DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Sunday night, May 31, Hamas commanders in Damascus and Gaza ordered all West Bank cells to unleash a terrorist assault on the West Bank with bomb cars, roadside bombs, snipers and missiles. They were told to set their sights on all Palestinian Authority officials including Mahmoud Abbas as well as [...]
Britain faces the prospect of two recessions in quick succession.
Robert Shiller, Professor of Economics at Yale University, said that the recent stock market bounce should be treated with caution.
The apparent upturn could soon go into reverse, he told The Times, marking a repeat of economic patterns in the 1930s and the 1980s. Such [...]
Two prominent higher-education experts are warning that the financial structure of colleges and universities may be the next “bubble” to burst in America.
The result could be mergers, closures and even bankruptcies of smaller colleges that have spent too much and taken on too much debt based on a shaky system of student loans paying [...]
A week-long Guardian series offering a unique portrait of modern China – its politics, economy, society, environment and international relations – through the eyes of migrant workers, business people, bloggers and officials. We follow them from the factories of Shenzhen to the deserts of Gansu, and explore their views on everything from modern marriage to [...]
Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn’t even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.
Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
Wiseman isn’t [...]
Winding my way along China’s network of rail lines through the northern provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang, I have travelled over 4000 kilometers over the past 6 weeks, witnessing first hand the severity of desertification in China, just from my carriage window. The route I have followed, although made up of a [...]
What North Korea starts could weaponize the world.
Why now? There can be only one answer: People in South Korea are losing trust in Washington. And so are the Japanese. Although Tokyo maintains its Three Non-Nuclear Principles–Japan shall not possess nuclear weapons, manufacture them or allow their introduction into Japanese territory–a succession of Japanese politicians [...]
As global warming gradually melts away the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, the oil and gas deposits buried in that inaccessible region are becoming a lot less theoretical to the five northern nations with claims to those riches. “For better or worse, limited exploration prospects in the rest of the world combined with technological [...]
In fantasy novels the intrepid heroes come across a sign saying “This Way Be Dragons.” Of course, they venture on, facing calamity and death, but such is the nature of fantasy novels. We live in a very real world, and if we don’t turn around there will be some very nasty dragons in our future. [...]
Over the past decade, the number of people on Earth shot up by more than 13 percent, to nearly 6.8 billion people. To make room for all the hungry, breeding, CO2-emitting bodies on our small planet, we’ve ravaged Earth’s surface with staggering feats of deforestation, irrigation and urbanization — and NASA satellites have captured it [...]