Brett Joshpe

Brett Joshpe is an attorney and author in New York City.

Beware the Next Goldstone

 

Following Israel’s May operation to halt a flotilla seeking to breach Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) — true to form — condemned the Jewish State and passed a resolution calling for an “independent international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law… resulting from the Israeli attacks…. ” […]

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It Isn’t About the Middle East Conflict

 

As the U.N. gathered for its annual General Assembly meeting in New York last month, U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian National Authority head Mahmoud Abbas. Obama has been pushing the two sides to restart peace talks and reach a two-state solution within the next two years. With that […]

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Israel Prepares for the Next Round

 

Richard Goldstone’s much anticipated fact-finding report on Operation Cast Lead is scheduled to be released prior to the start of the UN Human Rights Council’s next session on September 14. The report is likely to direct disproportionate criticism at Israel and its military for its conduct during the Operation. After all, the Goldstone Commission’s original […]

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Amnesty for Hamas

 

President Barack Obama’s decision to award Mary Robinson the Medal of Freedom Award justifiably caused controversy. Robinson was the High Commissioner for Human Rights who helped organize the UN’s infamous 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban. NGOs like Amnesty International helped spearhead the Conference and hijacked the agenda to depict Israel as the world’s […]

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Sold Short

 

The SEC recently enacted a permanent rule designed to curb the practice of naked short selling, which is when a short seller — who usually borrows a stock, sells it, and then buys it back at later date — fails to locate and borrow the stock. The SEC’s new rule requires short sellers to buy […]

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Darkness at High Noon

 

In recent weeks, I have attended two lectures that discussed what could be the greatest existential threat to the U.S: EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, attacks. Although an EMP attack would utilize conventional nuclear weapons, it is an infrequently discussed aspect of our nuclear policy, and one for which we are woefully unprepared. Furthermore, the potential […]

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His Royal Fairness

 

President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Julius Genachowski, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that he opposed bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) pushed the issue further, clarifying that “you do not support reviving it (the Fairness Doctrine) or anything like it, directly or indirectly through ‘localism’ […]

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Here Comes the Internet Tax

 

What is the single modern invention most responsible for enhancing peoples’ freedom and standard of living across the world? Arguably, it is the Internet. Yet, Democrats from revenue-starved states and Congress are proposing to make it less free by taxing Internet commerce. (Content regulation should be coming soon to a screen near you.) This should […]

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The Real Public Outrage

 

Last March 27, when President Obama met with CEOs from the battered financial industry, he told them, “The anger gentlemen, is real.” Of course, Obama was referring to public outrage over “excessive compensation” received by many business executives whose companies are now receiving public funds. That sentiment certainly exists, but there is a more fundamental […]

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Slickness With a Straight Face

 

Clearly the Obama administration has not brought comfort to the markets in its initial weeks in office. The President and his team have also failed to bring clarity or coherence. Their massive agenda is not only ambitious, bold, and expensive, it is contradictory. Take the President’s new budget proposal, for instance. In order to pay […]

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