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Do Israelis Really Want to Bomb Iran?

Facing an unprecedented array of sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe, Iran's leaders opened 2012 by announcing that a new uranium enrichment site in the mountains near Qom would soon become operational. The recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist—believed by many...

Updated: New Sanctions Curtail Iranian Support to al Qaeda in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The U.S. Treasury Department is accusing the Iranian authorities of aiding al Qaeda.

A Unilateral Palestinian State Will be Non-Starter

About 100 nations across the world have already come out in recognition of an independent Palestinian state, and more are expected to be coming onboard until September, when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will vote for the creation of an independent Palestinian State...

2011 Flashpoints: Asia – India Bolsters Its Navy To Face The Growing Chinese Threat

This Article is part of the 2011 Flashpoint - Asia Series | India is not twiddling its thumbs and sitting idly waiting by as China's military buildup reaches climax over the past decade. The former Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes, while speaking in the aftermath...

2011 Flashpoints: Asia – Competing For Regional Hegemony

While the traditional world remains focused on the military instability of the Middle Eastern scene, another area will most probably shift into world attention by 2011- the Far East, or more specifically - China and the Indian subcontinent. Whatever the case may be, the...

2011 Flashpoints: Asia – ‘String Of Pearls’ Is Securing China’s Sea Lanes

2nd Article in the 2011 Flashpoint - Asia Series | A major player in the Asian scene is the Peoples Republic of China. This rising giant is already in the midst an immeasurable and unprecedented economic growth period, but creating perpetual insatiately need for a...

2011 Flashpoints: Asia – The Chinese Dragon Vs The Indian Tiger

3rd Article in the 2011 Flashpoint - Asia Series | Beijing's aggressive "String of Pearls" strategy of securing the sea lanes from the Persian Gulf to China is alarming the powers currently dominating the region, and is already severely jittering India's complacency. And here precisely...

Will Fueling Bushehr Also Push the Shi’ite Nuke Bomb?

With the fueling of the Bushehr nuclear reactor initiated this weekend, the Shi'ite Mullahs mark the culmination of their nation's long ambition to acquire access to atomic energy. Whether this should remain a peaceful overture to similar reactors to follow suit, or the mark...

Should Israel Be Scared of Iran’s Future Nukes?

Israel is growing more and more exasperated with the Obama Middle East strategy, especially in his determined effort to use diplomacy in trying to roll back Iran’s growing uranium-enrichment program. The Israelis are fully aware of the nifty trick, which small nations have used...

A “Dirty Bomb” Is Currently al Qaeda’s Favorite Weapon

Denying terrorists access to radiological materials that can be used in a dirty bomb attack - one that could bring western economy to a standstill and render areas uninhabitable for decades - is still a major security challenge. Should a dirty bomb or multiple dirty...

Overpressuring Israel Could Eventually Backfire

For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet...

By Way of Deception thou Shalt Make War

WHO DUNNIT in DUBAI? - Does it really matter? Viewed within the many actions against the "war on global terror", there is now one less arch-terrorist among the living. No one in his right mind should cry over the demise of this mastermind in murderous...

Yemen’s al Qaeda Power Base Alarms the World

The Al Qaeda wing in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing last week of a Northwest Airlines flight. The group, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the latest reincarnation of Islamist militant cells that have been active in Yemen...

The Implications of Iran’s Second Enrichment Plant

INSS Insight By Asculai Ephraim Iran's main enrichment plant, located at Natanz, can accommodate some 54,000 gas centrifuge machines. At the present rate of operation at Natanz, these can produce low-enriched uranium for barely one refueling per annum of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. The...

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