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The Year of the Commando

Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Guest

by Nick Turse They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates.  At Saakow, a remote outpost in southern Somalia, ... Read More

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The Anti-Intelligence President-Elect

Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar As serious as is the Russian interference, including hacking, related to the U.S. election, of even more concern is what the U.S. president-elect’s (along with some of his co-partisans’) comments on this ... Read More



Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli

Published on January 9th, 2017 | by Eldar Mamedov

by Eldar Mamedov In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. The trip, which took place shortly before the Geneva nuclear interim agreement was ... Read More



Congress Takes Up Iran, Israel, UN in 2017

Published on January 9th, 2017 | by Lara Friedman

by Lara Friedman [As we have over the past two years, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about ... Read More



Elor Azaria and the Army of the Periphery

Published on January 8th, 2017 | by Guest

by Edo Konrad An Israeli military court handed down a guilty verdict Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of Elor Azaria, an IDF soldier who shot and killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in March of last year. The ... Read More



Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

Published on January 7th, 2017 | by Guest

by Justin Burke As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has many reasons to be pleased this holiday season. Russia, after all, has received an abundance of geopolitical gifts over the past year. ... Read More

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