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K St. on edge: Block on foreign lobbying by ex-officials could become ‘seismic event’

Rep. Frank Wolf: "Why should somebody who had been an ambassador or CIA station chief then go out and work for that country?"

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, A bill working its way through Congress has the potential to alter the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy by prohibiting former senior U.S. government officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign countries for a decade after leaving office. Introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), the bill would [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Assad regime in ‘its last days’; family said to be in Moscow

Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in December 2006.  /AP/File

Special to LONDON — President Bashar Assad, his military and security forces straining to contain Sunni rebels, was expected to flee Syria. Diplomats said Assad could decide to seek safe haven in Russia, the president’s leading ally. Neither Assad or his younger brother, Maher, has been heard from since the July 18 attack. On [...]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,France,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Assad said injured in blast that killed top officials at meeting he attended

Syrian Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, his deputy Assef Shawkat and Assistance Vice President Hassan Turkmani.

Special to NICOSIA — In an attack that could topple his regime, Syrian President Bashar Assad has been injured and his top military advisers killed in a suicide bombing. Western intelligence sources said Assad attended a July 18 meeting at the National Security Agency in Damascus when a suicide bomber blew himself up. They [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah cited in attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

At least seven people were killed and many more wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a bus packed with Israelis at a Black Sea airport in Bulgaria.

Special to LONDON — Iran was believed to have sponsored an attack on a bus full of Israelis in Bulgaria. Western diplomatic sources said Iran and its chief proxy, Hizbullah, bombed a bus of Israeli students who had just arrived in Bulgaria on July 18. The sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps employed [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Bosnia,Bulgaria,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

U.S. sailors attacked by Islamists in Turkey

A group of Turkish Youth Association (TGB) members have attacked American forces in Turkey’s southern city of Antalya where the USS Abraham Lincoln has docked.

Special to ANKARA — The U.S. military presence has been ordered on alert in Turkey after an attack on American sailors. Turkish sources said the U.S. military presence has been placed on alert in wake of an attack on several American soldiers in the southern province of Antalya. The sources said U.S. European Command, [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Military,World Links | Read More »

Mickey Mouse and miniskirts: N. Korea’s new young leader instructs nation in ‘global trends’

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have a chat as North Korea's Moranbong band performs in Pyongyang.  /AP/KCNA via Korea News Service

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, North Korea’s youthful new ruler Kim Jong-Un has publicly called for the reclusive state to catch up with “global trends” in upgrading the country’s industries — a sign that the Swiss-educated leader may pursue certain reforms. Kim used the term “global trends” during recent public activities, according to [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,North Korea,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

ran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a June appearance.  /AFP

Special to By Dr. Assad Homayoun and Gregory Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense &  Foreign Affairs Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent challenges, the response to which will determine its viability — [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Iraq,Israel,Life,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Soviet health care almost aborted our son

Soviet health care: No medicine and no care.

Lev Navrozov In 1972, my wife, our son, my mother, and I were on our way to the United States from Italy, where we had spent almost six months waiting for our American visas to be processed. All other Russian émigrés who also received their visas chose to go to the United States by plane. [...]

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Lev Navrozov,Life,Russia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,World Links | Read More »

Stealth jihad has taken root in Europe, now coming to America

Muslims pray on the streets of Paris.

Special to By Geert Wilders Geert Wilders spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado on July 1. The following is the complete transcript of his speech. Thank you, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, for inviting me to the Western Conservative Summit. It is always a pleasure to come to America. I was [...]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Life,Netherlands,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Report: Assad regime using cluster bombs against Syrian rebels

A screenshot of the YouTube video uploaded by “Afamia1985” shows unexploded Soviet-made AO-1Sch submunitions, small fragmentation bomblets delivered by RBK bombs.

Special to WASHINGTON — The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is said to be using cluster bombs in the war against Sunni rebels. Human Rights Watch asserted that Assad’s military was firing Russian-origin cluster bombs in an effort to quell the Sunni revolt in Syria. The New York-based group identified one of the [...]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

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