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The Pentagon Can’t Account for $21 Trillion (That’s Not a Typo)

Twenty-one trillion dollars. The Pentagon’s own numbers show that it can’t account for $21 trillion. Yes, I mean trillion with a “T.” And this could change everything. But I’ll get back to that in a moment. There are certain things the human mind is not meant to do. Our complex brains cannot view the world […]

Russia To Explore Crimean Shelf for Large Gas Deposits

A comprehensive study will be conducted off the Crimean coast where large gas fields could be located, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Aleksandr Sergeyev has said. “We want to raise the issue of developing the Crimean shelf. The studies that were conducted earlier and those that are currently underway show there could […]

Police Kill 4 Gunmen Who Raided Orthodox Church in Chechnya

Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead. The attack underscored security challenges in Russia as it prepares to host soccer’s World Cup next month. The provincial capital of […]

DoJ To Investigate Trump Campaign ‘Infiltration’ By FBI

The Department of Justice has formally requested a review into possible abuses of the surveillance application process amid claims the FBI “infiltrated” the President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The news comes just hours after Trump demanded that the DOJ investigate claims that federal authorities surveilled his campaign for political purposes. Writing on Twitter, the president […]

As Ties With Turkey Suffer, Israel Moves to Recognize Armenian Genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian genocide amid a diplomatic spat between Israel and Turkey. But the move has drawn criticism that it risks turning the genocide issue into an unseemly political football. On May 16, two members of the Israeli Knesset submitted legislation to recognize the genocide. “This […]

French Revolt Against Macron’s Support for Israel

Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip last Monday is sharpening the divide between the French public and the country’s staunchly pro-Israel leaders. Even before the latest massacre, one of France’s international giants, film director Jean-Luc Godard, had joined dozens of cultural figures saying they would refuse to take part in […]

More Reasons To Be Worried About Cancer-Causing Chemicals on Military Bases

As children at Patrick Air Force Base in the early 1980s, Kristen Emery and her siblings fished Florida’s Banana River and strung their catch on the back porch to eat. They dug up the backyard, muddying their hands. When they were thirsty, they drank tap water at their base housing. Kristen’s nose bled all the […]

US Sanctions on Iran Threaten Chabahar Port Project

US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a […]

Pompeo to Lay Out Plan B for Iran

Now that it has quit the Iran nuclear deal and angered its European allies, the Trump administration is ready to start talking about Plan B. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation that lays out a “comprehensive strategy” for what the United States, European countries and others can […]

Ukraine And Russia: Peace, War And The Future – Analysis

Russia’s use of force in Donbas and Crimea consolidated Ukrainian public opinion in opposition and will cloud future relations. Russia relations with Ukraine in the post-Soviet era may certainly be divided into two periods uneven in length. The first one was a period of relative peace between 1991 and 2014. The second one is ongoing, […]

Indonesia Seeks Lethal Revenge Against ISIS

State prosecutors demanded last week to put Islamic State (ISIS) spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman to death over his role in a January 2016 gun and bomb rampage in central Jakarta and four other attacks points to a tougher approach to those who seek to inspire terrorism in Indonesia. Abdurrahman was behind bars at the supposed […]

Tehran Eyes Path Ahead After US Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact – Editorial

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has monopolized the highest levels of government in Tehran around the clock since the decision was announced on May 9. Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who met yesterday with the European Union’s energy chief Miguel Arias Canete, […]

Lawyers Claim Anti-Malarial Drug to Blame for Soldier Who Killed 16 in Afghanistan Massacre

The legal team working for a former 2nd Infantry Division soldier convicted of a 2012 mass murder in Afghanistan is making another push at an appeal. A review petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 alleges that prosecutors disregarded evidence that an anti-malarial drug given to troops could cause violent behavior, as […]

China Orders All Mosques To Raise National Flag To ‘Promote Patriotism’

All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote a spirit of patriotism” among Muslims, the country’s top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion. Flags should be hung in a “prominent position” in all mosque courtyards, the China Islamic Association said in a letter […]

Turkey and Israel: Barking, Biting, But Still Doing Business – Editorial

While the recent diplomatic rift between Israel and Turkey indicates a further deterioration in relations, the Turkish government has avoided taking concrete steps that could directly hurt Israel, whereas the Israeli response to Turkey’s rhetoric was more detrimental and bitter. Israeli security forces have killed some 62 Palestinians and wounded scores of civilians by firing […]