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)
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.
Muslim Brotherhood Not Terrorists, British Report Concludes
August 20, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw

A British government report on the Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed because of fears of upsetting Britain’s Gulf allies, which are pressing Britain to outlaw the group. But a special investigation led by Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, has apparently concluded that the Brotherhood should not be labeled a terrorist organization in UK. The investigators, using a joint team from Britain’s foreign and domestic intelligence services, found “little evidence” that the Islamist organization was involved in terrorism.
Israel Facing War Crimes Probe by Notorious UN Commission
August 20, 2014
Although the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza is yet not over, the United Nations is already preparing to investigate Israel for war crimes with the appointment of a committee overseen by a notorious UN commission that includes human-rights abusers such as China and Cuba.
 ISIS Training Western Terrorists to Attack Europe, US
August 20, 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.
Russia’s Retaliatory Sanctions Expose Fault Lines in EU
August 19, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ban on food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on his government has revealed divisions in the European Union, pitting Western Europe and the Baltic States against the central and southern European countries. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico are trying to weaken the EU sanctions, which has cast doubt on the bloc’s united stance on the Kremlin’s belligerence in Ukraine.
Congo Oil Bonanza Plagued by Tribal, Islamist Conflicts
August 19, 2014
The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become a major global oil producer if the nation can tap the three billion barrels of oil — the size of reserves in South Sudan and the United Kingdom — discovered earlier this month. However, while the deeply impoverished nation abounds in natural resources, decades of neglect and bloodshed have kept the country from achieving its full potential.
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