August 28, 2014

SITUATION REPORT

Two columns of Russian armored personnel carriers and tanks blitzed into southeastern Ukraine Thursday morning, in a brazen move that shows Moscow is not afraid to create a full-blown military crisis out of a regional uprising. Russia will exploit the invasion to portray the West as powerless to stop it.

A LIGNET analysis on July 29 reported the signs that an invasion was likely. (Invasion Threat Looms as Putin’s Strategy Crumbles)

Russian Armored Forces Invade Ukraine as West Stands By
Russian military vehicles on the outskirts of Donetsk. (Getty Images)
New Nightmares: ISIS Crossing Border; Sleeper Cells in US
August 28, 2014
Many U.S. officials fear the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is planning to attack the United States by crossing the porous southern border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already warned that the militants probably are lying in wait in some U.S. border towns. Mexico dismisses the talk as “absurd,” but it does so little to police its own border that three Ukrainians with long criminal records easily walked into Texas recently.
Latin America Embraces Gaza, Rejects Israeli Trade
August 28, 2014
Leftist Latin American nations are turning on Israel and ignoring its efforts to promote free trade in the region as they embrace the Palestinian cause in the conflict in Gaza. The leaders of Latin nations with serious human rights violations are even accusing Israel of genocide.
Mideast Chaos, Conflicts Cripple Muslim Economies
August 27, 2014
Chaos, anarchy and civil war are crippling the economics of many nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Several have no functioning markets. In others, the productive assets that haven’t been destroyed have been seized by terrorists or separatists.
Israel’s High-Tech Sector Flourishes Amid Gaza War
August 27, 2014
As Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip enters its eighth week, business in Israel’s technology hub of Tel Aviv is booming. With the Iron Dome missile shield sparing Israeli cities from devastation by the persistent barrage of rockets, tech companies will continue to flock to the startup capital in droves even though hostilities have yet to ease.
No Breakthrough Likely From Ukrainian, Russian Talks
August 27, 2014
The meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus on Tuesday presented a very small potential opening to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, but no immediate breakthrough is likely.
Israel Pivots to Asia, as West Increases Pressure Over Gaza
August 26, 2014
Israel is turning to Asia to develop strong economic relations in a major pivot from traditional allies in the United States and Britain, after Washington and London placed unpalatable demands on the Jewish state in its war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
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