Moscow fears tide of Black Widows – Times Online

Russian security services were hunting for more “Black Widows” yesterday amid fears that the women who blew themselves up in the Moscow Metro were part of a 30-strong suicide squad trained by a Chechen terrorist leader.

Moscow fears tide of Black Widows – Times Online

EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’ – ABC News

An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials.

EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’ – ABC News

New START Treaty – There’s a problem

The New START Treaty agreed on by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev – to be signed in Prague next month – leaves the door open to an increase in nuclear weapon numbers, arms control veteran Keith Payne noted on Monday at a forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

Noting that long-range bombers are counted as a single weapon in the treaty – equivalent to a single missile warhead – National Institute for Public Policy President Payne asked: “Who has announced a requirement for a strategic bomber? Who is working on a long-range cruise missile?”

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U.S. Decline, Sloth Look a Lot Like End of Rome: Mark Fisher – BusinessWeek

The U.S. today is a mirror image of the Roman Empire as it tipped into chaos. Whether we blame our bloated government, a greedy elite or a lethargic population, the similarities between the two foreshadow a gruesome future.

The Roman economy grew fat from the plunder of conquered territories and the added productivity offered by new lands. The waning of expansionism didn’t bode well for the empire.

U.S. Decline, Sloth Look a Lot Like End of Rome: Mark Fisher – BusinessWeek

British Report: U.S.-U.K. ‘Special Relationship’ Is Over – TIME

The U.S.-U.K special relationship is over. And it’s because the British people changed over time. It is the British people that hate America. The government was actually late in realizing this.

Gradually, the British people have become more and more liberal. Liberalism in America has lagged Britain and Europe. Therefore, the British people and old Europe have a fundamental dislike for America.

Now that America has reached a tipping point, and apparently tipped to the dark side (moving to modern liberalism), it is possible that the British people and old Europe might start liking us again. But now I don’t like Britain, old Europe and the new America.

The End of the Party, an account by British political commentator Andrew Rawnsley of how Britain’s Labour government came to squander a huge popular mandate to face possible defeat in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, identifies a multiplicity of contributory factors. Blair’s unwavering determination to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with a martial U.S. is prominent among them.

British Report: U.S.-U.K. ‘Special Relationship’ Is Over – TIME

Attacks on Moscow Metro: Russian Security Forces Find Third Explosive Device – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Two blasts killed at least 38 people on Moscow metro trains on Monday and the city appears to have been spared a third attack. Investigators found a third device in a subway station, and defused it. World leaders condemned the attacks, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed that “terrorists will be destroyed.”

Attacks on Moscow Metro: Russian Security Forces Find Third Explosive Device – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

China Testing Ballistic Missile ‘Carrier-Killer’ | Danger Room | Wired.com

If they can be deployed successfully, Chinese anti-ship ballistic missiles would be the first capable of targeting a moving aircraft-carrier (.pdf) strike group from long-range, land-based mobile launchers. And if not countered properly, this and other “asymmetric” systems — ballistic and cruise missiles, submarines, torpedoes and sea mines — could potentially threaten U.S. operations in the western Pacific, as well as in the Persian Gulf.

China Testing Ballistic Missile ‘Carrier-Killer’ | Danger Room | Wired.com

Scenarios: Global impact if Israel strikes Iran | Reuters

If Israel were to strike Iran over its nuclear activities, markets would be watching one thing only – Iran’s response.

The scale of that response could be the difference between a brief spike in oil prices and pushing the world back to economic crisis.

Below are possible scenarios together with projected potential market reactions suggested by analysts, economists and foreign policy strategists.

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Scenarios: Global impact if Israel strikes Iran | Reuters

CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes – Washington Times

“Iran continues to develop a range of capabilities that could be applied to producing nuclear weapons, if a decision is made to do so,” the annual report to Congress states.

A U.S. official involved in countering weapons proliferation said the Iranians are “keeping the door open to the possibility of building a nuclear weapon.”

CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes – Washington Times