What Is Hezbollah?

By Tony Badran – Re-Blogged From Prager University

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2018 Third-Quarter Forecast

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Table of Contents

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China Remains in the U.S. Crosshairs. The United States will impose tariffs, sanctions and blocks on investment and research in a bid to frustrate China’s development of strategic technologies. China not only has the tools to manage the economic blow, but will also accelerate efforts to lessen its reliance on foreign-sourced technological components.

Trade Battles Fall Short of a Full-Fledged War. Trade frictions will remain high this quarter as the White House continues on an economic warpath in the name of national security. U.S. tariffs will invite countermeasures from trading partners targeting U.S. agricultural and industrial goods. As Congress attempts to reclaim trade authority, the White House will refrain from escalating these trade battles into an all-out trade war.

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Israel Makes Incredibly Generous Offer Of Free Water Technology To The Iranian People

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

The Iranian regime shouts, “Death to Israel!” In response, Israel shouts, “Life! To the Iranian people!”

While the world may hate Israel, the people of Israel continue to prove that their nation is a force for good in this chaotic world.

The most recent example that proves this point is Israel’s gracious offer to the Iranian people.

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Now or Never: Israel Makes Its Move Against Iran

Reva Goujon   By Reva Goujon – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • An unusual set of circumstances is enabling Israel to scale up attacks against Iran in Syria and risk a broader confrontation in the process.
  • As Israel raises the stakes in its conflict with Iran, it will look to lock in U.S. security commitments in the region for the long haul.
  • The White House’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is a long-shot bet on regime change at odds with U.S. attempts to reduce its military burden in the region.
  • Russia’s bark is often worse than its bite, but it will retain the clout to narrow the scope of U.S. and Israeli ambitions against Iran.
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The 1970s All Over Again?

BY John Rubino – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

For most Americans the geopolitical/financial crises of the 1970s happened so long ago that they’re about as relevant as the Revolutionary War or the Reformation.

But for seasoned citizens who were around back then and paying attention, the similarities to today are becoming both eerie and scary. Consider:

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Three Flashpoints in the Syrian Civil War

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Forecast Updates

  • The Syrian civil war is heading in a new direction.
  • As various operations in Afrin, Idlib and Damascus play out, the front lines of the Syrian civil war will become more static.
  • Despite a decrease in major offensives, the presence of so many foreign powers with intersecting interests heightens the risk of violence.

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters walk on the Roman bridge in the archaeological site of Cyrrhus, northeast of the Syrian city of Afrin, in February 2018.

(NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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