Saudi religious leader OKs rape of children

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the kingdom's top religious authority in the ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam, has ruled it's acceptable for more…

Congress allows terrorism protection
to expire

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – With the beginning of 2015, businesses no longer have federal insurance coverage against acts of terrorism. Congress allowed federal insurance coverage against acts of terrorism on more…

Saudis equate female drivers with terrorists

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia, whose royal family is a major backer of extremist Sunni Wahhabi stream of Islam embraced by ISIS, once again has shown its lack of more…

Alarms sound over possible move
to recognize Iran

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration opens up diplomatic relations with Cuba after a half-century, concern is looming over whether the United States similarly will extend diplomatic recognition more…

ISIS baiting Israel in ploy
to gain Arab recruits

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Recent pledges of allegiance to ISIS from Sunni jihadi groups in the Syrian Golan Heights and from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula have more…

Ex-CIA officer worries U.S.
has lost 'psyops' advantage

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – A prominent former Central Intelligence Agency officer claims that release of the recent report by the Democrat majority of the Senate Intelligence Committee criticizing her agency's more…

After Sony hack, is U.S. grid next?

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – Now that U.S. intelligence has blamed North Korea for the Nov. 24 cyber attack on Sony Pictures, there is growing concern that the Hermit Kingdom has more…

U.S. forces could expand fight against ISIS

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – The commitment of U.S. forces to fighting ISIS could increase, not diminish, as a rising number of Sunni jihadist groups that control vast areas of territory more…

Interrogators outraged by 'torture' accusation

by F. Michael Maloof -- WASHINGTON – There is increasing controversy over whether or not the enhanced interrogation techniques employed on al-Qaida detainees in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the more…

Israel facing greater threat than ISIS?

by F. Michael Maloof -- [caption id="attachment_132463" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[/caption] BEIRUT, Lebanon – Does the old adage "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" apply when it aligns more…