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26 February 2015


International News Coverage


Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism


News Guide: Latest developments involving Islamic State group around the globe

Associated Press

From Iraq and Syria, where Islamic State militants abducted Christians and destroyed Mesopotamian relics, to arrests of suspects in New York and a Muslim group in Britain shedding light on the possible identity of a British-accented militant from IS beheading videos, the extremist group dominated the headlines on Thursday around the globe.


Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

Oliver Holmes and Tom Perry / Reuters

A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported.






Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front

Alec Luhn / The Guardian

Kiev’s forces have begun pulling back heavy weapons from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine, marking a step forward for the troubled peace plan agreed in Minsk this month.


Greece bailout saga strains German patience

Ian Traynor / The Guardian

The German parliament is expected to agree to extend the eurozone’s bailout of Greece on Friday, capping a tumultuous first four weeks in office for the anti-austerity government in Athens. The next four months will be crueller yet.


Russia could cut off gas to Ukraine by ‘end of week’

Laura Mills / Associated Press

Russia could cut off supplies to neighboring Ukraine by the end of the week if it does not get further payments from the country, state-owned gas company Gazprom said Thursday.


German nurse jailed for life for murdering patients

BBC News

A former nurse who admitted killing more than 30 patients with lethal drug overdoses has been jailed for life by a court in northern Germany.



The Americas


Cyber threats expanding, new U.S. intelligence assessment says

Ken Dilanian / Associated Press

The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.


Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez case dismissed

BBC News

A federal judge in Argentina has dismissed a controversial case against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister.





Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Bombers hit Jos and Biu

BBC News

Two suicide bombers have killed at least 15 people at a bus station in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses say.


Somalia’s al Shabaab say fire mortars at presidential palace

Feisal Omar / Reuters

Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said they carried out a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.





China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral

Andrea Shalal / Reuters

China is building some “fairly amazing submarines” and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior.


North Korea reflagging ships to evade sanctions – UN

BBC News

A North Korea shipping company has been renaming and reflagging its vessels so it can evade an arms embargo, a UN report has said.




Energy Security, Science and Technology, Climate Change


Osborn: Fossil fuel divestment campaign has high costs, low returns

Lexi Osborn / Greeley Tribune

Radical climate activists’ latest campaign is a transparent ploy to boost its own power, not caring that it would harm more than help what it claims to protect.


Nearly all California voters think shortage is serious: poll


Nearly all California voters believe the state’s water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday.


U.S. regulators vote to set new, tougher net neutrality rules


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines, with Democrats in support, to set new so-called net neutrality rules that would regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


The Long Final Leap Against Polio in Pakistan

Kennington Cung

On February 23, 2015, in Quetta, Pakistan over 400 teams of healthcare workers began an eight day campaign to inoculate of 478,000 children against polio. The men and women bring with them paperwork, information handouts, coolers containing the vaccines, and an extensive military security detail. With another four workers found murdered just ten day prior, bringing the death toll to eighty six, the heightened security is not only important for the safety of health workers but also crucial to keep the momentum to eradicate polio. Being a health worker in Pakistan and Afghanistan has become a deadly profession that has led to the increase of polio cases over the past few years in the region.


CVE—is about the choice we set

Paul Hamill

Today we have seen the arrest of three Americans plotting to commit terrorist acts here in the homeland and join Daesh/ ISIS. We also saw earlier this week three young women fly from the UK to Turkey, and now possibly enter Syria to do the same – and join Daesh.


Falsely Framed Debates about Our Options on Iran

BGen Stephen A. Cheney and Sungtae “Jacky” Park

The two actual alternatives that Washington must choose between are an Iran without nuclear weapons as a result of a deal or an Iran with nuclear weapons which could eventually emerge out of failed negotiations.


America’s Role in the Arctic: Opportunity and Security in the High North

Andrew Holland

Today, melting ice is opening the Arctic to economic exploitation. Inevitably, geopolitics has followed, with countries as far from the Arctic as China, India, and Singapore expressing interest in the region. Russia has significantly stepped up its military activity along their Arctic shore and in the Arctic Sea.


Eurozone Reaches Preliminary Deal With Greece

Hugo Grondel

After a week of tense negotiations, the finance ministers of the Eurozone have managed to carve out a preliminary deal with Greece. Previous attempts by Greece to renegotiate the terms of their bailout program failed last Monday.


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ASP Recently Published

Global Natural Gas Pivot to Asia

American Security Project

Asia currently has two of the world’s three largest economies, and its energy needs to fuel these economies are continuing to grow. Energy suppliers are increasingly looking to exploit this market demand, trying to secure their market share in an economy with a long term demand. To this effect, energy suppliers are looking to how they can best fulfill the needs of the Asian energy markets.


Effective Measures for Tackling Climate Change — Divestment

American Security Project

This report focuses on how effective fossil fuel divestment campaigns in the United States would be in combating the effects of global climate change, as well as explore various solutions that aim to mitigate and eventually reverse the effects of our current accelerating climate change.

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