Tag Archives: Middle East

Looking back at WW I; the uncomfortable parallels that exist today with the era that led to the outbreak of the first world war

As the New Year approached a century ago, most people in the West looked forward to 1914 with optimism. The hundred years since the Battle of Waterloo had not been entirely free of disaster—there had been a horrific civil war … Continue reading

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Is US Reliability/Capability being Compromised Overseas? The Rest of the World Thinks so…

An unmistakable sense of unease has been growing in capitals around the world as the U.S. government from afar looks increasingly befuddled – shirking from a military confrontation in Syria, stymied at home by a gridlocked Congress and in danger … Continue reading

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Global Military Spending Down 0.5% in 2012

STOCKHOLM — Global military spending dipped slightly in 2012 due to belt-tightening and cuts in war spending by the United States, Canada, Australia and several European countries while it rose in China and Russia, a Swedish-based peace research institute said … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Iraq War has Costed $2.2 Trillion (and climbing) w/ +190K Lives Lost

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war in Iraq claimed 190,000 lives and will cost the U.S. government at least $2.2 trillion, according to the findings of a project at Brown University released Thursday. The Costs of War report, released ahead of … Continue reading

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DOWNLOADABLE REPORT: Alternatives to a Military Response to 9/11

  What could the United States have done except make war on the people who perpetrated or abetted the attacks of 9/11? Wasn’t war the only possibility? The alternatives for finding and holding accountable those guilty of the 9/11 attacks, … Continue reading

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Analysis Video Report: Will Russia and China try to become a NATO of the East?

China and Russia are hailing what they say is a new era of strong co-operation – its symbol: the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit taking place in Beijing. The one-time cold-war rivals, have pledged to strengthen their cooperation on foreign … Continue reading

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French Intel Suggests Iran will have Nukes By Mid-2013

PARIS – France’s foreign minister says Iran appears on track to reach the ability to produce a nuclear weapon by the first half of next year. France is one of six countries that have negotiated with Tehran over its nuclear … Continue reading

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Israeli Military Conducting Largest Snap Drill in Years

JERUSALEM- The Israeli military on Wednesday conducted its largest snap drill in years as tensions with Iran over its nuclear program rise and civil war in neighboring Syria rages. Military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ordered the exercise to test the … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Really Stop Iran from going Nuclear?

Deterrence Misapplied: Challenges in Containing a Nuclear Iran In this working paper for the Council on Foreign Relations, Frederick W. Kagan examines the deterrence model from a theoretical and historical perspective and assesses whether a nuclear Islamic Republic of Iran … Continue reading

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VIDEO REPORT: A Saudi Prince Who Beat and Strangled his Gay Manservant to Death Receives “life” sentence today

(LONDON)– A Saudi prince who beat and strangled his gay manservant to death received a life sentence today, with a minimum of needing to complete 20 years before even being able to apply for parole. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, … Continue reading

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