News and Analysis (2/16/20)

The appeals court refused to buy the lower court’s ruling that the men, prevented from flying because they refused to become spies, had no standing to sue because they were taken off the list after filing suit:

“AIPAC is the main instrument of such Israeli policy pushes in the United States, and has never been forced to register as the agent of a foreign state, as US law requires”:

James Dorsey notes that a commercial enterprise showed more courage than a university against leaders that threaten democratic civilized societies:

“As the [Syrian] regime draws closer to Idlib, as another 1m civilians prepare to flee, the UN has staked time and prestige on an effort that was doomed from the start”:

In a labor election husting in Glasgow, candidate Lisa Nandy, who is backed by the Jewish labor movement, endorsed pledges that recognize Palestinians’ “right to self-determination and to return to their homes”:

Is Iran and Saudi Arabia closer towards a dialogue after Saudi Foreign Minister called on Iran on Saturday to change course of actions?

Oman’s optimism regarding the possibility of talks seems unwarranted unless President Trump can summon the courage to meet Iran’s main condition: that the U.S. abide by the agreement it previously signed …

… yet the continuing stalemate “could benefit ISIS amid growing signs the terror group still poses a significant threat in the Middle East”:

Iran says, “We want more than anybody else to know what’s in the black box, to know what actually happened,” but Canada says it is impossible “for the equipment needed to decode the box to be transported to Tehran”:

SMU Professor of Old Testament Susanne Scholz calls Fundamentalist claims that Shiloh is the capital of ancient Israel “utter nonsense” (like their claim that the universe is 6,000 years old?):

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