Paraguay Expresses Alarm over Recent Bolivian Arms Purchases

The Paraguayan government requested a bilateral meeting with Bolivian authorities on Saturday to discuss Bolivia’s recent announcement that it will purchase up to $100 million in military equipment with credit from Russia. The deal, which is reportedly for helicopters, airplanes and other military equipment, was announced on August 12 by Bolivian defense minister Walker San Miguel.

Paraguay Expresses Alarm over Recent Bolivian Arms Purchases

Iranian Nuclear Threat Targets U.S., Israel

The Islamic republic has test-fired missiles capable of reaching Israel, southeastern Europe, and U.S. bases in the Mideast — and published reports say Iran is within a year of developing its own nuclear bomb.

Security experts warn that even one nuclear device in the hands of a rogue nation could be used against the United States in a devastating electromagnetic pulse attack, an intense burst of energy from an exploding nuclear warhead high above the Earth.

Iranian Nuclear Threat Targets U.S., Israel

China Tightening Control of Rare Earth Minerals – NYTimes.com

China is set to tighten its hammerlock on the market for some of the world’s most obscure but valuable minerals.

China currently accounts for 93 percent of production of so-called rare earth elements — and more than 99 percent of the output for two of these elements, vital for a wide range of green energy technologies and military applications like missiles.

China Tightening Control of Rare Earth Minerals – NYTimes.com

China military threat to Taiwan rises despite détente | Reuters

The balance of military power between China and Taiwan is shifting towards Beijing, leaving the island few options without U.S. aid in the event of attack, a threat that has not eased despite warming ties.

China has invested billions of dollars in its military, buying from Russia, developing itself advanced fighter jets and missiles, and slimming its once bloated ranks into a lean and high-tech military, analysts say. China is also considering building an aircraft carrier.

ANALYSIS – China military threat to Taiwan rises despite détente | World | Reuters

Anthony H. Cordesman – A Chance to Avoid Defeat in Afghanistan – washingtonpost.com

The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan in the next three months — any form of even limited victory will take years of further effort. It can, however, easily lose the war. I did not see any simple paths to victory while serving on the assessment group that advised the new U.S. commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, on strategy, but I did see all too clearly why the war is being lost.

Anthony H. Cordesman – A Chance to Avoid Defeat in Afghanistan – washingtonpost.com

U.S. and U.K. Decisions Hurt Global and National Security – WSJ.com

The same cannot be said of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to unleash a special prosecutor on past CIA interrogation practices. Unlike Mr. MacAskill, Mr. Holder speaks for the U.S. government; his decision has game changing consequences that will affect the safety of free world.

First, the Obama Administration is going to pay a big political price for indulging the civil libertarians of their party. The American television show 24 is in its 7th season because its portrayal of a life-and-death fight against terrorism in the face of political meddling appears to most Americans—and I would add Britons—both believable and justified. When the American people find out that the real “Jack Bauers” of our government act, for the most part, according to well thought out procedures—procedures that have concretely contributed to our national security—they will draw the conclusion the Obama administration lacks the prudence and stomach for its post-9/11 responsibilities.

Amanda Bowman: U.S. and U.K. Decisions Hurt Global and National Security – WSJ.com

Desalination growing threat to Arabian Gulf – The National Newspaper

Never mind peak oil, or even peak water: Some experts are pondering the possibility of the UAE’s development being limited by “peak salt” – the notional point at which the Arabian Gulf becomes so salty that relying on it for fresh water stops being economically feasible.

There is cause for concern, says Dr Shawki Barghouti, director-general of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai.

“Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE all have their desalination plants along the Gulf’s shores,” he said. “The brine that these desalination plants produce is being dumped back into the ocean.”

Desalination threat to the growing Gulf – The National Newspaper

Was Russia’s ‘Arctic Sea’ Carrying Missiles to Iran? – TIME

But as details of the hijacking emerged, the tale got murkier, and Moscow’s explanation does little to clear things up. Why, with so many other ships carrying much more valuable cargo, would the hijackers target the Arctic Sea and its small load of timber? Why didn’t the ship send out a distress signal? Why did Israeli President Shimon Peres pay a surprise visit to Russia a day after the ship was rescued? Why did Russia wait so long to send its navy to find the ship? And what did the brother of one of the alleged hijackers, Dmitri Bartenev, mean when he told Estonian TV on Aug. 24 that his brother and the other suspected pirates had been “set up … They went to find work and ended up in a political conflict. Now they are hostage to some kind of political game”? Bartenev’s lawyer tells TIME that his client was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Was Russia’s ‘Arctic Sea’ Carrying Missiles to Iran? – TIME

John Bolton: Sanctions Won’t Work Against Iran – WSJ.com

Accordingly, President Obama is readying two alternatives. One is to characterize “freezing” Iran’s nuclear program at existing levels as a “success.” However, this less than complete termination of Iran’s nuclear program would run contrary to years of determined clandestine efforts. Such a freeze is utterly unverifiable and amounts to surrender. This will result in a nuclear-armed Iran.

John Bolton: Sanctions Won’t Work Against Iran – WSJ.com

DEBKAfile – Six nations may reveal data concealed by ELBaradei on Iran’s nuclear progress

The four governments are Britain, France, Netherlands and Japan. All six had provided ElBaradei with new and detailed information on the advances made by Iran in its race to develop a nuclear bomb for inclusion in his last report on Aug. 28 before he retires next month. But ElBaradei, true to his usual custom of blurring Iran’s breaches, omitted the new evidence.

DEBKAfile – Six nations may reveal data concealed by ELBaradei on Iran’s nuclear progress