Policy battles over U.S. pressure paralyze Israel’s security community

Policy battles over U.S. pressure paralyze Israel’s security community

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been torn over a power struggle regarding responsibility for Israel’s strategic affairs. Israeli sources said the struggle has pitted the National Security Council against the Strategic Affairs Ministry amid U.S. pressure on the Jewish state. They said Netanyahu has veered […]

Xi Jinping spares top party leaders whose scale of corruption qualified them for execution

Xi Jinping spares top party leaders whose scale of corruption qualified them for execution

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a case of plus ça change with President ’s nine-month old campaign to rectify the “work style” of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through means including cracking down on big-time corruption. Earlier this week the protagonist of the one of worst scandals in PRC history – former minister […]

Sleeper agents planted during Cold War are sentenced in Germany

Sleeper agents planted during Cold War are sentenced in Germany

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a case reminiscent of the Cold War era, a German court near Stuttgart on July 2 sentenced two Russian agents, planted in West Germany during the 1980s and active until their arrest in October 2011. Andreas Anschlag, 54, and his wife Heidrun, 48, were planted by the […]

Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden

Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Edward Snowden seems to have considered just about every conceivable option for asylum. At least two countries, Venezuela and Nicaragua, whose leaders are deeply critical of U.S. foreign policy, are happy to accept him. He would no doubt be glad to live in either while disclosing still more […]

Report: U.S. officials say Israeli air strike hit Syrian arms depot on July 5

Report: U.S. officials say Israeli air strike hit Syrian arms depot on July 5

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Israel was said to have again attacked Syria. The United States determined that the Israel Air Force struck a Syrian military depot in the port of Latakia on July 5. Three U.S. officials told CNN that the attack targeted the P-800 Yakhont coastal defense system procured by the regime of […]

New secret Iran nuclear site reported in tunnels under mountain

New secret Iran nuclear site reported in tunnels under mountain

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The opposition has reported another underground nuclear facility in Iran. The Mujahadeen Khalq, known as MEK, reported a secret Iranian nuclear facility northeast of Teheran. In a statement, Mujahadeen, which disclosed Iran’s nuclear program more than a decade ago, said the latest facility consisted of tunnels beneath a mountain near […]

Huge, solar-powered dragon fly: Wing span of a 747, weight of a small car

Huge, solar-powered dragon fly: Wing span of a 747, weight of a small car

John J. Metzler NEW YORK — A dragonfly-like aircraft, large but seemingly fragile, slow but silent, and powered by sunlight, has flown safely across America. The amazing and indeed epic coast to coast journey by the Swiss engineered and piloted Solar Impulse plane concluded in New York having set a number of aeronautical records for […]

Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leaders have been living in fear of coming under Chinese control but had no option but to rely on the economic giant for much-needed hard currency, documents and sources said. According to the 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript disclosed by South Korea’s spy agency, then North Korean […]

White House did not call Mubarak’s ouster a coup, still backs Muslim Brotherhood

White House did not call Mubarak’s ouster a coup, still backs Muslim Brotherhood

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The new Egyptian Government of Interim President Adly Mansour faces major strategic challenges from internal conflict and economic crisis, but this has been substantially exacerbated, and to some degree caused, by the fact that the U.S. Obama White House has refused to sign […]