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Saudi Arabia and Iran Compete in Yemen

STRATFOR Analysis MARCH 25, 2015 | 08:58 GMT       Militiamen loyal to the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi sit on top of tanks in the southern city of Aden. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Summary While the al-Houthi movement struggles to manage multiple regional challenges to its north, its rise to power in Yemen is a setback for Saudi Arabia on its southern flank. After the fall of the Yemeni government, Riyadh will have to capitalize on the al-Houthis' need for political and financial support to re-establish its influence in the country. But because Iran is trying to fill that support gap, too, Yemen has become another battleground where the two sectarian rivals will struggle against one another. Analysis After being driven from the capital of Sanaa in September, Yemen's government is at war with itself. President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi issued a statement March 19 denouncing the airstrikes on his compound in the southern port city of Aden as an attempted milit

How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

Scott Anthony FEBRUARY 25, 2015   https://hbr.org/2015/02/how-singapore-became-an-entrepreneurial-hub  FEB15_25_prime_81040813 "You are crazy." That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told U.S.-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight's nascent investment and incubation arm. Since I had never done venture investing before, I was trying to get advice from as many people as I could. The conversations all went pretty much the same. "Why Singapore? You'll never find any interesting deals there." Sure, I would respond. At the time Singapore didn't have a sizzling start-up scene. But the conditions seemed to be ripe for one to develop. Like Silicon Valley, Singapore has strong research institutions and limited enforcement of noncompete clauses, a condition that academics now suggest can be a major driver of innovation. Like Israel, Singapore is small, with limit

Netanyahu, Obama and the Geopolitics of Speeches

Netanyahu, Obama and the Geopolitics of Speeches Geopolitical Weekly MARCH 3, 2015 | 08:49 GMT   Print   Text Size    Stratfor By George Friedman Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting the United States this week to speak to Congress on March 3. The Obama administration is upset that Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting with the White House and charged Boehner with political grandstanding. Netanyahu said he was coming to warn the United States of the threat of Iran. Israeli critics of Netanyahu charged that this was a play for public approval to improve his position in Israel's general election March 17. Boehner denied any political intent beyond getting to hear Netanyahu's views. The Obama administration claimed that the speech threatens the fabric of U.S.-Israeli relations. Let us begin with the obvious. First, this is a speech, and it is unlikely that Netanyahu could say anything new on the subject of Iran, given that he never

India and the World – an Update

A Bi-weekly News Digest on India's Foreign Policy February 16th - March 2nd, 2015 Volume: 2-4 ​ Neighbourhood Pakistan Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to visit Pakistan on March 3   The Indian Express | February 25 th , 2015  One major consideration from the Indian side was that the talks had to take place "substantially before or after" Pakistan Day which falls on  March 23 . On that day, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi invites the Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders for the official reception and the Hurriyat leaders always attend the event. Since talks were cancelled in August last over Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's meeting with the Hurriyat leaders, New Delhi was determined not to let it act as a "spoiler" for the talks again. Pakistan visit: S Jaishankar to talk Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim   PTI / Deccan Chronicle | February 26 th , 2015  Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's continuous presence in Pakistan, Pakistan-based terrorist gr

ISIS IN LIBY:A Winning the Propaganda War

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed  is the Ambassador of Libya to the United Arab Emirates and is the Founder and Director of Kalam Research & Media(KRM) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS). He also lectures on Islamic Theology,Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya and at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, Turkey.He is Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme; Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan; Adjunct Professor at FatihSultan Mehmet Vakif University in Istanbul; and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Templeton Foundation. He was Professor at thePontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia). Hehas headed an Information Technology company. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering, M.A. in the Philosophy of Science, and a Ph.D. inHermeneutics from the University

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A COUNTER-STRATEGY FOR A COUNTER-STATE

by Jessica D. Lewis Many have asked what needs to be done about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the terrorist organization that recently took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Questions range from the acceptability of airstrikes and the viability of a national unity government in Iraq to the feasibility of a counter-offensive that depends upon the remaining capacity of the Iraq Security Forces. These are important and worthy questions, and timely, because ISIS is growing stronger. But these questions preempt the rigorous analysis that is required in order to determine what the U.S. should do about ISIS and why. ISIS is no longer a mere terrorist organization, but one that operates like an army. It is no longer just an army, but one that is conquering land in Iraq and Syria to establish new ideological rule, in line with al-Qaeda’s endgame. This is no longer a war of ideas against an extremist group with sparse networks, flashy strategic messaging, and

We Are Shining X Eliza Doolittle - "Killing" (Official Video)

If you can watch this video without looking away, flinching, or gasping you're made of tougher stuff than us here at Noisey. London-based production duo We Are Shining first came to our attention thanks to last year's "Hey You" 12" released via XL Recordings' offshoot Young Turks (The xx, SBTRKT, FKA Twigs).  Their MO is groove rooted electronica—a blend of tribal beats, slapped palms and a heavy dose of soul. The pair's latest track, "Killing," is lifted from their forthcoming mixtape and features British singer Eliza Doolittle (last heard on Disclosure's smash "You & Me").  And the video? It's simple in concept, insane in practice and stars knife thrower John Taylor and blade dodging dancer Shannelle 'Tali' Fergus, who is basically the bravest girl around. https://www.facebook.com/weareshining... https://soundcloud.com/weareshining ** Subscribe to Noisey on YouTube to stay updated on our daily releases

HOW SPIES STOLE THE KEYS TO THE ENCRYPTION CASTLE

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/02/19/great-sim-heist/ AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world's cellular communications, including both voice and data. The company targeted by the intelligence agencies, Gemalto, is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next-generation credit cards. Among its clients are AT&T, T-Mobi