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Israel’s investment climate survives test of its new offshore gas resource potential

Gas rigs in Israel's offshore Tamar fields.

Special to By Norman Bailey The resignation of Prof. David Gilo as head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority is undoubtedly good news. His reneging last December on the agreement he had made with the natural gas companies Noble, Delek and […]

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Good news on the global economy: Government programs to stifle entrepreneurial initiative worked!

The economies of Russia and Ukraine are projected to shrink.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid modest economic growth worldwide, East Asia still leads the way. That’ s according to the UN’s updated “World Economic Situation Prospects” where the global economic growth is expected to […]

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Report: Putin sends unmarked heavy weapons to Ukraine for ‘Kremlin-manufactured war’

Tanks are seen on a freight train at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border on May 26.  /Reuters/Maria Tsvetkova

Special to Russia’s stealth military buildup near the border with Ukraine is evidence that President Vladimir Putin has ordered “direct military intervention” and is lying about it, a Washington-based think tank said on May 28 according to Radio Free […]

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Hundreds of remains — believed Shi’ite Iraqis executed by ISIL — are found near Tikrit

ISIL claimed it killed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers during the June 2014 massacre.

Special to Iraqi officials have discovered the remains of over 470 victims of what is believed to be a mass execution carried out by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) near Tikrit. Ministry of Health officials announced on […]

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Saudi intensifies air strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi warplanes.

Special to Saudi Arabia intensified its air campaign on Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen this week in some of the deadliest fighting since the start of the war. On May 28, Saudi coalition jets hit Houthis in Saada and […]

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Junket for peace: Gloria and ‘sisters’ feel good, stay on message — Pyongyang’s talking points


Special to By Donald Kirk, The crusade of WomenCrossDMZ for peace on the Korean Peninsula had certain defined boundaries. Don’t talk about human rights and nukes. Say all you want about American sanctions on North Korea and the […]

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Religious minorities most at risk throughout Mideast, China, Russia

Special to Kurds in the Syrian north offer one of the few glimmers of hope in a region where religious minorities are brutalized, repressed and at risk of genocide. Minority Rights Group International (MRG) issued its 2015 Peoples Under […]

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Amnesty International: Hamas exploited 2014 war to execute critics

Special to During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas executed more than 20 people, including political opponents and many suspected of collaborating with Israel, Amnesty International reported on May 27. Hamas, using the “chaos of the conflict,” carried out “spine-chilling […]

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Xi’s groups of economic advisers render Premier Li powerless


Special to By Willy Lam, China’s momentous “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) strategy — a reference to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road — has further illustrated the declining political fortunes of […]

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Iran in the background as Iraq prepares campaign to retake Ramadi

The Iraqi army is expected to launch an operation to retake Ramadi in the coming days.

Special to U.S. officials on May 26 downplayed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) recent gains in Iraq as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged to recapture Ramadi in days, perhaps with assistance from Iran. The Iraqi government […]

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