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The Fourth Round of Sanctions on Iran

The Fourth Round of Sanctions on Iran

On June 9, 2010, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1929, imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran. Twelve members of the Security Council voted in favor; Brazil and Turkey, as expected, opposed the decision; and Lebanon abstained. In the words of the resolution, the Security Council ...

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New Medal for Courageous Restraint Will Cost American Lives

New Medal for Courageous Restraint Will Cost American Lives

Thomas More law Center Calls Proposal to Establish New Medal for "Courageous Restraint" A Dangerous Idea

ANN ARBOR, MI -A British proposal to grant medals for "Courageous Restraint" to troops in Afghanistan who avoid the use of deadly force at a risk to themselves is making the rounds in NATO.  No ...

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Ahmadinejad Unveils His Grand Strategy: A Nuclear Defensive Umbrella for Aggression

Ahmadinejad Unveils His Grand Strategy: A Nuclear Defensive Umbrella for Aggression

Whatever you think of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he is not a stupid man. And he's also not acting like an intimidated one. During the latest UN meeting on nuclear issues, when the new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)director-general urged Iran to "clarify" its activities, the ...

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2010 NPT RevCon: Opening Bids and Conflicting Agendas

2010 NPT RevCon: Opening Bids and Conflicting Agendas

Institute for National Security Studies

Insight No. 180

Judging by the initial dynamics, the stakes of the 2010 NPT Review Conference (RevCon) that began on May 3 are high.

The basic positions of the different parties remain very much as they were at the last RevCon, held in 2005: the US wants to ...

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Syrian Daily: Why Shouldn't the Arabs Have Nuclear Weapons?

Syrian Daily: Why Shouldn't the Arabs Have Nuclear Weapons?

In an article in the Syrian daily Al-Watan, which is close to the Syrian regime, the paper's editor, Waddah 'Abd Rabbo, wondered why the Arab countries and Iran should not obtain nuclear weapons as deterrence against Israel.

It should be noted that officially, Syria is not striving to obtain ...

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An Interview with Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar is running for Congress in Tennessee. Here is his website, Kumar For Congress. Vijay, who was born in India and is now a citizen of the United States, is a good friend and ally and a superb political analyst. Here is an interview with him at Ali Sina's FaithFreedom website. Please read ...

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European Court Okays Payments to Spouses of Designated Terrorists

There is an interesting new twist to the Security Council proscription against providing financial assets to or for the benefit of designated Al Qaeda and Taliban members. The European Court of Justice has just overturned a long held UK government practice of withholding payment of social security ...

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Three Points of View: The United States, Pakistan and India

Three Points of View: The United States, Pakistan and India

In recent weeks, STRATFOR has explored how the U.S. government has been seeing its interests in the Middle East and South Asia shift. When it comes down to it, the United States is interested in stability at the highest level - a sort of cold equilibrium among the region's major players that ...

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The Saudi Nuclear Option

The Saudi Nuclear Option

On the basis of a memo written by the US Secretary of Defense, the New York Times reported recently that "the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress toward nuclear capability."

On the same day, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued a royal ...

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