October 20, 2014

By Lisa M. Ruth

Ragtag rebels fighting independently of each other with hit-and-run tactics are harassing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They are adding to the chaos and confusion in Syria’s three-year civil war, but they are unlikely to accomplish much with their pinprick tactics against the powerful terrorist army.

Freelance Rebels Hitting ISIS Unlikely to Change Ground War
Smoke rises over Kobani from a U.S. airstrike Monday. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
Turkey Faces Tough Choices as ISIS Attacks Border Town
October 9, 2014

By Lisa M. Ruth


Turkey faces a deadly dilemma as the jihadist terrorist army in neighboring Syria besieges a strategic Syrian border town. The Turks could be forced to take military action in a conflict they have been trying to avoid with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Mysterious Absence of North Korea’s Kim Sparks Rumors
October 8, 2014
By James Morrison

Like a global game of “Where’s Waldo,” foreign policy analysts from Washington to Seoul are speculating on the mysterious disappearance of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, who has not been seen in public for more than a month.

Egypt Faces Growing Terrorist Threat From ISIS Ally in Sinai
October 7, 2014
By Alec Weisman

The conflict in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is growing worse a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria called on terrorist allies in the desert region to escalate attacks on soldiers and civilians and “cut off their heads.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces the daunting challenge of bringing an end to the terrorist menace haunting the most populous nation in the Middle East. The radical Islamists in the Sinai are also complicating Israeli and Egyptian attempts to secure the borders of the Gaza Strip.

Court Throws Israel Into Legal Crisis Over Illegal Aliens
October 6, 2014
By Norman A. Bailey

The Israeli High Court of Justice has delivered a heavy blow to the national security of the Jewish State, Israeli democracy and the rule of law.

On a 6-3 majority, the court struck down an amendment to the immigration law of 1954, which gave Israel the right to hold illegal immigrants in detention for up to two years while determining their ultimate fate. The court based its judgment on general humanitarian and human rights principles, not on claims that a higher law or legal precedent was violated.

 Big Spenders Preach the Theology of ‘Secular Stagnation’
October 3, 2014
By Peter Warburton and Joanna Davies

Supporters of fiscal expansion and even bigger government in America and Europe have grabbed an old, discredited economic theory and are preaching about it like monetary missionaries. ‘Secular stagnation’ is the name given to the hypothesis that the economy is stuck in a rut because of a failure of the market to deliver sufficient stimulus for investment.

Ebola, Bioweapons Pose Huge Security Threat
October 2, 2014
By Joel Himelfarb

Growing public health concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus and the confused and often chaotic response of the government and public health authorities show the need for serious national attention to the security threats posed by biological weapons.
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