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Jihadism in 2014: Jihadist Franchises

The rift between al Qaeda and the Islamic State has produced scores of local splits within regional jihadist groups, and will ultimately weaken both of them.

Greece Postpones a Crisis

Greece must clear a series of obstacles in the coming months if it hopes to complete its bailout program.

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The Intersection of Three Crises

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The Wager Behind the European Debt Crisis

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Mark Fleming-Williams on Greece Bailout Talks

Live interview with Stratfor's economy analyst on CBC's prime time business program "The Exchange" to provide commentary on the different scenarios that could result from ongoing talks between the EU and Greece.

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Egypt Finds Alternative to U.S.-Made Warplanes

In this story from NPR's "Marketplace" program, Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack comments on the economic implications of a potential U.S.-Egypt fallout over military aid after the Egyptian government's purchase of French-made fighter jets.

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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Western ISIS Hostages

"They're extraordinarily high-value targets -- you can see the amount of propaganda that can be gained by having an American, a Western hostage," says Fred Burton, a former U.S. Diplomatic Security Service special agent and State Department counterterrorism official. "It generates additional media attention, making the organization relevant."

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Venezuela: Competing Demonstrations Take Place In Caracas

Two marches took place in Caracas on Feb. 28, with one group protesting a crackdown on government opposition and another supporting President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses said, El Universal reported.

Ukraine: Attacks Significantly Decrease In East, Military Says

Attacks by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine significantly decreased overnight, Ukraine's military said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Italy: Right-Wing Party Protests Government In Rome

The right-wing Northern League party began demonstrations in Rome against the government Feb. 28, with thousands expected to participate, party leader Matteo Salvini said, Corriere della Sera reported

Ukraine: Nemtsov Was To Disclose Russian Involvement In Conflict, President Says

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was going to disclose evidence of Russian military involvement in the Ukraine conflict, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Feb. 28, Interfax reported.

Russia: Moscow Rally Converts To Nemtsov Funeral March

The Moscow rally set for March 1 has been converted into a funeral march for opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, opposition organizer Leonid Volkov said on Facebook Feb. 28, The Interpreter reported.

Russia: Putin Calls Nemtsov Killing A Provocation

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Feb. 27 killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a provocation, and that he would take personal control of the investigation, the Business Insider reported, citing Kremlin spokesperson Dimitri Peskov.

Russia: Opposition Politician Boris Nemtsov Killed In Moscow

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in the center of Moscow on Feb. 27, police sources said, Tass news agency reported.

Mexico: New Oil Blocks Approved For Auction

Mexico has approved the auction of nine shallow-water hydrocarbon development blocks as part of its first licensing round to allow foreign investment in the country's oil sector, Argus reported Feb. 27.

Mexico: Attorney General Leaves Post

Jesus Murillo Karam has resigned from the post of attorney general and will be sworn in Feb. 27 as the head of the Department of Rural and Urban Development, ABC reported.

Greece: Update On Piraeus Bank Reports

Stratfor sources reported earlier that customers at Piraeus Bank ATMs in central Athens were having trouble withdrawing cash, but continuing reports suggest there is no widespread panic and that the problem is not affecting all of the bank's ATMs in the city.

UAE: Deal With Ukraine Does Not Include Arms

The military and security cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine does not include arms deals, UAE assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs Faris al Mazrouei said, Emirates News Agency reported Feb. 27.

Bangladesh: Blogger Killed In Violent Attack

Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger who spoke out against religious extremism, was hacked to death as he walked through a crowded area of Dhaka with his wife, Rafida Ahmed, AP reported Feb. 27.

Japan: Environment Minister Denies Corruption Charges

Japanese Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki denied wrongdoing following allegations that his office received improper funds, Reuters reported Feb. 27.

Greece: Piraeus Bank ATMs Run Out Of Cash

Piraeus Bank ATMs in downtown Athens appear to have run out of money Feb. 27, according to Stratfor sources in Athens. Customers have formed long lines to withdraw cash from the ATMs with no apparent success.

Mexico: Most Wanted Drug Lord Captured

Mexican authorities have arrested Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel and considered the most wanted drug kingpin in Mexico, Reuters reported Feb. 27.

China: New Law To Allow Military Deployment Overseas

China will approve a law that will authorize deployment of troops abroad on counterterrorism operations, Reuters reported Feb. 27.

Sri Lanka: China Keen On Maritime Cooperation, Minister Says

China is committed to maritime cooperation with Sri Lanka, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera's visit to Beijing, South China Morning Post reported Feb. 27.

Turkey: Police Detain Man Threatening To Bomb U.S. Consulate

Police detained a man presumed to be mentally ill in front of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul after he threatened to detonate a bomb he said he was carrying, Hurriyet Daily News reported Feb. 27.

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Decade Forecast: 2015-2025

The United States' role as the pre-eminent power will be the sole constant in a decade of political fragmentation, economic shifts and changes in regional power structures.