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Wake up call: Where is Obama’s foreign policy revolution taking America? »

A Hizbullah bomber killed 241 at a U.S. Marines barracks near Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away. Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing…

U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE »

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian…

For first time, Iran media admit point of missile program was ‘to hit Israel’ »

Iranians honor the memory of Hassan Moghadam, with coffins and photos after his death in a military base blast. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — After officially insisting that its nearly 30-year-old ballistic missile program was not targeting any one country, Iran has acknowledged that it was aimed against Israel. The state-owned Iranian…

ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport »

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers.…

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U.S. sanctions oil companies in four nations for sales to Syria »

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United State has imposed fresh sanctions on energy companies that supply the regime…

UN’s 1,300 observers at loose ends after fleeing to Israel from Syria’s Golan Heights »

UN observers on patrol in 2012 at the Golan Heights.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations monitoring force is struggling to operate after fleeing Syria’s Golan Heights.…

Throwing a Christmas bone to Communist tyrannies: 1978 and 2014 »

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One of the last legacies of the Cold War…

Sanctions cited for drop in Russian arms exports »

Vladimir Kozhin.

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has reported a decline in arms exports in 2014. The Kremlin said Russian…

EU court orders removal of Hamas from terrorism list »

Hamas members at rally in Rafah.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union, months after the war with Israel, has been ordered to remove…

Egypt signs first fracking shale gas deal with U.S. firm »

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed a natural gas exploration contract with Western companies. The Petroleum Ministry…

Turkey’s military goes entrepreneurial, sells draft exemptions »

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has found a novel way to pay for weapons — offer young men…

German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals »

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches…

Gulf states invited to join Iran in new Muslim coalition

PLA general to North Korea: You are on your own

Throwing a Christmas bone to Communist tyrannies: 1978 and 2014 »

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One of the last legacies of the Cold War has ended with Washington reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba after a fifty-three year break in relations. Yet another enduring legacy of […]…

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Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars »

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between […]…

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Going nuts up there in first class »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com I know how she feels. You ask for nuts, you get pretzels, and that’s upsetting. That’s just the view from economy class. Up there in first class, you ask for nuts, and you’ve […]…

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It’s come to this: Time to impeach ‘Emperor Obama’ »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto President Barack Obama is in open defiance of the U.S. Constitution. This week, in an address to the nation, he announced he is granting relief from deportation to approximately 4 to 5 million illegal […]…

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Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) »

Lev Navrozov “Lev, this is Julie. Do you remember me?” The voice on the phone sounded familiar. She went on: “Almost forty years ago, I believe the year was 1975, I went to see your play ‘Welcome to Soviet America!’ […]…

Life and Look magazines herald the 50th Anniver­sary of the USSR, 1967.

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Generals threaten outspoken Chinese scholar at forum on Hong Kong crisis »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com [Willy Lam is traveling.] A Chinese professor enraged three Chinese senior officers at an official newspaper’s end-of-year panel by suggesting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy…

British to establish permanent base near U.S. Fifth Fleet’s in Bahrain »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle…

Algeria-Morocco conflict escalates to salvos of leaked intel documents »

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria and Morocco have entered into a new fray — marked by leaking classified documents against each…

Little sister plays big role in Kim’s regime »

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s younger sister Kim Yo-Jong has surged to the…

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EU court orders removal of Hamas from terrorism list »

Hamas members at rally in Rafah.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union, months after the war with Israel, has been ordered to remove Hamas from the…

German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals »

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with…

Vladimir Kozhin.

Sanctions cited for drop in Russian arms exports »

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has reported a decline in arms exports in 2014. The Kremlin said Russian defense exports reached $13 billion in 2014, the second largest after…