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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Moscow essentially annexes South Ossetia one year after taking Crimea

Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Menyailo, Alexei Chalyi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Seven years after Russia instigated and conducted a separatist war that was ostensibly for the independence of South Ossetia, Moscow has just virtually annexed the former Georgia territory. A comprehensive new agreement with […]

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Former Japan PM visits Crimea, endorses Russia’s annexation

Ex-Japan PM defends referendum in Crimea as constitutional

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior Japanese statesman shocked many with his visit to Crimea on March 11, where he publicly praised Russia’s annexation. Yukio Hatoyama was Japan’s prime minister briefly from September 2009 to June 20110. […]

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Dr. Kissinger, call the office: There may be a fix for Ukraine crisis, but it won’t be easy

Henry Kissinger with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun, Senior Fellow, International Strategic Studies Association, How can valid and durable strategic policy be made with regard to Ukraine, given that the crisis centered around the state could well have profound consequences for […]

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Winning ‘hybrid wars': U.S. civilian sector could best answer Putin-Lenin-ISIL style threats

'Man at the Crossroads': Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City glorifies Vladimir Lenin.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman It is seductive to conclude that “hybrid war” is a creature of the 21st century in which technology now offers an alternative and indeed reinforcement to the blunter use of military force. Based on […]

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Cyprus signs deal to allow Russian navy to use ports

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Special to WorldTribune.com Russian ships were granted access to ports in Cyprus in an agreement between Vladimir Putin and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The deal, which was projected in the Backgrounder column of Geostrategy-Direct, comes as tensions build between Moscow […]

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Is the world really better off after U.S. retreated from superpower responsibilities? Take a look

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The world is coming to resemble the 1930’s more and more. From Argentina to Yemen to Ukraine to Syria and Lebanon, entropy, the natural tendency of everything to disintegrate if there is no force […]

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Ukraine crisis overlooked amid Mideast turmoil: ‘Onus is on Russia’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there’s been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as politico/military efforts are […]

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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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New EU chief known as harsh critic of Putin’s incursion in Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The European Council has elected Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, as its new president. Tusk, 57, who traces his political roots to the anti-communist Solidarity labor movement in the Soviet era, is the longest serving […]

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