Rachael Rolf

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Iran Prepares for a Leadership Transition

Any transition comes at the most crucial time in the 35-year history of the Islamic Republic due to unprecedented domestic political shifts underway …

Asia

Does France Have the Master Plan to Defeat ISIS?

Early last year, France intervened in Mali against Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate. They struck the jihadist groups violently with airpower and …

Arab Militaries Lead Third Round of Syria Strikes

Military teams from two Arab countries led the United States in a third round of airstrikes against the Islamic State Thursday, targeting …

Middle East

Syria’s Islamist rebels fear US could hit them next

BEIRUT (AP) — When the United States opened its aerial campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria this week, its first salvo also hit an …

Middle East

The Real Threat from China's Military: Going "Rogue"

Chinese leader Xi Jinping was humiliated during his just-completed meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, turning the long-awaited …

China

America Feared Syria’s Air Defenses

Attacking warplanes packed anti-radar missiles … just in case<p>When American military aircraft attacked Islamic State militants in Syria on the early …

Military

The Intellectual Battle Against ISIS by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

DUBAI – The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iran reportedly unveils new land-based cruise missile

According to Fars News Agency, the new missile, "Ya Ali," is said to be capable of being fired from ground launchers as well as by fighter …

Military

Al Jazeera America Has An Ambitious Plan For Its Future In The US

Al Jazeera America has been broadcasting exclusive American content from 12 bureaus across the country since Aug. 20, 2013, but until recently relatively few Americans noticed.<p>However, the viewership has begun growing as Al Jazeera reports hard news about Gaza, ISIS, and the racial unrest in …

Profit

Russia tightens control over Kyrgyzstan

As EU imposes new sanctions on state-owned companies, Gazprom and Rosneft invest heavily in Central Asian state<p>While Russia’s relationship with Ukraine has been grabbing the headlines, Moscow has been steadily strengthening its foothold in another of the post-Soviet states – Kyrgyzstan.<p>In the past …

Why is secessionism on the rise in Europe? With Scots voting in their independence referendum today, Edoardo Campanella takes a look at what the increasing separatist sentiment means for a continent with 250 culturally distinct regions. #IndyRef http://wef.ch/XK5HoB Chart: http://wef.ch/XK5Jg9

Islamic State crisis: US House approves Obama Syria plan

<b>The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State.</b><p>The vote passed by a large majority in the Republican-controlled House and is expected to be adopted in the Senate.<p>The endorsement came after President …

Middle East

World Economic Forum

In case you missed it: What can countries gain from implementing a carbon tax? Find out why the key to fighting global warming could also be in your …

Chief rabbi says French society has turned indifferent to...

PARIS, (Reuters)- France’s government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country’s newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday.<p>Haim Korsia, who was elected in June, recalled the huge crowds that …

Israel

Apple: We can’t give your iPhone data to the government

<i>This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com</i><p>By Noah Rayman<p>After dozens of celebrities had their most …

Billionaire VC Peter Thiel Says Silicon Valley's 'Obsession' With Disruption Is Totally Misguided

The theory, made popular by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, refers to a strategy that scrappy, young companies use to topple giant firms, like Netflix did to Blockbuster or Microsoft did to IBM back in the day. It's now bandied about so often by aspiring entrepreneurs that …

Silicon Valley

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China’s Borderline Belligerence by Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – In recent years, the People’s Liberation Army has been taking advantage of its rising political clout to provoke localized skirmishes and …

Poll: A Majority Of Chinese Expect War With Japan; 90 Percent Of Japanese Dislike Chinese

Rising tensions between China and Japan are taking their toll, according to a new poll by Genron NPO/China Daily.<p>Among those Chinese citizens surveyed in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian, a majority (53.4 percent) believe “there will be a military conflict” with Japan in the coming …

Is Turkey the weakest link in anti-IS coalition?

Turkey is likely to be the weakest, most reluctant and most timid member of the coalition Western allies are building to combat the Islamic State …

Syrian Filmmakers Expose ISIS

<i>A version of this article, "Arts + Culture: Documenting Syrian Lives, in Long Form" was originally published on</i> Syria Deeply<i>.</i><p><b>By Katarina</i> …

Kurds put conditions on participation in new government

Kurds, who hold 62 seats in the Iraqi Parliament, have placed conditions on their participation in the new government, which won parliament’s …

Middle East

Israel preparing for ‘very violent’ war against Hezbollah, TV report says

Just 10 days after a ceasefire ended a 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict, the Israeli army is “making plans and training” for “a very violent war” against …

Israel

How To Defeat ISIL: It’s All About The Strategy

<i>As the NATO alliance’s panjandrums meet in Wales and debate the best ways to destroy ISIL and make Vladimir Putin’s Russia stop doing whatever it</i> …