Feb 4, 2015

Japan to boost SDF staff at its Middle East embassies

The government will deploy more military personnel at its embassies in the Middle East after the Islamic State hostage crisis revealed glaring inadequacies in its intelligence-gathering abilities in the region. The change, announced Tuesday, will see a greater number of defense attaches accredited as ...

Jan 16, 2015

Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan’s engagement in the region. Abe chose Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories to kick off his first diplomatic tour of 2015. He will express ...

France defies the jihadists

Jan 16, 2015

France defies the jihadists

by William Pfaff

To one who witnessed the transformation fear exacted from America's governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the jihad killings last week in France seemed to produce a colossal reaction that was not one of fear at all.

Jan 5, 2015

Etihad passengers complain of 12-hour wait on tarmac

Hundreds of air travelers landed in San Francisco, safe but irritated after a 28-hour overseas flight they say included 12 hours on a tarmac in the Middle East without food or accurate flight information. Tempers grew short on Etihad Airlines Flight 183 when fog ...

Dec 12, 2014

A rude awakening for America

by William Pfaff

The American pivot to Asia was the product of people in Washington who only think in terms of military power — as in trying to annex Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and the EU. There are new ways of thinking in China and even ...

Dec 5, 2014

Sony malware may be linked to other damaging attacks

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered what they say is technical evidence linking the massive breach at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio with attacks in South Korea and the Middle East. Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab said Thursday it uncovered evidence that all three campaigns might ...