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Obama’s Mideast Challenges: The Coming Crises

Since Sept. 11, 2001 the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East has been shaped by a new and dominant reality, the war on terror, which has been a jihadist global campaign against democracies in many areas around the world. Since the U.S. and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, the...

U.S. Should Encourage Democracy in Africa

Another issue raised by President Barack Obama during his July 11 speech at Accra is the "relative" notion of democracy. In contrast with the previous administration's call for a U.S.-backing for the "spread of democracy," Obama underlined that "America will not seek to impose any system of...

Australia’s Terror TV

Australia has a record of success in fighting terrorism-witness the capture earlier this month of 18 terrorists who planned to attack a military base. But Canberra may be forgetting that the long war against violent extremism is a war of ideas as much as a war of arms. The decision last...

Al-Qaida Holds The Upper Hand

In 2001, one would-be shoe bomber forced millions of travelers to take off their shoes. In 2006, terrorists planned to bring down aircraft on transatlantic flights by smuggling liquid explosives onto planes. They were thwarted but they succeeded in preventing passengers from bringing liquids...

Why AFRICOM Is Critical for Our Security Interests

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Re: U2’s “Beautiful Day”

I love Greg, but how can he lodge this complaint seconds after K-Lo asked whether Barry O had any Irish in him?

- Jerusalem Post

US: Swiss-Iran Gas Deal Sends ‘Wrong Message’

BERLIN – Swiss energy giant EGL's €18 billion gas contract with Iran prompted criticism on Tuesday from the US Embassy. "As we noted in the past when this deal was first announced, oil and gas deals with Iran send the wrong message when Iran continues to

- Jerusalem Post

EU to Discuss Sanctions Against Over 80 Iranian Officials

BERLIN – The European Union is slated to probe in early March the possibility of targeted human rights sanctions against Iranian leaders. Writing on the Politico website, Washington-based journalist Laura Rozen first reported Saturday on her foreign

- Platts Oilgram News

Iran Revolutionary Guard Gets Gas Contract

Dubai-Khatam al-Anbiya, the construction arm of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, has been awarded a no-contest $1 billion gas development deal, the latest in contracts to domestic companies awarded outside a bidding process as Iran tries to speed up

- OnLanka News, Fars

Iran to Finance Sri Lankan Oil Refinery

Sri Lanka was having talks with Iran on funds for the expansion of the Sapugaskanda oil refinery, an official from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Petroleum Resources said. "The Iranian government has pledged to finance 70% of the total cost of the expansion

- Washington Post

Iran’s Nuclear Program Still Trying to Overcome International Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS — International sanctions are "constraining" Iran's capacity to purchase supplies and equipment to develop nuclear and ballistic missile technology, but Tehran continues to actively seek way to overcome the measures, according to a new

Too Few Good Men – and Even Fewer Supplies: The Challenge of Peacekeeping in Africa

Exactly one year ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1725, approving the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) initiative to send a Peace Support Mission to Somalia (IGASOM). Since the situation changed dramatically over the...

An Inconvenient Flag

On the face of it, Liberia should hardly register as a maritime force of any consequence. Although the West African nation has boasted a naval component to its military since 1848 – when the Liberal British government of Lord John Russell presented the then-one-year-old republic with its...

Guerra y Paz

Quizás el dinero no pueda comprar amor, pero sí que puede comprar poder. Así es que a medida que los precios del petróleo han ido subiendo, las principales naciones productoras de petróleo han ido ganando peso político.

MUMBAI ATTACKS: A ‘Planned’ Operation

According to sources in Mumbai "suspected Islamic terrorists" (possibly Lashkar e Toiba/SIMI (they are now called the Indian Mujaheedin) have attacked at least eight places in Mumbai (the Taj Hotel, the Oberoi Hotel (filled mostly with foreign guests), a railway station and the Leopold...

The Next Crisis

KhameneiJoe Biden is taking a lot of heat for saying that, should his running mate become president, "it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy ...we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."...

After Mumbai: The Terror Attacks Will Be Worse, Here’s What Lies Ahead

Mumbai's "bloody week" has ended with shock and awe in India and around the world. Since 9/11, and even before, the jihadists have been leaping from one massacre to another, scarring democracies and civil societies with their violent imprints.

From New York and Washington to Madrid and...

Why Tehran Stokes Violence in Gaza

Israeli raids on Hamas' infrastructure, along with troop movements around Gaza and the shelling of Israel by that organization, are troubling but certainly not surprising. Sadly, it's not the first time we've seen these images. Tragically, seven years after September 11 they seem to connect...

Dear Ali Khameini, Here’s How To Get Nukes

Found next to a couple of empty cappuccino cups in the Delegates' Lounge, United Nations Headquarters, New York.


To: Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Supreme Leader, Iran

Cc: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President

From: The Nuclear Options & Ordnance Consulting Service

(NOOCS, LLC; Branch...

The Myth of the Two Talibans

In an interview with the New York Times this week (March 7), President Barack Obama said he "hopes U.S. troops can identify moderate elements of the Taliban and move them toward reconciliation." The proposition came as a conclusion to a larger picture: the battlefield situation in...


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