Adam Kredo, who has been with the Washington Free Beacon since its launch in February 2012, was stripped of his lunch privileges on Thursday. From now on, he will only be allowed to consume food in his office if the door is closed, and must have all of his food choices pre-approved by Free Beacon chairman Michael Goldfarb.
His forfeiture of these privileges—granted to those who have been with the organization for at least one year and demonstrated a profound regard for American values and armed intervention—was the culmination of months of vicious rows with Goldfarb, editor Matthew Continetti, the entire Free Beacon staff, and our owners in the Taiwanese military high command.
The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.
The Obama administration is backing away from a 2001 commitment to help Taiwan acquire submarines to defend the island from Chinese attack.
Putin’s Russia has revived its once flagging global arms sales business and is using those sales to revive its defense industrial base. Second to only the United States with about a 26 percent share of the global arms market—the United States has a 30 percent share—Russian arms sales in 2013 generated some 13 billion dollars for government coffers according to the pro-government Russia Today.
My must read of the day is “The Case Against Ebola Quarantines, Respectfully Submitted,” by Ron Fournier, in the National Journal.
The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers.
The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.