - Friday, July 18 2014
..."Our assessment is that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 .?.?. was likely downed by an SA-11 missile, operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the U.N. Security Council on Friday. She added that "because of the technical complexity of the SA-11," it was unlikely that the separatists could have effectively operated it on their own. "We cannot rule out Russian technical assistance," Power said. — Washington Post

Ukraine air traffic controllers instructed MH17 to fly lower, MAS says

posted by askousen - Friday, July 18 2014
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said tonight that it was told to fly low over Ukrainian airspace by ground controllers, putting it at 33,000 feet, just skimming 1,000 feet above restricted altitude. — Malay Mail

Ukraine: Intercepted calls pin MH17 shootdown on rebels

posted by askousen - Friday, July 18 2014
The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has released purported tapes of intercepted calls of Russian separatist fighters discussing the shooting down of a Malaysia airline jet by a fellow rebel group and the realization that the plane, carrying 289 people, was a civilian airliner. The tapes -- which could not be independently verified -- were released to reporters at a briefing in Kiev late Thursday by SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko. — USA Today

Australia's carbon tax repealed after 2 years

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 17 2014
Australia's Conservative government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the $24.34 Cdn tax per metric tonne of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the centre-left Labour government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the final tally was announced. — CBC News

Malaysian passenger plane shot down over east Ukraine, Kiev says

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 17 2014
A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday. The Buk missile system can fire missiles up to an altitude of 72,000 feet. — The Globe and Mail

Ukraine accuses Russia of downing plane; Moscow attacks new sanctions

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 17 2014
A Ukrainian official on Thursday accused Russian forces of shooting down one of his nation's warplanes the day before near their shared border, raising tensions between the two nations as Ukrainian troops continued their campaign against pro-Russia insurgents. — LA Times

BORDERLESS AMERICA

posted by askousen - Thursday, July 17 2014
...The President has an irreducible duty to protect the United States from invasion, whether that is from troops, armed cartels or gangs, or illegal aliens. The threat of harm is real, the danger to the entire country should be apprehended, and every effort should be undertaken to close the border and act against the countries allowing (even condoning) the migration to the United States. — Jonathan Emord/News With Views

Navy nurse rejects force-feed of Gitmo prisoners

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 16 2014
A rights lawyer and a U.S. official say a Navy nurse has refused to participate in force-feeding of prisoners who are on an extended hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. An attorney for the British legal rights group Reprieve said Tuesday in a phone interview from London that the nurse decided against being a participant after deciding the practice was criminal. — AP

ISIS Captured 52 US-Made Howitzers, Could Shell Iraq Cities

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 16 2014
The latest reports say ISIS captured 52 M198 howitzers, capable of firing 155 mm shells 20 miles with precision GPS aiming mechanisms. Though experts expressed doubts over whether ISIS could quickly figure out how to use the GPS systems, the artillery could still do massive damage to Iraqi cities near their territory. — Antiwar.com

Senate Panel Would Double US Funding for Israel's Iron Dome System

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 16 2014
...Israel hypes the success of the Iron Dome system during its assorted flareups with Hamas, though experts have suggests the percentages are not only inflated, but virtually impossible given the basic laws of physics. The use of the pricy missiles to shoot down the primitive Hamas rockets is also not particularly economical, to the point that the IDF tried to defund the program years ago, before the US Congress stepped up and bankrolled it. — Antiwar.com

Illegals Arrive in Bus and Shop at Walmart With EBT Cards

posted by askousen - Wednesday, July 16 2014
A school bus of illegal immigrants reportedly pulled up at a Walmart in North Carolina and shopped with EBT cards. The woman in the video says the immigrants could not speak English and were reportedly staying in China Grove. — Gateway Pundit

Arizona Residents Protest Arrival of Undocumented Immigrant Children

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 15 2014
With dozens of undocumented immigrant children expected to arrive Tuesday morning at a secluded boys camp in the Arizona mountains, protesters will gather to greet the federal buses in a potential replay of this month's demonstrations in Murrieta, California - with the support of the local sheriff. Citing "whistleblowers" at the Department of Homeland Security, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement and at a public forum that 40 to 60 youths were expected at Sycamore Canyon Academy in Oracle, near Tucson. — NBC News

Boehner: Border Bill Coming 'By the End of This Week'

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 15 2014
...President Barack Obama has requested a $3.7 billion package to address the flow of unaccompanied minors into the country, a cost that many in the GOP say is too high. Boehner told reporters Tuesday that he's waiting to hear from a working group of Republicans who will "scrub" the president's request. He also called a change to a 2008 law guaranteeing a legal hearing to minors form Central America an "important component" to any legislation. — NBC News

Gaza chose terrorism over building a Palestinian paradise

posted by askousen - Tuesday, July 15 2014
...Nothing was inevitable. With Israel's withdrawal there was a blank slate of possibilities. Today people speak of Israel's naval blockade and restrictive border crossings (now imposed by Egypt, too) as reasons for why Gaza did not have a free hand in charting its future. But such restrictions on the flow of people and raw materials took place only once it became clear that for Hamas borders and ports are arteries for rockets, artillery, and the kidnapping of soldiers. If the Gazans had spent the last ten years importing equipment with which to build a new nation, there never would have been an Israeli blockade. — Haaretz