J Street Loses Pumpkin Carving Contest for Second Straight Year

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The anti-Israel Middle East lobbying group J Street has once again been crowned the loser of its office building’s annual pumpkin carving contest in what insiders are describing as a demoralizing loss for a group that has few victories to its credit.

This year, J Street entered into the contest a pumpkin it called ‘The Walking Dead’, a title that many described as a metaphor for the group itself.

Russian Arms Sales to Syria, Iran Add to Middle East Instability

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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.