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)
Iraq Has a New Prime Minister, but Who Will Defeat the ISIS?
August 15, 2014
The abrupt resignation Thursday of Iraq’s embittered prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, ended a challenge to the man selected to replace him. But who is Haider al-Abadi and how will he save the country from the brutal terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?
World Ignores Systematic Slaughter of Christians in Mideast
August 14, 2014
The Vatican’s condemnation this week of the massacre of Christians and other religious minorities by the Islamic terrorist army in Iraq was a rare call to action from the world’s religious leaders. Most have remained silent in the face of the systematic destruction of the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East.
Putin Moves Beyond Sophisticated Propaganda to Internet Control
August 14, 2014
The open, pervasive and constantly evolving Internet continues to frustrate authoritarian regimes intent on filtering the information reaching their citizens. Russia — unlike states such as China, Iran and North Korea — has resisted overtly controlling the flow of online information, preferring instead to control the mass media narrative at home and abroad with an effective and ongoing propaganda offensive.
LIGNET Never Thought ISIS Was a “JV” Terrorist Group
August 14, 2014
By Fred Fleitz

President Obama claimed over the weekend he was caught off guard by the rise of the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the campaign it began in May to capture large areas of Iraq and blamed U.S. intelligence agencies for underestimating the ISIS threat. Really?
Troubled China in New Cold War With US Multinationals
August 13, 2014
By Gordon G. Chang

Chinese attacks on U.S. and other foreign companies, especially Internet firms, have analysts warning of a digital Cold War between China and the West. From high-tech giants to low-tech shipping companies, Chinese regulators are applying pressure to undermine the same companies that have brought much prosperity to the communist country.
Looming US Military Cuts Cede Tech Edge to Russia, China
August 13, 2014
A coming $1 trillion shortfall in U.S. defense spending will have an obvious impact at the level of major systems such as ships, planes and tanks. Less visible, but no less crucial, will be the effect of those cuts on advanced warfare technologies that have in the past given U.S. forces an important battlefield edge.
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