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Greece angers NATO with bid to buy Russian missiles it cannot afford


Special to By Miles Yu, In a clear stab at the NATO and EU, the Socialist government in Athens is actively negotiating with Russia to purchase Moscow’s S-300 anti-missile system and its service package. Greek Defense Minister Panos […]

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Kim Jong-Un uses fireworks as propaganda to show ‘bright future’ ahead

North Korea Founders Birthday

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un has used expensive fireworks to “show off” to the people the “bright future” he wants them to think his leadership will bring, sources and officials […]

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Egypt’s Sisi makes quick trip to Riyadh following Saudi shakeup

Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, right with Saudi King Salaman. / AFP

Special to Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi visited Saudi Arabia on May 2, following the major shakeup in the Kingdom’s leadership and amid reports of Saudi and Iranian forces joining opposite sides of the fighting in Yemen. A statement […]

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Russian polls reveal rising economic concerns, but Putin’s popularity soars

Russian shoppers have been stocking up on big ticket items as stores warned prices would rise with the fall in the value of the ruble.

Special to, courtesy of Washington Free Beacon by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Two new opinion polls indicate that concern is growing among Russians that sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union in response to the Ukraine crisis […]

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Kerry’s aggressive rhetoric on Iran deal betrays administration fears

Sec. of State John Kerry.

Special to By Fred Fleitz In a statement to Israel’s Channel 10 News over the weekend, Sec. of State John Kerry aggressively defended the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear diplomacy with Iran and dismissed critics of the nuclear talks as […]

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Saudi shakeup is good news for Iran as Obama prevails in Kingdom power struggle

Saudi royal guards in front of portraits of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, right, new King Salman bin Abdulaziz, center, and Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, right. Fayez Nureldine / Reuters

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia’s leadership succession restructuring and Cabinet reshuffle on April 29, offered important clues for the strategic shape of the region in the coming few years, and these […]

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Gulf Arab states press Obama for security guarantees, war tech due to Iran deal

U.S. F-35.

Special to Leaders of the Gulf Arab states are seeking security and weapons technology agreements from the White House to preserve their military edge in the region as a major U.S. strategic agreement with Iran looms, the Wall Street […]

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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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Xi Jinping’s ‘historic handshake’ offer to Taiwan’s KMT leader could backfire


Special to By Willy Lam, President Xi Jinping has invited Eric Chu, Chairman of Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT, or the Nationalists) Party for a “historic handshake” in Beijing early next month on May 4. This will be the second […]

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Iran shipping incidents in Strait of Hormuz are only latest belligerent acts since nuclear talks began

The Maersk Tigris.

Special to By Fred Fleitz Earlier this week, Iranian forces seized a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris, while it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian forces boarded the ship after firing warning shots across its bridge […]

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