Egypt: Heated rhetoric plus uninformed ‘analysis’ equals confused policy

Egypt: Heated rhetoric plus uninformed ‘analysis’ equals confused policy

Sol W. Sanders   It’s impossible to tell whether it is infection from the hysterical Mideast Arabic and English commentaries on radio and TV. Or does the twaddle result from misunderstanding the complexity of the issues? Whatever, our talking heads are befuddled more than usually about events in Egypt. And they are lending further confusion […]

Report: ‘Buy U.S.’ clause for military aid costs Israel billions

Report: ‘Buy U.S.’ clause for military aid costs Israel billions

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has been losing billions of dollars through accepting military aid from the United States, a report said. The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies asserted that Israel loses through the U.S. military assistance program. In a report, the institute said the lion’s share of American aid, which reaches $3.2 billion, […]

India in race with China to launch first indigenous aircraft carrier

India in race with China to launch first indigenous aircraft carrier

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com An Indian Navy source has confirmed that the Indian government will launch its first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier on Aug. 12. If so, India would be the fifth country able to build its own carrier, after the United States, Russia, Great Britain and France. The […]

Alawites flee Syrian rebel offensive near Mediterranean: ‘Tremendous fear of atrocities’

Alawites flee Syrian rebel offensive near Mediterranean: ‘Tremendous fear of atrocities’

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Syria’s ruling Alawite minority has been evacuating villages amid a Sunni rebel offensive along the Mediterranean coast. Opposition sources said thousands of Alawites fled their communities along the Mediterranean Sea in August. The sources said the Alawites have flooded cities protected by the regime of President Bashar Assad, particularly the […]

The unexplained ambush of Navy SEAL Team Six

The unexplained ambush of Navy SEAL Team Six

Jeffrey T. Kuhner What really happened to Navy SEAL Team Six? In August 2011, the elite special forces unit suffered the worst battlefield calamity in its history. A Taliban fighter shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying 22 Navy SEAL Team Six members in Afghanistan. All 38 persons on board — the Navy SEAL warriors, other […]

What foreign observers forget about post-Morsi Egypt: It’s the economy, stupid

What foreign observers forget about post-Morsi Egypt: It’s the economy, stupid

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Egypt’s military leadership entered August 2013 without any illusions as to the magnitude of the challenges facing the Egyptian Armed Forces, the Egyptian government, and all of Egypt, in the coming months and years. The decision by the Supreme Council of the Armed […]

Saudi analyst’s advice: ‘Act as if the United States does not exist’

Saudi analyst’s advice: ‘Act as if the United States does not exist’

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — A leading Saudi analyst close to the royal family has advised Arab allies to ignore the United States amid its support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Tariq Al Homayed, the former editor of the Saudi-owned A-Sharq Al Awsat, called on Arab countries to dismiss U.S. pressure for democratic changes. Al […]

U.S. in the Mideast: From a stabilizing to a destabilizing influence

U.S. in the Mideast: From a stabilizing to a destabilizing influence

Sol W. Sanders   The Obama administration’s Middle East policies – it would be foolhardy to call them “strategy” – would be ludicrous were they not so threatening to American interests, regional and world stability. The latest permutation is Washington’s position against the Egyptian military and its satellite, hopefully provisional, civilian government. Washington’s insistence that […]

Fall of ‘Islamic model’ in Egypt has Erdogan fearing coup in Turkey

Fall of ‘Islamic model’ in Egypt has Erdogan fearing coup in Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com ANKARA — Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, alarmed by the military coup in Egypt, was said to fear a similar scenario in Turkey. Diplomatic sources said Erdogan was the only NATO or Middle East leader to have openly sided with the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt’s military. They said the […]