Twenty-five years have passed since the Tianmen Square massacre in June 1989. That period is time enough for a new generation of activists to reach maturity believing they can achieve what their forbears could not using the same tactics.
The most ominous feature of the Ajristan attack is that the Taliban leaders adopted the practice of beheading. That is an export from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Authorities severely restricted public displays of Islamic devotion during Ramadan this year. The new court guidelines extend the ban on public displays of religious observance
ISIS appears to be isolating and destroying Iraqi camps that it bypassed during its "blitz" offensive. Now it is consolidating its hold in western Iraq and completing unfinished business in reducing government outposts.
ISIS seized more Iraqi territory and humiliated the Iraqi army before Abadi completed his cabinet. A functioning political coalition in Baghdad has no direct relationship to the ability of the armed forces to defend Baghdad.
The Australian raids against ISIL supporters last week add poignancy and credibility to calls for "lone wolf" and organized attacks.
Afghanistan has a president, but it might not have a working government.
Clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government militias in Sana'a, the capital, resulted in at least 38 people killed.
The Ukrainian parliament did what Ukraine has been doing since its withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact. It moved forward on both the pro-Western and the pro-Russian tracks.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press office in Kabul confirmed that three ISAF soldiers were killed as a result of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul today.
The government submitted a draft bill to the parliament that would bestow "special status" for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions until a new constitution is drafted, and grant partial amnesty for militants who would lay down arms voluntarily and who committed no serious crimes.
This week senior US officials provided contradictory information about the threat to the US from ISIL.
The introduction of elections and of modern technology has not changed the foundations of Afghan political culture. One way or another, Pashtuns always rule.
This attack shows that ISIL knows it still has rivals in Syria and has pretty good intelligence on their leaderships' activities.
With the formation of a government, the most urgent task will be the fight against the Islamists, which includes the challenge of rebuilding the confidence of the Sunni Arab tribes in the central government.
The government forces are losing in at least four districts in Helmand province. "The situation is deteriorating and the Taliban are almost in the bazaar," the governor of Musa Qala district, Haji-Mohammad Sharif, said Friday night.
One of the big differences between Russian strategic ambitions and ISIL's strategic goals is that ISIL has announced its mission as converting the entire world to Islam and killing those who resist. Today's announcement advances the mission. Putin has made no comparable claim.
The Russian propagandists almost lost control of the spin on Putin's talk with Poroshenko. Evidently, the Russians recognized the error and had Russian media publish corrections. Now, Russia continues to adhere to the fiction that it is not a party to the fighting.
The separatists restated their new goal of creating an autonomous state within Ukraine. The Kyiv regime continues to reject negotiations with them.
With the introduction of Russian "volunteer" units in southeast Ukraine, the momentum has switched back to the rebels.
Today, at 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance; Williams Edge Webinar for October 1st, 2014 | John Ransom
In Other News: WH Daily Intel Briefings Are Optional? Obama Attends Fewer than Half | Michael Schaus
John Ransom and the Social Security Show-- Get Your Social Security Questions Answered | John Ransom
Today, at 11:20 AM PT: Get the Market Movements in Advance; Williams Edge Webinar for September 29th, 2014 | John Ransom
In Other News: Hey White People! All GOP Policies Apparently Designed to Kill Black People | Michael Schaus