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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.

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

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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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Syria: Islamic State Releases 19 Christian Captives

The Islamic State released 19 Assyrian Christians on March 1, but some 200 more remain captives, Reuters reported.

Sierra Leone: Vice President Quarantined For Ebola

Vice President of Sierra Leone Samuel Sam-Sumana voluntarily placed himself under quarantine for Ebola after the virus killed one of his bodyguards Feb. 27, Al Jazeera reported March 1.

Hong Kong: Police Arrest 3 Anti-China Protesters

Hong Kong police arrested 3 protesters who were demanding that the government cancel entry permits for Chinese tourists and calling for the Chinese Communist Party to be toppled, Reuters reported March 1.

Yemen: Iranian Flights Begin Day After Agreement Signed

Iranian flights to Yemen began the day after Tehran signed an agreement with the new al-Houthi government in Sanaa to allow air travel between the two countries, Al Jazeera reported March 1.

Lithuania: Agreement Reached To Buy U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas

Lithuania signed a deal to buy liquefied natural gas from Houston-based Chenier Energy, Lithuanian state-owned energy company Litgas said, AFP reported March 1.

Mali: Peace Deal With Rebels Held Up

The main Tuareg rebel coalition that includes the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has asked the Malian government for more time to consult its people before deciding on a peace agreement, Al Jazeera reported March 1.

China: Manufacturing Declines For 2nd Straight Month

China's Purchasing Managers' Index, a statistic that looks at activity in factories, registered at 49.9 for February, below the level of 50 that indicates growth, France24 reported March 1.

Russia: Ukrainian Lawmaker Arrested Before Moscow Funeral March

Russian authorities arrested Ukrainian lawmaker Alexei Goncharenko in Moscow before a funeral parade for Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on March 1, Ukraine Today reported and Goncharenko confirmed on his Facebook page.

Egypt: Court Ruling Could Delay Elections

An Egyptian court ruled part of the country's election law unconstitutional in a move that could delay the country's parliamentary vote, originally scheduled for March 22, Reuters reported March 1.

Ukraine: Heavy Weapons Removed, Rebel Leaders Say

Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine have withdrawn heavy weapons from the contact line in compliance with the Minks agreement that went into effect Feb. 15, leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic said, RIA Novosti reported March 1.

Colombia: FARC Fears Extradition To U.S., President Says

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said March 1 during a state visit to Spain that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, will not surrender if it faces the risk of extradition to the United States, Caracol Radio reported.

Russia: Nemtsov Funeral Marches Held In Moscow, St. Petersburg

Mourners held funeral marches in Moscow and St. Petersburg on March 1 to honor Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was killed Feb. 27, Sputnik News reported.

Syria: Loyalist Forces Retake Southern Villages

Syrian government forces retook the village of Tal al-Majda in Sweida province and Tal Antar in Daraa in southern Syria, state media said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Russia: Committee Releases Possible Motives For Nemtsov Killing

Russia's Investigative Committee listed several possible motives behind Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's killing, the committee said Feb. 28, RT reported.

U.S.: Coalition Launches 20 Airstrikes Against Islamic State

The U.S.-led coalition launched 11 airstrikes in Iraq and nine in Syria against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

UAE: Government Denies Selling Arms To Ukraine

The United Arab Emirates denied reports of selling military supplies to Ukraine despite earlier statements from Ukraine confirming an arms deal, UAE officials said Feb. 28, Press TV reported.

Greece: Athens Faces Difficulty Repaying ECB Loans, Finance Minister Says

Greece acknowledged it faces problems meeting its obligations to the European Central Bank, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Turkey: Pro-Kurdish Party Calls For Disarmament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party called on PKK militants to lay down their arms, party leaders said Feb. 28, World Bulletin reported.


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.