August 29, 2014
Many U.S. officials fear the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is planning to attack the United States by crossing the porous southern border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already warned that the militants probably are lying in wait in some U.S. border towns. Mexico dismisses the talk as “absurd,” but it does so little to police its own border that three Ukrainians with long criminal records easily walked into Texas recently.
New Nightmares: ISIS Crossing Border; Sleeper Cells in US
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Jabhat al-Nusra pose on a road in northern Iraq. (Getty Images)
Sanctions Threaten Arctic Ambitions of Russia, Oil Majors
August 7, 2014
The latest round of U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia, which include restrictions on the Kremlin’s pet oil company Rosneft, are likely to imperil its partnership with ExxonMobil to start oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean. The standoff also threatens to hurt Britain’s BP and France’s Total as well as oil services and technology companies such as Baker Hughes, Halliburton and Schlumberger.
Cyber Attacks on US Loom as Key NSA Program Stymied
August 7, 2014
Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) new bill to severely restrict the National Security Agency’s collection and use of U.S. phone records looks likely to create an impasse in Congress that will force the cancellation of this program next year. That will be good news for terrorist groups and U.S. adversaries such as Russia and China that are conducting aggressive cyber-warfare efforts against the United States “comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks.”
Boko Haram Expands Threat, Targets Nigeria’s Economy
August 6, 2014
The Islamist militant group Boko Haram is extending its reign of terror beyond the nation’s impoverished Muslim majority in the northeast into the wealthier, mainly Christian south, with the West African nation’s faltering oil industry as a prime target. It is also deploying female suicide bombers.
Argentina:  A Master of Default
August 6, 2014
Argentina is a world-record holder: not as a winner on the soccer field, but as a deadbeat in global financial markets. At midnight on July 30, the economically wobbly South American nation slipped into default for the second time in13 years.

India’s Modi Boosts Ties With Neighbors to Offset China
August 6, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is investing significant resources into improving Delhi’s relations with its neighbors to counter rising Chinese influence in South Asia. Modi’s recent travels to Bhutan and Nepal — the first by an Indian prime minister in 17 years — will likely lay the groundwork for him to play a more assertive role in regional security. He will also find other international allies interested in raising India’s regional presence to curb China’s aggression.
New Alliances, Asian Influence Reshape Oil-Rich Middle East
August 5, 2014
The so-called "Arab Spring" brought only violent turmoil since its dawn with widespread rioting in Tunisia in April 2011. Meanwhile, the troubled region has seen a diminishing of the West’s relevance and the rise of East Asian influence.
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