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Israel's Real Problem

The Israeli political establishment may be focused on the U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal as a threat, but the greater danger lies within Israel itself. Read more…

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Pondering Hitler's Legacy

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Pulled by the Beard: Islamic State and the War of Symbols

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Stratfor In The News
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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Egypt's Security Situation and Intelligence Challenges

In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."

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Situation/Intelligence Reports

Yemen: Dual Bomb Attack On Mosque Kills 20

At least 20 people were killed and many more injured when two explosive devices detonated at a packed mosque in Sanaa's northern Jarraf district, AP reported Sept. 2, citing medical officials. Read more…

U.S.: 34 Lawmakers Support Iran Deal

U.S. President Barack Obama managed to secure the support of 34 Senate Democrats on Sept. 2, the minimum needed to overcome opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement, Wall Street Journal reported. Read more…

Venezuela: China To Loan $5 Billion

China will loan Venezuela $5 billion to help increase oil production in the midst of falling oil prices, Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 1. Read more…

Libya: Peace Talks To Reconvene

A fresh round of negotiations on the conflict in Libya will convene Aug. 3 at U.N. headquarters in Geneva, according to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, Jordan News Agency reported. Read more…

U.S.: Government to Admit 1,500 Syrian Refugees

The U.S. government will allow 1,500 Syrian refugees to permanently settle in the United States by the end of September, Anatolia News Agency reported Sept. 2. Read more…

Greece: Coast Guard Seizes Ship Laden With Weapons

Greek authorities seized a freight ship filled with weapons headed to Libya from Turkey, Greek coast guard officials said Sept. 2, Reuters reported. Read more…

Venezuela: More Municipalities in State of Emergency

The Venezuelan government declared a state of emergency in four more municipalities, El Nacional reported Sept. 1, citing the Aug. 31 Official Gazette. Read more…

Mexico: Licensing Contract Model Likely For Blocks, Official Says

Mexico's Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons Lourdes Melgar Palacios announced Sept. 1 that Mexico will likely follow a licensing contract model in upcoming tenders for deep-water oil exploration, El Financiero reported. Read more…

Libya: Islamic State Claims Attack On Energy Firm

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for bombing the Mellitah oil and natural gas company headquarters in Tripoli, Reuters reported Sept. 1, citing a statement on social media. Read more…

Hungary: Rail Passengers Demonstrate Over Heightened Immigration Enforcement

Hundreds of migrants are demonstrating in Budapest outside of the Keleti railway station, which Hungarian authorities temporarily closed to verify travel and immigration documents, Euronews reported Sept. 1. Read more…

China: Sweeping Military Overhaul Forthcoming, Sources Say

Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce as soon as this month a sweeping overhaul of the country’s military, unnamed sources said, Bloomberg reported Sept. 1. Read more…

Greece: IMF Chief Reportedly Rules Out Debt Write-Down

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, have sent clear messages to Athens that there will be no write-off or interest rate cut on Greek debt, Kathimerini reported Aug. 31. Read more…

China: Manufacturing Activity Indexes Hit Multi-Year Lows

Chinese manufacturing activity continued to slow down in August, according to both official data and the Caixin Media's General China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, Xinhua reported Sept. 1. Read more…

Thailand: Suspected Bomber Arrested

Thai authorities arrested a man suspected of carrying out the Aug. 17 Erawan shrine bombing in Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said Sept. 1, Bangkok Post and Khao Sod reported. Read more…

China: Another Chemical Factory Explodes In Shandong Province

At least one person was killed when a chemical factory exploded in China’s Shandong province late on Aug. 31, South China Morning Post reported, citing Dongying News. Read more…

Egypt: Massive Natural Gas Find To Primarily Serve Domestic Needs, CEO Says

A natural gas field with as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of the commodity has been found off the Egyptian coast, Italian energy group Eni announced Aug. 30, Euractiv reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Fighters Gain On Central Damascus, Activists Say

Islamic State fighters battling Syrian rebels moved closer than ever to central Damascus on Aug. 31, activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Naharnet reported. Read more…

EU: Ministers To Hold Emergency Talks On Migrants

EU interior and justice ministers will hold emergency talks on Europe’s migrant issue on Sept. 14, according to a statement released Aug. 31 by Luxembourg, which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency, the EU Observer reported. Read more…