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Sheriff Defends Deputies’ Lies In Court By Saying Officers Didn’t Know They Were Supposed To Tell The Truth

The Orange County (CA) District Attorney’s office remains in the news. It’s not often an entire prosecutors’ office gets booted off a high-profile murder case, but that’s what happens when misconduct occurs on a massive scale. An open-and-shut murder case with eight victims is now the DA’s perpetual nightmare. Judge Thomas Goethals kicked the agency […]

Pennsylvania’s Top Court Says Police Videos Are Public, But Lawmakers Are Already Removing Access

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled yesterday that police dashboard camera footage is a public record. That should have been a major win for government transparency. Unfortunately, state lawmakers are already well on their way to shutting that transparency back down, creating a special process that will grant law enforcement agencies broad powers to keep video […]

Fear And Loathing on The Afghan Silk Road – Editorial

Will the New Silk Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ever manage to cross the Hindu Kush? Temerity is the name of the game. Even though strategically located astride the Ancient Silk Road, and virtually contiguous to the US$50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a key BRI node – Afghanistan is still mired […]

Sweden, U.S. To Share Fingerprint Databases

Police in Sweden and the United States will soon be able to search each other’s fingerprint registers, Swedish public radio broadcaster SR reported on Thursday. The Swedish government has agreed to allow police to share fingerprint information with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The database-sharing was a stipulation made by the U.S. government in […]

Inside the West Wing Tug-of-War Over Russia and Ukraine

Vice President Mike Pence and other national-security leaders are dragging President Donald Trump along in a growing effort to hold Russia accountable for illegal actions in Ukraine. For evidence of that just look at how two very different people interpreted Tuesday’s meeting in the Oval Office. As Trump sat for his first photo-op with Ukrainian […]

European Rebuke a “Severe Blow” to Georgia; Less So to Azerbaijan

The European Parliament issued an unusual rebuke to Georgia, along with a less unusual one to Azerbaijan, as Brussels expressed its consternation over the apparent kidnapping of a dissident Azerbaijani journalist in Tbilisi. The EU lawmakers issued a statement on June 14 condemning the kidnapping of the journalist, Afghan Mukhtarli, called on the Azerbaijani authorities […]

Israeli Spy Agency To Launch Anonymous Technology Investment Fund

The Mossad, Israel’s primary intelligence agency, is preparing to launch a technology investment fund that will support Israeli-based hi-tech startups, with an eye to utilizing cutting-edge technologies in its spy operations. Israeli spy services are known internationally for their advanced use of technology in intelligence collection and special operations. But the planned investment fund is […]

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 […]