Virginia lawmaker backs embattled Assad

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_903581" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Syrian President Bashar al-Assad"][/caption] BEIRUT, Lebanon – As Syrians line up here at their embassy on a second day to vote for the next more…

French, Germans anxious for Russian deals

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_874471" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum"][/caption] WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just more…

Imagine this: Now al-Qaida is a worse threat

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The recent kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian women students by Boko Haram with the threat of selling them, the rise of al-Shabaab in Somalia and more…

Congress: Save yourselves if grid fails

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The lack of congressional action on critical infrastructure legislation is hampering national preparation for a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event that could kill more…

Al-Qaida link with Iran confirmed

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – In spite of its growing split with al-Qaida central in Pakistan led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the more brutal Islamic state in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, more…

EU leader: We ignored Putin's 'Mein Kampf'

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_845211" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Russian President Vladimir Putin"][/caption] WASHINGTON – Like Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled his expansionist intentions long before taking action but more…

Egypt set to reject U.S. in favor of Russia

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_837461" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Russian President Vladimir Putin in Egypt"][/caption] WASHINGTON – The United States stands to lose its alliance with Egypt as Cairo turns to Russia for more…

Iranian general accidentally
reveals troops in Syria

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_831901" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Gen. Hossein Hamedani"][/caption] WASHINGTON – An Iranian general made a major mistake by conceding Shiite Iran has military forces in Syria fighting to preserve more…

Russia joins China in building canal
to rival Panama's

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_822701" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Russian President Vladimir Putin with then-Chinese President Hu Jintao"][/caption] WASHINGTON – As Russia continues to take strategic initiatives that put the United States on more…