Vandalized Holocaust Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. The words “Death to Jews” and a swastika were inscribed on the monument.

According to the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s recently released annual antisemitism report, the antisemitism is expected to rise sharply around the world as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and Israel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israeli Ministry decries the rise in antisemitism in the U.S. and the ‘first institutional threat to Jewish religious freedom in Europe since the Holocaust’.

Speaking of antisemitism in Armenia, the Israeli government report mentions that last fall’s 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan “has led to a worrying rise in the level of antisemitism on the part of the Armenians, which has come…

Azerbaijani refugee returns to his hometown of Aghdam in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region. Photo: MAX LOMAKIN / BBC

BBC Russian Service just published this very moving report (authored by Olga Prosvirova and Olga Ivshina) about Azerbaijani refugees trying to return to the now liberated, but heavily mined Karabakh region as well as the scale of destruction of the liberated areas. I am presenting here some excerpts in English:

“For 28 years, the authorities of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic controlled the cities, which have now returned to Azerbaijan. These ghostly cities do not at all resemble the places where people live: around at eye level there are broken bricks, protruding fittings, shards of glass. …

Rep. Darrell Issa greets Donald Trump at the beginning of a rally in San Diego in 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

Darrell Issa beat several GOP candidates like a drum with a multi-million dollar primary campaign in 2020 to return to Congress. As the richest congressman, he had the money. He also had the name recognition.

Starting in 2002, he coasted to victory every two years without breaking, as politicos say, a sweat. His district included the southern part of staunchly Republican Orange County and coastal North San Diego County, which was traditionally Republican, of the moderate coastal variety.

But Issa retired after almost losing to a Democrat in 2016. His opponent, lawyer Doug Applegate, ran on his record as a…

A survvor of the Khojaly Genocide of 1992 mourns her family members slaughtered by Armenian troops. Photo: Reza

Thanks to the Internet, we know of massacres that we might not have heard about five or ten years ago.

Here are some examples: November 2017 — gunmen entered Egypt’s al Rawdah Sufi Mosque and machine-gunned over 300 worshipers including 128 women and 27 children, CNN reported. According to Wall Street Journal, the same year in 2017, 358 men, women and children were killed in Chut Pyin — a Mynamar village by Mynamar troops.

The Caspian Sea, the world’s largest lake, surrounded by Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran

Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the legal status of the Caspian Sea was governed by a series of Soviet-Iranian treaties concluded in 1921 and 1940. Following the collapse of the USSR and the creation of four new littoral sovereign states, questions soon arose as to the legal nature of the Caspian Sea. The resolution of this question was crucial to the determination of how the huge amounts of natural resources, especially oil and natural gas, it contains are to be divided.

It has been over 60 days since the Armenia-Azerbaijan war ended on November 10, with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement. With a few exceptions, the ceasefire has held, which is by itself a major achievement, considering how devastating the 44-day-war was, with military casualties of over 6,000 on both sides. Also, during this time, many ethnic Armenians have returned to Nagorno-Karabakh, and Azerbaijan has started implementing measures to demine and rebuild the liberated areas to enable hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis to return to their villages, towns and cities after nearly 30 years of forcible displacement.

Nevertheless, some hotheads in Armenia…

Pro-Trump protesters storm past police into the Capitol. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

At approximately 3 p.m. Washington time on January 6, elected members of Congress were forced to hide in their Capitol offices wearing gas masks as thousands of Trump supporters invaded the historic center of American democracy.

As of Wednesday night, a San Diego woman had been shot and killed, and three other people died of medical emergencies. Seventeen police officers were injured, and 52 people arrested.

Just before the mob stormed the Capitol, President Donald Trump spoke at a rally nearby, telling angry supporters, “We are going to walk down to the Capitol.”

Trump did not march with his mob…

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

I was in an elevator in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco with former California Gov. Pat Brown during the 1964 Republican Convention. Also in the elevator among about ten others was a reporter who asked Brown what he thought of the Barry Goldwater-dominated GOP Presidential Convention being held in the city’s cavernous “Cow Palace.”

Brown’s reply became famous: “The stench of fascism is in the air.”

He is long gone, as is the object of his political scorn — Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. But Goldwater did what no one predicted he could following his electoral burial by President…

Expanded map of Russian peacekeeping mission as of Dec. 13, 2020

The November 10th ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan experienced the most significant test a few days ago. On December 12, Azerbaijani troops responded to a couple of instances of Armenian irregulars, who are still hiding in the liberated areas, firing on Azerbaijani troops killing four Azerbaijanis. According to Armenian side, 6 Armenian soldiers were wounded.

After this incident, on December 13 Russia extended the area of its peacekeeping mission to include new areas. It caused much uproar in Baku as apparently such expansion was done by Russia unilaterally. …

Rep. Kevin McCarthy ‘s status as House Minority leader is supposed to be important, strategic and an inspiration to the entire national Republican Party.

The Grand Old Party has produced historic leaders, including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, William McKinley, Dwight Eisenhower, Earl Warren, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, among others. But McCarthy just proved he is not among those giants.

The representative from Bakersfield added his name to those of 125 other Republicans in Congress in support of the stupidest case ever presented to the United States Supreme Court.

The case must have been written with crayons by sixth graders…

Raoul Lowery Contreras

Raoul Lowery Contreras is the author of 15 books and over 1300 articles. He formerly wrote for the New American News Service of the New York Times Syndicate.

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