Geopolitics

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

By Ayla Jean Yackley

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus

Thu Aug 2, 2012

(Reuters) - Barbed wire and concrete-filled oil drums surround Maria Riri Myles' family apartment in a snake- and rat-infested no-go zone of northern Cyprus occupied only by patrolling Turkish soldiers. But it still feels like home.

Pakistani, US intelligence chiefs discuss US drone attacks

Pakistani, US intelligence chiefs discuss US drone attacks

By Eric London

2 August 2012

Tensions between the Obama Administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid the first visit to the United States by a high-ranking Pakistani military officer since the US assassination of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil in May 2011.

Former Mossad chief: Iran should be very fearful over next 12 weeks

Former Mossad chief: Iran should be very fearful over next 12 weeks

By Haaretz

Aug.02, 2012 |

Former Mossad chief and national security adviser Ephraim Halevy was quoted by the New York Times on Thursday saying that if he were Iranian he "would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks".

Halevy also told Israel Radio on Thursday that if the Iranians "continue to play their games" in nuclear talks with world powers, they would be underestimating Israel's resolve.

Agents of Destruction: Hizb'allah - A Primer on the Party of God

Agents of Destruction: Hizb'allah - A Primer on the Party of God

August 2, 2012

by Sandra Warmoth

Agents of Destruction

“And prepare for them whatever power you can and of the tying of horses. Strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others, without them you do not know; Allah knows them.”

Why Syria's Rebels Can't Have It All

Why Syria's Rebels Can't Have It All

BY AARON DAVID MILLER

AUGUST 1, 2012

Here we go again.
That strange coalition of neocons and liberal interventionists is clamoring once more for a more muscular U.S. approach to Syria. And unsurprisingly, they're searching for culprits in the endless debate of "who lost Syria?"

Don't believe any of it. The time for guilting the United States into expensive and ill-thought-out military interventions has passed. Indeed, the reasons to intervene in Syria -- the hope of defusing a bloody religious and political conflict and dealing the Iranian mullahs a mortal blow -- are just not compelling enough to offset the risks and the unknowns.

The Case for Expanding Assistance to the Syrian Opposition

The Case for Expanding Assistance to the Syrian Opposition

James Dobbins

August 1, 2012

What is important for the U.S. government to do at this stage is forge relationships with those likely to next govern Syria. These relationships should be developed at many levels, diplomatic, covert, military, economic and political, to include democracy building work by our Republican and Democratic Institutes, contacts with individual members of Congress, as well as with all the relevant arms of our Executive Branch.

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