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Would America Lose the Great Naval War of 2020 to China?

Harry J. Kazianis Security, Asia A look back at a classic scholarly essay begs the question: Does America have what it takes to win a military contest against China in the near future? Back in the Winter 2010 edition of Orbis, the always...Show More Summary

Beware: China Has Opened an Economic 'Pandora's Box'

Julian Snelder Economics, Asia Know this: a market-driven model will mean a huge decline in Beijing's control over its own economy. There's a rule in economics called Goodhart's law: when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a useful measure. Show More Summary

F-35 vs. A-10: Which Plane Should Defend America's Soldiers?

James Hasik Security, In 2018 both planes will square off--and it matters. Politico Pro and Bloomberg have been reporting of late that the Pentagon’s Office of Test & Evaluation (OT&E) is planning a series of head-to-head close air support tests between the A-10C and the F-35A. Show More Summary

Video of Stop Iran Rally speakers presenting strong arguments against Obama's proposed JCPOA

James Woolsey: Crush Obama's surrender to theocratic, totalitarian, genocidal, imperialists. Clare Lopez (CIA-retired) court convicted Iran co-guilty for Sept. 11th attacks on America. Reject flawed proposal now. Frank Gaffney: 'Perils...Show More Summary

Passive-aggressive rivalry deepens China-Japan tensions

By Yanmei Xie, International Crisis Group’s Senior China Analyst, and Rachel Vandenbrink, graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. China’s unsuccessful invitation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo...Show More Summary

Forklift Moves Toilet ... With Woman Inside

A forklift moved a portable toilet across the grounds of an English festival yesterday—notable only for the fact there was a woman stuck in the loo the entire time, the BBC reports. "I think she was suffering from a bit of shock or she thought she had teleported" when...

Preserving World Heritage

Photo courtesy Bernard Gagnon When I heard about ISIS's bombing of the Temples of Baalshamin and Bel in Palmyra, Syria, my first thoughts were that as horrible as such "monument terrorism" is, it is not nearly as horrific as the group's mass rapes and killings. Show More Summary

How Global Crowdfunding Might Ease the Greek Crisis

This is the fourth in a series of political risk and prediction blog posts derived from Dr Aziz's upcoming political comic book, The Global Kid (note: 100% of sales will go to global education non-profits that help youth reach theirShow More Summary

Nigeria to deploy drones to fight oil theft

State oil firm announces plan to help military monitor ships carrying oil after thousands of deadly heists of pipelines.

Guatemalan Congress strips president's immunity

Vote clears way for President Otto Perez to be prosecuted over allegations he masterminded a massive corruption scheme.

European migrant crisis spills into an unprepared Hungary

Desperate to escape war and poverty, migrants have become stranded far from their homes, but short of their destinations

European governments struggle with migrant crisis

Syrian refugees who traveled to Hungary with hopes of making it to Germany continue to face obstacles

Dow tanks as China concerns persist

The Dow Jones plunged 469 points Tuesday amid continued unease over China

Obama nearing deal with Congress over Iran

President Obama has almost enough support from senators to block Republican attempts to derail nuclear deal.

Gaza Could Become ‘Uninhabitable’ by 2020, U.N. Report Warns

"Reconstruction efforts are extremely slow relative to the magnitude of devastation," the report said

Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq Defy Sectarian Differences, Unite Against Government Policies

Lebanon and Iraq have spent the past two decades mired in sectarian conflicts. These conflicts have resulted in much strife for both of these countries; yet, these differences no longer need be divisive. The current protests in bothShow More Summary

World economy 'in the hands of Fed'

US Federal Reserve Board is set to vote on whether to raise interest rates that could cause global financial crisis.

Tourist's Plea for Help Finding Vacation Fling Goes Viral

A French woman goes on vacation to Australian resort destination Mooloolaba, meets a "really cute guy," has a fling, goes home, loses his phone number. Doesn't exactly sound newsworthy, but headlines abound today about Natalie Amyot, the French tourist who says that happened to her... and six weeks later, she...

ISIS Wages Cultural Genocide in Palmyra

They finally did it. The bastards destroyed Palmyra’s Temple of Bel. We all knew it was coming in May when ISIS conquered the ancient Roman-era city an hour’s drive east of the Syrian city of Homs. At first nothing happened. They promised...Show More Summary

Vice News fixer 'arrested over encryption software'

Turkey official tells Al Jazeera arrests made after fixer found to have encryption software used by ISIL on his laptop.

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