A new and third ‘intifada’: recent events may push Israel and the Palestinian territories into civil conflict

A new and third ‘intifada’: recent events may push Israel and the Palestinian territories into civil conflict

BY ADAM LUCENTE Reporting from East Jerusalem ‘Intifada’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘uprising.’ It was used to describe events between 1987 and 1993 (the First Intifada) as well as 2000 and 2005 (the Second Intifada). These seminal Palestinian uprisings against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza included suicide bombings, demolitions, targeted […]

Afghan security services: Taliban leader died in 2013

Afghanistan’s national government released on Wednesday what they call “credible” evidence that Mullah Omar, the Taliban commander, died in a Pakistani hospital in 2013. According to Security Services Spokesman Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, Omar died in a Karachi hospital, as confirmed by Taliban sources at two regional councils where possible successors were discussed. The revelation comes […]

Middle East on Fire: Jordan’s military operations not without risk

Middle East on Fire: Jordan’s military operations not without risk

BY ADAM LUCENTE Often heralded as a staunch U.S. ally in the War on Terror, Jordan is currently participating in three of the Middle East’s major military operations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Jordan has been relatively free of the terror threats its neighbors face and may continue to be; at the same time, their […]

Guns not Jobs: A Chat with two Americans preparing to fight ISIS, for real

Guns not Jobs: A Chat with two Americans preparing to fight ISIS, for real

BY ADAM LUCENTE Note: The interviewees names and other personal details have been changed for security reasons. The editorial board checked background documents to ensure the validity of their stories. Much has been made of the few Americans who have joined ISIS, but there are also Americans fighting alongside ISIS’s perhaps greatest enemy: the Kurds, […]

World News: Gaming Liberalization in Japan Fast-tracked by 2020 Olympics

With the whole country of Japan gripped with Olympic fever, ever since it was announced as the host nation for the 2020 Olympics, rumors of change have circulated throughout the country. Japan has stringent laws when it comes to gambling – outlawing such activities under a banning order referred to as the Criminal Code, Chapter […]

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