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  • Caught On Tape: Suicide Bomber Detonates As Al-Qaeda Storms Checkpoint In Yemen

    These days it’s all about ISIS which means that al-Qaeda - the once proud bastion of international terrorism - has been relegated to also-ran status as the group struggles to compete in the face of Islamic State’s propaganda juggernaut. ISIS, via its... Read More >>

    Islamic Gunmen Storm Luxury Hotel In Mali Capital, Take 170 Hostage; French, US Special Foreces Follow – Live Feed

    Update 9:50 Reuters reports that supporters of al-Qaeda-affiliated group claim responsibility for attack in Mali citing a Twitter post Update: 9:35 Mali hotel gunment have dug in on building's seventh floor as special forces advance - Security... Read More >>

    The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking

    The question of how the Islamic State funds its sprawling caliphate has been discussed in the past: we first broke down the primary driver of ISIS revenue well over a year ago, in September 2014, when we explained that "ISIS uses oil wealth to help finance... Read More >>

    How Islamic Extremism Was Born

    History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear. Gore Vidal famously referred to the USA as the United States of Amnesia. The late... Read More >>

    Understanding The Power-Contest Between Aristocracies

    At the core of global power stands the conflict between the Sauds and their Sunni clergy, versus the Iranians and their Shiite clergy. One can’t understand U.S.-Russian relations, nor much else of what is happening in the world, without knowing the... Read More >>

    Donald Trump Wants To Track Muslims In The U.S.

    Donald Trump upped the ante in the contest to see which Republican can appear tougher on immigration and terrorism on Thursday night when he said that he “would certainly implement” a database that would track Muslims in the U.S. “There should be a... Read More >>

    Congress Won’t Crack Down On Inversions Any Time Soon

    As Pfizer reportedly closes in on a deal that would enable it to relocate to low-tax Ireland, the U.S. Treasury on Thursday unveiled new rules aimed at thwarting just those sorts of tax-dodging transactions. It’s unclear what impact, if any, the rules... Read More >>

    What’s Worse Than The SEC’s Revolving Door?

    Arthur Levitt is incensed. That doesn't happen all that often. It takes a lot to make the level-headed, even serene, former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman angry. (Full disclosure: Levitt is a director of Bloomberg LP). What has Levitt riled up... Read More >>

    Islamic State Isn’t NATO’s War

    Now that France achieved its immediate revenge on Islamic State with a series of bombing raids on Raqqa, Syria, it has to come up with a meatier, long-term response to the Paris terrorist attacks. One idea making the rounds is France asking NATO to invoke... Read More >>

    Don’t Blame Snowden For Terror In Paris

    As soon as some picture of the Paris attacks began to come into focus, the debate over Edward Snowden started again. Senior officials are now saying the former contractor's leaks made it harder to catch the perpetrators of the atrocity in France. The known... Read More >>

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