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Iran as an Occupying Force in Syria

Iranian soldiers march past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014, in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian soldiers march past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014, in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

It is no longer accurate to describe the war in Syria as a conflict between Syrian rebels on the one hand and Bashar al-Assad’s regime...




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    A Canal at What Cost?

    What does a canal have to do with human rights? Plenty, according to the thousands of Nicaraguan protesters who filled Managua’s streets on December 10,... Read more

  • Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen in the Board Room at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why the Federal Reserve Needs to Start Raising Interest Rates Now

    Federal Reserve policymakers meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss when to raise interest rates and how they will communicate those intentions without upsetting financial markets... Read more

  • Soldiers from the different branches of military are sworn in during a naturalization ceremony at a ceremony on Liberty Island on Oct. 28, 2011. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    Arms and Men: Technology’s Shadow Over Democracy

    U.S. defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter’s background in physics and technology is a reflection of the technological demands of modern warfare. Less well understood is... Read more

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    The Season for Mindless Consumerism

    ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism. I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things... Read more

  • NYPD officers at the intersection of Wall St. and Broadway in New York on Sept. 22, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    What the Numbers Say on Police Use of Force

    When Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994, legislators mandated that the attorney general begin studying and reporting on excessive... Read more

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    Cuban People Will Pay the Price for Obama’s Careless Concessions

    The Cuban regime’s decision to release American hostage Alan Gross to celebrate Hanukkah with his family is long overdue, welcome news. Gross is free today;... Read more

  • Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan takes questions from reporters during a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Uncensored: Is the US Any Better Than China? CIA Torture Report

    So here’s some reasons why you might think the horrendous acts of torture committed by the CIA in the name of the War on Terror... Read more

  • Kirsten Luna from Holland, Mich., uses her smartphone outside the U.S. Supreme Court after a major ruling on cellphone privacy by the court in Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2014. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Personal Privacy Is Eroding as Consent Policies of Google and Facebook Evoke ‘Fantasy World’

    We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of that data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email,... Read more

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    Russian Demographics: The Perfect Storm

    So much attention is focused on the Russian Federation’s plummeting ruble, evaporating investments, and looming recession, following its land grab in Crimea and intervention in... Read more

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    Wind Offers a Healthy Way to Generate Power

    There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be... Read more

  • Armed police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Sydney Siege Shows Social Media Is a Risky Business

    As the hostage crisis in Sydney came to a dramatic, deadly end, people were flooded with information. The siege at the building in the city’s... Read more

  • Workers repair a gas pipeline damaged during shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian village Krasnyi Pakhar in the Donetsk region on Nov. 23, 2014. (Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images)

    Can Ukraine’s New Technocrat Elite Make Their Economy Work?

    Ten years ago, it was received wisdom in Western academic, business, and policy circles that Ukraine was an archetypal “captured state”—a state owned and run... Read more

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    Capturing the Internet Revolution for a Healthy Planet

    As a systems ecologist, I’m always thinking about the cumulative effects of the combined activities of humanity and the natural world. I think broadly about... Read more

  • The construction site of Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Imereti Valley in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Jan.23, 2013. (Mikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Geopolitics of Olympic Site Selections

    Video Transcript Ryan Bridges: Hi. I’m Ryan Bridges, a deputy editor at Stratfor. With me today is Seth Kessler. He is a Ph.D. candidate in... Read more

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    China Uncensored: The Truth Behind Traditional Chinese Kung Fu

    There’s a lot of mystery surrounding traditional Chinese martial arts. Is kung fu really as powerful as karate, muay thai or jiu jitsu? Or is... Read more

  • Police officers take away a protester at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    China Uncensored: Democracy Is Dead in Hong Kong

    Well those pesky protesters who have harmed the good people of Hong Kong, blocking traffic, hurting business, have finally been cleared. The good guys lost... Read more


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