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The Religion of Peace Forces Hundreds of Pakistani Girls to Convert Every Year

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

A new report from the Aurat Foundation shows that Muslims in Pakistan force as many as 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls to convert to Islam every year. Most of these girls are also forced into Muslim marriages. It quotes statistics from the Movement for Solidarity and Peace Pakistan (MSP), which says that an additional […]

Obama Calls Huckabee Holocaust Comment ‘Ridiculous If It Weren’t So Sad’

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama ripped former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as “ridiculous” and “sad” after the GOP presidential candidate accused the commander in chief of setting up Jews for the next Holocaust. Huckabee told Breitbart News that by cutting this deal with Iran, Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” […]

These Former Dem Senate and House Members are Whipping Their Old Colleagues Against Iran Deal

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

You may be seeing a lot of promoted tweets and ads — and more to come — from Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, whipping against the Iran nuclear deal. Meet the advisory board for 501(c)(4) CNFI: all former congressional Democrats now lobbying their old colleagues to vote against a bad deal. There’s former two-term […]

Obama Admin Backs NATO Ally Turkey’s Double Game with Islamic State After Turks Bomb Anti-ISIS Kurdish Groups

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A bizarre situation unfolded this past week, one that could possibly drag the U.S. into a new war in the Middle East. On Monday, a suicide bomber attacked a rally in Suruc, Turkey, targeting a news conference of the Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations, killing 32. The suicide bomber was identified by Turkish authorities […]

Asia Bibi May Go Free After Her Stay of Execution

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Asia Bibi, a  Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy against Islam, has had her execution stayed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and the court may even reverse the charges against her. Officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), Naveed Aziz, said in an update from the courtroom in Islamabad: “The […]

McCain Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Iraq Army’s Anti-ISIS Campaign: ‘They Can’t Do It Themselves’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, interrupted colleagues and had a testy exchange with Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. But during the exchange between the committee chairman McCain and Neller, McCain […]

Loopholepalooza: Menendez Rips Holes in Iran Deal’s ‘Snapback,’ Ballistic Missile Language and Iran Collecting Own Samples

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), having gone over the Iran nuclear deal with a fine-toothed comb, called out the Obama administration at today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for squishy language about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile development. He also unraveled the administration’s assertion that sanctions will “snap back” with an Iran violation — highlighting that […]

U.S.-Funded Free Syrian Army Unit Shows Off Its Kidnapping Skills in New Training Video

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A training video released today by Liwa Fursan al-Haqq (Knights of Justice Brigade) of the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) opens with the group’s special forces practicing their abduction and kidnapping skills. And yet FSA units, funded, supported and armed by the U.S., have been repeatedly implicated in the abduction and kidnapping of U.S. […]

Where’s the Iran-IAEA Deal? Congress Wants It, Administration Says They Don’t Have It

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A new firestorm over the Iran nuclear deal was whipped up today when lawmakers noted they haven’t received any documents about agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency — something even Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the United States doesn’t have in writing. “One of the items we don’t have is regarding the agreement […]

Kerry ‘Fleeced’ and ‘Bamboozled,’ Senators Tell Him; Boxer Calls Them ‘Insulting’

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) rushed to the aid of Secretary of State John Kerry this morning, claiming that Senate Republicans were impugning his character by noting he got “bamboozled” and “fleeced” in the Iran nuclear deal. “Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe you’ve been […]

Thousands Pack Times Square to Rally Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

10,000 New Yorkers say: Remember 9/11. Remember Islamic terror! Stop Iran now! #IranDeal #StopIranRally pic.twitter.com/5eBAsloRTI — Anne Bayefsky (@AnneBayefsky) July 23, 2015   Thousands of demonstrators against the Iran nuclear deal packed Times Square earlier this evening, many calling on home-state Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to stand against the deal. Schumer has been a longtime […]

Boehner on Iran Deal: ‘We’re Going to Do Everything Possible to Stop It’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters this morning that his caucus will do “everything possible” to get a veto-proof majority against implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Congress just began its 60-day review period of the deal, so debate and votes won’t begin until lawmakers return from recess in September. Administration officials were briefing […]

NYT on ISIS: Downside, Murderous Thugs. Upside, Honest Government!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The New York Times has never met a thugocracy opposed to American and Western civilization it didn’t want to find at least one thing good about, whether it was the plethora of opera houses in East Germany or “health care” in Soviet Russia and communist Cuba. So it was just a matter of time before […]

White House Launches Iran Deal Twitter Account to Lobby for Agreement

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Now you can get all of your Obama administration Iran nuclear deal justifications in one handy location. With the 60-day congressional review period now underway, the lobbying war will only be  getting more intense. Groups like the National American Iranian Council and J Street are lobbying on the behest of the White House, while AIPAC […]

Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement. Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the […]

Netanyahu to America: Iran Doesn’t Want ICBMs for Us, But to Strike You

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on CBS Sunday that Iran is “not developing these intercontinental ballistic missiles for us — they are developing them for you.” “And they will be able to tip them with nuclear warheads within 10 or 15 years,” he added. When asked if he’ll be lobbying Congress to shoot down […]

Ayatollah to Obama: Wasn’t It Fun to Surrender to Iran?

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House has made clear that they conveniently ignore the tweets of the supreme leader of Iran, who will have the final say over not only whether they implement the nuclear deal on their end but whether they abide by it. And Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was clear about where the Islamic Republic is headed […]

‘Capitulation Monday’: Obama Does End Run Around Congress as UNSC Unanimously OKs Iran Deal

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama did an end-run around Congress on the Iran deal today in what Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted will become known as “Capitulation Monday” in history. The United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 this morning to endorse the P5+1 deal with Iran and start rolling back sanctions. Both Republicans and Democrats had been frantically […]

White House Paints Oddly Rosy Picture of Saudi Discussions About Iran Deal

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama welcomed Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to the White House today for a meeting behind closed doors — and offered a summary of the discussions that was probably much more rosy than what happened behind closed doors. “They welcomed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the P5+1, EU and Iran […]

Nearly Seven out of Ten American Evangelicals Support Israel

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

A new research study by LifeWay Research shows strong evangelical support for Israel, and it shows the divide between those who support the Jewish State in the Middle East and those who do not. Evangelical Christians in the United States are among the strongest supporters of Israel and believe God has plans for the nation, […]

Rice: ‘Goal Was Never’ to Keep Iran from Getting Slush Fund to Spend on Terrorism

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that when international inspectors take a peek at Iran’s nuclear facilities, there won’t be an American in the bunch. “There are not going to independent American inspectors separate from the [International Atomic Energy Agency],” Rice told CNN. “The IAEA will be doing inspections — the inspections on behalf of […]

Obama Tells Congress to Approve Deal, Khamenei Directs Rouhani to Pick It Apart

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Full text of Leader’s response to president’s letter on nuclear issue. pic.twitter.com/8ibMZx3Qyw — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 15, 2015   That’s the Supreme Leader’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani, as released on his Twitter account. So while President Obama is urging Congress to quickly drop its opposition and approve the deal, Iran’s leader is urging his […]

Lobbying Battle Is On: Powerful AIPAC Shoots Down Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The lobbying war is going to get intense in Washington, D.C., over the next couple of months. The National Iranian American Council quickly fired a salvo in the form of a full-page ad in The New York Times today, warning that Congress could “sabotage this historic chance for peace.” But the pro-Tehran group faces one […]

Obama: ‘It Does Not Give Me Pause’ That Assad Loves Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama faced the media in the East Room Wednesday afternoon with a brusque defense of the Iran nuclear deal and snapping at a reporter who asked about four Americans still held in Iran. After taking the first question, Obama interrupted the reporter and declared that he was just going to give from the top […]

Kirk: ‘Tens of Thousands’ Will Lose Lives ‘Because of Barack Hussein Obama’

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The co-author of Congress’ toughest Iran sanctions legislation ripped the administration for the Iran deal, adding Obama’s middle name and alleging a political prosecution of his sanctions co-sponsor, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). As reported by BuzzFeed, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told WRKO’s Financial Exchange radio program yesterday that “tens of thousands of people in the […]

Let the Pro-Tehran, Pro-Obama Bullying of Congress Begin!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned members of Congress yesterday on the Hill that “some may try to intimidate and demonize critics of the agreement by arguing that a vote against this deal is a vote for war.” “I will say, as a former member of Congress, I know how difficult the following weeks will […]

1970s Diplomatic Relic Brzezinski Hits Daughter’s Cable Show To Dismiss Netanyahu

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Having a Carter lackey dismiss your take on international politics is like having a Cubs fan mock how long it’s been since your team won a World Series.

Hillary: I ‘Twisted A Lot of Arms’ to Get Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Hillary Clinton issued a lengthy statement tonight not only giving props to the Iran nuclear deal but also basically taking credit for it. “I am still studying the details, but based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting […]

Israel Security Cabinet Shoots Down Iran Deal, Confirms Jewish State ‘Not Bound By It’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama is sending Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Israel next week as the Security Cabinet unanimously shot down the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. “The Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the nuclear agreement with Iran and determined that Israel is not bound by it,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a brief statement. “The […]

Oh Snap: Issa Slams Obama’s ‘Junior Varsity Foreign Policy Grounded in Childlike Optimism’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) needled President Obama’s legacy description of ISIS with his criticism of the Iran deal announced today. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a J.V. team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said of ISIS in a January 2014 […]

Lieberman Warns Congress of ‘Bad Deal’: ‘I Cannot Think of a More Consequential Vote You Will Take’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning to warn members of Congress that the vote they face on the Iran nuclear deal will be the biggest vote of their lifetime. “I cannot think of a more consequential vote that you will take” on the security of the United […]

Graham: Iran Nuke Deal a ‘Death Sentence for Israel’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) charged that the Obama administration has “created a possible death sentence for Israel” with the Iran nuclear deal. The pact is also “a virtual declaration of war against Sunni Arabs,” he said this morning on MSNBC, as “you’re making every Sunni Arab nation recalculate — you have locked in an industrial-sized […]

Netanyahu: Iran Deal ‘an Historic Mistake for the World’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the P5+1 is making a “historic mistake” with the Iran nuclear deal. “I will refer later to the details of the agreement, but before that, I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the […]

Putin Not Only Loves Iran Deal, But Takes Credit for Helping Write It

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

With endorsements like these, how could Congress say no to President Obama’s Iran deal? Russian President Vladimir Putin, who can’t wait to heap more arms sales on the Islamic Republic: “We are certain that the world heaved a sigh of relief today,” Putin said in a lengthy statement praising the deal. “The negotiations supported by the UN Security Council and involving Russia, […]

Obama Vows Veto of Congressional Iran Disapproval: ‘You Don’t Make Deals Like This with Your Friends’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama declared today that “because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle” in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, “we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.” The deal, which lasts up to 10 years and is nearly 100 pages long, gives Tehran the right to challenge UN inspections […]