04 Mar 2019

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate and Downgrades Its Diplomatic Mission to Palestine

The US government has closed its Jerusalem consulate that operated as a de facto embassy to Palestine. While the State Department claims that he decision “does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip,” analysts consider it a symbolic move that downgrades

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04 Mar 2019

‘We Are Not Winning’ Counterterror War in Sahel, US Military Leader in Africa Says

Last week, 2,000 Western and African troops arrived in Burkina Faso for Flintlock, a large-scale annual US-led military exercise held in the African Sahel region. This year, the exercise is organized in Burkina Faso. Despite the cooperation of troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania as part of

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04 Mar 2019

South Korea and US to end two large-scale war games

In order not to antagonize the North Korean regime, the US and South Korea have decided to stop holding the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve annual joint military exercises, which in the past have involved up to 200,000 South Korean forces and 30,000 US troops. North Korea has considered the

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01 Mar 2019

Information Attacks on Democracies

A recent academic paper titled “Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy” aims to provide an explanation for why certain Internet disinformation attacks have significant destabilizing effects in the US, while strengthening the internal stability in Russia. The authors propose that in order to understand this phenomenon, it is important to look at

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01 Mar 2019

Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict

Chinese aggression in the South China Sea directed at the Philippines would result in a military response from the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Friday press conference in Manila. Pompeo warned the US ally that “China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your

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01 Mar 2019

Osama bin Laden’s son is taking over as al Qaeda leader, US says

The US State Department is offering a $1 million reward for information that may enable it to track down Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, the notorious al Qaeda leader who was assassinated in his hiding place in Pakistan as part of a top secret 2011 US

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28 Feb 2019

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

The US-North Korea nuclear summit in Vietnam has come to a premature end. The North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on the regime, which the US government was not willing to do. US President Trump stated that while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered to dismantle

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28 Feb 2019

A Senate Report Has Slammed the Chinese Learning Centers Operating at Over 100 U.S. Universities

A new report by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs portrays Chinese learning centers at over 100 US universities as elements in China’s global propaganda apparatus. The report states that the learning centers, all of which belong to the Confucius Institute, intend to “change the impression

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28 Feb 2019

U.S., Taliban Pause Peace Talks In Doha For Two Days

The Doha peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban have been paused for two days “for internal deliberations,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative heading the US delegation, announced on Thursday. Khalilzad stated that both sides “continue to take slow, steady steps toward understanding and eventually [peace].” The

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27 Feb 2019

Russia Jails Former Top Cyber-Cop in U.S.-Linked Treason Case

A Russian court has convicted two native cyber security specialists with treason for “having contacts with” US intelligence. A former top officer of the country’s Federal Security Service’s information-security division was sentenced with 22 years imprisonment, while a manager at Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab was jailed for 14

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