September 17, 2014
Scottish independence is hardly a simple matter of kilts and bagpipes and Braveheart shouting, “Freedom!” If Scottish voters Thursday approve a referendum to separate from England, they would wreak unprecedented damage on the United Kingdom.

A breakup of Britain would weaken the international security posture and diplomatic clout of both England and Scotland. Moving the Trident submarines would make NATO more vulnerable. A ‘yes’ vote would also encourage Europe’s other separatist movements and change the political makeup of England by making it a more conservative nation without the leftist Scots.

Four Strategic Consequences of a ‘Yes’ Vote in Scotland
Scots who favor independence rally Wednesday on the day before the referendum. (Getty Images)
New Protests Open Old Political Wounds in Pakistan
August 22, 2014
Pakistan is veering toward another political crisis as thousands of protesters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while two leading opposition leaders accuse Sharif of rigging last year’s election that brought him back to power. Pakistan’s troubled political history is replete with similar crises, as the civilian leadership has sparred routinely with the military over who will control the government.
For British Defense Industry, Trade Trumps Principles
August 22, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw


Relations between London and Moscow may be strained over Ukraine, but that hasn’t stopped the British defense industry from selling more than $200 million in arms to Russia, a new parliamentary report on arms exports revealed.
ISIS Looks for Propaganda Coup From Beheadings
August 22, 2014
Press coverage of the horrific execution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of photo-journalist James Foley has focused on the terrorist group’s claim that it killed him in retaliation for recent U.S. airstrikes. But the most important reason ISIS cut off Foley’s head was likely to score a propaganda victory to recruit radicalized Muslims from around the world to join its fanatical Islamist cause.
Syrian Rebels Facing Defeat in Leningrad-Type Siege
August 21, 2014
Syrian rebels are facing their biggest challenge of the three-and-a-half-year civil war in a battle that could determine the fate of the revolution and close the books on the Free Syrian Army. Regime forces and the sinister terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have almost surrounded Syria’s largest city, Aleppo – setting the stage for a horrendous siege and blockade not seen since World War II.
Beheading of Journalist Spurs Western Action Against ISIS
August 21, 2014

SITUATION REPORT


The cold-blooded decapitation of an American reporter by a jihadist with a British accent has galvanized the West this week into increasing support in the fight against the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi’s Kurdish forces are the immediate target for Western military aid, but the spread of ISIS brutality and influence is likely to lead to greater international involvement, particularly through multilateral alliances such as NATO.
Europe’s Economy in Chronic Crises With Misguided Policies
August 21, 2014
Contrary to widespread expectations, the economy of the European Union remains stagnant, as growth rates teeter between the anemic to the negative with the sole exception of Ireland. Unemployment in the 28-nation bloc ranges from depression rates of 25 percent in Greece and Spain to 10 to 20 percent in most of the other countries.
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