News and Analysis (7/25/18)

One of Ramadan’s accusers now admits that the date on which she claimed she was raped cannot be right, but the court which previously denied bail refuses to dismiss the charges:

If you thought Joe Walsh was willing to humiliate himself to suck up to Israel, wait until you see the depths to which Jason Spencer sinks …

… or for that matter, Donald Trump:

As dangerous as the Pompeo-Trump saber rattling may be …

… Iran isn’t falling for it, with Iran’s foreign minister tweeting back, “COLOR US UNIMPRESSED” …

… yet the debate over whether the U.S. is seeking to provoke a war with Iran should not obscure “how much of Mr. Pompeo’s speech was accurate, and whether in some instances — intentionally or not — he may have exaggerated, omitted facts or mixed facts with conjecture”

Small countries can evade Trump’s bullying by resorting to old fashioned barter …

… while an EU “law forbids European companies from complying with the US measures and allows them to recover damages arising from the sanctions “from the person causing them”:

“[I]n a softening of stand, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board … is expected to agree to codification of personal laws related to the issues of adoption and inheritance” and to meet with the commission “looking at codifying and reviewing personal laws with a ‘gender justice’ lens”:

As in the US:

Palestine’s ambassador to the U.N. says that the U.S. and Israel are “still denying we are a state. We walk like a state. We quack like a state. Therefore we are a state”:

“This behavior by Israel infringes on our diplomatic relations and is a further indication of the need for South Africa to implement the ANC’s resolution for the immediate and unconditional downgrade of the SA Embassy as Israel. There can be no doubt that Israel is a hostile state to South Africa”:

“In court papers, the district attorney’s office argued that no one can be a good-faith purchaser of a stolen work”:

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