These shells are worth a fortune, but the price in environmental damage and heightened military tensions in the South China Sea is vastly higher.
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Criticisms of France's strict assimilation policy ignore the equally apparent failures of politically correct approaches intended to create a society in which "everyone feels they have a stake."
The U.S. should move its nuclear missiles in southern Turkey to more secure European locations.
While the jury is still out on whether Russia achieved all its objectives in Syria, it did succeed in showcasing its military strength.
While Saudi Arabia is hardly fertile ground for revolution, the government faces unprecedented challenges both within and outside the country.
Islamic State and its supporters may be congratulating themselves, seeing a barbaric victory in Paris, but they are forgetting the fate suffered by the Taliban in the months following the 9/11 attacks.
Tiny, oil-poor Jordan has parlayed the war against Islamic State into tangible gains.