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Barack Obama's ill-advised nuclear deal with Iran has kickstarted a new arms race

Iran’s decision to test-fire two ballistic missiles emblazoned with the legend “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew is not the sort of reassuring conduct one would expect from a country that claims it wants better relations with the outside world.<p>Timed to coincide with US Vice President Joe Biden’s …

South Asia

Russia's plunging military budget exposes one of Putin's biggest contradictions

Between a multibillion-dollar military modernization push, expensive and high-profile new weapons development, and military operations in Syria and Ukraine, Putin has attempted to project conventional military strength while demonstrating an actual willingness to use force.<p>But there's one big …

Russia warns North Korea over threats of nuclear strike

One of Pyongyang’s few remaining allies says country is in danger of creating legal grounds for international military intervention. NK News reports<p>Russia has warned North Korea that threats to deliver “preventive nuclear strikes” could create a legal basis for the use of military force against the …

Russia ‘stoking refugee unrest in Germany to topple Angela Merkel’

Analysts at Nato centre claim to have found evidence of ‘information war’ over migration crisis with links to Vladimir Putin<p>Russia is trying to topple Angela Merkel by waging an information war designed to stir up anger in Germany over refugees, Nato’s most senior expert on strategic communications …

We can't allow refugee crisis to plunge Greece into chaos, says Merkel

German chancellor defends her stance on migrants and says continent must find a ‘collective way’ to fix the problem<p>The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has warned that European countries cannot afford to allow the continent’s continuing refugee crisis to plunge debt-stricken Greece into chaos by …

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The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China

Pentagon officials have started talking openly about using the latest tools of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create robot weapons, "human-machine teams" and enhanced, super-powered soldiers.<p>It may sound like science fiction, but Pentagon officials say they have concluded that such …

Military

Will ISIS Launch a Mass Drone Attack on a Stadium?

Experts warn that off-the-shelf drones could be used in a spectacular atrocity that would be live-streamed for a propaganda coup.<p>LONDON — A team of …

U.S. Spy Chief On Apple, ISIS And His Future At The CIA

Listen To Part 2 On 'All Things Considered'<p><b>Listen · 6:03</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>John Brennan is walking with a limp these days — a testament to the hazards of shoveling your own driveway. Even the director of the CIA had to dig out just like the rest of us, after last month's blizzard shut down …

ISIS is bringing the US and Iran closer together

At Geopolitical Futures, we expected that—but our forecast was not based on the issue of nuclear weapons. Rather, it was based on the prediction that there would be cooperation between the US and Iran as a result of converging strategic interests.<p>At one point, nuclear weapons were the main issue …

South Asia

Russia decides to trade East Ukraine for sanctions relief

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Davos that sanctions against Russia could be removed in a period of a few months. The diplomatic, …

Russia

What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

The document reveals gaps of intelligence on WMD. Why didn’t the Pentagon chief share it?<p>On September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense …

Russian general Igor Sergun dies suddenly after being 'sent to Syria by Vladimir Putin to ask President Assad to step down'

A Russian general has died of unknown causes just weeks after reportedly being sent to Syria to negotiate with President Bashar …

'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now'

Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution began on January 25, 2011. Five years after Hosni Mubarak was toppled, families of detained activists say there is even less freedom than before<p>Of all the freedoms Egyptians thought they had won with the Tahrir Square Revolution, the one they thought irreversible …

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: Putin has 2 years to hold Russia together

Speaking in a Mauldin Economics Interview, Friedman said the key to his forecast is Moscow's recent decision to suspend foreign aid loans. These loans are one of Vladimir Putin's main tools for maintaining the appearance of Russian power around the world. Losing them could cost Russia influence. …

Russia

AP FACT CHECK: Benghazi movie misstates some facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bay's new film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," tells the story of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya …

U.S. Dept. of State

Putin's disturbing message for the west: your rules don't apply

Litvinenko findings further highlight Russian president’s paranoid nationalism and international indifference<p>The official conclusion that Vladimir Putin “probably approved” the murder of the former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 has again raised uncomfortable questions about Russian …

Russia’s new underwater nuclear drone should raise alarm bells

By Editorial Board<p>FROM THE first days of the atomic age, nuclear weapons have been designed to be aimed at two kinds of targets — military, and cities and industry. The only time the weapons were used in war, by the United States at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they were dropped on cities. In the Cold …

Litvinenko case: UK inquiry says Putin probably approved ex-spy's killing

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved the operation by Russian agents to kill former FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a detailed UK inquiry has concluded.<p>Retired High Court Judge Robert Owen, who conducted the inquiry, wrote that he was "sure" that two former …

Russia

The 2 most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

It's the idea that we are reaching the absolute limit of what we can understand about the world around us through science.<p>"The next few years may tell us whether we'll be able to continue to increase our understanding of nature or whether maybe, for the first time in the history of science, we …

Physics

Here's what SpaceX fans think Elon Musk's secret giant new rocket might look like

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is planning a gigantic rocket and spaceship system called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) capable of carrying 100 people all the way to Mars. With that kind of cargo it's going to have to be big and heavy.<p>This kind of thing has never been done before, so it's hard to …

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