Israel Is The Middle East’s True Military Superpower

It’s military is second-to-none.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The inability of Israel to develop long-term, stable, positive relationships with its immediate neighbors, regional powers, and the subject populations of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip means that Jerusalem continues to feel insecure, its dominance on land, air, and sea notwithstanding.… Continues

Why China’s Military Sees America As The True Enemy

The reality is that PLA officers are trained to view the U.S. as an enemy, and they will plan and act accordingly.

by Ian Easton | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: An initial assessment of Chinese military writings suggests that the PLA is engaged in a long-term, centrally-managed, strategic deception operation aimed at the United States’ government and military.… Continues

Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness

by Joseph Menn | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Google is seen in Davos

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.… Continues

The U.S. Marines Are The World’s Best Amphibious Force, But That May Not Remain True For Long

Training problems must be remedied. 

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The U.S. Marine Corps is turning to virtual training, which would allow units to simulate—at least to some agree—amphibious training even when ships aren’t available.… Continues

The X-44 MANTA Was a Futuristic Version of Lockheed’s F-22 Fighter

Though the design never got off the drawing board, it would have been even stealthier than the F-22 Raptor—and here is why.

by Caleb Larson | The National Interest

The X-44 MANTA, which stands for Multi-Axis No Tail Aircraft, was a futuristic-looking derivative of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-22 design. … Continues

Archaeologists suggest surprising true purpose of Great Wall of China’s northern section

by James Rothwell | The Telegraph

A woman wearing a protective face mask visits the Badaling Great Wall of China after it reopened for business following the new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing – AP

It was supposedly built to keep the bloodthirsty Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan at bay. … Continues

Nazi Germany No More: What If Adolf Hitler Didn’t Survive World War I?

Hitler was wounded and nearly killed in World War I.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: World War II destroyed Germany and Japan as great powers. The UK and France were left a shadow of their former selves.… Continues

A study looking at the coronavirus genome in Israel found that 70% of the virus transmission in the country could be linked to the US

by salarshani@businessinsider.com (Sarah Al-Arshani) | Business Insider

(This article first appeared on May 19, 2020)

  • Seventy percent of coronavirus cases in Israel could be linked to the US, according to a new study on the virus’ genome.
  • The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, compared the sequence of the virus from more than 200 randomly selected patients and compared them to sequences of the virus found worldwide, The New York Times reported. 
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After Five Bloody Years in Syria, Russia Is Turning Against Iran—and Assad

by Jeremy Hodge | The Daily Beast

(The article first appeared on May 9, 2020)

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—After five years fighting to preserve Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Russia now appears inclined to dispose of its infamous client.… Continues

The Secrets of Bethlehem’s Controversial Pools of Solomon Have Been Unlocked

by Candida Moss | The Daily Beast

MUSA AL SHAER/AFP via Getty

Last year, in conjunction with President Trump’s “peace plan,” Jewish Israeli hiking initiative Amitim L’Tiyulim appealed to the U.S. Ambassador David Friedman for assistance in “returning” the Pools of Solomon to the Jewish people.… Continues