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Iran Accelerates Nuclear Activities Under The Guise Of Energy Research

The Federalist - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:12
Iran leader speaking at podiumThe former deputy secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Administration reports Iran can produce six bombs worth of nuclear material in six weeks.

US urges top UN court to dismiss Iran's frozen assets claim

Middle East Eye - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:01
US urges top UN court to dismiss Iran's frozen assets claim
Tehran accuses Washington of breaching 1955 treaty by allowing US courts to freeze $1.75bn in Iranian assets
MEE staff Thu, 09/22/2022 - 16:01
The ICJ is the United Nations' top court dealing with disputes between different countries.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague (Reuters/File photo)

The United States has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss a case by Iran which claims that Washington breached a treaty and allowed courts to freeze assets of Iranian companies.

"Iran's case should be dismissed in its entirety because of the principle of 'unclean hands'," Richard Visek, acting legal adviser at the US State Department, said on Wednesday, as the US set out its opening arguments in the case at The Hague.

In using the legal term "unclean hands", Visek argued that Tehran cannot complain about US courts confiscating assets because the actions that led to the asset freeze were the result of Iran's own illegal conduct.

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Iran first brought the case against Washington in 2016, accusing it of breaching a 1955 friendship treaty by allowing American courts to freeze assets of Iranian companies, including $1.75bn from Iran's central bank which is now held in a Citibank account in New York.

The friendship treaty was signed decades before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The revolution led to the severing of US-Iranian relations and Washington eventually withdrew from the treaty in 2018.

In October 1983, a suicide bomber in a truck loaded with military-grade explosives attacked US Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American troops and 58 French soldiers. Iran has long denied being involved. However, in 2003 a US judge found Tehran responsible and a 2012 US law ordered Iran's central bank to hand over the frozen Iranian assets to the families of those killed in the Beirut bombing.

In 2019, the International Court of Justice ruled it had jurisdiction to hear the case, rejecting an argument from the US that its national security interests superseded the 1955 treaty.

"The freedom of navigation and commerce guaranteed by the treaty have been gravely breached," Tavakol Habibzadeh, head of international legal affairs for Iran, told the ICJ on Monday, as reported by the Associated Press.

Iran's case against the UK

The ICJ, also known as the World Court, is the UN's highest court dealing with disputes between countries.

While its rulings are binding, the court has no power to enforce them, and Washington and Tehran are among a number of countries to have disregarded its decisions in the past.

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Iran had previously brought up another case with the ICJ when it called on the United Kingdom to pay more than $500m in debt to Tehran from before the Iranian revolution.

Shortly before the 1979 overthrow of the shah, the British government struck an arms deal to sell more than 1,500 Chieftain tanks and 250 repair vehicles to Iran.

Iran paid £600m ($795m) for the tanks in advance, but having delivered only 185 tanks, Britain refused to deliver the remaining equipment when the shah was deposed.

The international court of arbitration in The Hague ordered Britain to pay the debt in 2001, a ruling upheld in 2009. However, the two countries have been locked in a prolonged legal battle in the British courts over the exact sum owed, and whether or not the UK should pay interest on it.

In 2017, Iran also filed a lawsuit at the ICJ demanding the court order the suspension of renewed US sanctions, which it says are devastating its economy.

US urges top UN court to dismiss Iran's frozen assets claim

Who Is Running The White House? Biden’s Handlers Won’t Let Him Decide China Policy

Geller Report - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:00

President Biden is an absolute joke. It is quite clear that Biden is not running the country. This is why China want’s to invade Taiwan in the next 2 plus years. They know they may  never see a weaker POTUS than Joe Biden, and want to fulfill their objectives before President Trump is back in the Oval Office in January 2025.

This is an embarrassment.

The President has said multiple times the U.S. would defend Taiwan & every time his staff has contradicted him.

The world needs to know who is calling the shots – the President or his staff?

We need to show the world strength, not more confusion. https://t.co/OK0ivGcRZ4

— Armed Services GOP (@HASCRepublicans) September 19, 2022

#Biden’s subordinates have for the fourth time overridden him on #China and #Taiwan policy, which means he is no longer exercising the full powers of commander-in-chief. This is nothing less than a constitutional coup. See: https://t.co/nwgqnf9hWb. @GrecianFormula @19_forty_five

— Gordon G. Chang (@GordonGChang) September 21, 2022

Is Joe Biden Still President? His Aides Won’t Let Him Decide China Policy

By 19fortyfive, Sept 21, 2022

Disarray on Taiwan: Is Biden Still Commander-in-Chief? – President Joe Biden may no longer be making foreign policy, and it is unclear whether he is still discharging the duties as commander-in-chief.

On “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Biden, in response to a question from Scott Pelley, declared the United States would send troops to defend Taiwan “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”

“After the interview, a White House official said U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed,” CBS News reported. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday made the same point to CNN’s Phil Mattingly during the regular press briefing.

Caraway just launched mini versions of their bestselling ceramic coated fry and sauce pans today

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:56
SHOPPING:Brighten up your kitchen, reduce cooking time and make healthier meals and snacks with these super cute mini pans that are small but perfectly formed

AMEJA Awards: MEE shortlisted for Walid El-Gabry Memorial Award

Middle East Eye - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:52
AMEJA Awards: MEE shortlisted for Walid El-Gabry Memorial Award
MEE's story on Muslim survivors of domestic abuse has been shortlisted, the organisation's first nomination for a US-based award
MEE staff Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:52
AMEJA is an organisation of professional journalists dedicated to supporting the community of Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African heritage journalists and providing voice to the communities from which they come (AMEJA Website)

The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) has shortlisted Middle East Eye for the 2022 AMEJA Awards.

"For the first time since its founding in 2005, the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) is launching a series of awards to highlight exceptional work by and about Arab and Middle Eastern communities."

MEE's reporting in July on Muslim women speaking out against domestic violence in the US sheds light on an underreported subject by highlighting the voices of survivors of abuse within the Muslim community. It is among 13 entries shortlisted for the Walid El-Gabry Memorial Award to "specifically recognize the work of an AMEJA member and will be voted on by AMEJA members".

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This will be the first award that MEE has been nominated for outside the UK and Europe. 

The memorial award is one of three awards on offer this year, the other two will be voted on by a jury panel consisting of: Mohamad Bazzi, director of NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; Leila Fadel, NPR Morning Edition Host; Kareem Fahim, Washington Post Middle East Bureau Chief; Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC Anchor; and Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Columnist and #544Days Podcast Host.

AMEJA is an association of professional journalists dedicated to supporting the community of Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African heritage journalists and providing voice to the communities from which they come.

Winners will be announced in late October.

US Soccer 'is criticized for deafening SILENCE on workers' rights at the Qatar World Cup'

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:51
Human rights atrocities have occurred in Qatar ahead of the flagship tournament in November and workers' rights are a major issue. US Soccer has come under scrutiny for not speaking up.

Desperate Russian wives threaten to break their husbands' BONES so they are unfit to join war

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:41
Photos and videos have emerged of airports crowded with young men and heavy traffic near border crossings, driven by fears the country might lock down.

University of Kentucky football players sue police over false burglary accusations

UPI - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:40
Five current and former University of Kentucky football players are suing police for their handling of a burglary investigation last year that falsely suspected them of being involved in the crime.

Tesla recalls more than ONE MILLION vehicles because a fault with window automatic reversal system

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:39
Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it will perform an over-the-air software update of the automatic window reversal system.

Bob Saget's sprawling six-bedroom LA home is getting a $770k price cut

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:30
His home was first listed in June for $7.76 million by wife Kelly Rizzo, five months after he passed away on Jan. 9, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando hotel at the age of 65

LIV Golf's Greg Norman misfires on Capitol Hill as lawmakers say he's spreading Saudi propaganda

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:30
LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman climbed Capitol Hill this week seeking lawmakers' support for the upstart tour amid its ongoing antitrust lawsuit against the PGA.

Golden eagle grabs doomed mountain goat five times its weight before dropping it to its death

Daily Mail - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:09
This is the astonishing moment a golden eagle thrusts its talons into a mountain goat's neck before lifting the flailing animal in their air and dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps.

Cuba Demands 'Reparations,' Defends World's Worst Human Rights Abusers at U.N.

Breitbart - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:04
Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla used his time at the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in the representation of the Castro regime to accuse the United States of being behind the island’s problems and reiterate the communist regime’s support of other authoritarian regimes throughout the world.

DOJ Targets ‘Entire Trump Campaign’ Ahead of Midterms in This Move

Geller Report - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:00

Make no mistake, this is not a war on Trump. It’s a war on us, the American people. The Democrats are decimating our most basic freedom to vote for who we want to represent we, the people.

It doesn’t end with Trump. They will do this to anyone and everyone who speaks for us, Sooner than later, they’ll do to it to each and very one of us.

DOJ Conducting Broad Criminal Probe Targeting Post-Election Challengers

By: Eva Fu, The Epoch Times, September 20, 2022:

A grand jury subpoena, one of dozens served in recent weeks, indicates that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a criminal investigation into activities questioning the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, including the appointments of alternate slates of electors and disputing the veracity of election results.

The subpoena dated Sept. 6, which was first obtained by Red State, orders recipients to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington. They also must submit all communications related to post-election challenges, including theories of election fraud, whether then-Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to change the election outcome, and “any strategies or options for ensuring the certification of Donald J. Trump as the victor of the 2020 Presidential Election.”

The widespread issuing of subpoenas suggests the DOJ is ramping up investigations focused on the former president and his allies just two months ahead of the midterm elections.

The DOJ, according to the subpoena, is interested in documents and communications with a range from Trump’s top advisers to state electors, local officials, and dozens more individuals in seven contested states where Trump and supporters have cast doubt on the election outcome. One line of inquiry relates to the Save America PAC, the main political fundraising channel used by Trump and created shortly after the election, which didn’t return a request from The Epoch Times for comment.

Another focus of the DOJ appears to be the question of so-called alternate electors. In the wake of the 2020 election, Republican electors in the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico cast dueling votes for Trump, while the certified electors in the same states voted for Joe Biden. Those involved in the efforts have publicly stated that they did so because of the disputes surrounding the election.

Chilling Effect

Along with the ongoing probe into the alleged mishandling of classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and a House committee’s inquiry over the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach, the DOJ investigation into efforts to dispute the 2020 election results appears to be having a chilling effect on Trump allies and supporters.

Few people who were named as part of the subpoena’s request for documents were willing to comment about the issue when contacted by The Epoch Times. The ones who did comment mostly hadn’t received a subpoena themselves, although some indicated they had caught wind of it.

“I have no comments, and no opinion,” Ash Khare, a member of the Warren County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania, who signed a form certifying the state’s 2020 results for Trump, told The Epoch Times when asked about the inclusion of his name in the subpoena.

One of the most prominent attorneys named is Sidney Powell, who briefly served as counsel to Trump after the 2020 election and later filed lawsuits independently alleging election fraud.

Powell told The Epoch Times that she wasn’t previously aware of a subpoena naming her and noted that a Georgia subpoena to her was recently withdrawn. Alongside the federal probe, a grand jury in Georgia also is investigating alleged efforts by Trump and his allies to dispute that state’s election results.

Conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, who aided Trump’s post-election challenge efforts, also is listed in the subpoena’s records request. The attorney said she hasn’t received a subpoena.

“I noticed that I am a ‘search term.’ But that’s all I know,” Mitchell, chair of the Indiana-based Public Interest Legal Foundation, told The Epoch Times. She added that she has provided the Jan. 6 Committee with “all responsive, non-privileged documents,” and “if the DOJ serves my attorney a document subpoena, we would respond to it in the same manner as with the J6 Committee: We will provide all responsive, non-privileged documents.”

‘Fishing Expedition’

Attorney Timothy Parlatore, whose client, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, was named in the subpoena, said that he isn’t worried about the DOJ.

“It very much struck me as a complete fishing expedition,” Parlatore told The Epoch Times. “Usually, the DOJ is a lot more targeted with their subpoenas.”

“It’s definitely looking much more like a spray and pray,” he said. “Ask for everything under the sun, and maybe you get lucky that you might actually have something with one or two of these points.”

Given the timing, he said, the subpoenas are likely an effort to influence the midterm elections in which Republicans are seeking a reset in power dynamics.

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House Republicans Prepare Launch of ‘Commitment to America’ Agenda

Breitbart - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:00
House Republican leaders on Thursday morning unveiled to GOP members at a conference meeting the party’s new “Commitment to America" agenda, a core group of policies that fit on a pocket card designed to help them and their candidates communicate the GOP’s vision effectively in the midterm elections.

51 Sheriffs Endorse Ron Johnson's Reelection, as Opponent Mandela Barnes Retracts Police Endorsements

Breitbart - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 13:59
A bipartisan majority of 51 Wisconsin sheriffs have endorsed Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) reelection bid in Wisconsin, his campaign announced Wednesday.

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