Neal Rauhauser: Lebanon’s Record Drought

Lebanon’s Record Drought Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought contains grim details about water supplies in Lebanon. Lebanon’s meteorological service says the country has had just 431 mm (17 inches) of precipitation since September, less than half last year’s 905.8 mm and far below the yearly average of 812 mm. The UN refugee …

NIGHTWATCH: Russia, Syria, Lebanon — and Adana, Turkey [US Air Base]

Russia: Russia will send another large landing ship, the Nikolai Filchenkov, toward Syria’s coast, a Russian navy source said Sept. 6, Reuters reported, citing Interfax. The ship will take special cargo on board in Novorossiysk before heading to Syria. No details about the cargo were provided. Comment: This is the sixth large landing ship that …

Neal Rauhauser: Balochistan, Eygpt, Lebanon, Syria, & Yemen

Balochistan Triple Tap Structure hit, suicide bomber success, another suicide bomber at the hospital handling casualties, and then a unit of unknown size storms the hospital in an attack lasting hours? I first noticed the Balochistan independence movement about six months ago. The action that gets reported has thus far been in Pakistan. CORRECTION: Balochistan Triple Tap …

NIGHTWATCH: Syria-Lebanon Tribal Sunni vs Shi’Ite War Widens

Syria-Lebanon: According to a Beirut newspaper, the Syrian opposition group affiliated with al Qaida, the Al-Nusrah Front, has distributed a statement announcing that it will commence military operations in Lebanon. The statement said, “If Hizballah is not deterred from killing our mujahideen brethren in Syria, and if its members do not withdraw from the Syrian …

Graphic: Iran’s Shia Land Bridge to Lebanon & Mediterranean

Source: Cambridge Forecast Shia Crescent Extract: Five major elements underpin the new Shia revival. The first is the sudden militancy of Iran, which has been led aggressively onto the world stage by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This new Iranian confidence is itself based on internal developments but also three main external factors: the removal of the …

Search: marine corps beirut lebanon

The  Long Commission Report was very closely held, at the time only five people including John Guenther and Robert Steele, had access to the entire report.  Here’s the bottom line: 1)  The threat changed and no one noticed.  The battalion commander, who had previously served as the senior Marine in the CIA’s Special Operations Group …

Amos Gilad: The Zionist Paper Tiger – Isreal Goes Straight Toward an Implosion

Google translate of this Amos Gilad article which did not appear in English anywhere as far as I know.  The original title was “Israel is a tiger paper” “Spider web”: “Israel goes straight to implosion” (Amos Gilad) Original in French: “Toile d’araignée” : “Israël va droit vers l’implosion “(Amos Gilad) It is always an important …

J. C. Cole: American Gray Swans Week to 3 Jul 2019 – Sun Tzu

American Gray Swans – Week 26 – Sun Tzu The Art of War, the book that was required reading for all those yuppies fighting the corporate battle 20 years ago, but did they remember what it said? Here are just a few of the teachings, followed by this weeks detailed listing of specific gray swan …

Berto Jongman: Helping states avoid the ‘fragility trap’

Helping states avoid the ‘fragility trap’ The nature of fragilities is different among countries. A common feature between fragile states is that they are mostly conflict-affected countries. According to the U.N.-WBG Pathways for Peace study, for every $1 spent in prevention, around $16 is saved along the way. The World Bank has taken deliberate decisions …