Russia Ignores own Law on Refugees to Grant Snowden’s Asylum

By Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Program Director, Political Science at American Public University

Recently, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden is wanted by U.S. authorities for revealing Department of Defense classified intelligence about surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. The Russian Federation’s Law on Refugees defines who is eligible to obtain asylum in the country. 

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Nigeria Claims Boko Harem Leader Killed

By William Tucker

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Harem Islamist movement, has recently been declared dead by the Nigerian military. This information was originally confined to an internal Nigerian intelligence report, but the information was made public by the military. Reports suggest that Shekau was involved in a fire-fight against the Nigerian military and was wounded in the action.

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In Egypt and Middle East, the Message Is Loud and Clear

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Egyptian official: “The emergency law is just for one month and for one objective: fighting terrorism.”

Three most recent important updates in Egypt: 1) Egyptian security forces killed 37 arrested Morsi supporting Islamists on Sunday as they were being taken to prison- they now face torture, detainment and execution at checkpoints; 2) an Egyptian court ruled that former dictator Hosni Mubarak be released by the end of the week; and 3) Muslim extremists are retaliating in the Sinai Peninsula with a recent strike on security personnel, executing 25 police officials.

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The Issue with Using Libya as a Template for U.S.-Syria Relations

By Dr. Yoav Gortzak
Faculty Member, International Relations at American Public University

The successful ouster of Libyan strongman Muammar Khaddafi –with the help of the U.S. and its NATO allies—has led to calls for a repeat performance in Syria. After all, the two cases bear striking similarities. Just like in Libya, a brutal dictator has turned against his own people in Syria.

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CHINA WATCH: A Dragon in Eagle’s Shadow

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

China has plans to move on claimed territories in the Pacific. It plans to become the imminent dominant regional player. They are also making geopolitical waves in Central Asia and in Africa—all around the world in smaller strides. With acts of diplomatic hostility and occasional militant actions from the regional players of the China Seas, the US has developed a strategy of military build-up in the Pacific with its sights set against any Chinese expansion.

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New Allegations of Murder Lead to Another Look Into Princess Diana’s Death

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

According to open media sources, the Royal Military Police passed on to Scotland Yard new allegations that Princess Diana was murdered. The claims were turned in by the in-laws from a letter of an SAS sniper Sgt. Danny Nightingale (convicted on an illegal weapons charge) boasting the SAS was behind the deaths.

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