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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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Guyana: Government Warns Venezuela About Interference

Guyana's government warned Venezuela not to meddle in its oil exploration after Venezuela voiced its opposition to an exploration well planned for disputed waters, El Universal reported March 3.

Syria: Islamic State Loses 23 Villages

The Islamic State has lost 23 villages in three days to Syrian government forces backed by local tribal fighters in the northeastern province of al-Hasaka, The Daily Star reported March 3.

Japan: Leader's Party Admits To Illicit Donations

A local chapter of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party admitted to taking political donations from companies in exchange for government subsidies, The Japan Times reported March 3.

Philippines: Reed Bank Drilling Suspended

The Philippines has shelved oil and gas exploration activities in the South China Sea’s Reed Bank until further notice, Reuters reported March 3, citing a statement by a unit of Philex Petroleum Corp.

Russia: Thousands Mourn Opposition Leader

Thousands of mourners paid their respects March 3 to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed near the Kremlin on Feb. 27, AFP reported.

China: Senior Military Officials Investigated

China’s People’s Liberation Army has announced anti-corruption investigations on 14 senior military officials, including the son of a former official in China’s powerful defense body, SCMP reported March 3.

Turkey: Another State Bank Approved For Islamic Banking

Turkey’s third largest state bank has obtained approval from the regulator to establish an Islamic banking unit capitalized at $300 million, Anadolu Agency reported March 3, citing a statement from the bank.

Iran: Tehran Rejects U.S. Demands On Nuclear Activities

Iran has rejected U.S. demands for a 10-year suspension of sensitive nuclear activities as a condition for a deal on its nuclear program, Fars news agency reported March 3.

Yemen: Leader Offers Talks With Al-Houthis In Riyadh

Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi has offered to hold talks with Shiite al-Houthi rebels in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, AP reported March 3, citing unnamed sources.

Greece: Government Looks To Raise Funds

Greece is expected to issue six-month treasury bills March 4 to raise funding to refinance maturing debt, Ekathimerini reported.

Ukraine: Russia To Consider Gas Discount

Russia may consider a discount on gas deliveries to Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said March 3, TASS reported, a day after an agreement reached at EU-mediated talks in Brussels to resolve a gas payments dispute.

Venezuela: Caracas Opposes Outside Oil Venture In Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez issued a letter publicly opposing ExxonMobil's offshore exploitation of oil blocks in neighboring Guyana, Argus reported March 2.

Colombia: Alleged Cuba-Bound Weapons Shipment Seized

Colombian authorities in Cartagena seized a Chinese-flagged ship carrying seven containers of unspecified weapons allegedly headed for Cuba on March 1, El Tiempo reported March 2.

U.S., Venezuela: Officials Meet As Relations Further Deteriorate

The head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Caracas held a rare meeting March 2 with Venezuela's foreign minister as tensions between the two countries increased, ABC News reported.

U.S.: Israeli Leader Denies That Speech Is Slight To U.S. President

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied March 2 that his upcoming speech to the U.S. Congress is a show of disrespect to U.S. President Barack Obama, AFP reported March 2.

Peru: Port Workers On Strike

Stevedores at Peru's main port are on indefinite strike because of disputes over the number of workers that should be engaged in loading and unloading, Gestion reported March 2, citing operator APM Terminals.

Turkey: Ankara To Assess Involvement In Mosul Operation

Turkey will evaluate whether to participate in an international coalition operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, adding that he will visit Baghdad on March 4, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 2.

Iran: U.S. Official Warns Against Revealing Details On Negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned against revealing details about Iranian nuclear negotiations, AFP reported March 2.


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.