Putin Boxed In by Iran, Turkey On Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin had been banking on Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani. Over the past year, Russia has invested over $4 billion in the Kurdistan Region’s energy sector, overtaking the United States as the largest investor. By making such a commitment to northern Iraq, Putin was likely counting on both an eventual energy […]

Editorial- The Vietnam Nightmare—Again

Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, ‘Vietnam.’ Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington’s motives. This march to folly in Vietnam is particularly painful for me since I enlisted in the US […]

Russian Court Sends Kremlin Critic Navalny to Jail For 20 Days

A Moscow court has sent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to jail for 20 days for calling for an unsanctioned protest. Police detained Navalny on Friday, preventing him from traveling to a rally in a major Russian city that had received official permission. Charges brought against the top Kremlin foe relate to an upcoming rally […]

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman: US Troops Likely In Afghanistan For Another Decade

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expects the United States will have troops stationed in Afghanistan for another decade, potentially pushing the war there into its 26th year or beyond. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Republican Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker — who announced this week he […]

Turkey Sets Up Largest Overseas Army Base In Somalia

Turkey has set up its biggest overseas military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, increasing Ankara’s presence in the Horn of Africa country. Officially opened on Saturday, the base, which reportedly cost $50m, will train 10,000 Somali troops and has the capacity to train at least 1,500 soldiers at a time, according to Turkish and […]

Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of ‘Drug Recognition Experts’

To the untrained eye, Katelyn Ebner seems completely sober during her 28-minute roadside encounter with Cobb County, Georgia, police officer Tracy Carroll, who has pulled the 23-year-old waitress over for failing to maintain her lane as she made a left turn. But Carroll, who was designated a “drug recognition expert” (DRE) after undergoing 160 hours […]

Supreme Court’s New Term: Surveillance, Hacking, Sports Betting—And Cake, Too

The Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 term begins today, and there are plenty of high-interest cases for Ars readers that are already on the docket or currently pending with the justices. The issues at hand range from surveillance, freedom of religion, and the definition of hacking to what constitutes an online threat and whether a federal law […]

Researcher Seeks Access to Classified US Document About Gandhi Killing

A researcher is seeking access to a potentially revealing classified telegram sent by a United States diplomat who witnessed the assassination of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. Gandhi, the leader of the Indian movement for independence, and a towering civil rights figure of the 20th century, was assassinated on January 30, 1948, as he […]

New Montana Law Limits ALPR Use, Helps Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (Sept. 30, 2017) – Tomorrow, a Montana law that limits the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state goes into effect. The new law will also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures […]

British Company Made Arms Deal With South Sudan, Amnesty Claims

Weapons exported to South Sudan in a deal allegedly brokered by a British company could be used against UK troops who have been deployed to the war-torn country as part of a UN mission, Amnesty International has warned. The Department for International Trade is investigating whether the deal, which has been brought to light by […]

Editorial- Middle East and Asia Geopolitics: Shift in Military Alliances?

Turkey and NATO NATO is characterized by profound divisions, largely resulting from Ankara’s confrontation with Washington. Turkey –which constitutes NATO’s heavyweight– is now fighting US-supported Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, –i.e the US which is member of NATO is supporting and financing Kurdish rebels who are fighting a NATO member state. While Turkey formally remains […]

Iraq’s Kurdish Region Forms New Council to Run Ties With Baghdad

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) — A newly-formed council of Political Leadership of Kurdistan – Iraq on Sunday replaced the High Referendum Council for Kurdistan region after the latter ended its mission of holding referendum on independence of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. “The High Referendum Council, headed by regional President Masoud Barzani, held its […]

ISIS Sleeper Cell Plotting ‘High-Profile’ Attacks In Russia Foiled by FSB

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained “all members” of an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist sleeper cell in Moscow, suspected of plotting attacks on public places. Homemade explosive devices and other weapons have been seized. “Following investigative activities conducted in the Moscow Region on September 30, 2017, the FSB has foiled illegal […]

Editorial- North Korea Would Be Stupid to Trust the U.S.

To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the crisis in Korea is for U.S. officials to sit down and “talk” to North Korea in the hopes of negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. While it won’t guarantee that a deal will be worked out, they say, “talking” is the only chance there is to resolve the […]

Video- Trump Vs. Tillerson: War Or Diplomacy?

President Trump responded to the revelation by his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, that the US had communication channels open with North Korea by Tweeting that Tillerson should stop wasting his time. Is Trump signaling that war is imminent? Why undercut his own Secretary of State?