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What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The killing of the American Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, along with three other American diplomats, the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the tearing down of the flag replacing the stars and stripes with a black banner, all allegedly in response to an […]

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The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

By Brian M Downing Just a few months ago, U.S.-Pakistani relations were abysmal, perhaps even at a crisis point. An American airstrike had killed 25 or more Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan retaliated by closing off U.S./ISAF supply lines into Afghanistan.  Tensions increased and many worried of more border skirmishes along the Af-Pak border and even […]

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Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The name Timbuktu conjures up mystery and the magic of a far off place seemingly untouched by modernity, lest  alone violence. But the ancient city of Timbuktu, lost in the remote reaches of the Sahara has sadly been thrust into the headlines as an Islamic fundamentalist group has […]

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Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

By Brian M Downing President Obama whisked into Afghanistan unannounced, inked a somewhat nebulous yet significant agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, then quickly returned home. It was an impressive diplomatic coup that guarantees an appreciable U.S. presence in the country over many years, for better or worse. Many regional powers wanted no such arrangement […]

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As U.S. allies focus on Pacific, Aussies to exit Afghanistan 1 year early

As U.S. allies focus on Pacific, Aussies to exit Afghanistan 1 year early

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a surprise announcement, Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced April 17 that she would present NATO with a plan in August to withdraw all 1,550 Australian troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2013, one year earlier than the original December 2014 schedule, when most NATO troops are supposed […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

By Uwe Siemon-Netto As Christianity is set to celebrate its highest feast in the church year, a Christian from overseas may be forgiven for asking his American coreligionists two troubling questions concerning the faltering campaign of Sen. Rick Santorum and the trivialization of life-and-death concerns in the current electoral season of the western world’s most […]

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Russia opposes hasty pullout, offers NATO access to supply air base

Russia opposes hasty pullout, offers NATO access to supply air base

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a surprise move, a senior Russian official said on March 14 that the country may allow NATO to use an air base in southern Russia as a hub to transport supplies to Afghanistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said that it might not be wise for NATO to […]

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Tale of two massacres and the price of withdrawing from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Tale of two massacres and the price of withdrawing from Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Sol W. Sanders Two recent deeply intertwined violent events demonstrate the terrible burden hanging on the outcome of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan. An American soldier’s rampage allegedly taking the lives of 17 Afghan villagers paralleled the attack of a Franco-Mahgrebian youth resulting in seven deaths of French [Muslim] veterans and Jewish civilians. […]

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Terror in France and the chilling prospect of sleeper cells also in the USA

Terror in France and the chilling prospect of sleeper cells also in the USA

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A spate of seven seemingly unexplained serial  killings has shocked France with the uncomfortable realization that the specter of terrorism has not vanished.  But the shootings of three soldiers and later, the calculated cold- blooded rampage at a Jewish school killing a rabbi and three children, turned the […]

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Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Gregory Copley, Global Information System By the start of 2012,  the U.S. had seen a precipitous decline in its real strategic dominance of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, and in its ability to reach and influence Central Asia. It had taken less than two decades for the U.S. to lose […]