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Site News – 1913 Intel is Being Throttled

My website host, Dreamhost.Com, has started throttling (limiting resources) this site. Apparently, I’m using up too many resources.

I’m sorry to say that it looks like I’ll have to switch over to a subscription based model. I’ve been thinking about going to a subscription based model for some time now, because advertising doesn’t pay much. Donations pay even less than advertising. If I need to pay for a premium hosting service, then I need a model that will bring in a lot more money than I currently bring in.

Running this website each day can be difficult, but the topics really interest me. It is time consuming to run a website like this when you take into account posting, research and development.

I will be creating a new website called member.1913intel.com in the next few days. This will be a subscription based website. I will let you know more details in the next few days.

I will keep 1913 Intel alive and well. But I will only be posting to this site a few times a month in the future.


Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador – What’s Going On?

A New Cold War in the Caribbean?

The significance of the Izvestia bluster isn’t that the Russians could be coming again — Moscow’s Defense Minister later said any air force arrangement in Cuba would most likely involve stops for fuel rather than actual bases — but that they’ve returned to the idea of using the Caribbean to try to leverage Washington. The latest gestures may be designed as a warning to Washington that if it goes ahead with stationing a missile shield on Russia’s borders, Moscow could reciprocate in America’s backyard.

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What, If Anything, Are Russia, Venezuela, and Cuba Up To?

There have been a few news articles recently concerning the possible use of Cuban and Venezuelan territory for the construction of Russian military bases. The New York Times noted:

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East confronts west in Latin America

China and Russia are challenging the US for dominance in Latin America by pursuing trade and military deals

During a visit to Beijing in November, Correa said China could turn the Manta base into a transit port from which to exploit the riches of the Amazon. China, which is engaged in a headlong rush for timber, minerals and other resources around the world, is said to be looking favourably on the idea.

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Thirst for petroleum forges a new oil reality

Drivers unlikely to see gas prices retreat to levels enjoyed for a generation

The two events, half a world apart, went largely unheralded.

Early this month, Valero Energy in Texas got the unwelcome news that Mexico would be cutting supplies to one of the company’s Gulf Coast refineries by up to 15 percent. Mexico’s state-owned oil enterprise is one of Valero’s main sources of crude, but oil output from Mexican fields, including the giant Cantarell field, is drying up. Mexican sales of crude oil to the United States have plunged to their lowest level in more than a dozen years.

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How to contain radical Islam

The best global strategy for the US may be the one that won the Cold War

Yet, with the seventh anniversary of 9/11 approaching, it seems clear that policy makers have not responded particularly well. Islamic extremists are gaining strength, while America finds itself increasingly isolated in the world. The coalition of the willing, never overly robust, is now on life support. In the Middle East, the Islamist parties Hezbollah and Hamas have enough popular support to prosper in free and fair elections, and Al Qaeda is adding franchise chapters in North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and elsewhere.

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China’s Rise, From Mao to Now

China, the drumbeat goes, is poised to become the 800-pound gorilla of the international system, ready to dominate the 21st century the way the United States dominated the 20th.

Except that it’s not.

Too many constraints are built into the country’s social, economic and political systems. For four big reasons — dire demographics, an overrated economy, an environment under siege and an ideology that doesn’t travel well — China is more likely to remain the muscle-bound adolescent of the international system than to become the master of the world.

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Report: Iran now has 6,000 centrifuges for uranium

Iran’s president said Saturday his country now possesses 6,000 centrifuges, a significant increase in its nuclear program that is certain to further rankle the United States and others who fear Tehran is intent on developing weapons.

The new figure is double the 3,000 uranium-enriching machines Iran had previously said it was operating.

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Report: Surviving EMP to depend on preparation

‘Many people may die for lack of basic elements necessary’

A report from the federal Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack has painted a bleak picture for America under such attack: Electricity grids down, uncontrolled fires from exploding gas transport systems, no communication to summon firefighters and if they could come, no water to battle fires. All in city after city after city.

The 200-page report says Americans should look to past incidents, then multiply those impacts by the number of cities that could be hit by such an attack. For example:

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Analysis: US now winning Iraq war that seemed lost

The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost. Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace — a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.

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