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.
No Breakthrough Likely From Ukrainian, Russian Talks
A Ukrainian soldier flexes his muscles as government troops roll back rebels from Donetsk. (Getty Images)
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.
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.
US and Allied Troops Will Be Needed to Defeat ISIS
August 26, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

As support grows in Washington for more airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, most politicians are avoiding discussing the likelihood that the well armed and well financed terrorist army can’t be defeated with air power alone: Some ground troops will be required. President Obama continues to publicly rule out sending U.S. combat troops to Iraq and Syria, but the United States and Britain have secretly developed a plan for a joint commando “hunter-killer” force to attack ISIS and destroy its command structure, according to a London newspaper.
‘Legal’ Marijuana Sales Push Cash Out of Legitimate Economy
August 26, 2014
The federal government is in such a fog over how to deal with legalized marijuana in 23 U.S. states that mom and pop pot-shop owners might be wondering what the feds are smoking.
ISIS Aims to Reestablish Islamic Caliphate on Global Scale
August 25, 2014
Once an offshoot of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has morphed into something approaching the size and influence of a nation unto itself, with the goal of reestablishing a caliphate, the traditional seat of power in Islam where non-Muslims face submission or death.
The ISIS controls huge swathes of Syria and Iraq.It has $2 billion in pilfered assets and oil output generating $3 million a day.
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