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Here's the Sound Americans Heard in Cuba Attacks

It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they're colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The AP has obtained a recording of what some US Embassy...

This Was Russia's Secret Plan to Build a 'Space Cannon' to Fight America

Michael Peck Security, Could it have worked?  Space warfare expert Paul Szymanski believes that it was possible to operate the cannon in space, but there would have been some issues, especially in fire control. "The trajectory of the...Show More Summary

Everything You Wanted to Know about Zapad 2017

Nicholas J. Myers Security, Europe And all of the particpants, too.  During and after Zapad-2017, commentators speculated wildly on why Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not observe the exercises together. Show More Summary

Would North Korea Use Old World War II Tanks to Fight America in a War?

TNI Staff Security, Asia Yes, and they might get slaughtered.  While the T-34/85 medium tank might be have been instrumental in the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht in World War Two, the vintage war machine is probably...Show More Summary

What the Great Scud Hunt Tells About a War With North Korea

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia We might not be able to take out those missiles, after all. While assembling the coalition that would eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1990–1991, one thing American military planners weren’t worried about was Iraq’s Scud-B tactical ballistic missiles. Show More Summary

Israeli plan to ‘transfer’ 300,000 Palestinians to West Bank is new normal — Zoabi

Plan by a member of Knesset from Netanyahu's party to transfer 300,000 Jerusalem Palestinians to West Bank sovereignty is naked demonstration of apartheid. Transfer is now the "normal" center of Israeli politics, though ten years ago it would have been stifled as extremist and embarrassing, says Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of Knesset.

‘We need to kill Arabs’ and ‘Islam is a bad disease’ — Israelis interviewed on Jerusalem street

A new video has shown strong anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian sentiment among Israelis in Jerusalem, with residents providing extreme solutions to the country's conflict, such as killing all Palestinians and transferring them to other Arab countries, Al Jazeera reports. Show More Summary

Video Shows Why Jiu-Jitsu Gym Isn't Good Target for Thieves

A would-be thief in a Rio de Janeiro suburb apparently chose the wrong gym to rob, the AP reports. Surveillance camera footage shared widely on social media shows the man entering the gym and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist. Several seconds later, the man is seen jumping...

Michelin Star Is Great Honor One Hotel No Longer Wants

People haven't distanced themselves from a star this quickly since Mel Gibson. The BBC reports a week after a top French chef asked for his three Michelin stars to be removed, a luxury hotel in Scotland made the same request of the star it's held for the past decade. Boath...

How the U.S. Navy Is Learning to Beat Anti-Ship Missiles

Michael J. Armstrong Security, Middle East And has already done so in combat. When USS Mason fended-off several anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) near Yemen a year ago, it was a minor event: a few shots fired, no one hurt, mission continued. Show More Summary

The F-15K Slam Eagle: How South Korea Would Strike North Korea in a War

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia One powerful jet. On September 13, 2017 the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) test-fired a Taurus cruise missile in response to a North Korean ballistic missile test. In this video, you can see as an...Show More Summary

In 1987, North Korea Tried to Destroy the Olympics

Sebastien Roblin History, Asia By taking down a jetliner. Near midnight on November 28, 1987, a young woman and an older man board a 707 airliner on the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport. South Korea Flight 858 is bound for Seoul with layovers on Abu Dhabi and Bangkok. Show More Summary

An Atheist in the Yeshiva: The education of Yossi Zvi Gurvitz

Yossi Gurvitz recounts how he went from growing up in a national-religious family in Petah Tikva to rejecting Judaism. For him, it all started in yeshiva: "On October 28th, 1984, I had my first crisis of faith. That evening, David Ben...Show More Summary

This Is the U.S. Military's Tank-Killer Missile That Russia Fears Most

Sebastien Roblin Security, And China, too.  When Russia provided military support to separatists in Ukraine, columns of Russian tanks were instrumental in turning back Ukrainian Army offensives and seizing government strongpoints, notably the Donetsk International Airport in January 2015. Show More Summary

A Jewish atonement for Zionism

Yoav Litvin reviews Moshe Menuhin’s “Not by Might, nor by Power”: The Zionist betrayal of Judaism" a ground-breaking critique of Zionism first published in 1965. Litvin writes, "In 'Not by Might, nor by Power,' Menuhin dissects the crimes...Show More Summary

The Black Sheep of NATO

It was made abundantly clear last week in Philadelphia, of all places, that NATO is being undermined from within and lacks the will to defend its own values and interests. I flew to Philadelphia to speak to visiting members of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly at a foreign policy conference organized by the Middle East Forum, where I am a fellow. Show More Summary

Solidarity with Dareen Tatour now hot issue in Israel’s cultural wars

Hundreds of Palestinians are arrested, interrogated, and sentenced to Israeli prisons for their pronouncements made on Facebook each year. But the most absurd case of them is that of poet Dareen Tatour. Yoav Haifawi reports from an solidarity...Show More Summary

The U.S. Air Force's Built a Mach 2 Nuclear Super Bomber to Destroy Russia

Robert Farley Security, But it never, ever dropped a bomb. Why?  The B-58s most lasting contribution came in popular culture, where its futuristic, dangerous appearance made it attractive to artists and directors. Most famously, a group of B-58s (redubbed “Vindicator”) destroyed Moscow in the 1964 film Fail-Safe. Show More Summary

In 1942, U.S. Marines Launched a Raid from Submarines Straight out of an 80s Action Movie

Sebastien Roblin History, Asia Yes, this is real. On a stormy night, U.S. Marines set off secretly from submarines to assault a remote island base. They are led by a controversial commander with radical new ideas. And the son of the sitting U.S. Show More Summary

This Is What Happened When the U.S. Marines Put the M9 and Glock 19 Head to Head

Task and Purpose, James Clark Security, And there's video to show what happened. The 2nd Marine Division’s top firearms expert, Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Wade, is back with yet another gun video — And this one’s all about pistols. Show More Summary

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