Saturday, September 4, 2010

September geopolitics roundup

By Rick Morris

The New York Times says that global famine, not climate change, is the coming apocalypse of the century.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy evaluates the overall state of the global battle against jihad.

Stratfor goes through in great detail how the hostage rescue mission in the Philippines was botched so tragically.

The Belmont Club looks at the many different facets of a 2010 that they predict will come to be seen as a year of great global transition.

The Diplomat critiques the US’s evolving military posture towards China.

Der Spiegel gives an overview of Germany’s dependence on China for economic growth – and the potential ramifications.

Stratfor puts the upcoming Middle East peace talks into fascinating historical context.

Janes reveals that Iran has whipped their population into strongly supporting their growing nuclear program.

Janes analyzes Turkey’s move away from its traditional pro-West foreign policy.

The China Post reports on a growing arms race among many Middle Eastern countries.

Der Spiegel predicts failure in the upcoming talks between Israel and the Palestinians and looks at what could happen then.

Line of Departure throws cold water on the “imminent US attack on Iran” stories.

The Counterterrorism Blog exposes the real threat by the admittedly small member of Al Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan.

The Long War Journal states that the Taliban is suffering from low morale as a result of NATO’s escalation against them.

The American Interest says that the floods are killing what is left of Pakistan – a dangerous situation for a potentially hostile country with nukes.

The Counterterrorism Blog deconstructs the possibilities of militants using the Pakistan flooding to take the upper hand in that country.

Der Spiegel looks at the growing role of special forces in NATO’s fight against the Taliban.

Janes reports on the alliance of two brutal dictatorships: North Korea and Myanmar.

Janes speaks on the “elections” coming in Myanmar.

Asia Times evaluates the mysterious visit of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il to China.

Janes brings to light the active international role of Jamaica’s drug gangs.

The New York Times exposes the growing dangers in Venezuela and how Hugo Chavez is leading the country straight down the commode.

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