July 28, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Despite a request yesterday by President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire and a Security Council demand late last night for a cease-fire, Israeli officials refuse to pause hostilities and reportedly plan to expand their offensive in Gaza.


Strained U.S. Ties Seen as Israel Rejects Cease-fire Pleas
An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. (DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt’s Al-Sisi Leads Region in Reversing Islamist Gains
July 8, 2014
Since coming into office a month ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has stifled the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in the name of national security. While other regional leaders lead from behind, Sisi’s out-front, proactive model has been more successful at halting the Islamist drive, an outcome that raises the general’s political profile across North Africa and the Middle East but also increases the risks. Egypt is already facing a threat of an incursion through the Gaza Strip by the jihadist terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Problem for US Diplomats: China's Military in Action Mode
July 8, 2014
By Gordon Chang

The Obama Administration's focus on "engagement" has failed to deter an increasingly belligerent China, as Beijing's top party leaders pay more attention to their increasingly powerful, but divided military.

EU Tax Probes Likely to Inspire Global Tax Reform Movement
July 8, 2014
The European Commission’s investigation of three European Union nations for providing unfair state support to multinational corporations like Google and Starbucks is a warning shot to EU countries with favorable tax agreements. The investigations are also likely to spur momentum for global tax reform, as the United States and the EU increasingly cooperate on tackling tax avoidance.
Why China’s Economy May Never Outgrow America’s
July 7, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD


The mainstream print media in Europe recently reported that China will become the world’s largest economy this year, overtaking the United States for the first time. As China’s reported growth rate has been running at 7 percent or more a year, the natural reaction of many was to find the predictions plausible.
Returning Jihadists Planning a Major Attack on Britain
July 7, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw


British security services are on red alert following revelations that returning jihadists from Syria and Iraq plan a major attack in Britain. Around 500 individuals from Britain have traveled to Syria to join al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria. Tracking these jihadists as they return to the UK has become a top priority for MI5.
Confusion Reigns Over ISIS Leader Video, Iraqi PM Election
July 7, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The fate of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently unknown after a video of a man claiming to be Baghdadi surfaced over the weekend amid other claims that Baghdadi was gravely injured during a battle with Iraq security forces and has fled to Syria.
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