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Why Israel is right to ban Al Jazeera and why the move is long overdue

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A few weeks ago, an Arab terrorist fatally stabbed two police officers, for no reason, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. This led to Israel placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount’s entrances, which sparked outrage, riots and violence from Palestinians and other Arab groups.

I guess they were upset because it would hinder their ability to kill Jews, but what do I know?

So, Israel ended up caving and taking down the metal detectors, in order to quell the riots as best as possible.

The next week, an Arab terrorist broke into a home on Friday night in Samaria and killed three people, celebrating both the Shabbat and the birth of a new baby boy.

But, as expected, Al Jazeera, in its classic pandering to the Muslim cause, covered the events and variables surrounding the riots and violence in an incredibly dubious way. So, on Sunday, as World Israel News reports, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara officially requested to revoke Al Jazeera’s press credentials and close its Jerusalem headquarters.

Al Jazeera’s own site claims that Amnesty International stated on Monday that this move sends a “chilling message that Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage. This is a brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

But Kara doesn’t buy this argument. “I speak Arabic,” Kara stated, “and you cannot fool me with Al Jazeera English. I know how to identify when a report becomes incitement instead of freedom of expression.” Kara concluded that the network does nothing less than support terrorism. The Jerusalem Post reported that Kara stated, “Our citizens’ security and welfare overcomes freedom and expression in times of terror, period.”

In addition, John Rossomando of The Algemeiner states that many of Al Jazeera’s employees have “actively supported Al Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist groups.” Al Jazeera also took credit for the Arab Spring of 2011, when the Muslim Brotherhood took control from Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and other regime changes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, most of which turned out to welcome terror regimes running those countries. The network has also praised Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs.” The article states as well that “the Muslim Brotherhood shapes Al Jazeera’s narrative.”

Ironically, Israel is not the first country to pull the cord on Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries have done the same. Vox reported that Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar, which has had its diplomatic ties cut by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries for its ties to Iran.

Good for Israel for finally cutting the cord on a network that promotes nothing but violence and terror. Although the Palestinian Authority and Hamas both will not recognize Israel, and both lionize and pay stipends to terrorists, at least Israel has the control to pull a major cog out of the wheel of promoting terror.

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Binge-worthy show: The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

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Binge-worthy show The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

He’s too posh. He’s too pretty. He isn’t intimidating. He’s too big as a Marvel character. There are many reasons people have dismissed the notion of Tom Hiddleston playing the role of James Bond in the famed series. All of these reasons can be dismissed by watching The Night Manager.

Available on Amazon, the AMC-BBC collaboration is six episodes long. There are reports that it could be brought back for another series, but if it never comes back, rest assured the single series is still worth a watch. The funny part is that Hiddleston might be the main draw, but he’s not even the best overall performance. That honor goes to Hugh Laurie, the well-mannered villain of the show.

As usual, no spoilers.

Much effort is put into making the beautiful people look as beautiful as possible in lovely settings even when things get crazy. It opens with Hiddleston cutting through a crowd of protesters just prior to the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He’s on his way to work to engage in his craft as a manager at a high-end hotel in Cairo. Even through the chaos, Hiddleston holds an air of separation from both the protesters and the military holding them back. And he does all this while wearing cargo pants and an untucked linen dress shirt.

This is where the presence of Hiddleston comes into play and demonstrates why he would be able to play James Bond. His sharp eyes announce he’s not to be reckoned with while simultaneously charming the observer. As one character later notes, “Everybody is attracted to you.”

The men want to be on his side and the women (and one man) want him to be by their side.

His impish grin may have been perfect for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it takes a more menacing turn in The Night Manager. We realize there’s grit behind his boyish looks that betrays two tours in Iraq and a personal grudge he’s held with him for years. If Daniel Craig brought emotionless chills to the Bond character, Hiddleston would bring an emotional fortitude. He’s only truly happy when he’s doing the right thing, which may go against the stereotypes associated with a world-class assassin, but luckily we’re in a world where stereotypes are being broken.

There’s another reason Hiddleston would be the right person for the role. Unfortunately, it’s a political one. Some are pushing for a minority or a woman to take the role to the next level. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as it’s done with the most qualified person in mind and not just to make a political statement about inclusion. With Hiddleston, it’s an opportunity to use the same formula while mitigating the damage that is sure to come if they don’t select a minority or a woman. Everyone likes Hiddleston. He’ll make the passing on a controversial choice easier to swallow.

There’s even a scene when he orders a vodka martini at a bar in Cairo. It was the most obvious nod to the Bond franchise they could have made without asking for the drink to be shaken.

If you only watch The Night Manager to verify my Bond assertions, so be it. If you watch it for its great acting, engaging espionage, and brilliant storyline, well that’s even better. Either way, get your six-hour binging snacks ready.

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

In a thought-provoking piece on National Review, senior editor Jonah Goldberg took a sober look at the ever-growing fire that drives the climate change debate. In the process, he threw water on their fire, particular the one being fanned right now but incoming-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal.

While acknowledging the science seems to support substance to the climate change debate, Goldberg points out the overstated ways in which the debate is being framed. People like Ocasio-Cortez tend to blow the alarms harder and louder than necessary and the policies that arise from their klaxon calls are usually overkill.

Climate Change Frenzy Clouds Our Judgment

https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/climate-change-frenzy-clouds-our-judgment/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing a “Green New Deal.” As I’ve written 7 trillion times (give or take), progressives have wanted a “new New Deal” even before the first New Deal was over. Painting an age-old progressive idol green has nothing to do with science and everything to do with marketing.

As I suggested in the bit about the science-fiction story, I don’t think there is very much to do right now. Oh, I am very much in favor of R&D for all sorts of things. Cold fusion would be the equivalent of discovering faster-than-light travel. Personally, I am very interested in geoengineering — the science of actually fixing the problem. I am convinced the world has a low-grade fever that could get dangerously high in the future. That fever isn’t all bad by the way: E.g., it extends growing seasons and accelerates tree growth.

Whether climate change skeptics are right or not, there’s definitely reason to question the ways in which environmentalists are pushing their agenda. There’s a difference between having the debate and trying to quash it before it starts.

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison. His deal brought no justice to his victims who were not even informed until after the deal was made. He was protected from federal prosecution and given every amenity possible during his stay in a private wing of his prison. All of this was made possible by Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary in the Trump administration.

Epstein may have escaped justice, but Acosta should not be allowed to escape repercussions for his part in the Epstein deal. If the President ever really had intentions of draining the swamp, he should start by firing Acosta immediately.

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