Bus Bombing in Volgograd, Russia

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee is investigating yesterday’s explosion on a Volgograd bus that killed at least 6 and wounded 30 more. Speaking for the AT Committee, Vladimir Markin, stated that “a criminal case has been opened under articles outlining terrorism, murder and the illegal use of firearms.” Markin would go on to state that the suspect in the bombing was Naida Asiyalova, a 30-year old from Dagestan, a republic in Russia’s North Caucasus.

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Future US National Security Leaks and International Fallout

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

US efforts to pursue national security leakers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have thus far resulted in making it appear weak and incompetent. The apprehension, mishandling and mitigated sentence of Chelsea Manning (formerly Private Bradley Manning) for releasing classified information and thousands of damaging documents to the public was also no final victory.

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UK-China Relations Go Nuclear

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“…the next big step in the relationship between Britain and China—the world’s oldest civil nuclear power and the world’s fastest growing civil nuclear power.”

-British Chancellor George Osborne

Apparently China is buying everything- even nuclear power plants in the UK. British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Britain’s economic and finance minister) George Osborne has just allowed Chinese investors a right of purchase in Britain’s its once closed nuclear power plants or build more in-country.

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Small Signs of International Progress in Unlikely Places: Syria and Iran, but not Russia

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In Syria- chemical weapons inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have abolished six of over 20 sites and have verifies 11 of them. The Civil War is changing. With the hesitancy to support the “rebels,” and the continued support from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, President Assad continues to make gains, driving the resistance into Turkey and other border states.

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An Asimovian Salute

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Isaac Asimov is one of the most popular and influential science fiction writers in history. He is widely known for novels like: Fantastic Voyage, Bicentennial Man or I, Robot. But his greatest legacy is the “Foundation” series which one the Hugo award in 1966 for “Best All-Time Series.”

Originally the work was inspired by Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Every American president should be required to read the original “Foundation” trilogy (1951-53) upon taking office.

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