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Obama's Bluff

Obama's Bluff

Images of multiple dead bodies emerged from Syria last week. It was asserted that poison gas killed the victims, who according to some numbered in the hundreds. Others claimed the photos were faked while others said the rebels were at fault. The dominant view, however, maintains that the al Assad ...

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The Death of the U.S.-Egypt Alliance

The Death of the U.S.-Egypt Alliance

President Obama’s misguided attempt to bend Egyptian political affairs in the Muslim Brotherhood’s favor is unravelling the carefully nurtured military and economic alliance between the United States and Egypt, which has served for decades to stabilize that vital part of the Middle East.

First, ...

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How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Israel has struck four targets in Syria this year, according to international media reports, hitting shipments of Iranian and Russian weapons that were– or were about to be – moved to Hizballah's possession in Lebanon.

The most recent reported attack occurred ...

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IT’S TIME FOR JOINT ASEAN NAVAL EXERCISES

 IT’S TIME FOR JOINT ASEAN NAVAL EXERCISES

I think of 2012 as the year of the South China Sea disputes. It seemed that hardly a day went by without it being a newsworthy topic. In particular, there was the standoff between Chinese and Philippine ships at Scarborough Shoal in April 2012, which escalated into a political and economic dispute ...

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Iran Approaching Critical Capability at Natanz, Fordow and Unknown Sites

Iran Approaching Critical Capability at Natanz, Fordow and Unknown Sites

Priority is limiting the number and type of centrifuges at Natanz, Fordow, and any other centrifuge site Iran may now be constructing.

Based on an ISIS assessment, Iran is expected to achieve a critical capability in mid-2014, which is defined as the technical capability to produce sufficientweapon-grade ...

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The PC16: Identifying China's Successors

The PC16: Identifying China's Successors

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China has become a metaphor. It represents a certain phase of economic development, which is ...

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Recognizing the End of the Chinese Economic Miracle

Recognizing the End of the Chinese Economic Miracle

Major shifts underway in the Chinese economy that Stratfor has forecast and discussed for years have now drawn the attention of the mainstream media. Many have asked when China would find itself in an economic crisis, to which we have answered that China has been there for awhile -- something not ...

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Moscow-Beijing Axis - A Threat Real or Imagined?

Moscow-Beijing Axis - A Threat Real or Imagined?

For years this column has argued that there is a solid alliance between Russia and China, and that this alliance constitutes a direct military challenge to the United States. To ignore this threat endangers the security of the people of the United States.

This seems to be a minority opinion, ...

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Keeping the NSA in Perspective

 Keeping the NSA in Perspective

In June 1942, the bulk of the Japanese fleet sailed to seize the Island of Midway. Had Midway fallen, Pearl Harbor would have been at risk and U.S. submarines, unable to refuel at Midway, would have been much less effective. Most of all, the Japanese wanted to surprise the Americans and draw them ...

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