July 31, 2014
The cease-fire agreement cooked up by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in consultation with two of Israel’s worst enemies in the Middle East, Turkey and Qatar, was predictably turned down flat by the Israelis, who are proceeding with military operations in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas’ terrorist tunnels and degrade its other military infrastructure.
Hamas Grows Isolated as US Fumbles Gaza Diplomacy
US Secretary of State John Kerry answers questions about Israel’s invasion of Gaza and the current situation in Ukraine following a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the State Department in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2014. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
New Risks But no Exit from West’s Economic Slump
July 3, 2014
The West appears headed for Japanese-styled stagnation because politicians and central bankers have failed to apply the right policies to recover from the economic malaise caused by the global banking collapse in 2008.


Why Did the West Not See ISIS Threat Earlier?
July 2, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw


The suddenness and speed of the surge by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took all by surprise. Yet this al-Qaeda splinter group now threatens to run from Iraq and Syria in to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Why was this threat not recognized sooner? Were Western intelligence authorities asleep on the job?
Exclusive: British Intelligence Sees Putin Still Eyeing Ukraine
July 2, 2014
British intelligence experts are convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has contingency plans for the additional annexation or conquest of Ukrainian territory, possibly while the West’s attention is focused on the jihadist crisis in Iraq.
Iraqi Parliament Fiddles While Country Burns
July 2, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Recent events in Iraq are culminating in major setbacks that will make it more difficult to restore stability to the rapidly disintegrating country. Sunnis and Kurds yesterday staged a walkout on the first session of Iraq’s new parliament while working to reinforce local autonomy. Meanwhile, the advancing forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a new “caliphate” across wide, connected stretches of both Syria and Iraq.

Hezbollah Militants Entering US From Mexico
July 1, 2014
The porous Mexican border that has allowed millions of illegal immigrants into the United States is increasingly used by the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah to slip into America and set up fundraising networks to support terrorist activity at home. The growing presence of Hezbollah in the United States is also in effect creating a web of sleeper cells that could be used in the future to launch attacks on Americans.
Sanctions Bite is Worse Than Russia’s Bark
July 1, 2014
The entire Russian nation appears to be in a state of denial. Russians proudly claim they don’t feel a thing from international sanctions against the Kremlin’s aggression in Ukraine. At the same time, President Vladir Putin’s inner circle has made a concerted effort to move assets out of foreign banks where the wealth would be subject to international sanction and seizure and into Russian banks.

Still others blame the United States for starting the conflict in Ukraine, while a top Russian official sees shadowy neo-Nazis behind efforts to punish Moscow.

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