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No to ‘Great Satan’, yes to France: Iran’s Rouhani to sign trade renewal deal next week

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told European news media on Nov. 11 that Iran has plans to renew trade with France in car manufacturing, agriculture, and aviation. Rohani told France 2 television […]

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Obama’s Keystone pipe dream helps rogue states and harms environment, U.S. workers and Canada

Keystone pipeline.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama has cancelled the Keystone XL, ending a seven year saga in which the pipeline from Alberta, Canada would have provided 800,000 barrels of oil to the USA […]

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No, Ashton Carter, there is absolutely nothing Reaganesque about Obama policies

Sec. of Defense Ashton Carter at the Reagan Defense Forum.

Special to By Sol W. Sanders The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to […]

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Iran clips wings of bogus KFC for being too American

Iranian authorities shuttered the fried chicken shop Halal KFC on Nov. 3.

Special to By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Nothing says “America” quite like the opening of a bogus Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Iranian capital. Too American, it seems, for Iranian authorities, who apparently spoiled the […]

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Iran lawmakers uphold ‘Death To America’ mantra as national ‘symbol’

The statement was issued two days before Iran commemorates the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by radical Islamic students.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A large majority of Iranian legislators say the Islamic republic is “not at all prepared” to abandon the slogan of “Death to America” despite a landmark nuclear deal signed with six […]

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Qatar pledges huge investment in United States as part of Iran alliance

Doha, Qatar

Special to The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) announced on Oct. 19 it would invest $35 billion in the United States by 2020. The QIA’s pledge comes as Qatar’s looks to bolster its strategic alliance with the United States after […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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A rough September: Shemitah, blood moons and the U.S. economy

Blood moon.

Special to The world goes on after Shemitah 2015 and a rare four blood moons. But global warnings of economic stress intensified in September. “I believe a great shaking is coming to America and the world. I believe a […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Volkswagen and Germany’s lost virtue


Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto “Arrogance is the art to take pride in its own stupidity,” says an astute German aphorism allegedly coined by Goethe. Arrogance comes to mind as the most charitable attribute when considering Volkswagen’s breathtakingly stupid […]

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Obama welcomes Xi: A matter of ‘optics’ and not much else


Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― China President Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Obama Friday is sure to be an exercise in double-and-triple talk that will sorely test the skills of both of them in papering over, […]

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