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This Is Not a Test

Robert Haddick, Foreign Policy

17 August 2012

An Aug. 15 Bloomberg article describes a grim and anxious Israeli public preparing itself for war with Iran. Citizens are filing by distribution sites at shopping malls to pick up gas masks while wondering when the Israeli air force will attack Iran's nuclear complex.

Report: Iraq helping Iran skirt sanctions against nuclear program

By Reuters

Aug.19, 2012 |

Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed because of its nuclear program, using a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that are providing Tehran with a crucial flow of dollars, the New York Times said on Saturday.

Panetta: Afghanistan forces must be rigorously vetted

By the CNN Wire Staff

August 19, 2012

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is urging Afghanistan to rigorously vet its security force recruits following a spate of attacks that has seen Afghan soldiers and police turn their weapons on NATO troops.

Pakistan’s Descent into Chaos

Gurmeet Kanwal

August 19, 2012

Embroiled in continuing political turbulence, judicial activism, internal instability and a stagnating economy, Pakistan appears to be hurtling inexorably downhill. The terrorist strike on Minhas airbase in Kamra on August 16, in which one Pakistani soldier and nine terrorists were killed, is but the latest manifestation of the state’s inability to protect even its vital military installations. The fact that nuclear warheads are stored at the airbase makes the attack even more ominous. The strike was launched by fighters of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terrorist organisation that is committed to the establishment of a “true Islamic state” in Pakistan.

China praises 'wise' Japan move in islands dispute

BBC News

18 August 2012

China has praised Japan's "wise" decision to free a group of activists who sailed to a disputed island chain, in a state media commentary.

The article on Xinhua news agency's website said the speedy action had averted the deterioration in relations.

Pakistanis demand justice for Shia killings

Al Jazeera

18 August 2012

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Pakistani parliament to demand the government do more to end sectarian violence.

Israel's debate over Iran To strike or not to strike

The Economist

18 August 2012

WITH the weekend in sight, Israelis are congratulating each other: there has not been a war here this week after all. Seven days ago, they were less sanguine.

Palestinians Step Again Towards Nationhood

by Mya Guarnieri


Aug 18 2012


RAMALLAH, Aug 18 2012 (IPS) - A year after their bid for statehood flopped in the United Nations’ Security Council, the Palestine Liberation Organisation is again planning to seek an upgrade in UN status. On Sep. 27, the PLO will approach the UN General Assembly in hopes of becoming a non-member observer state. If their bid is successful, the Palestinians will be eligible to join various UN agencies and will also be able to bring allegations of Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court.

Culture, Politics, Turkey

Alcohol Apartheid: The New Turkish Laws That Segregate Drinkers

Aug 18 2012

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which concludes August 18, can be a time of heightened friction in Istanbul, when the beliefs of the pious clash with the lifestyle preferences of secular-minded Turks. This year, Ramadan has been marked by a secularist outcry over recent efforts to restrict the consumption of alcohol.

Egypt’s Military and the Arab Spring

By Andrew C. McCarthy

August 18, 2012

Earlier this week, I wrote about Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. He is a Muslim Brotherhood adherent who rose to the rank of general in Egypt’s military — the armed forces he has just been tapped to command by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood eminence who was elected president of Egypt a few weeks back. My column was prompted by the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Sissi’s appointment, which strained to put a positive spin on an unfolding catastrophe.

Turkish fighters in the Islamic Jihad Union

By Karen Hodgson

August 18, 2012

Over the past several years, a number of Turks have been killed while waging jihad against NATO, US, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. Other Turks been arrested in foiled plots to carry out attacks against European and US targets in Europe. The group with which most Turkish jihadists are affiliated is the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) (formerly called the Islamic Jihad Group or IJG), which was designated a global terrorist organization by the US State Department in June 2005.

Militants attack major Pakistan air base; nine killed

By Qasim Nauman

KAMRA, Pakistan

Fri Aug 17, 2012

(Reuters) - Islamist militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons fought their way into one of Pakistan's largest air bases on Thursday, the air force said, in a brazen challenge to the nuclear-armed country's powerful military.

Syria’s neighbors braced for chemical threat. Assad warns Turkey on Stingers

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

August 17, 2012

The US and its allies are discussing a worst-case scenario that could require up to 60,000 ground troops to go into Syria to secure chemical and biological weapons sites following the fall of the Assad government, an unnamed American source said Thursday night, Aug.16.

Intel Sharing with Afghans Presents Challenges

by Bob Couture

August 17, 2012

Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – Afghanistan was recently declared a Major Non-NATO ally country, which affords special privileges for training, equipment and surveillance capabilities. As that status matures and Afghan National Security Forces continue to transition to the lead in the fight against insurgent forces and instability, are Coalition Forces prepared to share intelligence with Afghan counterparts to make them successful?

Iraqi attacks kill close to 100

The Guardian, 17 August 2012

Iraqi officials say a string of attacks have killed at least 93 people, as the extent of the violence grows clearer and mourners start to bury their dead.

The attacks began early on Thursday in the north of Iraq and ended with deadly bomb explosions near busy markets, restaurants and ice-cream parlours shortly before midnight.

Young Turks Increasingly Favor Integration and Religion

Der Spiegel

17 August 2012

When news hit the headlines this spring that Salafists in Germany were handing out free Korans in city centers across the country, the outcry was immediate. Politicians called for the campaign to be banned, journalists wrote extensively about Salafist radicalism and even the publishing house printing the free Korans distanced itself.

Finland: 'Prepare for eurozone breakup'

Deutsche Welle

17 August 2012

Finnish politicians are beginning to evaluate the worst-case scenarios of the eurozone's debt difficulties. They have called on fellow European leaders to consider contingency plans should the currency union collapse.

Merkel’s Back, But Will This Be a Euro-Crisis Watershed?

Ben Vickers, Bloomberg

17 August 2012

The holiday is over. Angela Merkel yesterday returned to the fray at the end of a two-day trip to Canada, saying Germany and the European Central Bank are aligned in their approach to the euro crisis.

Syria battles rage on as UN mission nears end


Economy, Global

Optimism over global economic recovery declines, according to world survey

Famagusta Gazette

17 August 2012

Ifo World Economic Survey shows a decline of optimism over global economic recovery.

According to an ICC – Ifo press release, posted on the website of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) today, the survey taken among 1,079 experts in 123 countries showed a fall of the world economic climate indicator to 85.1 in the third quarter of the year, after two consecutive increases.