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Wake up call: Where is Obama’s foreign policy revolution taking America?

A Hizbullah bomber killed 241 at a U.S. Marines barracks near Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. / AP

Special to By Adam Turner Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away. Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing “settlement” construction in East Jerusalem. After initially […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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Why not a ‘Caribbean solution’ for the Israel-Palestinian issue?

Sec. of State John Kerry in Paris on March 30. / AP

Special to By Norman Bailey All diplomatic efforts having failed, perhaps it’s time to look at a new solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry and Clinton and Indyk and Erekat and God knows how many others have failed. The […]

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House weighs sanctions on Qatar, Turkey for financing Hamas

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress is considering sanctions on Qatar and Turkey for their support of Hamas. Two House subcommittees have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to conduct an investigation and take measures to stop Ankara and […]

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Obama administration won’t deny report it may impose sanctions on Israel


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has still not ruled out imposing sanctions on Israel for building Jewish homes in Jerusalem. The administration of President Barack Obama has refused to dismiss reports that it was examining sanctions on […]

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Holiday cheer here, but gloom in Russia, as fuel prices dip and Obamacare Grinch lurks

Vladimir Putin

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it’s not a moment too soon that the […]

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Congress doubles funding approved by Obama for Israel’s Iron Dome

Iron Dome intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip on July 5. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a significant increase in U.S. support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. On Dec. 2, a conference committee of the House and Senate agreed on the terms of the […]

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This film’s no joke to North Korea


Special to By Donald Kirk, The North Koreans could not have come up with a better way to publicize a movie. Can anyone imagine a Hollywood comedy causing a diplomatic storm involving United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and […]

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Congress weighs restoring military aid to Egypt, frozen by administration

The Obama administration slashed military aid to Egypt after Gen. Abdul Fatah Al Sisi moved against the Muslim Brotherhood government.

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has been examining the level of U.S. military aid to Egypt. The House and Senate have been discussing whether to restore the $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt for 2015. The discussions […]

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U.S. wins an extension for Iran in its negotiations for a nuclear deal

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Nov. 20. Leonard Foeger / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Iran has been given another reprieve in the campaign to reach a nuclear agreement with the West. The P5+1 nations ( five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United […]

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