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Revelations on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Revelations on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

by Butch Bracknell

August 30, 2012

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported a purported landslide revelation in the new book “No Easy Day,” which is taking Washington by storm (SEAL book depicts Osama bin Laden shot on sight in hallway, contradicting original account, Washington Post, August 29).

UN chief warns of risk of 'war' in Iran nuclear row

UN chief warns of risk of 'war' in Iran nuclear row

30 August 2012

 

TEHRAN (AFP)— UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Iran to comply with UN resolutions demanding it curb its nuclear activities, warning that heightened international rhetoric over the issue risked degenerating into "war."

Tehran, Opposition Jostle for U.N. Chief's Ear

Tehran, Opposition Jostle for U.N. Chief's Ear

Wall Street Journal

28 August 2012

BEIRUT—The Islamic Republic of Iran and its various opposition group are competing to capitalize on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's first visit to Iran on Wednesday.

Necessary (Perhaps) But Not Sufficient: Assessing Drone Strikes Through A Counterinsurgency Lens

Necessary (Perhaps) But Not Sufficient: Assessing Drone Strikes Through A Counterinsurgency Lens

by Joshua S. Jones

August 28, 2012

The relatively recent New York Times article on President Obama’s “Kill List” (and other similar articles here and here along with the strike on Al-Qaeda’s former second-in-command) highlights not just a moral conundrum for the commander-in-chief but a strategy that if enacted by itself may cause more harm than good. What’s worse, the United States has learned that this approach is self-defeating at the operational level in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A “kill list” is little different than a “body count” strategy—kill enough of them, and the threat goes away. However, as noted in the article, the kill list which includes individuals from a number of states (including the United States) never gets shorter, the names and faces are simply replaced.

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

By Noah Shachtman

August 27, 2012 |

There are a thousand stories about the origin of the internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes. Charles Herzfeld’s tale began in 1961 on a series of tiny islands in the South Pacific.

‘Global balance of power takes shape in Syria’

‘Global balance of power takes shape in Syria’

Russia Today

23 August 2012

The Syrian crisis is comparable to the Suez Crisis when a US-USSR standoff marked the demise of the old world, Syria's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Qadri Jamil told RT. Today, Russia and China usher a unipolar world to an end.

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