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Israel is still strongest military in region and can handle Russia’s incursion

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Norman Bailey Russia is exploiting Western weakness to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, but Israeli interests are not necessarily threatened. Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion, signing huge aircraft sales […]

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‘Third World War’: Jordan’s king warns radical Islam thrives on ‘apathy of moderates’


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Among the 193 Presidential and Ministerial speeches being made during the UN General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, […]

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Sisi takes control, eclipses Obama, restores Egypt’s regional clout

Egyptian President President Abdul Fatah Sisi at the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal. / Reuters

Special to Sol W. Sanders President Abdul Fatah Sisi is rapidly resuming Egypt’s role as leader of the Arab world, nosing out U.S. Mideast leadership under President Barrack Obama’s “leading from behind”. Initially snubbed by Obama after his military […]

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Reporter: West ‘drastically’ underestimates ISIL

ISIL jihadists in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to The only reporter to be embedded with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) says the West continues to underestimate the terror group and that “only Arabs” can stop them. Jurden Todenhofer, a former German member of […]

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Rise of the have-nots: Inequality will bring the next financial crisis

According to the Guardian, hedge fund managers are reportedly buying airstrips and farms in remote areas because they think they need a getaway. / Ken Lambert / AP

Special to By Norman Bailey It doesn’t grab headlines like refugees and war, but growing global inequality poses the worst threat to economic and political stability. Just when you think things couldn’t get worse, they do. As chaos, civil […]

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Report: Iran’s defenses at nuclear site on alert for Israeli attack


Special to By Backgrounder, Fearing an Israeli attack, Iran has bolstered its defenses around its nuclear sites. According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 news, Teheran is particularly worried about an attack before a possible approval of […]

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Lightning struck Bin Laden group’s crane on Sept. 11 moments before it fell, killing 107 pilgrims

Construction cranes hover over the Grand Mosque at Mecca.  /Reuters/Ali Al Qarni

Special to Iran officials have criticized Saudi Arabia’s administration of the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca after a construction crane disaster killed 107 people on Sept. 11. The construction crane fell into the east side of the mosque, with its […]

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American voters reap what they sowed: Obama’s policies unleash not only Iran but . . . Moscow


Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy “The prospects are bright, but the road has twists and turns”. These are the words of Mao Zedong, but they could have belonged to Barack Obama. Unfortunately, “twists and turns” will be so numerous, […]

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Iran deal: Political victory, PR disaster for Obama

President Barack Obama.  /Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Special to President Barack Obama may have won the political fight on the Iran nuclear deal, but he is losing big time on the public relations front, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll found that […]

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FAITH MATTERS: ‘Selfish’ Germany’s warm welcome to 800,000 refugees


Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto Measuring a mere 137,000 square miles, Germany is not even as big as the U.S. state of Montana (147,000 sq. mi.). Germany is home to 81 million people, compared with Montana’s one million. Yet […]

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