Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Already Have Achieved A Great Victory: They Have Refused To Give Up

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

Some things are so important that human beings cannot be beaten into accepting them. The pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong know this. They feel it viscerally. This may be the one single moment in history that hope for change in Hong Kong has a chance of success. If our courage and fortitude collapse easily, Beijing will publish dozens of articles claiming that the movement isn’t meaningful anyway — even as they re-double their efforts to make sure no one in Hong Kong ever thinks again, even for a second, about defiance of the Communist Party in Beijing.

Naturally, Beijing blames all this on other “foreign forces.” The truth is, people without democracy somehow, some way, eventually, almost always, become educated and aware and desirous of living life in freedom. No foreign hand need be at work. Human beings just naturally hate tyranny. Even when the tyranny brings wealth and other benefits.

The “foreign forces”…

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Obama will bypass Congress on Iran sanctions if nuclear deal is within reach

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

‘Suspension’ is good enough for Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listens during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. (AP Photo/Jewel Samad, Pool)

By Victor Morton
The Washington Times

In another example of the White House bypassing Congress to avoid a vote it would lose, the Obama administration will not to seek congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran if a deal on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program can be reached, The New York Times reported Sunday night.

According to the report by David Sanger, citing American and Iranian officials, Iran has agreed in principle that a “suspension” of sanctions would be enough for them to take away from the negotiating table.

“But Mr. Obama cannot permanently terminate those sanctions. Only Congress can take that step. And even if Democrats…

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Abbas Playing a Dangerous Game and Israel is the Least of His Problems

Originally posted on Beyond the Cusp:

Abbas has taken steps beyond belief in his psychological and propaganda war against Israel while also reinforcing and calling for a ramping of societal violence against Jews and Israel. Abbas recently called for the Palestinian people to continue to riot and to increase their ferocity and size in order to deny Jews in particular and other non-Muslims in general from gaining access to the Temple Mount. He has again denied any Jewish and inferred no Christian historic attachment to the Temple Mount. His call specifically demanded the riots on the Temple Mount continue even should the rioters need to literally break through police lines and break restrictions and laws in order to continue their violence demanding that Jews be banned from walking on the Temple Mount. His reference was that any Jews ever walking on the Temple Mount was by definition a defilement of the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic…

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Financial Times misleads with truncated quote by William Hague about ‘Palestine’

Originally posted on CiF Watch:

A Financial Times article by Philip Stephens, Israel is losing its friends in the world (Oct. 16), included the following passage in support of the broader thesis suggesting strong UK political support for recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a state, and dismissing Israeli concerns over statehood recognition outside the context of negotiations.

The Israeli argument, echoed as it was by a handful of supportive MPs, is that the process of recognising Palestine as a state, which began in the UN general assembly two years ago, is a brake on peace. Statehood is a prize to be “earned”. To concede it now would be to reduce the pressure for Palestinians to make tough compromises.

There was never great logic in this. As several MPs pointed out, the formulation offers Israel an extraordinary veto over the choices of other sovereign states. Even if this once made tactical sense, the proposition has been robbed…

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U.S. Airdrops Weapons and Supplies to Besieged Syrian Kurds in Kobani

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

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Arming of Syrian Kurds Against Islamic State Comes Over the Objections of U.S. Ally Turkey

By Julian E. Barnes in Washington and Sam Dagher in Dohuk, Iraq
The Wall Street Journal

Updated Oct. 20, 2014 4:19 a.m. ET

A Kurdish family walks on Sunday in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, where many have fled to escape the fighting in nearby Kobani. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—The U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the embattled city of Kobani, U.S. officials said Sunday.

Three U.S. C-130 cargo planes began dropping the weapons and supplies, provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, on Sunday, the officials said. Over several hours, the U.S. dropped 27 bundles of small arms, ammunition and supplies.

The mission marks a deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict and comes over the objections of U.S. ally Turkey, which strongly opposes arming…

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