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Gravity is Out of Date

By Kevin Banks | April 1, 2018

Update: 13:30CST It’s baaaack.  The Tiangong-1 crashed into the South Pacific somewhere northwest of Tahiti at 8:16PM EDT. ——- For those who have seen the movie ‘Gravity’, you know that the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 plays a major role.  It is, in fact, the ‘lifeboat’ that saves Sandra Bullock’s character.  The only problem? That scenario is no longer…

Iraqi Reconciliation-Economic Proposal: Hydrocarbon Revenue Sharing

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

This was a proposal I crafted in 2008 to address the dispute over equitable distribution of Iraqi hydrocarbon revenues. Goal of Proposal: This proposal seeks to address the issue of the equitable management of the Iraqi hydrocarbon sector, and the equitable distribution of the revenues generated therein. Overview: The government of Iraq will form a…

Mamluk Heraldic Devices in Jerusalem – Parts I & II

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

One of the most significant events in the history of Islam was the decision by the Abbasid caliph al Mutassim to import young Turks from the Central Asian Steppes as slaves to serve as highly trained, mounted archers. This process of importing these young Turks would continue for centuries and would soon change the course…

Background: North Korean Nuclear Program

By Kevin Banks | May 18, 2017

North Korea is a hot topic right now so I thought it would be worthwhile to give some background into their nuclear program. In 2006, 2009 and 2013, North Korea tested atomic weapons and in 2016 tested another, larger weapon with a yield of 10-30 kilotonnes[i]. It’s worth noting that the atomic bombs dropped in World War II were…

Hamas and the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children-Part I

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

“For Palestine is a sacred Islamic land that has been forcibly seized by the Zionists, and it is the duty of Muslims to conduct a holy struggle to regain it and to expel the invader from it.” –Hamas Introductory Memorandum, Article 7 . “…exterminate the Zionist germ…” [an 8th grade Palestinian textbook, page 117.] “We…

Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part II

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

Section II: Salah al-Din’s Victories at Hattin and Jerusalem While there is debate as to Salah al-Din’s abilities in the realm of military tactics and strategy , his victories at the Horns of Hattin and Jerusalem were both decisive. In the case of Jerusalem, it was the accomplishment of a long-stated goal – the liberation…

Piracy in the Barbary – Part II

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

Section II. Failure of European Powers to Suppress Corsair Activity At the end of the 18th century the Barbary regencies had survived two centuries of pressure, of blockades and bombardments by the much more powerful European states. Better yet, they had known how to exploit the threat of capture to obtain regular presents and payments greater…

Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part III

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

Section III: Four Key Aspects of Salah al-Din’s Character In the final analysis, Salah al-Din was a multi-layered character who, it seems, gave careful thought to how best to achieve his goals. Though contemporary chroniclers and modern historians differ in opinions as to Salah al-Din’s abilities and motivations thereby coloring the lens through which we…

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Трамп – Меркель: нас обоих прослушивали при Обаме

By Kevin Banks | March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.bbc.com/russian/news-39309834 Президент США Дональд Трамп на первой встрече с канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель заявил, что они оба стали жертвами прослушки во время правления его предшественника Барака Обамы. “По крайней мере у нас, возможно, есть что-то общее”, – заявил он Меркель. В 2014 году немецкие власти публично высказывали подозрения, что американские спецслужбы могут прослушивать телефоны высокопоставленных…

המרכז הקיצוני של טראמפ: הנשיא הנבחר רוקד על שתי החתונות

By Kevin Banks | November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

מאז שנבחר רוקד טראמפ על שתי החתונות. לאחר שמינה את איש הממסד ריינס פריבוס לראש הסגל שלו, הציב בתפקיד יועצו הבכיר את סטיב בנון, נציג הצד האפל, האנטי־ממסדי, ששמו גם נקשר באנטישמיות ההודעה על המינויים הראשונים של דונלד טראמפ חילצה מהפרשנים והפוליטיקאים בארה”ב דאבל טייק קלאסי וקומי. תחילה בא המבזק על מינויו של יושב ראש…

طاليا وألمانيا تتعادلان وديا دون أهداف

By Kevin Banks | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

إيطاليا وألمانيا تتعادلان وديا دون أهداف ميلانو- “القدس” دوت كوم- رويترز – تعادلت ألمانيا بطلة العالم وإيطاليا بدون أهداف في مباراة ودية ممتعة، الثلاثاء، شهدت إهدار الفريقين سلسلة من الفرص في آخر ظهور لهما هذا العام. ولعب المنتخب الألماني بدون العديد من لاعبيه الأساسيين، في ظل غياب توني كروس، ومانويل نوير، ومسعود أوزيل، وجيروم بواتنج.…

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