Monthly Archives: November 2008

Pirates and the Need for Collective Security in the Persian Gulf

The capture of the Saudi-oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates illustrates both the Persian Gulf countries’ dependence upon maritime commerce and their inability secure the regional shipping lines upon which they are so dependent. Naval forces from … Continue reading

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Piracy Strikes Saudi Arabia

In a bold move, pirates emanating from Somalia’s lawless coast executed a bold hijacking of a Saudi oil supertanker carrying approximately 2 million barrels of crude, a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily output. The pirate raid was unprecedented in that … Continue reading

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A Call for Hindu Suicide Squads

In India’s Western state of Maharashtra State, police announced the arrest of a terrorist cell  alleged to have successfully planned and carried out a September bombing in the small city of Malegaon where several died. For India, which has several active insurgencies, and is the victim … Continue reading

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Algeria's Liberation, Terrorism, and Arabization

Algeria, in contrast to many other North African countries, had engaged in a distinct Arabization policy after its disastrous war of liberation from France. The guiding idea for the victorious rebels was to turn back the clock, and reverse the … Continue reading

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King Abdullah: $400 Billion Investment in Saudi Oil Sector

The Saudi Monarch, King Abdullah, in Washington D.C. for the emergency economic summit convened to deal with the global financial crisis, pledged to invest up to $400 Billion in the Saudi oil sector over the coming years. Link: http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/bbdp/saudi-king-400-billion-investment-in-oil/249513

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Pakistan to Washington: Stop the Robot War

In a recent meeting with the Central Command Chief, Gen. David Petreaus, Pakistani Prime Minister, Asif Ali Zardari, urged the General to halt all drone-or in Army parlance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)– attacks in Pakistani territory. This comes on the heels of … Continue reading

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The IAEA's Investigation of the Syrian Nuclear Site Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The IAEA’s ex post investigation of the Syrian nuclear site bombed by Israel last September remains inconclusive in terms of whether or not the site housed a nuclear reactor. Traces of uranium were found, however. That the site remained hidden … Continue reading

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