Iraqi Kurdistan-Russia Oil Deal Could Have Major Implications For Region

Iraq’s central government for years has opposed the sale of Iraqi oil by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq. The KRG’s biggest oil sale was with Turkey in 2014, and at one time the dispute reached a crisis level with parties accusing each other of “misreading the [Iraqi] Constitution.” However, as the oil […]

Afghan Official: ISIS Moves to Seize Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout

KABUL, Afghanistan — Islamic State fighters captured some territory around Tora Bora, the former stronghold of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, officials said Wednesday. The push and capture of the giant cave complex that once housed the late al-Qaida chief would be a major scoop for the Islamic State group in its […]

Editorial – Donetsk People’s Republic – Story Untold by Western media

My refusal to believe ongoing Western media reports of “Russian aggression” makes me a “Kremlin troll”. My punishment for not towing the “party line” – simple, effective “shunning” by Western media – has not, however, diminished my ongoing commitment to seeing the other side. Having previously investigated the Crimean reunification with Russia, this May I […]

Editorial – Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in recent years. Accordingly, the Trump Administration needs to adjust assumptions in advancing American interests in the region to make the most of its capabilities. The United States has enduring interests in the South Caucasus. These include preserving regional stability, preventing the resumption of […]

Philippines: ISIS Saves US Foreign Policy, Again

June 15, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – In an all too familiar pattern, militants proclaiming ties to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) have once again found themselves aiding US foreign policy, this time in the Philippines where the Philippine government has been increasingly seeking closer ties with Beijing at the expense of Washington’s longstanding […]

Qatar Crisis Impacts China’s Ambitious Foreign Policy – Analysis

What some have called the Middle East’s most severe diplomatic crisis in years recently shook the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and several other Sunni Muslim-majority countries cut off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar. The three GCC states taking action against Doha shut off their land, […]

DoD Again Seeks FOIA Exemption for Military Tactics

For the third time, the Department of Defense is asking Congress to enact a new exemption from the Freedom of Information Act for certain military tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), as well as rules of engagement, that are sensitive but unclassified. “The effectiveness of United States military operations is dependent upon adversaries, or potential adversaries, […]

Spotlight: Turkey Faces Risks In Support of Crisis-Hit Qatar

ISTANBUL, June 14 (Xinhua) — As the crisis between Qatar and some Muslim countries continues unabated amid efforts for a settlement, Turkey’s siding with Doha has been criticized for not serving the country’s interests while ruining its chance of mediation. “Ankara’s excessively one-sided intrusion in the crisis may lead to a loss of sympathy, respect […]

Editorial – How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico

We have testimony from people who say they participated in the crime. They described some 50 trucks arriving in Allende, carrying people connected to the cartel. They broke into houses, they looted them and burned them. Afterward, they kidnapped the people who lived in those houses and took them to a ranch just outside of […]

James Clapper Says Nerd Magic Can Solve Terrorist Content Filtering, Create Safe Encryption Backdoors

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went from having a comfortable, shadowy job in a comfortable, shadowy office to being the face of the American surveillance state after the Snowden leaks. Instead of only being periodically hassled by a couple of Intelligence Committee members (mainly Ron Wyden), Clapper was called to account for the […]

Editorial – Blood On the Tracks of the New Silk Roads

China’s cardinal foreign policy imperative is to refrain from interfering abroad while advancing the proverbial good relations with key political actors – even when they may be at each other’s throats. Still, it’s nothing but gut-wrenching for Beijing to watch the current, unpredictable, Saudi-Qatari standoff. There’s no endgame in sight, as plausible scenarios include even […]

The Pentagon Looks to Videogames for the Future of War

The first real computer, the ENIAC, was built in 1946. The first computer war game appeared two years later. It was built by the Army Operations Research Office, and it was as rudimentary as you might think. Since then, the relationship between the military and world of games has gotten endlessly deeper. Veterans help develop […]

Miami Police Arrest Panama’s Ex-President On Charges Of Wiretapping

Police in the United States have arrested Panama’s former president Ricardo Martinelli, who is wanted in the Central American country on charges of using state resources to spy on his political opponents and business rivals. The center-right US-educated businessman won the 2009 presidential election in the country with a landslide, receiving over 60 percent of […]

US May Block China Cash from Silicon Valley

The United States is weighing restrictions on Chinese investment in artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, Reuters reports quoting current and former US officials. There are concerns China may get access to technology vital to US national security. In particular, Washington is concerned about Beijing’s interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning, which have raised Chinese […]

Trump’s FBI Pick Backed Mass Detentions After 9/11

Donald Trump’s pick to be FBI director was at the center of a controversial immigrant detentions in the immediate wake of 9/11, when dozens of people were spirited away to maximum security prisons and kept from communicating with their families and lawyers––sometimes for weeks. A government watchdog report shows Christopher Wray and an associate at […]