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How to Lose the War in Afghanistan

It is now official beyond question. The senior ranks of the U.S. military and foreign-policy leadership have now fully succumbed to the belief that all problems in the Middle East and South Asia must include, at their core, the application of lethal military power. No other alternative is considered. Worse, the military solutions they advocate … Continue reading How to Lose the War in Afghanistan

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) looks on as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a meeting at the Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

The Trump administration is in discussions about the formation of a regional Arab security alliance with Israel as a counterbalance to Iran's influence in the Middle East, according to Arab officials. The alliance would include Egypt and Jordan, both of whom recognise and have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the … Continue reading Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

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Pentagon: ‘Possible’ U.S. Will Put Boots on the Ground in Syria

The U.S. Defense Department is considering proposing that the U.S. send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to hasten the fight against ISIS, according to CNN. “It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” one defense official told CNN. However, … Continue reading Pentagon: ‘Possible’ U.S. Will Put Boots on the Ground in Syria

Israeli security forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers following a demonstration demanding that Israeli authorities return the bodies of Palestinians killed during attacks on Israel, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Jan. 26, 2017

Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

President Trump wiped away 15 years of U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon, explaining his view that statehood for Palestinians is not necessary for peace. “So I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said as … Continue reading Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

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North Korean Paranoia is Well-Founded

North Korea is depicted across US and European media as a backward nation run by a despotic, delusional leader encircled by advisers suffering from irrational, militant paranoia. The nation is also depicted as a prominent security threat in Asia-Pacific despite North Korea waging no wars in the region since an armistice in 1953 effectively ended … Continue reading North Korean Paranoia is Well-Founded

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Tanzania Demands Reparations for German Colonial Atrocities

Germany’s colonial role in Africa has been highlighted again as the Tanzania government placed the European state on notice that it will file an official complaint over the atrocities committed during the early 20th century. This report comes in the aftermath of a similar effort by representatives of the Herero and Nama peoples of the … Continue reading Tanzania Demands Reparations for German Colonial Atrocities

FILE - In this undated file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves in the South China Sea. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP, File)

China Makes Strides in Strategic Aviation

Introduction Although combat aircraft such as the J-31 stealth fighter and J-15 aircraft carrier strike aircraft have made most of the headlines, China has made significant accomplishments in the realm of military transport, long range maritime patrol and carrier borne AEW&C aircraft over the past year. First operational in 2016, the Y-20 military transport is … Continue reading China Makes Strides in Strategic Aviation

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What’s REALLY Inside McDonald’s French Fries?

Overview Of course, you want fries with that. Does the server behind the register even need to ask? Let's face it, no meal at McDonald's is complete without an order of its delicious fries. And to think, the world-famous french fries were added to the menu only as an afterthought. They replaced plain old potato … Continue reading What’s REALLY Inside McDonald’s French Fries?