Iran’s Iraq strategy revealed in battle for Shi’ites’ spiritual center in Najaf

Iran’s Iraq strategy revealed in battle for Shi’ites’ spiritual center in Najaf

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fariborz Saremi It was hoped the overthrow of Saddam would herald a new age of democracy and growth in Iraq. Instead chaos, destruction and inter-faction bloodshed followed. Discreetly, however, away from the spotlight of the international press, another less obvious change has been going on: The Iran revolutionary system has been […]

High speed trains make sense in bustling S. Korea, but not in depressed Britain

High speed trains make sense in bustling S. Korea, but not in depressed Britain

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANCHESTER, England — The Brits face a problem that Koreans might — or might not — appreciate. By now Koreans have gotten thoroughly used to zipping up and down the Republic of Korea, that is, the Korean peninsula south of the DMZ, on super-fast trains at relatively inexpensive […]

Russian flotilla heads for Mediterranean to counter NATO role in Syria

Russian flotilla heads for Mediterranean to counter NATO role in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Over 300 Russian Marines are onboard a flotilla of at least five warships from Russia’s Baltic Fleet and the Black Sea Fleet en route to the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, both Russian and Israeli sources have confirmed. Moscow had earlier stated that the purpose of sending […]

Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com Fleeing North Korea has been increasingly difficult due to tightened border controls and stronger internal security measures since the country’s new ruler Kim Jong-Un assumed power a year ago, South Korean officials and sources say. But defectors in Seoul say that desperate North Koreans will keep trying to […]

U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

U.S. Navy developing unmanned submarines for anti-sub warfare

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the U.S. transitions to littoral warfare in key parts the world, including the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz and the Caribbean, the threats posed by small, quiet, diesel-electric enemy submarines is growing. To deal with this, the Pentagon has developed a program to assemble […]

Obama’s security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

Obama’s security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

Sol W. Sanders   The President’s nominations for his second security cabinet – State, Defense and CIA – mark a break with America’s post-World War II strategies. Now that the first shoe has dropped, his nomination of favorites for the jobs, it remains to be seen what allies in Europe and Asia will make of […]

‘Almost noiseless’ 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

‘Almost noiseless’ 3rd Russian nuclear-powered sub begins sea trials

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the Vladimir Monomakh, recently began sea trials from the northern shipbuilding town of Severodvinsk. The official RIA Novosti news agency called the Vladimir Monomakh “super-modern, powerful and almost noiseless.” The Borei-class SSBN is Russia’s first post-Soviet designed nuclear submarine. […]

Surrender: Republicans betrayed their own limited-government precepts

Surrender: Republicans betrayed their own limited-government precepts

Jeffrey T. Kuhner The Republican Party has capitulated to President Obama’s redistributionist tax agenda. Mr. Obama has won a significant victory. He has broken Republican ranks and effectively co-opted much of the GOP opposition. The Republican Party, especially House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will rue the day. Many House […]

UN report predicts likely global economic downturn in 2013

UN report predicts likely global economic downturn in 2013

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The global economy risks sliding back into recession.  That’s the sober assessment from the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013, which cites weak economic growth in 2012, and an anemic expected expansion over the next two years.  And while economic woes in the United States, Europe and Japan […]