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Rumsfeld on how to deal with ISIL threat, Valerie Jarrett and Vladimir Putin

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "The president has got two more years. It seems to me the only thing that could change it is not going to be the press. It's not going to be the Congress." / Chad J. McNeeley / Department of Defense.

Special to Greta Van Susteren, Feb. 17, FOX News: They are savages. And tonight, more news breaking. ISIS militants have reportedly burned to death 45 people in Iraq. The horrifying slaughter taking place in the western Iraqi town of […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Report: Russia to establish military bases in EU member Cyprus


Special to By Miles Yu, A Russian publication has reported that Cyprus has agreed to allow Russia to establish air and naval bases in its territory, causing a major stir within the EU community. The news was first […]

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DIA sees Assad winning war thanks to strategic backing from Iran, Russia


Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community continues to see President Bashar Assad as winning the war against Sunni rebels in Syria. The Defense Intelligence Agency said the Assad regime has overcome a manpower shortage to block the […]

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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches


Special to by Harlan Ullman Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm (or no stupid “stuff”) rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president […]

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Darfur, 2015: Hell without the cameras

UN investigators interview Darfour alleged rape victims in 2014.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In recent years there’s been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail […]

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Egypt’s Sisi signs agreement with Putin for 4 reactors

Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia last year.

Special to CAIRO — Egypt and Russia have signed a nuclear cooperation agreement. Officials said the agreement, signed during the visit by President Vladimir Putin, would pave the way for Moscow to construct the first nuclear energy reactor outside […]

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Nuclear scare: Russian bombers skirted British border for hours

Special to By Miles Yu, For 12 hours last month two Russian strategic bombers flew close to the sovereign air space of Great Britain in the English Channel, failing to communicate with either London or NATO before or […]

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DIA sees ‘major threat to U.S. naval operations’ from Syria’s Russian cruise missiles

DIA: 'Yakhont poses a major threat to U.S. naval operations particularly in the eastern Mediterranean.'

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has expressed concern over the threat of new Russian missiles to Syria. The U.S. intelligence community has identified a threat to the military from a range of Russian missile systems to Damascus. […]

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Disturbing Freedom House report: As USA weakens, repression expands


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s been a disturbing decline in global freedoms over the past year with a clear erosion of political rights for the ninth consecutive year. These are among the dire findings […]

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