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)
Senate Bill Targets Stealth of US Data Broker Operations
August 13, 2014
The U.S. Senate and the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating U.S. data brokers for well over a year, but the issue is practically nonexistent on the personal and political radar of most Americans. This ignorance is no accident, but a result of deliberate tactics by the data-broker industry to collect and sell vast quantities of information about Americans as quietly as possible.
 Iran Balks at Unholy War with Equally Fanatical ISIS
August 12, 2014
Iran is caught in a Persian paradox. As a fanatical Shiite Muslim regime, the ruling mullahs in Tehran are watching anxiously as an equally fanatical Sunni Muslim terrorist army threatens to overthrow Iran’s Shiite ally in Iraq. However, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has put the Iraqi army on the run, is the most effective and deadliest Islamist group today.
South Korea Caught Between US Pivot and Nuclear North
August 12, 2014
President Obama’s closely followed “pivot to Asia” has put South Korea in a diplomatic corner. The United States wants to deploy a cutting-edge missile interceptor battery on the peninsula that would improve Seoul’s defenses against attack from North Korea but also might inflame tensions with Pyongyang, Beijing and even Moscow.
Terrorists Threaten Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy
August 12, 2014
Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, remains on a strong path toward democracy three and a half years after the hope and turmoil spread through the Middle East and North Africa. However, it is deeply worried the deteriorating situation next door in Libya is spilling over to the gain of radical Islamists seeking to destabilize Tunisia.
 Kurdish Fighters Face Down ISIS Army With US Help
August 11, 2014
By Brian M. Downing

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria stormed into Iraq and teamed up with some of the most vicious remnants of Saddam Hussein’s forces they have met with almost no opposition, with one exception: the Kurdish fighters.

Kurdish warriors have a long and well deserved reputation of fighting outside powers, from ancient Persian empires to Saddam Hussein. Lightly armed and trained by American and Israeli teams, the Kurdish fighters, called “peshmerga,” or “those who face death”, tied down tens of thousands of Iraqi troops that might otherwise have been deployed against U.S. forces in the Gulf wars and against Israeli forces in the 1967 and 1973 wars with Egypt and Syria.

Defiant Hamas Blocking End to Gaza Conflict
August 11, 2014
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A new 72-hour cease-fire agreed to Sunday by Israel and Hamas has brought no progress in talks to end the conflict in Gaza because Hamas has offered nothing to ensure a lasting peace and Israel refuses to negotiate while it is under fire. As a result, the continuation of the Egypt-brokered talks is in jeopardy. This could mean a prolonged war of attrition until Hamas runs out of rockets.
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