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An Iranian war-boat fires a missile duri

Despite the appointment of a radical anti-American commander, Iran’s naval forces are unlikely to resume frequent provocations without a strategic shift at the very top of the regime. On August 23, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei promoted the acting commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN), Alireza Tangsiri, to full commander, replacing Ali Fadavi,… Keep reading →

Activists Protest Outside Facebook Shareholder's Meeting

The Obama administration announced last week – read the State Department’s statement here – it would further delay making a decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project until later this year – almost certainly after the midterm elections. The latest delay has many stakeholders up in arms, to say the least. In an… Keep reading →


A new Washington Post/ABC News poll on the Keystone XL pipeline adds to the drumbeat of strong public support for building the pipeline. The Post/ABC survey shows a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying Keystone XL should be approved. Details of the poll show why: 85 percent say the pipeline will create a significant number of… Keep reading →