August 29, 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.
New Nightmares: ISIS Crossing Border; Sleeper Cells in US
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Jabhat al-Nusra pose on a road in northern Iraq. (Getty Images)
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.
US and Allied Troops Will Be Needed to Defeat ISIS
August 26, 2014

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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