Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia Continues To Pump More Oil



Fuel Fix: Saudi Arabia’s solution to global oil glut: Pump even more crude

Saudi Arabia has a response to the global surplus of oil: Raise output to near-record levels and then pump even more.

The world’s biggest oil exporter, having abandoned last year its role of keeping global markets in balance, now has incentive to maximize output and undermine rival producers by using its reserve capacity, according to Citigroup Inc. and UBS AG. Just meeting its own domestic demand this summer will require a lot more fuel, others estimate.

The increase — a snub to fellow OPEC members calling on the kingdom to cut production — will heighten tensions when the organization meets in June. Oil plunged to a six-year low near $45 a barrel in January, six weeks after the Saudis overcame opposition within the group to keep up output despite surging U.S. shale supplies.

WNU Editor: I do not know how long this will continue .... but it looks like the Saudis don't care. For countries like Venezuela .... this is a disaster.

The U.S. Government Continues To Refuse Discussing Its Drone Attacks

CIA Director John Brennan, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers listen to remarks by President Obama on Friday at the headquarters of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Washington Post: U.S. government’s refusal to discuss drone attacks comes under fire

The vehicles were separated only by several car lengths when the missile struck.

The main target of the CIA drone strike in April last year was a Toyota carrying 11 armed men suspected of being part of an al-Qaeda plot to attack a military outpost in central Yemen. But the shrapnel also sprayed a truck traveling a few dozen yards ahead, killing or wounding nine laborers on an early morning commute.

The Yemeni government soon acknowledged that civilians had been killed in an operation it did not attribute to the United States, and human rights researchers were able to reconstruct the incident from witness accounts. But the U.S. government has yet to admit that the strike ever occurred.

That policy of silence is under renewed pressure after President Obama’s extraordinary admission Thursday that the United States had accidentally killed two Western hostages, including a U.S. citizen, in a January counterterrorism strike on a gathering of suspected al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan.

WNU Editor: As long as the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress/Senate refuse to bring this issue up .... a public debate on drone strikes is not going to happen. My prediction .... this "silence" will continue long after President Obama is out of office, and it will arise only if there is a Republican President and A Democrat controlled House of Representatives or Senate.

The Pentagon Gets Ready For Cyber Warfare



New York Times: Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The policy, announced in a speech at Stanford University by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, represents the fourth time in four months that the Obama administration has named suspected hackers or announced new strategies designed to raise the cost of cyberattacks.

Update: New Pentagon Strategy Warns of Cyberwar Capabilities -- AP

WNU Editor: I always thought the NSA would end up being responsible for cyber warfare .... but apparently the Pentagon wants to be involved.

Isarel Launches Airstrikes Along The Lebanese - Syrian Border

An Israel Air Force F-15 taking off. Photo by Daniel Bar-On

L.A. Times: Israeli planes strike targets in Syria, Arab media report

Israeli warplanes struck military targets in Syria early Saturday, according to media reports that were not confirmed by Israeli or Syrian officials.

According to Arab media and pro-opposition sources in Syria, the strikes targeted several bases belonging to Syrian missile brigades in the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Syrian-Lebanese border.

The targets reportedly were Syrian army brigades said to keep long-range missiles and other strategic weaponry.

Syrian pro-opposition sources uploaded a video to YouTube depicting columns of smoke rising from what was said to be the base of a Syrian army brigade, one of many bases and other military installations in the Qalamoun area.

Update #1: Reports: Israeli jets strike Hezbollah targets on Syrian-Lebanese border -- i24 News
Update #2: Report: Israel strikes Syrian military bases, Hezbollah targets near Syria-Lebanon border -- Haaretz

WNU Editor: This conflict is heating up (again).

Secret Hezbollah Drone Airstrip Discovered In Lebanon

Satellite imagery of the Hizbullah airstrip in northeast Lebanon taken on 19 June 2014. (Google / CNES / Astrium / IHS)

IHS Jane's 360: Hizbullah airstrip revealed

Lebanon's militant Shia group, Hizbullah, has constructed an airstrip in the northern Bekaa Valley for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an analysis of satellite images suggests.

Located in a remote and sparsely populated area 10 km south of the town of Hermel and 18 km west of the Syrian border, the airstrip was built sometime between 27 February 2013 and 19 June 2014, according to imagery that recently became publicly available on Google Earth.

It consists of a single unpaved strip with a length of 670 m and width of 20 m. Material has been excavated from a nearby quarry to build up the northern end of the strip so that it is level. It is built over a shorter strip that had been in existence since at least 2010.

WNU Editor: Concerns were raised only two weeks ago that Hezbollah had received "kamikaze drones" from Iran .... Kamikaze Drones Are In The Iranian War Plan.

More News On A Secret Hezbollah Drone Airstrip Being Discovered In Lebanon

Here's Hezbollah's game-changing secret drone base -- Business Insider
Hezbollah drone airstrip discovered in Lebanon; aircraft used against rebels in Syria -- Washington Times
Hizbollah 'drone airstrip' discovered in Lebanon -- The Telegraph
Report: Satellite images reveal new Hezbollah airstrip -- Haaretz
Satellite Imagery Reveals Secret Hezbollah Airstrip for Drone Takeoff and Landing -- Algemeiner
Report: Hezbollah Has Secret Drone Base in Lebanon -- The Tower
Satellite images reveal new Hezbollah airstrip near Syria -- Times of Israel
'Hezbollah built airstrip for Iranian-made drones in Lebanon' -- Jerusalem Post
Hezbollah drone airstrip discovered in Bekaa , Lebanon -- Ya Liban

More Defeats For The Syrian Military

Rebel fighters celebrate with their weapons as they pose in Jisr al-Shughour town, after they took control of the area April 25, 2015. Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

Reuters: Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

(Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict.

Syrian state media said the army had redeployed to the town's surroundings "to avoid civilian casualties". They said the army was battling "a large number of terrorists coming from the Turkish border."

The capture of the strategic town is the latest in a series of setbacks for government forces in the south and the north.

More News On The Syrian Military's Defeat At Jisr al-Shughour

Syria conflict: Islamists capture Jisr al-Shughur -- BBC
Islamist rebels capture major Syrian stronghold in Idlib province -- Deutsche Welle
Withdrawing Syria troops 'executed' prisoners: activists -- Daily Star/AFP
Islamist militants advance on key regime outpost in Idlib -- Al Bawaba
Insurgents Take Strategic Syrian Town -- VOA
Islamist militants advance on key regime outpost in Idlib -- Al Bawaba
Islamist insurgents take over strategic Syrian town -- Haaretz
Syrian government reportedly loses stronghold in Idlib -- Al Jazeera

What Would Happen If There Was A War In Space


Mark Hat, VICE: We Asked a Military Expert What Would Happen if There Were a War in Space

Earlier this month, at the annual Space Symposium, members of the US military quietly but clearly voiced their concern that war is coming to space. Soon after officials announced that the Pentagon is looking for $5.5 billion to build up its space defense systems by 2020, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James straight up admitted that, looking at the layout of modern space exploration, the US now believes it's facing new and evolving threats to everything it owns above earth.

"We need to be ready," James said, according to National Defense Magazine. 'We must prepare for the potentiality of conflict that might extend from earth one day into space."

This isn't just bluster from one corner of the government. This year, Congress urged the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence to start studying offensive space weapons in addition to defensive systems. The funds allocated for these studies weren't huge—but the very concept of openly pushing for space weaponization is an interesting developing.


WNU Editor: The end result of any conflict in space will be debris floating in space that will make space travel/satellites in space/etc. a risky endeavor for generations.

U.S. Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Will Launch On Its Fourth Mystery Mission In May

An X-37B undergoes inspection after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Credit: USAF

Space.com: Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month.

The unmanned X-37B space plane, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20.

More News On The U.S. Air Force's X-37B Space Plane May Launch

Launch of secretive X-37B delayed until May 20 -- Space Flight Insider
Launch Date Set for 4th Flight of X-37B Spaceplane -- Space News
Fourth X-37B flight a month away from launching -- Space Flight Now
Secret plane X-37B to launch into space on fourth mission in May -- Techly

A Look At How China's Space Program Began

Photo: The launch of Long March 3B Rocket, Xichang Satellite Center, China.Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ AAxanderr

The Diplomat: The Humble Beginnings of China's Space Program

Plus, the PLAN’s birthday, China in the Middle East, and the truth about Hong Kong’s election plan. Friday China links.

In a fascinating piece yesterday, Xinhua traced the origins of China’s space program, an exercise inspired by the 45th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch. The Dongfanghong-1 was launched on April 24, 1970, the culmination of years of research – and far from the end of China’s fervent quest to prove itself worthy of membership in the “space club.”

The Xinhua piece emphasizes the hardships and obstacles facing China’s early aeronautics engineers. Wang Xiji recounted how, in an early attempt to design a sounding rocket, “researchers had to calculate their computations by hand or by abacus… The computing papers were stacked higher than their desks.” In addition to the difficulty of performing scientific tasks in primitive conditions, scientists also had to scramble to meet political requirements, such as figuring out how to have the satellite broadcast “The East Is Red” (or “Dongfang Hong,” a song praising Mao Zedong, and the source of the satellite’s name) and how to artificially inflate its size to make it visible from Earth. The scientists even had to get special permission from Premier Zhou Enlai to remove Mao badges from the satellite equipment when they discovered that the extra weight posed a problem.

WNU Editor: The Xinhua article (in English) is at the following link .... Xinhua Insight: How China joins space club? (Xinhua)

Top General At U.S. Space Command: 'I Am Not NASA'



CBS: Critical U.S. satellites vulnerable?

U.S. and China locked in a high stakes contest over satellites that are critical to national security and everyday life

U.S. officials have become concerned about China's anti-satellite capabilities, which could potentially threaten the satellites that give the U.S. military its edge on the battlefield and provide the GPS signals that smartphones, ATMs, and power grids use. David Martin reports on this competition high above the Earth on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Martin provides a rare look at Space Command, the branch of the U.S. Air Force charged with launching and protecting U.S. satellites. The report includes stunning images of a massive, laser-guided telescope in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that can be used to surveil the satellites of potential adversaries like China.

Update: General: China Space Threat Drives U.S. Space Warfare Buildup

WNU Editor: This 60 Minutes report will be broadcast on April 26.

Massive Earthquake Hits Nepal



Daily Mail: More than 700 dead and homes and offices collapse as massive earthquake rocks Nepal destroying historic 19th-century tower

* A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal today causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu
* Officials said 758 were killed and warned the death toll could rise as rescue teams are still searching for survivors
* The effects were felt in neighbouring countries with at least 20 dead in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh
* Quake also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing eight people and injuring at least 30 climber

More than 700 people across four countries have been killed after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing massive damage in the capital.

Homes, businesses and landmarks were destroyed when the severe earthquake struck Kathmandu and the densely-populated surrounding areas at noon local time, officials said.

Officials confirmed that 758 people have died, with 181 people killed in the capital, as rescue teams continue to search for survivors who are feared to be trapped under the rubble. Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal warned the death toll is almost certain to rise.

Live Updates

Earthquake rocks Nepal (Live) -- BBC
Devastating 7.9-magnitude quake strikes Nepal, India LIVE UPDATES -- RT
Nepal earthquake: hundreds of people dead - live updates -- The Guardian
Nepal Earthquake Live -- The Telegraph
Nepal Live Updates -- First Post

More News On Today's Massive Earthquake In Nepal

Devastating Nepal earthquake kills hundreds, triggers deadly Everest avalanche -- Reuters
Nepal quake: Hundreds dead, history crumbles, Everest shaken -- AP
Nepal earthquake: Hundreds die, many feared trapped -- BBC
7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Nepal Kills Hundreds and Levels Buildings -- NYT
7.8 magnitude earthquake slams Nepal, nearly 800 dead, authorities say -- CNN
Powerful Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Death Toll Approaches 900 -- WSJ
Nepal quake: hundreds dead after tremor hits near Kathmandu -- The Guardian
Powerful earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal -- Al Jazeera
Over 750 killed after 7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal -- RT
Russia's Emergencies Ministry offers aid to Nepal in eliminating aftermaths of earthquake -- ITAR-TASS
Firsthand Accounts of Nepal Earthquake -- NYT
Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 10 killed -- Reuters
8 dead, more missing in quake-triggered avalanche on Everest -- AP
Eight dead after Everest base camp severely damaged -- The Telegraph
Massive earthquake hits Nepal - in pictures -- The Telegraph
Earthquake in Nepal - in pictures -- The Guardian
Nepal quake occurred at major plate boundary -- USA Today
Map of earthquake region -- USGS
Key facts about Nepal, site of magnitude-7.8 quake -- AP
Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes -- Jonathan Amos, BBC
The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900 -- AP

EU Frustrations With Greece Grows On How It Is Handling Its Debt Crisis



Financial Times: EU frustration over Greece boils over at eurogroup meeting

Months of mounting tensions between Greece and its creditors boiled over at a high-level EU meeting on Friday with eurozone finance ministers angrily accusing their Greek counterpart of backtracking on commitments and failing to grasp the deep differences that still divide them.

Athens is running desperately short of cash and many eurozone officials fear that, without an agreement to release some of the remaining €7.2bn in its bailout programme, the government could default as early as mid-May.

WNU Editor: The Greeks are saying that everything is OK .... everyone else is saying no. Bottom line .... Greece has no money and has no desire to implement any reforms (or even proposing any reforms) on meeting creditor's demands for further aid. As I have said on more than one occasion before .... this is not going to end well.

More News On EU Frustrations With Greece On How It Is Handling Its Debt Crisis

Greece Pushes Debt Compromise, While Creditors Leave Talks Exasperated -- IBTimes
Euro zone warns Greece no cash till full reform deal -- Reuters
Greece: 'Big, big problems' for debt deal -- BBC
Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt - Kotzias -- Reuters
Euro Ministers Alarmed as Bloc Shuts Down Greece Plan B -- Bloomberg
Eurozone Finance Ministers Contemplate ‘Plan B’ for Greece -- WSJ
Germany hints at preparations of a Plan B on Greece -- Reuters
Greece Could Default Without Exiting Euro, Say Economists -- Bloomberg

U.S. Congress Threatens To Cut The Defense Secretary Budget Over Bergdahl Investigation

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FOX News: House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade.

But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap.

Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of locking down about $500 million -- a quarter of the defense secretary's office budget -- until the Pentagon provides all the documents that the House Armed Services Committee has demanded as part of its investigation. Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on Monday plans to introduce a provision to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to withhold the money from Defense Secretary Ash Carter's office budget until they comply.


Update: House threatens to slash defense funding over Bergdahl investigation -- Washington Post

WNU Editor: This story has not gone the way that the White House was hoping for at the beginning.

Poland Blocks The Russian ‘Night Wolves’ Motorcycle Group From Entering The EU



The Guardian: Poland refuses to let biker gang follow Red Army route through country

The Night Wolves, a group loyal to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, planned to ride across Poland to mark second world war anniversary

Poland has said it will not allow a nationalist biker gang loyal to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to enter the country as part of the group’s second world war commemorations.

The Night Wolves had planned to ride through Poland next week to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict. Their plan was to cross several European countries on the way to Berlin, following the route taken by the Red Army in its defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

More News On Poland Blocking The Russian ‘Night Wolves’ Motorcycle Group From Entering The EU

Poland bars Russia's Night Wolves bikers over security -- BBC
Poland Bars Russia’s Night Wolves Motorcycle Club -- NYT
Poland Will Deny Pro-Putin Bike Gang the Night Wolves Entrance to EU -- Newsweek/Reuters
Poland to Block ‘Night Wolves’ Russian Motorcycle Group at Border -- WSJ
Poland Denying Entry To Pro-Putin Motorcyclists -- Radio Free Europe
Putin’s Favorite Biker Gang Is on the Road to Berlin -- Bloomberg
Meet The Night Wolves, The Russian Nationalist Biker Gang That Wants To Recreate The Red Army's March On Germany -- IBTimes

Russian General Staff: U.S. Behind All Recent And Ongoing Armed Conflicts Across The Globe

Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the HQ of Russia’s Armed Forces Andrey Kartapolov (RIA Novosti / Vadim Savitskii)

Sputnik: US ‘Masterminds’ All Present-Day Military Conflicts – Russian General Staff

The United States and their allies have used military force more than 50 times over the past decade, with six US operations ending in local armed conflicts.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States is behind all recent and ongoing armed conflicts across the globe, a senior Russian General Staff official said Friday.

"The United States has single-handedly masterminded all military conflicts. Today the Western countries have positioned themselves as the main 'architects' of the international relations and the United States as the only superpower in the world," Lt. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, the head of the General Staff's Main Operations Directorate, said.

Kartapolov added that the US role as the world's leading nation was part of US President Barack Obama's updated national security strategy, released in February.

Update: Washington started all modern military conflicts - Russia’s General Staff -- RT

WNU Editor: The Russian General Staff is giving the U.S. to much credit in being able to be the "masterminds" for all present day conflicts .... from my vantage point I see the opposite .... a U.S. that is inconsistent in policy while stumbling in many of the world's hotspots. And while the General Staff's Main Operations Directorate believes that the U.S. has defined its policy objectives and what should be its global role very clearly .... I do not see it .... in fact .... I find the White House is primarily reacting to events instead of initiating them.

Guns 'n Girls: Women at War (Photo Gallery)

US Army soldier Norma Gonzales reads a magazine next to fellow soldiers while waiting to be ferried by a helicopter to different US military bases in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. © REUTERS/ Erik De Castro/Files

WNU Editor: A little break form war and mayhem .... the photo gallery starts here.

Time-Lapse Video Of The Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Passing Through The Suez Canal



Hat Tip: Naval Open Source INTelligence

Friday, April 24, 2015

Islamic State Bans Nike Because It Sounds Like ‘Sex’ In Arabic

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RT: No ‘swooshing’: ISIS reportedly bans Nike because it sounds like ‘sex’ in Arabic

Unverified reports suggests that the Islamic State has banned Nike apparel because the brand’s name sounds like the term for sexual intercourse in Arabic. Militants have reportedly been ordered to get rid of smutty-sounding sportswear.

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) headquarters in Raqqa issued what claims to be a leaflet warning jihadists against using any Nike products. The punishments for both seller and buyer of Nike goods range from a small fine to imprisonment or whipping.

WNU Editor: You gotta be kidding me. Must be an Adidas plot.

The City Of Kandahar Has Dramically Changed In The Past 2 Decades

Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post: The last time I saw Kandahar, it was a remote Taliban bastion. How that’s changed.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – What a difference two decades make.

When I last visited this southern Afghan city – the cradle of the Taliban insurgency - I flew in on a plane chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The airstrip was tiny, as was the airport. The city was a backwater, with no more than a few hundred thousand people, if that. It was the summer of 1996, and brutally hot.

And oh yes, the Taliban controlled the city – and much of Afghanistan.

When I landed again in Kandahar earlier this month, I flew in on a commercial airline that touched down on a large airstrip rivaling any in the West. The airport, with its curved arches and manicured gardens, had become an international one. As they walked out of the airport, visitors were greeted by ostriches in an enclosure – yes, you read that correctly – that had been donated by a wealthy businessman. The city had greatly expanded, its population up nearly ten-fold.


WNU Editor: We are always getting doom and gloom reports from Afghanistan .... so here is a positive one.

Why Ramsons Should Not Be Paid To Terrorists



Wall Street Journal: Payment Didn’t Secure U.S. Captive’s Freedom

Warren Weinstein’s Pakistani captors got ‘private’ ransom payment of $250,000 in 2012

ISLAMABAD—The captors of U.S. aid worker Warren Weinstein received $250,000 in 2012 on what turned out to be a false promise that he would be freed, according to a Pakistani intermediary who negotiated directly with al Qaeda for his release.

President Barack Obama said Thursday Mr. Weinstein, who was kidnapped in 2011 from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, was accidently killed by a U.S. drone strike in January. The strike took place in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

The Pakistani intermediary said $250,000 was handed over to the kidnappers in June 2012, following negotiations over Mr. Weinstein’s release. 

WNU Editor: The family was "played" .... and once the money was delivered the captors tried to "play them again".

Tonight's Movie Is 'A Bridge Too Far'

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 24, 2015



James Holmes, Real Clear Defense: A Baptism By Fire - Gallipoli at 100 Years

Today marks the centennial of the Allied landings at Gallipoli, the narrow peninsula that constitutes the north shore of the Dardanelles. French and British leaders meant the expedition to reopen the Dardanelles and Bosporus, the narrow waterways connecting the Mediterranean and Black seas. It’s a time of remembrance for all of the former warring states.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 24, 2015

Gallipoli, the famous battle explained -- BBC

Saudis' New Yemen War Looks Like the Old One -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

No End Near to Yemen Conflict, Analysts Say -- Heather Murdock, VOA

Yemen conflict: What's going on? What happens next? -- Jethro Mullen, CNN

The catastrophe in Yemen -- NYT editorial

How the Kurds Could Shape Turkey's Political Future -- Asli Aydintasbas, Real Clear World

Remembering the Armenians -- Geoffrey Robertson, Al Jazeera

Why Israel does not recognize the Armenian genocide -- Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

What refusal to say 'Armenian genocide' says about Obama -- Linda Feldmann, CSM

Don't Let China Swallow Taiwan -- J. Michael Cole, National Interest

Challenges Ahead for China's Development Plans in Pakistan -- William Ide, VOA

Kazakhstan: Nuclear Weapons Free for 20 Years -- Erlan Idrissov, The Diplomat

Europe’s boat people -- The Economist

Ukraine's President Takes on Its Richest Man -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Reality Check: Drones Aren't Magic -- Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia’s Solution to Global Oil Glut: Pump Even More Crude -- Grant Smith, Bloomberg