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Subtly and determinedly, Syria is taking over Lebanon


Jonathan Spyer
The Jerusalem Post
August 7, 2008
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is to visit Syria next week, to discuss the opening of diplomatic relations between the countries, a Lebanese official told reporters this week. French President Nicolas Sarkozy last month hailed President ...

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Beijing: Berlin or Munich?


August 07, 2008
By Kathy Shaidle
FrontPageMagazine.com 
As President Bush prepares to head to Beijing for the Olympics, he is balancing reprimand with praise. Even while warning the Chinese government about its oppression of its own people, Bush applauds its economic liberalization, revealing the ...

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Uncontrolled ISI

Uncontrolled ISI
August 3, 2008
Dani Reshef

It is almost six and a half years since Afghanistan was taken over from the Taliban and a new, supposedly Democratic regime, was formed supported by the richest and strongest economy of the world. Despite all the efforts the situation in Afghanistan is worse anddeteriorating ...

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Prophets and Losses

August 3, 2008
Barry Rubin
Strike One. September 6, 2007. Israel bombs and destroys Syrian nuclear facility. Syria is powerless to retaliate.
Strike Two: February 12, 2008. Hizballah operations' chief and terrorist mastermind Imad Mugniyah assassinated in a secure area of Syria's capital, ...

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China, the Olympics and the Visa Mystery

China, the Olympics and the Visa Mystery

July 29, 2008
By Rodger Baker
Stratfor Geopolitical Intelligence Report

Something extraordinary is happening in China, and we are not talking about the Olympics. Rather, Chinese officials have been clamping down on visa applications and implementing bureaucratic impediments to new and renewed ...

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Olmert's Legacy in the Occupied Territories: Strengthening the Settlement Blocs

July 27, 2008
by Benn, Aluf
INSS Insight no. 65
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legacy vis-à-vis the occupied territories will be a strengthened Israeli hold on the settlement blocs west of the security fence, in particular around Jerusalem. Olmert’s fundamental approach views the security fence as ...

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STRATCOM Cancels Controversial Preemption Strike Plan

STRATCOM Cancels Controversial Preemption Strike Plan

July 25, 2008
By Hans M. Kristensen
 FAS
The U.S. military has canceled a controversial war plan designed to strike adversaries promptly - even preemptively - with conventional and nuclear weapons. The strike plan was known as Concept Plan (CONPLAN) 8022 and first entered into effect in the summer ...

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The Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser Exchange

The Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser Exchange

July 21, 2008  
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)   
Two years after the second Lebanon war the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were exchanged for five Lebanese prisoners, including the terrorist murderer ...

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The New Era

The New Era
July 9, 2008
by Peter Zeihan
Stratfor Geopolitical Intelligence Report
As students of geopolitics, we at Stratfor tend not to get overexcited when this or that plan for regional peace is tabled. Many of the world’s conflicts are geographic in nature, and changes in government or policy only rarely ...

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