Archive for June 22, 2014

NEWSLINK: Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue

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[“Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue” – Washington Times 6.22.14]  The Washington Times covers signs of “Clinton fatigue.”  Poll numbers have been declining for former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from New York, First Lady and Arkansas lawyer Hillary Rodham Clinton. Significant questions arise about where the trend will lead by 2016. As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an expected presidential run,

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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( - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

VIDEO: Defense Department Briefing on Capture of Benghazi Terrorist Suspect Khattala and other subjects

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Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, briefed reporters about the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah for civilian prosecution over the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Khattalah is now being held at a secure location outside of Libya and will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C.  Kirby avoided providing details about the capture, or how

NEWSLINK: Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty

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[“Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty” – Fox News 6.17.14] Fox News covers announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense regarding the capture and planned civilian prosecution of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala.  Khattala will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C., in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed

The Intrigue Lying Behind Iraq’s Jihadist Uprising

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(Stratfor – Reva Bhalla 6.16.14) Events in Iraq over the past week were perhaps best crystallized in a series of photos produced by the jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Sensationally called The Destruction of Sykes-Picot, the pictures confirmed the group’s intent to upend nearly a century of history in the Middle East. In a series of pictures set to a

Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine


( - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to be in flux, and most of the countries I visited are

NEWSLINK: Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes


[“Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes” - Reuters - June 10, 2014] Reuters reports that Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and the EU have remained stable, despite the passing of a deadline over disputed Ukrainian gas bills.  Meanwhile, the European Commission continues to broker related negotiations. Natural gas supplies to Ukraine and the European Union were stable on Tuesday after a Russian deadline passed for

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor upset in Republican primary by Tea Party unknown Dr. Dave Brat

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was upset in Virginia’s June 10 primary by unknown Tea Party candidate David Brat. Roll Call indicates that the district was considered a safe seat for the Republicans, with no Democrat yet emerging as a challenger.  Unofficial results have Brat leading Cantor 56% to 44%. Links & Resources :: Cantor upset in Virginia GOP primary by