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Taiwan's F-16 Upgrade Risks the U.S.-China Relationship

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For a number of years, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou asked the U.S. to sell F-16C/Ds to Taiwan.  Taiwan currently has 140 F-16A/Bs, bought almost two decades ago.  The U.S., in fear of infuriating China, tried to take a safe route and have only promised an upgrade to the existing fighter planes.  However, that mere upgrade […]

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U.S. Student Admits to Aiding al-Qaeda

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On the day before his trial, U.S. student Syed Hashmi reached a deal with prosecutors and pled guilty to “conspiring to provide support” to al-Qaeda. On behalf of his guilty plea, Hashmi had three additional charges brought against him in New York district court dropped. The student is accused of sending socks, ponchos and sleeping […]

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Defense Contractor Profits Rise as Sector Prepares for Midterm House Flip

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Defense contractors continue to reap in significant profits despite industry-wide concern that government defense spending will decrease in future congressional bill cycles.  The Washington Post reported yesterday that Northrop Grumman, who dropped out of the KC-X tanker bidding process last spring but remains a defense contracting powerhouse, took in nearly $500M in third quarter profit […]

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UNGA Signals Favor of Ending Embargo on Cuba

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The US has long opposed Castro’s regime in Cuba, but it appears international opinion is starting to turn away from Washington. On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a non-binding resolution, which called for the end of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial embargo. Of the 192 member states, 187 voted […]

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Second Detainee Convicted Under Obama Administration

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Omar Khadr, the Canadian pick up off the Afghan battlefield in 2002, when he was 15 years old, was convicted Monday as part of a plea deal.  The trial has garnered much international criticism, because of Kadr’s age, information allegedly obtained through inhumane treatment, and because of the nature of the commissions themselves. Khadr plead guilty […]

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