Thursday, November 21, 2019
geopolitical-weekly
In general, Stratfor deals with U.S. domestic politics only to the extent that it affects international affairs. Certainly, this topic has been argued and analyzed extensively. Nevertheless, the shutdown of the American government is a topic that must be understood from our point of view, because it raises the...
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In a July 24 op-ed in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Lebanese journalist Huda Al-Husseini criticized Hamas' conduct in its fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip. She said that Hamas' military wing started the war at the time of its choosing, and did so after it was...
Russian air defense missile system
Hidden in Plain SightThe U.S. system is not being designed against a sophisticated missile threat, such as that posed by Russia, while the Russian system is clearly designed to defend against the United States. Despite its incessant propaganda against U.S. ballistic missile defense efforts, Russia is building a unified...
Russia-Pivot-ANALYSIS-Part1
Summary Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series about Russia's intensifying focus on East Asia. Part 1 examines Russia's traditional interests in the region and its closer relationship with Vietnam. Recent challenges in exporting energy to Europe have made an orientation toward Asia more desirable for...
IDF_Airforce
 George Friedman On Aug. 21, Israeli Channel 2 Television aired a recording of Ehud Barak, Israel's former defense minister and former prime minister, saying that on three separate occasions, Israel had planned to attack Iran's nuclear facilities but canceled the attacks. According to Barak, in 2010 Israel's chief of staff at...
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Geert Wilders                                Friday, September 19, 2008 Text of Geert Wilders' Speech to Parliament by Baron Bodissey "I prefer to call them ‘colonists'. Muslim colonists. Because they have not come here to integrate, but to take over the lot, to make us submit." Yesterday I posted...
mock-up of the
While Iran negotiates an agreement with the West on its nuclear program, it holds naval exercises near the Straits of Hormuz, sinking a mock-up of the USS Nimitz, an American aircraft carrier. (AFP Photo/Fars News/Hamed Jafarnejad) The signing of an agreement that affords Iran a threshold capability to...
geopolitical-weekly
North Korea's state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's top security officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," which has been widely interpreted to mean that North Korea is planning its third nuclear test. Kim said the orders were...
Hojjat-ol-Eslam Mohammad Reza Toyserkani
The circles of the righteous are operated as part of a program to further the indoctrination of Basij members, applied since June 2008 in mosques across Iran that serve as Basij bases. According to the Basij chief, there are approximately 200 thousand such circles in the program. Each circle...