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Syrian Sound and Fury—Update by Intelligence Operative Holmes

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes Things have accelerated in Syria during the last six months—things such as the death rate and the refugee crisis, which have increased alarmingly. Putting a number on the death toll is not easy. The various [...]

Egypt: At the Corner of Theocracy and Democracy

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* When the people of Egypt ousted President Hosni Mubarak on February 12, 2011, most Western media outlets assumed that the anti-Mubarak protestors were de facto pro-democracy. However, Egyptians are not so [...]

So Why ARE We In Afganistan?

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* As we approach 2013, several Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries seem to be undergoing changes, but there is no consensus on what those changes will mean. While a few are hopeful, many give cause [...]

Iran Approaches Nuclear Capability

Iran Approaches Nuclear Capability By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* For the past several weeks, we have reviewed Iran’s history in our efforts to understand current dynamics with that nation. After all, if we don’t understand what [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part IX, Playing Nuclear Chicken

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part VI, Rise of the Ayatollahs

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Perspective on the US Embassy Attacks

Perspective on the Recent US Embassy Attacks By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* American news followers of the USA type have spent the last week watching, reading, and hearing reports of protests and attacks against US diplomatic compounds [...]

Speech, Religion, and Politics: Where is the Red Line?

Speech, Religion, and Politics: Where is the Red Line? By Piper Bayard* My intelligence operative writing partner, Jay Holmes*, is not at liberty to issue a statement on the current “insult to islam” situation, but thanks to Freedom of Speech, [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part V

Iran’s Present is Iran’s Past – Part V By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand [...]

Iran's Present is Iran't Past — Part IV

Iran’s Present is Iran’s Past – Part IV By  Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand [...]