Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cuba travel closer?

Reuters reports: A congressional panel is poised to take the first step toward ending a decades-old U.S. ban on travel to Cuba and removing other hurdles to food sales to the Caribbean island, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Russian spying (cont.)

UN: Russia's den of spies: This length FP article recounts Russian spying in and around the United Nations.

Putin's reaction: The police went "out of control"

The BBC profiles Russia's SVR intelligence service.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Russian spies captured in US

New York Times: Ten people arrested on charges of spying for Russia's SVR, the Russian successor to the KGB.

Pajamas Media has insta-reaction and additional details, comparing this to the Rosenberg case.

American contacts with Hamas

YNetNews reports: A senior Hamas figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saudis clear skies for Israel?

The Times reports: Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.

However, according to the Jerusalem Post, Saudi Arabia denies the report from The Times.