October 1, 2014

By Jack Caravelli

China and Iran last month conducted their first joint naval exercise, a pointed reminder of each nation’s intent to increase military cooperation. The exercise, held over four days in territorial and international waters around strategically important southern Iran, involved a Chinese frigate and a guided-missile destroyer, which first docked at the Iranian port Bandar Abbas. Several Iranian warships joined them later in the exercise.

Naval Exercise Shows Growing Chinese-Iranian Military Ties
Iran's shows off its naval troops in a parade last week on the anniversarfy of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Iran is increasing its military ties to China. (Behrouz Mehri/Getty Images)
Latin America Embraces Gaza, Rejects Israeli Trade
August 28, 2014
Leftist Latin American nations are turning on Israel and ignoring its efforts to promote free trade in the region as they embrace the Palestinian cause in the conflict in Gaza. The leaders of Latin nations with serious human rights violations are even accusing Israel of genocide.
Mideast Chaos, Conflicts Cripple Muslim Economies
August 27, 2014
Chaos, anarchy and civil war are crippling the economics of many nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Several have no functioning markets. In others, the productive assets that haven’t been destroyed have been seized by terrorists or separatists.
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
SITUATION REPORT

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.
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