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Forget Reagan: Trump’s Tax Plan Is More Like George W. Bush – Editorial

In the run-up to today’s big White House tax-reform announcement, the question among many analysts was: Would President Donald Trump’s ideas look more like Ronald Reagan in 1981 (when he and a bipartisan congressional majority cut rates) or 1986, when they simplified the code? While Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, flanked by National Economic Director Gary […]

German Spies to Access Citizens’ ID Photos

A new German law will allow intel agencies access to all citizens’ ID photos. In combination with facial recognition surveillance technology, this means agents will be able to identify people in crowds, warn critics. Data protection experts, lawyers, and opposition politicians lined up in the German parliament this week to comment on a new law […]

Sunnis Fear Spread of Shiite Influence in Samarra

Some residents of the primarily Sunni city of Samarra have long felt anxious about a perceived rise in the number of Shiites there. These feelings were amplified recently when throngs of Shiite visitors crowded the streets to commemorate the martyrdom of the 10th imam, Ali al-Hadi (829-868). Sami-al-Masoudi, a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) leader, said […]

US Trade Deficit Widens By 1.4 Percent To $64.8B in March

The trade deficit of the U.S showed a 1.4 percent increase in March, according to the monthly advanced data released by the Department of Commerce on Thursday. The international trade deficit figure excluding services rose to $64.8 billion in March from $63.9 billion in February. Exports of goods for March were $125.5 billion, $2.2 billion […]

Russia Thwarts ISIS Attack In Far East Oil Hub

Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, said on Wednesday that it had foiled an attempt by alleged Islamic State supporters to carry out a terror attack in a crowded place on the Far East Russian island of Sakhalin, which is an oil and gas hub. Sakhalin is the site of many oil and gas operations […]

The Latest: Explosion, Fire Reported Near Damascus Airport

Syrian opposition activists and a monitor say a large explosion has rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near Damascus airport. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman says the explosion early Thursday has been heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. He says the explosion is reported to have […]

Moscow Security Conference Highlights Rift Between Russia, NATO

Russia concentrated its fire on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and blasted the military bloc for being a trouble maker during the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) that ended Thursday. At the two-day event, Russia’s top military officials said NATO’s military expansion in Europe and interference in Middle Eastern affairs will only […]

What Exactly Did the French Vote for? The European Union against the French Nation – Editorial

Macron won 23.75% of the votes, while his opponent Le Pen won 21.53%, according to official results. Republican Francois Fillon and independent left-candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon won 19.91% and 19.64% respectively. While the former Socialist party candidate, Benouit Hamon has accrued just 6.35% of the vote. The remaining 8.82% of the votes were shared by the […]

Macedonia:‘Martial Law’ Rumor Fuels Unease

The new manager of an old Yugoslav military complex denied allegations that the authorities are preparing a bunker to serve as command post for declaring martial law in the country. Oliver Andonov, the new manager of the remote Jasen military complex, a site which includes a derelict former Yugoslav army bunker, denied media allegations that […]

German Media Hails Anti-Government Protests in South-East Europe as ‘EU Success’

The EU has caused citizens of south-east Europe to rebel against their governments, which should be viewed as a success, according to the German newspaper Die Zeit. Recent protests against governments in several south-east European countries should be viewed in a positive light because they demonstrate the EU’s “soft power” and a popular desire to […]

Search Warrant Gag Order Successfully Challenged In Court

Update: Adobe has clarified that this was not a National Security Letter (NSL), but rather a search warrant along with a “Delayed Notice Order” (DNO) that had no expiration. The principles are the same, but the vehicle was different. We have updated the article below and apologize for the error. Another government request for info […]

Israel Strikes Iran-Backed Base In Syria

Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional sources said, targeting weapons regularly sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media sites showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the […]

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills Seven ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

A suspected US drone strike killed several Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would only be the second drone attack inside the nation since US President […]

World Press Freedom Index 2017 Finds Democracies are Clamping Down

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has warned that press freedom is under attack. In its latest World Press Freedom Index, the annual report criticizes Germany for laws on data retention and against whistleblowers. Press freedom deteriorated in two thirds of the world’s countries, according to the Press Freedom Report published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders […]

China To Go On With Drills, Weapons Tests in Response To THAAD Deployment – Defense Ministry

China will continue to stage live fire drills and test new weapons to protect its national security, the Defense Ministry says. It comes after the deployment of the US THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea, to which Beijing is “resolutely opposed.” “The deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea damages the regional strategic […]