Monthly Archives: December 2014

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Admitted To Hospital; Potential Game-Changer For Oil? While One Wall Street Analyst Says Oil Could Hit $14 Before Its Finished Falling

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Admitted To Hospital; Potential Game-Changer For Oil? While One Wall Street Analyst Says Oil Could Hit $14 Before Its Finished Falling www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Reuters News Service is reporting that Saudi King Abdullah was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after experiencing difficult breathing. King Abdullah, who took power in 2005, after the death […]

Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia 599 Dec 31, 2014 10:59 AM EST By Josh Rogin President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting […]

Pakistan: Nuclear Safety & Security Efforts

Pakistan: Nuclear Safety & Security Efforts Huma Rehman Tuesday, December 30, 2014 – Pakistan had acquired nuclear technology for civilian use by participating in the US Atoms for Peace initiative in 1955.Since then no nuclear related accident has occurred in Pakistan. Transformed regional environment and enhanced security dilemma after 1971 war with India, specifically, after […]

Russian Foreign Ministry Releases List Of “Key Foreign Policy Events Of 2014”

Russian Foreign Ministry Releases List Of “Key Foreign Policy Events Of 2014” Text of report “Key foreign policy events of 2014” published in English on the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on 30 December 1. The year 2014 was marked by a build-up of elements of instability and an increase in outbreaks of crises […]

Useful Idiot: Oliver Stone Interviews Yanukovych For Documentary On U.S. ‘Coup’ In Ukraine

Moscow Times December 31, 2014 Oliver Stone Interviews Yanukovych for Documentary on U.S. ‘Coup’ in Ukraine Hollywood film producer Oliver Stone has said he wants to make a four-hour documentary telling the “dirty story” of the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in what he believes was a “coup” organized with the help of […]

Sony Hacked By North Korea, Hacktivists, Ex-Employee, Or Maybe All Of Them? FBI Says It Stands By Conclusion That North Korea Was Responsible

Sony Hacked By North Korea, Hacktivists, Ex-Employee, Or Maybe All Of Them? FBI Says It Stands By Conclusion That North Korea Was Responsible www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Kelly Jackson Higgins, writing on the December 30, 2014 website, Dark Reading, notes that researchers at the Norse Corporation who say an ex-Sony employee may have had a hand in the […]

ISIS Claims To Have Downed Second Aircraft

ISIS Claims To Have Downed Second Aircraft www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com According to Fox News, a ‘radio station’ purportedly affiliated with the Islamic State claims to have shot down a fighter jet in southern Baghdad yesterday; and, captured the pilot. If confirmed, this would be the second downed fighter and capture of the pilot in recent weeks. Neither […]

U.S. Investigators Believe North Korea May Have Contracted Out Parts Of Sony Hack

U.S. Investigators Believe North Korea May Have Contracted Out Parts Of Sony Hack www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com According to a new report out by Reuters News Service, “U.S. investigators believe North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the country to help with last month’s massive hack attack on Sony Entertainment,” according to an official close to the investigation.” […]

Japan To Increase Reconnaissance Patrols Near Disputed Islands

JCG Planning To Increase Aerial Surveillance By 20% https://the-japan-news-archives.s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/preview/entries/103615/materials/264340/76933e93df891 The Yomiuri Shimbun 9:05 pm, December 29, 2014 The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japan Coast Guard plans to increase aerial patrols by 20 percent from next fiscal year to better monitor Chinese intrusions into Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and the illegal collection […]

Why Nuclear Superiority Matters For Compellence

Why Nuclear Superiority Matters For Compellence By Matthew Kroenig, Miriam Krieger and Hans Noel December 3 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/files/2014/12/John-Kerry-at-Iran-talks-012.jpg&w=1484 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaks with E.U. high representative Catherine Ashton as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry embraces France’s Laurent Fabius in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) As diplomats work on a comprehensive nuclear deal to […]