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September 1, 2006

Europe
Apparently, a global slowdown driven by a slowing US is GOOD for the dollar

The (unnamed) “analysts” have spoken.    The yen won’t rise above 113 v the dollar even if the US economy slows significantly, slowing the global economy.    Ahmed and Lindemayer report in today’s Wa…

November 15, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington? Part II

I had been planning on posting something about Iran this week even though it is beyond my “from the Potomac to the Euphrates” writ, but I feel compelled to return to last Monday’s post “Egypt Week …

Egypt Week in Washington? Part II

January 31, 2011

Egypt
Five Things You Need to Know about the Egyptian Armed Forces

There has been a lot of talk about the Egyptian military the last few days.  In light of this commentary, I thought it would be a good idea to offer the top 5 things people should know about the arm…

Five Things You Need to Know about the Egyptian Armed Forces

March 2, 2011

Defense and Security
What If Qaddafi Hangs On?

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech. (Ahmed Jadallah/courtesy Reuters) Much of the talk about Libya over the past week assumed that Col. Qaddafi was about to be swept from power…

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech

June 13, 2011

United States
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

Civilians look at the suspected body of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed (L), one of Africa's most wanted al Qaeda operatives, and an unidentified colleague killed at a police checkpoint in Somalia's …

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

April 14, 2011

Egypt
Goodfellas on the Nile

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sons Alaa Mubarak and Gamal Mubarak in Cairo in early January (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters) In this extended season of the unthinkable becoming r…

Goodfellas on the Nile

May 18, 2011

Nigeria
Nigeria: Investigations Into Voting and Violence

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Attahiru Jega (R) collates electoral figures with a top official of the commission before the announcement of the presidential election resul…

Nigeria: Investigations Into Voting and Violence

August 2, 2011

United States
Osama Bin Laden: What Did Pakistan Know?

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reut…

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader bin Laden and U.S. President Obama in Karachi

September 6, 2011

Intelligence
Who Can’t America Kill?

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters). Capitalizing on public interest in the death of Osama Bin Laden…

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters).

September 30, 2011

Military Operations
Targeted Killings: The Death of Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters). Earlier today, the government of Yemen’s…

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location on September 30, 2011 (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)