September 2, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The United States and its allies are inching toward greater involvement in the civil war in Iraq and Syria as the White House continues to try to recover from President Obama’s controversial remark last week that he has “no strategy” to deal with the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
As NATO Weighs ISIS Action, US Still Has ‘No Strategy’
An Iraqi fighter from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigade), waves a flag next to a rocket launcher during heavy clashes with Islamic State fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, south of Kirkuk, on Aug. 31, 2014. (JM Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel Facing War Crimes Probe by Notorious UN Commission
August 20, 2014
Although the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza is yet not over, the United Nations is already preparing to investigate Israel for war crimes with the appointment of a committee overseen by a notorious UN commission that includes human-rights abusers such as China and Cuba.
 ISIS Training Western Terrorists to Attack Europe, US
August 20, 2014
A growing army of Islamist fighters, thousands of whom carry European passports, is busy learning the terror trade in areas of Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. European-born fighters have been instrumental in the organization’s stunning military successes so far, but their greatest contribution to the jihadist cause may come when they return home.
Russia’s Retaliatory Sanctions Expose Fault Lines in EU
August 19, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ban on food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on his government has revealed divisions in the European Union, pitting Western Europe and the Baltic States against the central and southern European countries. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico are trying to weaken the EU sanctions, which has cast doubt on the bloc’s united stance on the Kremlin’s belligerence in Ukraine.
Congo Oil Bonanza Plagued by Tribal, Islamist Conflicts
August 19, 2014
The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become a major global oil producer if the nation can tap the three billion barrels of oil — the size of reserves in South Sudan and the United Kingdom — discovered earlier this month. However, while the deeply impoverished nation abounds in natural resources, decades of neglect and bloodshed have kept the country from achieving its full potential.
Former Virginia Resident May Be on Track to Head Libya
August 18, 2014
Still reeling from the war that ousted Col. Muammar Qaddafi, Libyans seem increasingly likely to accept the leadership of former Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a one-time Qaddafi loyalist with ties to Washington gathering military backing that ultimately could lead him to political power. Much like Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before him, Haftar is making the fight about order and eliminating Islamists, then focusing on governing.
Scottish Independence Rests on Currency Linked to England
August 18, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

Scotland, a relatively prosperous part of Britain distinguished by offshore oil and gas reserves and a large financial services sector, faces a major referendum next month on the future of its 307-year union with England. But the real question is not whether Scotland could be reorganized as an independent nation, but whether it should be.
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