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Obama Hid North Korea Rocket Component Transfer to Iran

By Ari Yashar     •     Israel National News

US intelligence officials revealed that during the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, North Korea has provided several shipments of advanced missile components to the Islamic regime in violation of UN sanctions – and the US hid the violations from the UN.

The officials, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said more than two shipments of missile parts since last September have been monitored by the US going from North Korea to Iran.

One official detailed that the components included large diameter engines, which could be used to build a long-range missile system, potentially capable of bearing a nuclear warhead. [Read more...]

The Impotence Machine Roars to Life Again: The ICC and Boko Haram

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By Shawn Macomber  Lawfare Tyranny

In a scathing, disquieting op-ed marking the one year anniversary of the abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists Global Justice Center President Janet Benshoof pulls no punches:

As I write this, the Chibok schoolgirls have been enduring lives of daily terror and torture, including rape, forced marriage and conversion to Islam, forced pregnancy and sexual slavery, for 365 days. Compare that to the search for the 239 passengers lost on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared about the same time. Immediately, a multinational effort was launched, costing tens of millions of dollars. The world’s most sophisticated technology was deployed to scour the ocean floor three miles deep. Active search efforts continue today.

So, what does this say? It demonstrates the gulf between global concern about women and the political will to do something about it.

Benshoof goes on to make a convincing case for categorizing recent depravities by Boko Haram as genocide.

Alas, her plan of action leaves much to be desired:

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Crumbling Facade: ICC Impotence Gives High Profile Member States Wandering Eyes

unnamed-2By Shawn Macomber Lawfare Tyranny

The most common misperception regarding the International Criminal Court?

Simple: That its lofty rhetoric represents an end rather than a means.

Sure, the Court’s most honest supporters might say, the ICC has been incredibly ineffectiveshamelessly selective in its outrage, prosecution, and rent-seeking, and even worsened already awful situations, but as soon as it secures enough money and might a utopian vision of universal international justice shall be upon us!

What these devotees fail to realize is impunity for powerful nations and their wards is a feature not a bug of the ICC regime — which is to say, the Court is more than willing to trade lazily professed ideals for prestige and power.

It is no accident that more than a decade and a billion dollars into this dabbling experiment in international justice the ICC has only delivered a mere two convictions — and both of obscure African warlords.

Any good aspiring transnational behemoth understands not to bite the hand that feeds.

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Obama Deal With Iran In Trouble

by Michael Barone     •     Washington Examiner

Obama Iran Nuke DealIs the tide turning against President Obama’s purported nuclear weapons deal with Iran? One sign that the answer is yes is the devastating opinion article in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz.

The architect of Richard Nixon’s opening to China and the partner of Ronald Reagan in his negotiations with the Soviet Union are diplomatic in their criticisms. They pay passing tribute to their successor John Kerry’s “persistence, patience and ingenuity.” But they have many disturbing questions — I count 16 question marks in the article — about the deal. [Read more...]

Select Women Receive Opportunity to Fail Other Women (And Everyone Else)

icc-what-2By Shawn Macomber  •  Lawfare Tyranny

A few weeks ago we noted the International Criminal Court had reaffirmed its commitment to fail women, but it seems the aspiring transnational behemoth continues to up its game in that arena.

Via the Irish Times:

It is symptomatic of the low profile kept by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that even what might be regarded as a landmark event and a positive one too for women — the election of the first female president in its troubled 12-year history — passed with hardly a murmur.

[Google of "international criminal court" + "first female president" pulls up 5800 results -- ed.]

As Judge Sang-Hyun Song (73) of South Korea stepped down earlier this month after six years in the job, he was replaced, not by another man in an institution where male judges outnumber females by 11 to six, but by Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (61) of Argentina.

The election of Judge Fernandez “marks a significant step forward for the proper representation of women in the top ranks of international justice”, according to Dr. Kelly Askin of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

And what, precisely, have women now achieved “proper representation” in?

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1001 Circular Persian Charades

by Peter Huessy

nuclear-iran“The details of the deal are not important. Iran will or will not make nuclear weapons as it sees fit. The significance of the deal is the deal itself, especially the fact that it is being concluded while Iran is busy digesting another country (Yemen). The deal will make Iran the richest and most powerful country in the Middle East, eventually dominating it – all this with US blessing (and eventually with restored diplomatic relations, see Cuba). I cannot but agree with the NY Times that this is part of Obama’s vision of disengaging from the Middle East. No wonder the Saudis and the Gulf States are in fear for their lives.”

So writes a colleague from Israel reflecting almost exactly what former US Secretaries of State George Schultz and Henry Kissinger explain in sharp detail in the Wall Street Journal on April 8, 2015 when they explain “The framework agreement will…enable Iran to become a significant military power…and…to weaponize at a time of its choosing.” [Read more...]

There’s No Deterring an Apocalyptic Nuclear Iran

Letting it get the bomb would be the most catastrophic decision in the history of humanity.

By Thomas Sowell     •     National Review

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.

It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East. [Read more...]

Obama Gets His Iran Nuclear Deal But Was It Worth It

Obama got his deal, but can he trust Iran to keep its word?

By Peter Roff     •      U.S. News

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are to be congratulated for their perseverance in pursuing an international pact on the subject of Iran and its pursuit of nuclear capabilities. It was not an easy feat and they deserve credit for pushing the government in Tehran and the other global powers to stay at the thing until they achieved an agreement.

Whether it is worth all the effort expended is another matter entirely. Iran has not yet proven it is willing to re-enter the global community of civilized nations. An agreement, after all, is just a piece of paper that guarantees nothing. Now that a deal is done, the West, and the United States in particular, must be even more vigilant and must watch carefully to see that the mullahs hold up their end of the bargain. [Read more...]

Sidelining Menendez

by Post Editorial Board     •     New York Post

It’s telling that the federal bribery indictment of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez landed the same day the Justice Department announced it won’t prosecute IRS serial stonewaller Lois Lerner for contempt.

The net message isn’t subtle: Hold President Obama’s feet to the fire, as Menendez has done on Iran, and you’ll pay a price.

Keep quiet when it comes to implicating the White House, and Justice will play hands-off. [Read more...]

The IRS Scandal: No justice from the Justice Department

By Jay Sekulow     •     Fox News

IRS Scandal UpdateI have said it before — the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service is institutionally incapable of self-correction.

And, now it is even clearer that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice is incapable of holding accountable those responsible for a massive illegal targeting scheme. Even worse, its own involvement in the scandal not only means that it can’t properly investigate the IRS, it should instead be investigated for cooperating with the IRS in its campaign of censorship and oppression. [Read more...]

Making the Lois Lerner Problem Disappear

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen decides not to send her contempt citation to a federal grand jury.

by Hans A. Von Spakovsky     •     National Review

Lois Lerner IRSOn March 31, Ronald Machen, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, wrote Speaker John Boehner to inform him that the Justice Department would not present Lois Lerner’s contempt citation to a federal grand jury.

The letter explaining his decision is an exercise in misdirection — the kind of misdirection that magicians use to fool an audience. Why? Because at no point in his detailed, seven-page legal analysis does Machen mention the most important point demonstrating that Lois Lerner did, in fact, waive her Fifth Amendment right.

Lois Lerner made two abbreviated appearances before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — one on May 22, 2013, the other on March 5, 2014. As Machen noted, at the May 22 hearing, Lerner gave a short statement declaring her innocence and claiming that she had “not done anything wrong,” had “not broken any laws . . . IRS rules or regulations,” and had “not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” She then proceeded to assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer any questions. [Read more...]

Why the World Won’t Play Army for the ICC

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By Shawn Macomber • Lawfare Tyranny

Here is the opening paragraph of the AP’s latest report from the South Sudan beat:

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday urged the U.N. Security Council to “take the necessary measures” to tackle Sudan’s persistent refusal to arrest the country’s president and send him to The Hague to stand trial on charges of orchestrating genocide in Darfur.

Further:

Underscoring a growing frustration at the court over the lack of support from the Security Council, the judges stressed Monday that “if there is no follow-up action” by the council in cases it sends to the court, any referral “would never achieve its ultimate goal, namely, to put an end to impunity.”

And yet despite these cajoling admonitions — and the fact that it was the Security Council itself that “urged the court in 2005 to investigate widespread atrocities in Darfur” — the United Nations is not expected to scramble a crack team of blue helmets to extract Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and drag him kicking and screaming to the Hague.

Why?

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The Tricks Obama Is Trying to Play with the Iran Announcement

by John Podhoretz     •     Commentary Magazine

obama profile smileIf you look at what happened today between the U.S. and Iran through the lens of domestic American politics, Barack Obama has made a very clever play here—because what might be called “the agreement of the framework of the possibility of a potential deal” gives him new leverage in his ongoing battle with the Senate to limit its ability to play a role in the most critical foreign-policy matter of the decade.

The “framework” codifies the Obama administration’s cave-ins but casts them as thrilling reductions in Iran’s capacities rather than what they are—a pie-in-the-sky effort to use inspections as the means by which the West can “manage” the speed with which Iran becomes a nuclear power.

Obama’s tone of triumph this afternoon was mixed with sharp reminders that the deal is actually not yet done—and that is entirely the point of this exercise from a domestic standpoint. the triumph signals his troops and apologists that the time has come for them to stand with him, praise the deal sheet and pretend it’s a deal, declare it historic, and generally act as though the world has been delivered from a dreadful confrontation by Obama and Kerry. [Read more...]

Obama Oversells His Nondeal With Iran

by Washington Examiner

obama_speechHaving missed the latest deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama chose Thursday to make his most persuasive case yet that the deal he has not yet made is a good one.

He argued that no better option exists, given how close the Iranians are already to developing a nuclear bomb. He said that even though U.S. and Iranian negotiators failed to reach a final deal, they have agreed to a “framework” with terms that will at least appear agreeable to the layman, and which will supposedly become a final deal by June 30.

Has Obama’s concession of ground to the weaker party in negotiations ultimately been rewarded with cooperation? Has his decision to let Iran have four times as many centrifuges as originally envisioned, and to allow centrifuges to be installed in Iran’s underground facility at Fordo, produced a new era of Iranian-American friendship? [Read more...]

A Genocide the ICC Chooses to Ignore Is Still A Genocide

WWIBy Shawn Macomber Lawfare Tyranny

While restricting even stupid and/or counterproductive speech is not a great idea — isn’t it better to know what the ignorant are thinking and counter it with reason and persuasion? — it is refreshing (and telling) to see Cyprus acknowledge that the arbitrary whims, manias and decrees of the International Criminal Court are neither the final definitive word on what constitutes reality nor beyond question by the sovereign nations the aspiring transnational behemoth seeks to lord over.

Via the Cyprus Mail:

Lawmakers on Monday agreed to amend current legislation criminalizing the denial of genocide if the genocide in question has been recognized by the House.

The matter is fundamentally about the Armenian genocide, and resurfaced last week due to the upcoming visit to Cyprus of the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

As it stands, the law states that denial of crimes against humanity and genocide is a criminal offense only where the crime in question has been recognized by irrevocable decision of an international court.

Cyprus is among 22 countries that have recognized the Armenian genocide. However, because the International Criminal Court has not recognized it, thus far denial of the genocide was not a criminal offense here.

Emphasis added.