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By William Tucker

Authorities in Azerbaijan have recently released information related to the arrest of a further 22 Iranian spies. This is in addition to the two Azerbaijani citizens arrested for attempting to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in Baku. According to reports, these recently announced arrests actually took place from late January to late February. This coincides with the aforementioned assassination plot, however these individuals were reportedly taking orders from Tehran.

By William Tucker

For the past week the charity Invisible Children has been working to, in their words, make Joseph Kony famous. They have done so by creating a video entitled Kony 2012 that has spread through social and mainstream media resulting in substantial coverage. Much of the video oscillates between naive to self aggrandizing nonsense, yet strangely, this type of activism can create an environment in which a government can maneuver.

It’s estimated to be a movement 300,000 strong across the nation with anti-government beliefs and tendencies for violence. But, unfortunately, many police officers know little about the sovereign citizen movement and haven’t received sufficient training to identify and protect themselves against this domestic terrorism group.However, it’s an issue that has garnered some attention lately.

By William Tucker

Over the past few weeks there have been small reports making their way through the press that suggest North Korea conducted two covert nuclear tests in 2010. Further adding to the intrigue is new reporting that suggests one of the tests was a weapon of Iranian design. There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of these claims, but perhaps the most compelling is the lack of any seismic data consistent with a nuclear detonation.

By William Tucker

International media is reporting that Vladimir Putin has won the Russian presidential election. Despite the numerous anti-Putin protests there wasn’t any doubt about the outcome of the race. The media had been covering the many protests in Russia, particularly in Moscow, from the perspective that these demonstrations would undermine Putin’s power base. Such a grandiose belief is pure nonsense.

By William Tucker

The political leadership of Hamas has left Syria for Qatar and Egypt. According to Hamas, the group’s chief, Khaled Meshaal, has moved to Doha and his deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk, is located in Cairo. This move by Hamas shows that the split between Syrian President Bashir Assad and the militant group is likely permanent. For Hamas, this wasn’t an easy choice.

By William Tucker

Chinese state media outlet Xinhua is reporting that rioting near the city of Kashgar has left ten people dead. The report states that police killed two of the rioters and are searching for two other instigators. As of this writing there has been no word as to what sparked this recent unrest, but Xinjiang has long been a problematic province for Beijing.

By William Tucker

A few days ago a commenter on the IHS post UN General Assembly Calls for Assad to Step Down asked if supporting the Syrian opposition would be a wise move to counter Iranian influence. My response was that, “Some commentators have suggested that removing Assad would disrupt Iranian designs. I agree that it would; however nothing good would come of it.