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Leading Egyptian news site to be seized by state over alleged Brotherhood links

MiddleEasteye - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:06
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Egypt Daily News has long claimed to be the only 'independent' daily in a heavily restricted media landscape

New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Orthodox Christians

MiddleEasteye - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:46
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Syriac Orthodox bishop inaugurated four years after previous incumbent left the country

Spain says cell behind Catalan attacks dismantled after attacks across Europe

MiddleEasteye - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:32
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Attacks over the past two days have killed 16 people in Russia, Spain and Finland

How Trump Can Improve Nafta

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:36
Jorge Castaneda, New York Times
Some would prefer a quick conclusion to the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, that began this week. But there is a strong case for a different approach, involving trade and something more important: human rights

The Extremist Show Is Just Starting

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:22
Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal
Charlottesville was a defeat for America but a win for the provocateurs in our midst.

Time To Call the Question: Is Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons Constitutional?

Antiwarblog - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:17

Adam Liptak wrote in the New York Times several days ago that law schools are preparing to delve into numerous Constitutional questions that have been brought to a head by the Trump presidency, not the least of which is:

“Must Congress authorize a nuclear strike against North Korea?”

(See “New on This Fall’s Law School Syllabus: Trump.”)

Case in point: a conference taking place in Cambridge on November 4 will address the question, “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons:  Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?”  The affiliations of the speakers – including Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, MIT – tend to affirm Liptak’s suggestion that this is a question that is being taken up in law schools and on campuses nationwide.

Also speaking at the Cambridge conference will be Massachusetts member of Congress Jim McGovern, a co-sponsor of HR669 “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.” Central to HR669 are the principles that . . .

“The Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war”;

“By any definition of war, a first-use nuclear strike from the United States would constitute a major act of war”; and

“A first-use nuclear strike conducted absent a declaration of war by Congress would violate the Constitution.”

Of course, breathing life into HR669’s steely logic requires the participation of actual members of Congress, and in turn by the life-and-blood people they represent. It is worth noting that HR 669 now has forty-seven (47) co-sponsors in the House, including representatives from . . .

Arizona
California
Connecticut
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin

Food for thought: how many law schools and universities will avail themselves of the opportunity to invite their member of Congress to participate in a discussion of this vital question? As the list above indicates, “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons:  Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?” has now become the question people are asking everywhere.

Related posts:

Nuclear Weapons: People Power Over Trump Power

“Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom” by Elaine Scarry

Reprinted with permission from Scarry Thoughts.

Why Was ISIS Terror Cell Able to Operate in Spain?

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:05
Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast
Although not as deadly as they might have been, the terrorist attacks in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon and at a Spanish beach resort in the early hours of Friday appear to be the most extensive coordinated operations claimed by the so-called Islamic State since the carnage in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016.

The Myth of the Alt-Left

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:04
Sam Kriss, Politico
The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to unequivocally condemn the “alt-right” neo-Nazis responsible for the violence. Instead, he complains that his exterminationist supporters have been treated “very unfairly.” What about the violence of the anti-fascists, he wants to know: “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs...

When Liberals Club People, It's With Love in Their Hearts

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:04
Ann Coulter, Townhall
Apparently, as long as violent leftists label their victims “fascists,” they are free to set fires, smash windows and beat civilians bloody. No police officer will stop them. They have carte blanche to physically assault anyone they disapprove of, including Charles Murray, Heather Mac Donald, Ben Shapiro, me and Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as anyone who wanted to hear us speak.

Discovering the Limitations of Statues

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:04
Gail Collins, New York Times
There are two ways to look at what happened this week in Charlottesville, Va. One is as a crisis over racism, anti-Semitism and violence. The other is as a crisis over the removal of Robert E. Lee on a horse. We know where our president went. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” wrote Donald Trump.

Repealing Obamacare Is Key to Restoring Economic Growth

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:04
Scott Powell, IBD
For the last seven-plus years, Republicans ran on repealing and replacing ObamaCare. It was a winning platform, demonstrated by their gaining seats in Congress in almost every election since Obama was elected in 2008 — achieving a majority in the House in 2010, a majority in the Senate in 2014, and finally the White House in 2016.

Taming North Korea--Without Firing a Shot

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:03
Yoo & Rabkin, New York Post
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insist that the United States will seek to stop North Korea's nuclear-missile program through economic pressure backed by militaryâ?¦

By Leaving Trump's Panel, CEOs Made Things Worse

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:00
Mark Bauerlein, CNN
Liberals have helped make it impossible to sit at a table with someone with whom you disagree, writes Mark Bauerlein, but isolating and excluding other viewpoints is antithetical to a shared democracy.

What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:51
Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic
President Trump and his national-security team are meeting Friday at Camp David, Maryland, to discuss the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. The results of that meeting could have long-term consequences not only for both countries, but also for many regional powers engaged in a new “great game” in Afghanistan. At the heart of the deliberations lies one question: What more can the U.S. do in a country where it has been present for 16 years?

On Afghanistan, Trump Needs to Put America First

RealClearPolitics - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:51
Brandon Weichert, Am. Greatness
The ongoing war in Afghanistan—America's longest (and most expensive) conflict to date—is a mess and the military has no idea how to clean it up. What began as a simple punitive expedition targeting the terrorists responsible for 9/11 has become an indefinite nation-building exercise

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