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Syria's Assad says military gains will speed up political deal | Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian army successes will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said, because they weaken the position of international opponents who he accused of hindering any agreement.<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar …

How Governments Have Used the War on Drugs to Oppress Their Enemies

Last week, it was revealed Richard Nixon launched his war on drugs to target people he didn't like—but he's not the only one to use narcotics as a hammer to beat his enemies.<p>Next month, UN members will take part in the biggest discussion of drugs policy this century. So the revelation last week …

High-speed air travel to London from New York at twice the speed of sound

High-speed air travel is all set to literally go boom into the future.<p>The start up company Boom has set its sights on flying its new aircraft from London to New York at over twice the speed of sound in slightly over three and a half hours.<p>Luxurylaunches.com reports that Boom is already working on …

Trump's nuclear views are terrifying: Column

He'd ditch 'predictable' U.S. policies that have kept nuclear arms races in check for decades.<p>The contours of Donald Trump’s foreign policy are becoming disturbingly clear. Newspapers have labeled his thinking on international affairs "isolationist” and “unabashedly non-interventionist," yet those …

Obama seeing China leader as South China Sea tensions rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be meeting with Asian leaders in Washington this week as fears grow that long-smoldering tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea risk flaring into conflict.<p>World leaders, including those from China, Japan and South Korea, will be in …

Russian Airstrikes 'Targeted Civilian Infrastructure' in Syria and Killed More Than 1,000 People | VICE News

The opening phase of Russia's bombing campaign in Syria killed at least 1,096 civilians and targeted almost every type of infrastructure needed for survival by those caught in the crosshairs, according to new analysis.<p>Researchers from Airwars, a non-profit group monitoring the casualties from …

Syrian regime blames UN envoy for 'fruitless' peace talks

A week of Geneva peace talks on Syria has proved fruitless, a source close to the Damascus government said Saturday, blaming UN pressure to end the …

Syrian Army launches major counter-offensive in southern Hama

Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the outskirts of Qantara village in a move which follows Jabhat al-Nusra’s unsuccessful offensive at the …

The Strategic Constants Behind the Russian Withdrawal

The strategic constants in the wake of Russia's military redeployment out of Syria include the following: First, the continuation of the US-Russian partnership in the Syrian arena, and its expansion into Yemen and Iraq where the remaining time Barack Obama has in the White House will be used to …

The Guardian view on the geopolitics of falling oil prices

In the geopolitics of oil production, predictions are always risky. However important it may be, the price of crude is never the single factor driving events. That a global shakeup will occur if the spectacular tumble in prices persists is, however, a fairly safe bet. Witness how record highs and …

Oil

Here's the military equipment that North Korea could use against the world at any moment

REUTERS/KCNA<p>We might not know if North Korea's claim to have set off a hydrogen bomb is true, but we can be sure of one thing — Kim Jong Un's rogue state has a massive and very scary military.<p>The North Korean military has 690,000 active military personnel, 4,500,000 active reserve military …

Syria rebels warns U.N. 'pressure' will prolong war | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents are under international pressure to make concessions that would prolong the conflict, underscoring their doubts about a new U.N.-led drive for peace talks planned to begin this month.<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter prays as …

EU welcomes access to Syria's Madaya, urges halt to attacks on civilians | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Friday welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s decision to allow humanitarian access to the town of Madaya, and called for a halt to all attacks on civilians in the conflict, ahead of peace talks later this month.<p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks …

Syrian rebel group casts new doubt on peace process, wants missiles | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A large Syrian rebel group has said the best way to push Damascus to a political settlement of the country’s civil war was to give insurgents anti-aircraft missiles and has pledged to control the arms if provided.<p>A rebel fighter of Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) holds up a kitten …

Prepare for, rather than predict, future events in the world of oil…

This is magnified further by the geography that has a critical chokepoint. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) defines world oil …

Breaking international law in Syria

<i>This article was first published on November 25, 2015 on Russia Today.</i>The war drums are getting louder in the aftermath of ISIS attacks in Paris, as …

Signs Pentagon moving to loosen 'rules' of ISIS war

The Defense Department may be moving to loosen the rules of engagement in the war against the Islamic State, following criticism that the military’s strict policies are undermining the 14-month air campaign over Iraq and Syria.<p>Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door to the changes in an …

Airstrikes hurt, but don't halt, IS oil smuggling operations

The campaign already appears to be having some effect, with oil prices rising in areas of Syria that rely on crude smuggled out of IS areas. But experts say it will be difficult to cut off the militants' trade completely since they are likely to switch to smaller, more elusive vehicles.<p>Putting a …

Drug Trafficking and the Financial System - Ivanov in South America

South America

Combating drug trafficking in Latin America

Latin America

Matt Herbert: "...Women in Latin American Drug Trafficking Organizations"

Latin America

US General: Hezbollah Generating Millions Through Drug Trafficking in Latin America

Latin America

Russia Says Its Airstrikes In Syria Are Perfectly Legal. Are They?

An expert on international law explains why Russia's argument doesn't hold up.<p><i>Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Marc Weller on the legality of Russian airstrikes in Syria</i><i>.</i><p>Russia has carried out a series of …

Alarming number of countries flout international law by executing for drug-related crimes

The death penalty continues to be used as a tool in the so-called “war on drugs”, with an alarming number of states across the globe executing people …

How China Shot Down Its Own A2/AD Lawfare Strategy

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. When China’s warships were reported to be passing through the U.S. territorial seas near Alaska, what was the U.S. …

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …