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REPORTS – The Pentagon’s UAP Task Force (Franc Milburn, BESA Center)

In June 2020, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence unveiled the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) at the Office of Naval Intelligence—a successor to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). This paper dives down the rabbit hole with Defense Department insiders, scientists, and declassified material to find answers to a host of questions: […]

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GLOBAL EYE – Statement on Antisemitism and the Question of Palestine (Arab Center Washington DC)

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USA/SAUDI ARABIA – The Fight for the Post-Trump Future of US-Saudi Relations Begins (Marcus Montgomery, Arab Center Washington DC)

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MIDDLE EAST – Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Biden Agenda (Charles W. Dunne, Arab Center Washington DC)

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ISRAEL/UAE – First Israeli commercial flight takes off from Tel Aviv to UAE: Netanyahu spokesman (Al Arabiya)

The first Israeli commercial flight took off from Tel Aviv heading to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman to the Arab media announced in a tweet. https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/12/01/Israel-relations-First-Israeli-commercial-flight-takes-off-from-Tel-Aviv-to-UAE-Netanyahu-spokesman

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IRAN – Draft bill hardening Iran’s nuclear stance clears first hurdle in parliament (Al Arabiya)

A draft bill requiring Iran’s government to pursue uranium enrichment of 20 percent, and to disregard other restraints put on its nuclear program by an accord reached with foreign powers in 2015 cleared its first hurdle in parliament on Tuesday. https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/12/01/Iran-nuclear-deal-Draft-bill-hardening-Iran-s-nuclear-stance-clears-first-hurdle-in-parliament

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EGYPT – Egypt plans big rail expansion, nears agreement with Bechtel Corp (Al Arabiya)

Egypt is rushing ahead with plans for an expansion of its metro and railway networks and is near agreement with Bechtel Corp to implement Cairo’s sixth metro line, Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir said on Monday. https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/business/aviation-and-transport/2020/12/01/Egypt-plans-big-rail-expansion-nears-agreement-with-Bechtel-Corp

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TURKEY – Turkey orders arrest of 82 military personnel allegedly connected to Gulen: Report (Al Arabiya)

Turkey ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/12/01/Turkey-orders-arrest-of-82-military-personnel-allegedly-connected-to-Gulen-Report

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ARCTIC – Scientists wrap up first studies of radionuclides in Arkhangelsk Region’s peatlands (TASS)

According to the researcher, the Arctic has suffered due to many factors, from nuclear testing on Novaya Zemlya Archipelago to a Chernobyl disaster https://tass.com/science/1229457

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RUSSIA/KURIL ISLANDS – Russia’s latest S-300 air defense units enter combat duty on Kuril Islands (TASS)

Earlier, the commander of the Eastern Military District’s forces personally checked readiness to enter combat duty https://tass.com/defense/1229773

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NAGORNO KARABAKH – Russian peacekeepers defuse nearly 1,000 explosives in Karabakh (TASS)

They have cleared of mines nearly 10 km of roads https://tass.com/defense/1229779

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NAGORNO KARABAKH – Russian peacekeepers ensure security of vehicle traffic via Lachin corridor (TASS)

More than 26,000 refugees have come back home since November 14, the ministry stated https://tass.com/world/1229771