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Unpublished LIGNET Clips 2012-2014

In Foreign Affairs on September 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

These are an assortment of the clips I wrote while working for for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) between June 2011 and September 2014 that were never published.

Accidental duplication of a topic by other analysts was the most common reason that these stories were not released on the site.

However, my interest in peripheral issues meant some of the less relevant Briefs were not posted to the site.


Unused Articles (4)

2014 – 1

Taiwan-China

2013 – 1

Turkey

2012 – 2

Venezuela
Mercosur

More Analytics and Full Stories After the Jump…

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LIGNET in Review

In Foreign Affairs on September 16, 2014 at 2:31 am

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I am leaving LIGNET after more than three years due to a recent decision by Newsmax to permanently sideline the project on October 30. While the website is no longer online, I retain a copy of every article I wrote on the site.

From June 2011 through October 2014, LIGNET published my pieces on 191 of the 193 UN member states and dozens of territories/disputed countries* as well as more than 100 major energy, manufacturing, and technology companies.

I have learned an incredible amount and been a production powerhouse. I single-handedly wrote a combined 1,452 Analyses and Snowflakes/InBriefs/DailyBriefs (the name has developed throughout the course of the site’s history) — over a sixth of the site’s entire content — between June 15, 2011 and September 11, 2014.

Some Interesting Analytics:

During my first year (2011) I covered 78 countries (78 of 193) and generated a total of 132 stories.
During my second year (2012) I covered another 108 countries (186 of 193) and generated a total of 368 stories.
During my third year (2013) I covered 4 more countries (190 of 193) and generated a total of 534 stories.
During my fourth year (2014) I covered just one new country (191 of 193) and generated a total of 418 stories.

However, if I count citing Micronesia, Samoa, and Vanuatu in this piece Pacific Islands “Fighting for Survival” then I technically covered all 193 countries in 2013.

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 9/1-10/31/14

In Foreign Affairs on September 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

NOTE: LIGNET IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR ACCESS ONLINE AS OF October 30, 2014

 

These are an assortment of the clips I wrote while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from September 1 – October 31. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

Oct. 21 – Islamic Tensions Rock Strategic US Ally Bahrain
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Islamic-Tensions-Rock-Strategic-US-Ally-Bahrain

10. Bahrain

Oct. 15 – ISIS Recruiting Terrorists Across Asia
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/ISIS-Recruiting-Terrorists-Across-Asia

10. China

Oct. 7 – Egypt Faces Growing Terrorist Threat From ISIS Ally in Sinai
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Egypt-Faces-Growing-Terrorist-Threat-From-ISIS-All

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 8/1-8/31/14

In Foreign Affairs on August 31, 2014 at 5:01 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from August 1 – August 31. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

August 30 – Iran Hints Azerbaijan Responsible for Downed Israeli Drone
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Iran-Hints-Azerbaijan-Responsible-for-Downed-Israe

August 30 – China Covers Up Embarrassing Drug Discovery
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/China-Covers-Up-Embarrassing-Drug-Discovery

August 29 – China’s Dreams for Shale Boom Stumble
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Chinas-Dreams-for-Shale-Boom-Stumble.aspx

August 29 – Hamas Seeks to Disrupt Israel’s Energy Plans
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Hamas-Seeks-to-Disrupt-Israels-Energy-Plans

August 29 – India Reopens Mumbai Jewish Center as Modi Seeks Closer Israel Ties
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/India-Reopens-Mumbai-Jewish-Center-as-Modi-Seeks-C

August 29 – Ethiopia and Egypt Seek Rapprochement Over Planned Mega-Dam
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Ethiopia-and-Egypt-Seek-Rapprochement-Over-Planned

August 28 – Latin America Embraces Gaza, Rejects Israeli Trade
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Latin-America-Embraces-Gaza-Rejects-Israel-as-Trad

August 28 – Italy Pleads for EU Aid After Over 200 Migrants Drown
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Italy-Pleads-for-EU-Aid-After-Over-200-Migrants-Dr

August 28 – Canada: Derailment of Another Oil Train Raises Renewed Safety Fears
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Canada–Derailment-of-Another-Oil-Train-Raises-Ren

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 7/1-7/31/14

In Foreign Affairs on July 31, 2014 at 1:24 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from July 1 – July 31. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

July 31 – Gaza Conflict Fuels Anti-Semitism Sweeping Europe
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Gaza-Conflict-Fuels-AntiSemitism-Sweeping-Europe

July 31 – Canada Blames China For Cyber Attack
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Canada-Blames-China-For-Cyber-Attack

July 31 – Thailand: Muslim Separatists Allegedly Kill Soldiers and Civilians
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Thailand-Muslim-Separatists-Allegedly-Kill-Soldier

July 30 – Taking a Risk, US Ally Philippines Stands Up to China
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Taking-a-Risk,-U-S–Ally-Philippines-Stands-Up-to-

July 30 – Russia Offers Reward to Break US-Funded Tor Internet Anonymity Network
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Russia-Offers-Reward-to-Break-US-Funded-Tor-Intern

July 30 – Pakistan: Mob Goes on Deadly Rampage Over Alleged Blasphemy on Facebook
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Pakistan-Mob-Goes-on-Deadly-Rampage-Over-Alleged-B

July 27 – United Kingdom: Cameron Visits Shetland Islands to Undercut Scottish Independence
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/United-Kingdom-Cameron-Visits-Shetland-Islands-to-

July 26 – Aruba Detains Venezuela Diplomat for US on Drug Trafficking Allegations
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Aruba-Detains-Venezuela-Diplomat-for-US-on-Drug-Tr

July 26 – Spain: Environmentalists Seek to Thwart Canary Islands Oil Exploration
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Spain-Environmentalists-Seek-to-Thwart-Canary-Isla

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 6/1-6/30/14

In Foreign Affairs on June 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from June 1 – June 30. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

June 30 – Narco-Terrorists Cripple Struggling West African Nations
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/West-Africa-Fails-in-Fight-Against-Drug-Traffickin

June 28 – Bahrain: Court Clears Shiite Opposition Activist of Terrorism Charges
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Bahrain-Court-Clears-Shiite-Opposition-Activist-of

June 28 – Australia Opens Restricted Weapons Test Site in Outback to Mining
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Australia-Opens-Restricted-Weapons-Test-Site-in-Ou

June 28 – Ireland: Criminals Use Drone in Attempt to Smuggle Drugs into Prison
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Ireland–Criminals-Use-Drone-in-Attempt-to-Smuggle

June 27 – Hong Kong Rebels as Beijing Struggles to Assert Control
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Hong-Kong-Democracy-Activists-Keep-the-Upper-Hand

June 26 – With Iraq in Chaos, Israel Strengthens Ties to the Kurds
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/With-Iraq-in-Chaos-Israel-Strengthens-Ties-to-the-

6. Israel-Kurd

June 26 – Cameroon: Security Forces Clash With Suspected Boko Haram Militants
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Cameroon-Security-Forces-Clash-With-Suspected-Boko

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 5/1-5/31/14

In Foreign Affairs on May 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from May 1 – May 31. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

May 31 – Russia: Caucasus Leader Vows Sweeping Retribution Against Terrorists
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Russia-Caucasus-Leader-Vows-Sweeping-Retribution-A

May 31 – Central African Republic: Sectarian Massacre Sparks Reprisals
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Central-African-Republic-Sectarian-Massacre-Sparks

May 31 – Norway: Greenpeace Protests Statoil’s Arctic Drilling
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Norway-Greenpeace-Protests-Statoil-s-Arctic-Drilli

May 30 – Iran: Judge Orders Facebook CEO to Testify
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Iran-Judge-Orders-Facebook-CEO-to-Testify

May 30 – New Caledonia: Riots Damage Major Nickel Mine
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/New-Caledonia-Riots-Damage-Major-Nickel-Mine

May 29 – Routed by Rebels, Bumbling Army Brings Mali Back to Brink
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Routed-by-Rebels-Bumbling-Army-Brings-Mali-Back-to

May 29 – Lithuania: President Rides to Reelection on Fears of Russia
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Lithuania-President-Rides-to-Reelection-on-Fears-o

May 29 – Papua New Guinea Becomes World Newest Liquefied Natural Gas Exporter
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Papua-New-Guinea-Becomes-Worlds-Newest-Liquefied-N

May 29 – Mexico: Rebel Retirement Signals Death of Defunct Insurgency
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Mexico-Rebel-Retirement-Signals-Death-of-Defunct-I

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 4/1-4/30/14

In Foreign Affairs on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from April 1 – April 30. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

April 30 – Macedonia: Ruling Conservatives Ride Economy to Another Victory
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Macedonia-Ruling-Conservatives-Ride-Economy-to-Ano

April 29 – Arab Kingdoms Regroup to Fill US Security Gap in Gulf
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Arab-Kingdoms-Regroup-to-Fill-US-Security-Gap-in-G

4. GCC

April 29 – Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out Plays Into Russia’s Hands
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Germanys-Nuclear-PhaseOut-Raises-Risk-of-Blackouts

April 26 – Marshall Islands Sues Nuclear Nations Over Lack of Disarmament
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Marshall-Islands-Sues-Nuclear-Nations-Over-Lack-of

April 26 – Tunisia: Anti-Semitism Jeopardizes Tourism
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Tunisia-Anti-Semitism-Jeopardizes-Tourism

April 26 – Germany Seizes Massive Cocaine Load in Ecuadorian Bananas
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Germany-Seizes-Massive-Cocaine-Load-in-Ecuadorian-

April 24 – Russia: Kremlin Pursues Contradictory Policies Toward Crimean Tatars
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Russia-Kremlin-Pursues-Contradictory-Policies-Towa

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 3/1-3/31/14

In Foreign Affairs on March 31, 2014 at 7:51 am

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from March 1 – March 31. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

Mar 31 – Canada Moves to Take North American Energy Crown
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Canadian-Cabinet-Shuffle-Keeps-Economy,-Oil-Atop-A

Mar 29 – Afghanistan: Presidential Candidates Fall to Eight
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Afghanistan-Presidential-Candidates-Fall-to-Eight

Mar 29 – Creditors Demand Questioning of Mt. Gox CEO as Lost Bitcoins Found
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Creditors-Demand-Questioning-of-Mt–Gox-CEO-as-Los

Mar 29 – Chile: Over 300 Earthquakes in Past Week Worry Copper-Rich Region
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Chile-Over-300-Earthquakes-in-Past-Week-Worry-Copp

Mar 28 – Brazil: Petrobras Scandals Bring Unending Headaches for Rousseff
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Brazil-Petrobras-Scandals-Bring-Unending-Headaches

Mar 27 – Striking Israeli Diplomats Threaten Pope’s Visit to Holy Land
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Striking-Diplomats-Leave-Israel-Defenseless-in-Wor

3. Israel

Mar 27 – Finland: Leftists Withdraw From Government Over Austerity
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Finland-Leftists-Withdraw-From-Government-Over-Aus

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Archive of My Clips on LIGNET 2/1-2/28/14

In Foreign Affairs on February 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

These are an assortment of the clips I have written while working for Newsmax Media’s Langley Intelligence Group Network (LIGNET) from February 1 – February 28. These articles were published on their site following review by their Analysis Team. Shorter pieces (‘Daily Briefs’) do not require any sign up, however longer articles (‘Analysis’) do require a subscription to the site.

Feb 28 – Clashes in South Sudan Imperil Oil Lifeline
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Clashes-in-South-Sudan-Imperil-Oil-Lifeline

Feb 28 – Liberian Gunmen Attack Border Town in Ivory Coast
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Liberian-Gunmen-Attack-Border-Town-in-Ivory-Coast

Feb 27 – New Indian State Boosts Influence of Tech Hub Hyderabad
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/New-Indian-State-Boosts-Influence-of-Tech-Hub-Hyde

Feb 27 – Israel/Germany: Netanyahu and Merkel Meet to Reaffirm Ties
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Israel-Germany–Netanyahu-and-Merkel-Meet-to-Reaff

Feb 27 – India: Police Clash With Villagers After Suspected Militants Killed in Kashmir
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/India–Police-Clash-With-Villagers-After-Suspected

Feb 27 – Tanzania: Bombings Hit Church and Popular Restaurant in Zanzibar
http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Tanzania-Bombings-Hit-Church-and-Popular-Restauran

Feb 26 – Russia Embraces Fracking to Ignite Siberian Shale Boom
http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Russia-Embraces-Fracking-to-Ignite-Siberian-Shale-

2. Russia

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