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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 26, 2018

February 25, 2018 12:30 pm worldview.stratfor.com
Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 26, 2018

Stay informed about the most significant meetings and events planned for the week ahead. Europe Feb. 25-26: Spain's King Felipe VI is visiting Barcelona for first time since the Catalan crisis began. Feb. 25-March 1: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is visiting six Balkan states, starting in Macedonia and ending…

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The U.S. and Turkey Go Their Separate Ways

February 25, 2018 12:30 pm worldview.stratfor.com
The U.S. and Turkey Go Their Separate Ways

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said what many analysts have long been thinking: The relationship between Turkey and the United States has reached a "crisis point." The two countries' strategic partnership has been increasingly rocky as Washington and Ankara take diverging approaches to the Syrian civil war. But…

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South Korea: North Korea Offers To Open Talks With U.S.

February 25, 2018 10:00 am worldview.stratfor.com
South Korea: North Korea Offers To Open Talks With U.S.

North Korean officials in Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics said Pyongyang was open to talks with the United States, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Earlier, North Korea criticized a new round of U.S. sanctions announced Feb. 23. The North officials said U.S.-North Korean diplomacy should also include…

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Syria: Turkey, Iran Ignore U.N. Cease-Fire

February 25, 2018 10:00 am worldview.stratfor.com
Syria: Turkey, Iran Ignore U.N. Cease-Fire

Despite a U.N. demand for a 30-day cease-fire, Turkey and Iran said they would continue their military operations in Syria, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Pro-Syrian government forces would carry on with their attacks on a rebel area near Damascus, Iran said. Rescuers and residents said some nearby towns were hit…

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Syrian Kurdish leader detained in Prague on Turkey's request

February 25, 2018 9:15 am stripes.com
Syrian Kurdish leader detained in Prague on Turkey's request

BEIRUT — Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey's request for his arrest, Turkish and Syrian Kurdish officials said Sunday. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party,…

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Trump: He's Eyeing Veterans Day for a Military Parade

February 25, 2018 4:00 am military.com
Trump: He's Eyeing Veterans Day for a Military Parade

The U.S. Army Band marches down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington during an Inaugural Day parade rehearsal on Jan. 15, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) The Associated Press 25 Feb 2018 By Darlene Superville President Donald Trump is eyeing Veterans Day for a military parade but says he'll scrap the idea if…

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North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show

February 25, 2018 12:15 am stripes.com
North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrived in South Korea to attend Sunday's closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and hold meetings with top South Korean officials. Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president's daughter and adviser, will also attend the ceremony. The…

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Erosion closes a 2nd road in Civil War battlefield park

February 24, 2018 11:02 pm militarytimes.com
Erosion closes a 2nd road in Civil War battlefield park

VICKSBURG, Miss. — One road through a Civil War battlefield in Mississippi has been closed because heavy rainfall caused erosion. The Vicksburg Post reports that officials at the Vicksburg National Military Park found the problem Thursday. The road is near the museum of the USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat. Park…

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Authorities investigate report of drug use at Naval Academy

February 24, 2018 10:53 pm navytimes.com
Authorities investigate report of drug use at Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Authorities have launched an investigation into a report of illegal drug use at the U.S. Naval Academy. Naval investigators have officially released only the broadest outlines of the alleged misconduct. Statements have not made clear what drugs are involved or how many midshipmen are under investigation. But…

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The Decline of Cold-War-Era Regimes Could Lead to an International Security Crisis

February 24, 2018 10:26 pm nationalinterest.org
The Decline of Cold-War-Era Regimes Could Lead to an International Security Crisis

One of the most visible tendencies of the twenty-first century is the gradual decline of the global international-security regimes. Created in the years of the Cold War, they ensured international stability, provided a framework for relations between major powers as well as between those and smaller states, and prevented major…

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Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, US officials say

February 24, 2018 10:15 pm stripes.com
Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, US officials say

WASHINGTON — Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used by authorities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to U.S. intelligence. They did so while trying to make it appear as though the intrusion was conducted by North Korea, what is known as a "false-flag" operation,…

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Sen. John McCain’s daughter furious at Trump for once again attacking her cancer-stricken father

February 24, 2018 10:15 pm stripes.com
Sen. John McCain’s daughter furious at Trump for once again attacking her cancer-stricken father

Meghan McCain is giving President Donald Trump the thumbs down. The daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain was not pleased after Trump once again went out of his way to trash her cancer-stricken father on Friday — despite promising earlier this month to lay off the insults. “President Trump took…

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New court ruling jeopardizes military's ability to pursue old rape cases

February 24, 2018 9:15 pm stripes.com
New court ruling jeopardizes military's ability to pursue old rape cases

A ruling by a U.S. military appeals court jeopardizes the Pentagon's ability to prosecute sexual assaults committed before 2006, just as more people are coming forward with years-old allegations as part of the #MeToo movement. The ruling involves the case of Air Force Lt. Col. Edzel Mangahas, who in 2015…

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Marine general chastised, sergeant’s conviction overturned in hazing case

February 24, 2018 9:15 pm stripes.com
Marine general chastised, sergeant’s conviction overturned in hazing case

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — A military court has upbraided a Marine two-star general at Camp Pendleton for unlawfully meddling in a court-martial case against a non-commissioned officer accused of abusing his troops. In a ruling issued last week overturning the court-martial conviction of Sgt. Jaime Ortiz of 1st…

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