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Afghanistan’s economy is on the verge of a collapse

On September 1, 2014 by stratagem

Source: Times of Oman Power vacuum looms over Afghanistan as UN delays the date for announcing the result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President...

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Analyst: ‘Pakistan’s military seeking to destabilize government’

On September 1, 2014 by stratagem

Source: DW Pakistani security forces have secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building on September 1 and temporarily took the...

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The wars that really are about the oil

On August 30, 2014 by stratagem

Source: Spectator UK Excerpt: Americans who hope that ‘energy independence’ can reduce US involvement in the Middle East similarly fail to understand the post-Cold War strategy of their own country. Thanks to the...

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Nato Building 10,000-Strong Force to Counter Russia over Ukraine

On August 30, 2014 by stratagem

Source: Yahoo Nato is reportedly putting together a 10,000-strong force drawn from at least seven countries amid the escalating tensions over Russia and Ukraine. The report comes a day after Ukraine sought to...

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China Devouring Raw Materials: To Spend $300m on 17,000 Acre Ugandan Farm

On August 27, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Frontiers/WSJ China’s Sichuan provincial department of agriculture plans to invest up to $300 million to boost production of several agricultural commodities in Uganda, officials said Wednesday. Sichuan plans to open up a...

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When France Wants To Get Rid Of The US Dollar, You Know You Have A Problem

On August 27, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: western journalism The largest bank in France, BNP Paribas, was just hit with a $9 billion fine and a penalty of not being able to transact in U.S. dollars for one year. This action was...

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China vs US – superpower standoff in Africa

On August 22, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: New Zealand herald As Muammar Gaddafi’s regime began to unravel in 2011, amid chaotic fighting between Libya’s military and rebels, foreign nations rushed to withdraw their citizens. The rescued included about 35,000...

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China working to dominate sea routes as US loses interest

On August 20, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Gulf News The oceans will be the world’s 21st century battlefields as new and old economic powers will struggle to dominate the maritime trade routes along which 90 per cent of global...

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Dempsey Favors Building Vietnamese Naval Capabilities

On August 16, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note: Vietnam’s weapons embargo will be lifted by the United States in preparation to use Vietnam as an ally to contain China’s encroachment into the South China Sea. Source: Department of Defense...

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US to supply more weapons to Lebanese military over Isis

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: The Guardian The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in...

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600 U.S.-based soldiers will deploy to Europe

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Army Times About 600 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will rotate into Europe in October as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas,...

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Ukraine’s Broke Military Is Underpaid and Undertrained

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Business Week A group of men and a few women clad in neat, matching camouflage uniforms and combat boots walk through an airport, presumably on their way to the front. As the...

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China Outsources Dirty Work to U.S. Military

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Bloomberg View There’s very little that the Chinese government likes less than the projection of U.S. military power. The reasons range widely — from a general distaste for the U.S. meddling outside...

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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: SF Gate This week’s U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq are being accompanied with an undertow of “it’s all about oil” talk. Take for example, Columbia School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll’s observation...

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Germany Is Building a European Army Before Your Eyes

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: The Trumpet The Dutch army is made up of three brigades, plus support staff and Special Forces. On June 12, one of those brigades, the 11th Airmobile, officially joined the German army. This was the...

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Germany demands names of all foreign spies

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Asian Age In an unprecedented move, Germany has asked all foreign embassies to disclose the names of their entire intelligence service agents operating in the country, according to a media report. In...

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French military effort against ISIS ‘should focus on Lebanon’

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: France 24 France would be better placed supporting efforts against Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS or ISIL) militants in Lebanon rather than on the Kurdish front, specialists told FRANCE...

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