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.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

It was only a matter of time before the Saudi Dynasty was forced to officially part with a Western vision of the Middle East and yield to its own domestic political situation. It is forced to side with the more radical internal realities brewing underneath the surface.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barton Gellman & Ashkan Soltani, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world — including those of Americans — in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report.

Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday to push forward with his plans to bolster Japan’s defense in the face of what he said was an increasingly insecure environment.

In a speech opening a new session of Parliament, Abe said he will establish a security council within his office that will be a diplomatic and defense command center, a move lawmakers are expected to approve during the 53-day session.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Radio Free Asia is reporting that 4 people have been killed and another 50 wounded when Chinese police fired on a protest in the village of Driru, located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The protest was in response to the arrest of a local leader who had earlier led an anti-government demonstration in defiance of a recent requirement that the Chinese flag be flown in front of homes and businesses.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Iran is once again headed to the United Nations on Tuesday- this time in Geneva- to bat out a proposal of profound impact with a new team of diplomats. After Syria’s chemical weapons deal, Iran’s new leadership and more moderate majority favor in some kind of deal with the West and an international Iran- an Iran with greater respect, improved ties to the world, the lifting of sanctions, better trust.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

US Navy Admiral William H. “Bill” McRaven, Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSCOM), is joining forces with the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to upgrade the American soldier to the 21st century through Project TALOS.

The TALOS Project seeks to create a type of super soldier that augments US military commandos by increasing their strength, speed, protection, camouflage, self-healing and other technology and computer assisted capabilities.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

2011 marked the end of a 17 year cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar junta and the Kachin rebels of north Burma. In the two years since the cease fire broke down hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands were displaced by the ensuing battles, but the two warring parties may be on the cusp of a breakthrough towards a peace deal.

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