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.
Muslim Brotherhood Not Terrorists, British Report Concludes
An Egyptian man burns a US flag as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood protest the Egyptian Army in Cairo on Jan. 22, 2014. (Ahmed Gamel/AFP/Getty Images)
Invasion Threat Looms as Putin’s Ukraine Strategy Crumbles
July 29, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine gambit suffered major setbacks this week by a successful Ukrainian army offensive against pro-Russian separatists and significant new sanctions by the European Union and the United States.

Venezuela’s Maduro Survives With Tacit US Support
July 29, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is clinging to power with backing from security forces, and the lack of U.S. sanctions over civil rights abuses will probably give him enough of a lifeline to continue hanging on unless major protests erupt.
Stranger Than Fiction: Airliner Disaster Prompts Russian Propaganda Machine
July 28, 2014
What are the odds of two commercial passenger jets of the same make and belonging to the same airline company both disappearing from the skies and radar screens under unknown circumstances and only months apart?
In Global Markets, Gold Is All That Glitters
July 28, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD


Ten years ago, gold investors were considered to be mavericks: relics of the Great Depression era, fearing the imminent breakdown of civilization or the outbreak of war. Since then, the appeal of gold has broadened considerably. Central banks were net sellers of gold in 2004 and are net buyers today. Gold miners sold their production forward in 2004, but not now. The breakthrough for gold is the greater investment allocation by global fund managers seeking to manage portfolio risk.

Strained US Ties Seen as Israel Rejects Cease-fire Pleas
July 28, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Despite a request yesterday by President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire and a Security Council demand late last night for a cease-fire, Israeli officials refuse to pause hostilities and reportedly plan to expand their offensive in Gaza.
New Caliph Wins Few Converts but ISIS Army Poses Major Threat
July 25, 2014
Amidst the furor over the Israel-Hamas war and the horrific downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is suddenly yesterday’s news. But ISIS and its leader, the self-proclaimed Caliph Ibrahim, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, itself a nom de guerre, remain center stage in the Middle East.
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