United Nations (CNN) — The U.N. Security Council this week will take up a draft resolution proposed by Morocco that calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and transfer power.
“It is primarily a straightforward condemnation of what has transpired, a call upon the government of Syria to adhere to the commitments it made,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters about the draft. She noted that it contains no Read more…
When it comes to the Middle East, the former president never ceases to amaze.
In an interview published in Time, he was asked: “What do you think it means that Iran seems to have its first nuclear fuel rod?”
His complete answer: “Well, of course, the religious leaders of Iran have sworn on their word of honor that they’re not going to manufacture nuclear weapons. If they are lying, then I don’t see that as a major catastrophe because they’ll only have one or two military weapons. Israel probably has 300 or so.”
There you have it. In 51 words, Carter demonstrates convincingly why he should stay out of the business of Iran analysis. Read more…
Kingston, Ontario — A Canadian jury Sunday convicted three members of a family of Afghan immigrants of the “honor” murders of four female relatives whose bodies were found in an Ontario canal Read more…
A hurried decision not to de-commission the USS Ponce helicopter marine carrier after duty in Libya – but to refit it for deployment by May in the Persian Gulf as a floating base for commando teams – was confirmed by the US Pentagon and Navy Sunday, Dec. 29. This transportable floating base will expand the commandos’ range in coastal areas and support counter-measure against mines which Iran has threatened to plant in the Strait of Hormuz in reprisal for the US-EU oil embargo. Read more…
syrianewfuture – Jan 26, 2012
Five of these malignant animals were captured with their guns and the other two are workers in a state company in Syria.
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address:
“The recent sanctions by the Treasury Department against a major Iranian financial institution are welcome, but much more is needed before it’s too late to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Just last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency reiterated that the evidence points to Iran’s active pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and an ex-Israeli intelligence chief stated that Iran already has all the components to build a nuclear bomb. The President and his Administration must understand that the time for dialogue, coddling, and indecisiveness is long over. The President must utilize the full range of tools that Congress has provided and bring to bear the full force of U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
“The President’s treatment of Israel, including calling for Israel to return to the indefensible pre-1967 lines and make further unilateral concessions to Ramallah, can hardly be called an ‘iron-clad’ commitment to Israel’s security. And at this critical time, as the Palestinian leadership threatens to again abandon direct negotiations and continue its dangerous statehood scheme at the UN, the President’s silence on Palestinian unilateralism is deafening.
“While the President claims that our ties in the Americas are deeper, he fails to specifically mention emerging threats in the Western Hemisphere or the ongoing assaults on democracy in the region. It seems that the President is not troubled by dictators in Latin America.
“A perfect example is the Administration’s record of concessions and overtures to the Castro regime. In Cuba, where the human rights situation has only grown worse and the regime is a designated state-sponsor of terrorism, the Administration has pursued policies which will benefit the regime economically. Instead of reaching out to the tyrants in Cuba and other dictatorships around the globe, I urge the Administration to increase pressure on these regimes and unequivocally call on them to respect basic human rights and allow their people to live in freedom, democracy, and liberty.
“After three years of this Administration’s foreign policy, America is less secure, less prosperous, and less respected. We cannot continue to sacrifice the future for the present. Unless the President changes his course, we can expect only further retreat in the year ahead, for which America and its allies will inevitably pay an incalculable price.”
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL),
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) had a stroke over the
“Fortunately, the stroke was not on the left side of the brain, in which case it would affect his ability to
speak, understand and think. We are very hopeful that when we get through all the recovery, all those functions will be intact.”
Fessler also said Kirk’s recovery would be a “long haul.”
Elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving five terms in the U.S. House, Kirk underwent a three-hour surgery Sunday night in which doctors removed a 4-inch by 8-inch section of his skull to relieve swelling. It may be days before the swelling goes down and the skull section can be replaced, Fessler said.
However, Fessler said, “He is doing quite well. I am very happy with his current status.”
Ischemic strokes, which result from an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain, account for about 87 percent of all stroke cases.
“We do not know what caused the stroke,” Fessler said. “His condition apparently began with a blockage of his carotid artery. At this point, the artery is completely occluded [blocked]. Part of the areas that are not getting blood from that artery will begin to get blood from other arteries. Other areas will not.
“The use of his left arm is going to be very difficult. I’m hopeful for the use of his left leg. Sen. Kirk’s job is cerebral, and I believe the functions required to do his job are going to be fine. Sen. Kirk is young, was very healthy and in good shape, and he’s very strong. All of these things are in his favor,” Fessler said, adding that the senator will have weeks and months of rehab ahead toward recovery.
Ischemic strokes cause swelling in the brain, vs. hemorrhagic strokes, where there is bleeding. Symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking, blurred vision, dizziness and headache, according to the American Stroke Association.
“He was having some dizziness and perhaps some difficulty with headache,” Fessler said of Kirk’s symptoms before checking himself into the hospital. By the time he arrived at Northwestern, he was going downhill fast. “He was becoming less responsive. He began to deteriorate neurologically,” necessitating the surgery, said Fessler.
Kirk, who is divorced, started out in Washington as a member of then-U.S. Rep. John Edward Porter’s staff in 1984, spent 10 years in the U.S. House before winning the seat formerly held by President Barack Obama in a close race against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. He is also an officer in the Navy Reserves.
In an issued statement, Kirk’s family said, “We are very grateful for the excellent treatment and care provided by the doctors and their medical teams at both Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We are equally grateful for the love and support of our family and friends. We are very encouraged by the prognosis.
“Mark has always shown great courage and resilience and we are confident that the fighter in him will prevail.”
“I am extremely distressed by the news that my friend Mark Kirk is hospitalized for emergency medical treatment,” GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said in a statement. “ I wish him a speedy recovery and a swift return to the U.S. Senate chamber, so he can continue his important work for the people of Illinois and all the people of the United States.”
In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: “Senator Kirk and I have served on different sides of the aisle, but the entire City of Chicago is by his side today. He remains in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers.”
Gov. Pat Quinn said: “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the senator and his family as we wish him a swift and strong recovery. We can all take comfort knowing that as a Navy commander, Sen. Kirk knows how to fight and he will fight through this to return to his work on behalf of the people of Illinois as quickly as possible.”
“It’s hard to imagine that anything could slow him down for long,” U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) said. “All of us in the delegation are pulling for his full and speedy recovery.”
U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kirk and his family today.”
Sen. John McCain tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” are with his colleague and wished him “a speedy recovery.”