A rejection of Keystone XL in the U.S. Senate does not mean that the bill is finished, or that Ottawa is out of options.
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, speaks during a press conference following the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline bill by the U.S. Senate in Washington, Nov. 18.(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
“When militaries are dealing with enemy networks, you find that no single personality is the sole keystone of that network … taking a key personality helps you in the short run but what you need to do is consistently take out leadership," said Paul Floyd, military analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor.
There are only three sectors that matter much to Russia's political elite—military weaponry, banking and energy—and the U.S. and Europe are hard-pressed to find new ways to penalize those industries in ways that aren't overly drastic, according to Lauren Goodrich, senior Eurasia analyst at global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor.
“Gangs are tapping into pipelines in virtually every state of Mexico that has substantial fuel traveling underground,” says Tristan Reed, Mexico security analyst with global intelligence firm Stratfor. “However, northeast organized crime groups are the chief culprits -- specifically, Los Zetas and the various Gulf Cartel gangs.”
The Sweden Democrats party is considering blocking the country's draft 2015 budget proposed by the center-left governing coalition over concerns that more funding will be directed toward immigrants, Svenska Dagbladet reported Nov. 19.
A draft bill to allow the commercial use of hydraulic fracturing — a method of natural gas extraction — is in development and should be presented to the German parliament before the end of the year, if strict environmental rules are met, FAZ reported Nov. 20.
The United States would violate international agreements and destabilize the situation if it supplied weapons to Ukrainian forces, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said, Reuters reported Nov. 20.
Delegates from the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, Cuba said they will release Brig. Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, who was taken prisoner last week, under certain conditions, a statement on an official FARC website said Nov. 19.
The fate of Brig. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate, who was taken prisoner by militants from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is in the hands of FARC's top leader, Rodrigo Londono-Echeverry, better known as Timochenko, El Espectador reported Nov. 19, citing FARC delegates.
The Iraqi government will resume oil exports to Turkey for the first time since March following last week's settlement of a dispute with the Kurdistan Regional Government, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Nov. 19, Hurriyet Daily News reported.