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Stability in the Middle East: Egypt’s New Reality and Israeli Democracy

The Middle East has never been a very stable place. Armies have marched across it for centuries, laying waste to thriving communities, slaughtering the indigenous people or enslaving them, and then, over time, being overwhelmed themselves by other invading armies.

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Posted in A5, Flashpoint, Middle East

Russian warships on maneuvers, will re-supply in Syria

A dozen Russian warships from three fleets are participating in a joint three-month exercise. The group is to visit the Syrian port city of Tartus, where a Russian base is located. The drills are not related to the Syrian conflict,

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Posted in Middle East, World

Are US Troops Routinely Given Psychotropic Drugs?

Over 110,000 active duty Army troops took prescription antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics or anti-anxiety drugs last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. This story has been on our radar for a long time, but on April 7, the Los

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Obama’s Timidity Risks the World’s Security

Barack Obama’s Stakhanovite efforts to transform America’s economy and society into something akin to European-style social democracy are undergoing considerable analysis and debate, especially as the 2012 campaign steams towards November. Most presidential re-election contests are referenda on the incumbent,

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Posted in US, World

Counterfeit Chinese Chips for US Missiles

In 2008, our analysts carried out a study of the Pentagon’s purchase of counterfeit Chinese chips for military equipment, including radar, advanced fighters, and sophisticated missile systems At the time, the Defense Department admitted that as many as 25% of

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Defecting Syrian General says Assad is Distributing Chemical Weapons

DEBKAfile July 21, 2012, 5:45 PM (GMT+02:00) Turkish sources say two generals were among the refugees in flight from Syria Saturday. One, Gen. Mustafa Sheikh said Assad’s forces were moving chemical weapons across the country for possible use in a

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Posted in Headline, Middle East