August 19, 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.
 ISIS Training Western Terrorists to Attack Europe, US
A screen shot taken from a video released in January by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows ISIS militants training in northern Iraq. (AFP/Getty Images)
Burma’s Lost Democratic Momentum Imperils Future Progress
August 15, 2014
Reclusive Burma was hailed as a Southeast Asian success story after easing decades of military rule in 2010, but the nation’s progress toward democracy has faltered over the last year. The regime is intimidated by the public adoration of outspoken opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but it will likely try to quietly maintain the status quo in next year’s elections without provoking a backlash from the international community.
Iraq Has a New Prime Minister, but Who Will Defeat the ISIS?
August 15, 2014
The abrupt resignation Thursday of Iraq’s embittered prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, ended a challenge to the man selected to replace him. But who is Haider al-Abadi and how will he save the country from the brutal terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?
World Ignores Systematic Slaughter of Christians in Mideast
August 14, 2014
The Vatican’s condemnation this week of the massacre of Christians and other religious minorities by the Islamic terrorist army in Iraq was a rare call to action from the world’s religious leaders. Most have remained silent in the face of the systematic destruction of the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East.
Putin Moves Beyond Sophisticated Propaganda to Internet Control
August 14, 2014
The open, pervasive and constantly evolving Internet continues to frustrate authoritarian regimes intent on filtering the information reaching their citizens. Russia — unlike states such as China, Iran and North Korea — has resisted overtly controlling the flow of online information, preferring instead to control the mass media narrative at home and abroad with an effective and ongoing propaganda offensive.
LIGNET Never Thought ISIS Was a “JV” Terrorist Group
August 14, 2014
By Fred Fleitz

President Obama claimed over the weekend he was caught off guard by the rise of the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the campaign it began in May to capture large areas of Iraq and blamed U.S. intelligence agencies for underestimating the ISIS threat. Really?
Troubled China in New Cold War With US Multinationals
August 13, 2014
By Gordon G. Chang

Chinese attacks on U.S. and other foreign companies, especially Internet firms, have analysts warning of a digital Cold War between China and the West. From high-tech giants to low-tech shipping companies, Chinese regulators are applying pressure to undermine the same companies that have brought much prosperity to the communist country.
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