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  1. U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts - NYTimes.com | Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. | 2010--0-5-
  2. BBC News - Iran\'s supreme leader denies nuclear report claims | Iran's supreme leader has denied it is developing nuclear weapons, after a new report from the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, sparked an international outcry. | 2010--0-2-
  3. Iran Controls Protests and Defies West on Nuclear Fuel - NYTimes.com | CAIRO — Iran’s president boasted Thursday that his nation had the capacity to make weapons grade nuclear fuel if it chose to, in a speech designed to rally the nation as it marked the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. | 2010--0-2-
  4. Iran Begins Enriching Uranium to a Higher Level - NYTimes.com | PARIS — Brushing aside international calls for stricter sanctions against it, Iran said Tuesday it had begun enriching uranium for use in a medical reactor to a higher level of purity, raising the stakes again in its dispute with the United States and other countries over its nuclear program. | 2010--0-2-
  5. BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Science ponders \'zombie attack\' | If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. | 2009--0-8-
  6. North Korea to ‘Weaponize’ Its Plutonium - NYTimes.com | SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea responded Saturday to new United Nations sanctions on Friday by defiantly vowing to press forward with the production of nuclear weapons and take “resolute military actions” against international efforts to isolate it. | 2009--0-6-
  7. NATO Meeting to Highlight Strains on Afghanistan | NATO leaders will meet in Strasbourg, France, on Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of an alliance that deterred the Soviet Union, opened the door to emerging democracies, battled ethnic cleansing and now welcomes the return of France as a full member. But they also must face the harsh reality that NATO’s first military mission outside Europe is failing in a way that risks fracturing the alliance. | 2009--0-4-
  8. Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing | WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan's government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. | 2009--0-2-
  9. Uganda: A country adrift, a president amiss | The government fails yet again to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army. (Economist.com) | 2009--0-2-
  10. Congo cease-fire unraveling as fighting spreads | KIWANJA, Congo (AP) -- A fragile cease-fire in Congo appeared to be unraveling Thursday as the U.N. said battles between warlord Laurent Nkunda's rebels and the army spread to another town in the volatile country's east. (cnn,com) | 2008--1-1-
  11. Russia’s armed forces: Advancing, blindly | A more aggressive Russian army is still no match for NATO, but is strong enough to scare some neighbours. (Economist) | 2008--0-9-
  12. Niger Delta rebels ratchet up oil-related violence | LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group said Wednesday that it had destroyed an oil-pumping station and a pipeline crossing southern Nigeria in a rare daylight attack extending violence in the restive region into its fifth day. (CNN.com) | 2008--0-9-
  13. Anarchy-Cursed Nation Looks to Bottom-Up Rule | Does the international community have it all wrong on Somalia? After 17 years, 14 transitional governments and more than $8 billion in foreign aid, the country is as violent and lawless — and many say hopeless — as ever. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  14. Drums of war across the borders | Since peace talks with Uganda’s rebels collapsed, some say war must resume. IN MARCH, after nearly two years of on-and-off peace talks, negotiators for Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) announced that their leader, Joseph Kony, an elusive self-styled mystic, was at last ready to emerge from the bush and sign a deal to end one of Africa’s longest wars. (Economist.com) | 2008--0-8-
  15. US warns Russia of lasting impact | The US defence chief has warned relations with Russia could be damaged for years if Moscow does not step back from "aggressive" actions in Georgia. | 2008--0-8-
  16. US warns Russia of lasting impact | The US defence chief has warned relations with Russia could be damaged for years if Moscow does not step back from "aggressive" actions in Georgia. | 2008--0-8-
  17. Separatist Fighting Erupts in Georgia | MOSCOW — Heavy fighting in the border region between the former Soviet republic of Georgia and a breakaway Georgian enclave erupted overnight on Wednesday and continued throughout the day on Thursday, resulting in the deaths of two Georgian soldiers and more than two dozen injuries. | 2008--0-8-
  18. ASEAN and the temple of doom | Modest progress on Myanmar is overshadowed by the threat of war between Thailand and Cambodia FOUR months ago, when Thailand’s prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, visited his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, the two countries seemed capable of dealing peacefully with a long-running dispute over an ancient temple on their borders. Thailand backed Cambodia’s bid to have the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple listed as a “world heritage” site and both sides agreed to keep talking over their overlapping claims to a nearby patch of land. Since then, things have deteriorated to the point where each side has sent thousands of troops to the area. This week talks between the two countries agreed no more than to try to avoid settling things by force. Cambodia asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting over what it called a state of “imminent war”. (The Economist) | 2008--0-7-
  19. Sudan warns west of 'Iraq-style disaster' in Darfur | UN peacekeeping troops are heading for "another Iraq or Afghanistan disaster" in Darfur as long as talks between the government and rebel groups remain stalled and the US maintains its hostile stance, Sudanese officials and regional experts warned today. (Guardian) | 2008--0-3-
  20. Al-Qaeda: How jihad went freelance | Al-Qaeda has evolved from a single group to an amorphous movement. Does that make it less dangerous or more so? (Economist) | 2008--0-2-
  21. Climate Change and National Security | Climate change presents a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and other countries. Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. This report charts both domestic and international effects of climate change, offering both analyses and policies for future action. (Council on Foreign Relations) | 2008--0-1-
  22. The State of Iraq: An Update | In this New York Times op-ed piece, the authors create their own "matrix" with their own graded shadings to illustrate where we are in Iraq looking at the months of November since the beginning of the war. | 2007--1-2-
  23. U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work | A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb. This announcement sharply contrasts with the the statements made by President Bush in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to “World War III,” and Vice President Dick Cheney promising “serious consequences” if the government in Tehran did not abandon its nuclear program. (NYT) | 2007--1-2-
  24. Climate Change and National Security | Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities. Internationally, climate change may cause humanitarian disasters, contribute to political violence, and undermine weak governments. (Council on Foreign Relations - PDF) | 2007--1-2-
  25. New Eritrea-Ethiopia war fears | Ethiopia and Eritrea may return to war over their disputed border without foreign moves to resolve the crisis, warns the International Crisis Group. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  26. U.S. pulls plug on 6 al-Qaeda media outlet | The U.S. military says it has captured at least six al-Qaeda media centers in Iraq and arrested 20 suspected propaganda leaders since June. The seizures of the centers underscore the importance al-Qaeda has placed on media, primarily the Internet, as a tool to communicate to its members and use against U.S. forces in Iraq. The group's media emphasis continues to increase, intelligence analysts say. | 2007--1-0-
  27. Proving That Seeing Shouldn't Always Be Believing | An interview with Hany Farid, head of the Image Science Laboratory at Dartmouth College. Farid is a founder of a subdiscipline within computer science: digital forensics. The purpose of his work with image manipulation is to discover how computerized forgeries are made. Intelligence agencies, news organizations and scientific journals employ Dr. Farid’s consulting services when they need to authenticate the validity of images. (NYTimes) | 2007--1-0-
  28. Maliki Accuses Blackwater of Challenging Iraq’s Sovereignty | Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki called the Blackwater USA shooting of Iraqi civilians a challenge to the nation's sovereignty, bringing to light the increased role of non-state actors in international affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-9-
  29. Civil liberties under threat: The real price of freedom | This series of articles from the Economist (online) interrogates how America and other Western democracies have over the past six years eroded civil liberties, even in countries regarding themselves as liberty's champions. | 2007--0-9-
  30. Crocker, Petraeus Hold a News Conference (transcript) | Transcript of the press conference at the National Press Club (9/12/07) with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. (Washington Post) | 2007--0-9-
  31. General Petraeus and Amb Crocker at National Press Club | MNF-Iraq Commander GEN David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker speak about the current status of conditions in Iraq at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. | 2007--0-9-
  32. Petraeus: I Never Meant to Say Iraq Doesn't Make Us Safer! | Given half the opportunity by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Gen. Petraeus eagerly backtracked on his earlier admission to Sen. Warner that he didn't know if success in Iraq would make America safer. | 2007--0-9-
  33. Taleban 'Getting Chinese Weapons' | Britain has privately complained to Beijing that Chinese-made weapons are being used by the Taleban to attack British troops in Afghanistan. (BBC) | 2007--0-9-
  34. A Godsend for Darfur, or a Curse? | With the recent announcement that an underground lake the size of Lake Erie rests beneath Darfur, some wonder if this discovery will become a miracle-solution to the region's crisis. The United Nations Environmental Program cites that Darfur “can be considered a tragic example of the social breakdown that can result from ecological collapse," however, many are skeptical that this discovery will be enough to curtail the history of Sudan, a grim chronicle of civil war, famine, coups and despotism. (NYT) | 2007--0-7-
  35. Where Less Is More | An op-ed warning of the potential for setbacks if the U.S. were to focus its attention (and troops) to Afghanistan post-Iraq, citing that the intervention in Afghanistan has gone far better than that in Iraq largely because the American-led coalition has limited its ambitions and kept a light footprint, leaving the Afghans to run their own affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-7-
  36. Israel, Iran, Rated Most Negative in Poll; Canada Viewed Best | More than 28,000 respondents in 27 countries have ranked Israel and Iran (respectively) as having the most negative influence in the world, according to people questioned in a British Broadcasting Corp. poll about attitudes toward 12 nations and the European Union. Not far behind were the U.S. and North Korea. (Bloomberg) | 2007--0-3-
  37. Pakistan’s Tribal Areas: Appeasing the Militants | Musharraf's appeasement of Taliban sympathizers has resulted in a base in Pakistan’s tribal areas that militants are using to stoke instability both at home and in neighboring Afghanistan. | 2006--1-2-
  38. Radioactive Nationalism | Discusses the far-reaching consequences of nuclear weapon proliferation in East Asia and throughout the rest of the world. | 2006--1-0-
  39. Can America Rein in North Korea and Iran? | Questions America's unilateral foreign policy by highlighting the need for both Chinese and Russian support. | 2006--1-0-
  40. After Afghan Battle, a Harder Fight for Peace | Post Afgan war, civilians once again feel threatened by NATO coalition forces bombarding into their homes without justifications. For the US, winning the battle at this point is about securing the peace. | 2006--1-0-
  41. Suicide Bomber Kills 12 Near Kabul Ministry | | 2006--0-9-
  42. Syria Bows to Back Hamas, Hizbullah at All Costs | A report from the Lebanon Star about the determination of Syria to continue its massive financial and military backing of Hamas and Hezhbollah, despite US threats of increased sanctions. This bodes poorly for Israel, which failed to militarily act against Syria in the recent conflict and sufficientl stamp out Hezhbollah positions in S. Lebanon. It is also not good news for US-led interests in the area, as it shows the newly found diplomatic spotlight of Assad's Baath government, which will likely continue to be exploited to draw even closer to Iran and its aims of regional dominance. The result can be increased regional tension, a rse in the activities of Islamic groups in Iraq, Israel, and even in the Europe. Certainly this will weigh heavily on the future of US engagement in the Middle East. | 2006--0-9-