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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Europe vs the Jews: Then and now

Europe vs the Jews: Then and now

By Ed Koch The war against the Jews — and against the State of Israel — continues unabated. For the past year, Israel has been subjected to rocket bombardments directed at its cities including Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. A million Israeli civilians in Southern Israel had their lives disrupted as 8,000 rockets rained down on them […]

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Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

By Brian M Downing The Persian Gulf has been critical in U.S. strategic thinking since the rise of oil production there in the 1930s. Three things, however, are calling its importance into question. First, U.S. oil and gas production, owing to the exploitation of shale formations inside the U.S., has risen markedly, making self-sufficiency a […]

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Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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Israel’s options in a changing Mideast: Don't overlook rapprochement with Iran

Israel’s options in a changing Mideast: Don't overlook rapprochement with Iran

By Brian M Downing The national security of Israel rests on its own formidable military and the support of the U.S., but it also rests on arrangements with regional powers. These arrangements have shifted over the last few decades, and the dynamics of the Arab Spring make another shift possible – perhaps a momentous and […]

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Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Global Information System The precisely-target bombing assassination on Oct. 19, 2012, in the Christian Ashrafia area of Beirut of Brig.-Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the Internal Security Force Information Branch Chief, and six other officials, highlighted an area neglected by external analysts and policy officials. We refer to the extent to which Lebanese security forces were actively […]

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Kissinger on Israel's coming demise: Senile, prophetic or merely pragmatic?

Kissinger on Israel's coming demise: Senile, prophetic or merely pragmatic?

By Alexander Maistrovoy Henry Kissinger’s recent statement, that in 10 years Israel will cease to exist, borders on senile. Although one of his staff members denied it, Cindy Adams from New York Post insisted: “Reported to me, Henry Kissinger has stated — and I quote the statement word for word: ‘In 10 years, there will […]

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Iran grand strategy has not changed: Replace U.S. as dominant Mideast power

Iran grand strategy has not changed: Replace U.S. as dominant Mideast power

By Fariborz Saremi Iran has consistently employed the same strategic reasoning over the last year and remains focused on two key aims. On the one hand, Iran is absolutely determined to curb U.S. American ambitions in and around the Middle East while bolstering its own influence in that region. Secondly, it is striving to develop […]

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A closer look at Netanyahu's UN speech

A closer look at Netanyahu's UN speech

By Ed Koch On Sept. 27, 2012, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel delivered a speech to the United Nations. That speech is well worth reading, if someone is interested in world events and, in particular, a discussion of why it is a matter of life and death whether Iran is able to develop nuclear […]