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US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

The US National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S Air Force announced the second successful field test of the modernized B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, which was completed on August 8.

Gas Games In The Eastern Mediterranean Are Threatening Europe

The European Commission is offering European consumers the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, which provides for the supply, in particular, of Azerbaijani and Central Asian gas along the Turkey–Greece–Italy route. The project’s potential participants have their own interests, however, and are divided by long-standing antagonisms that are turning the corridor into a military and political delayed-action mine.

"It Is Our Very Existence That Is Unbearable To Jihadists"

"The sad conclusion seems to be that that jihadists do not need a "reason" to kill Westerners. They attack equally France, which conducts military operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and countries such as Spain and Germany, which are neutral."

In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Will we all look back on this moment when future historians trace the end of the GCC? Did the Saudis finally overreach in their anti-Iran fanaticism to become the authors of their own demise? The surprising emergent Iran-Qatar alliance is sure to at least be the start of a new regional order where the Saudis can no longer dictate terms no matter how many Western powers stand at their side.

Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or "We Will Act"

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border.

Russian Ambassador To Sudan Found Dead, Drowned In Own Pool

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Sudan, Mirgayas M. Shirinskiy, was found dead in his home in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Wednesday. Al Arabia adds that the ambassador was found drowned in the swimming pool at his home.

The Future Of The Third World

"...the hope among people in the World Bank, the IMF, and other armchair intellectuals was that once the correct incentives were in place and institutions were organized, these structures imposed from on high would put the third world on a path to perpetual growth. They couldn’t have been more wrong..."

Gavekal On The Coming Clash Of Empires: Russia's Role As A Global Game-Changer

Just when China is starting to offer an alternative—an alternative that the US should be trying to bury—the US is moving to “weaponize” the dollar and pound other nations—even those as geo-strategically vital as Russia—for simple domestic political reasons. It all seems so short-sighted.