ANALYSIS: US housing market

Tim Geithner

August 25th, 2010 (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - Grim figures out of the housing market in the United States emerged yesterday. According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of existing homes dropped 27.2 percent in July to reach their lowest level in ten years.

ANALYSIS: al-Shabab offensive

wounded civilian

August 24th, 2010 (Geopoliticalmonitor) - Al-Shabab’s latest attack displays a level of planning and execution that doesn’t bode well for the AU-backed transitional government in Mogadishu.

ANALYSIS: Xinjiang explosion

Chinese security forces chase off protesters during a demonstration at the centre of Urumqi

August 19th, 2010 (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - An explosion in China’s restive Xinjiang province has once again raised fears of a repeat of last July’s violent riots.

ANALYSIS: Last US combat brigade leaves Iraq

US leaves Iraq for Kuwait

August 19th, 2010 (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - The last US combat brigade has crossed over from Iraq into Kuwait, but many questions still remain over the role of troops left behind and the stability of the Iraqi government going forward.

ANALYSIS: DoD report on Chinese military power

File photo of tanks rumbling pass Tiananmen Square in a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing

August 18th (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - The US Department of Defense has submitted its annual report on Chinese military power to Congress. While the report proved enough to elicit a fiery response from the Chinese government, it can be taken as evidence that the Pentagon wants to play down the ‘China threat’ for the time being.

ANALYSIS: Japan’s economic recovery sputters

Share Price Board in Tokyo Japan

August 16th (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - Japan received two pieces of bad news this month: its quarterly GDP grew at the tepid rate of 0.1 percent, and it has been overtaken by China as the second largest economy in the world.

ANALYSIS: German economic growth

People walk past a board showing graphs of Japanese Yen's exchange rate against U.S. dollar and Euro outside a brokerage in Tokyo

August 13th (Geopoliticalmonitor) - A weak euro has allowed Germany to post its highest quarterly growth since unification.

ANALYSIS: Gates’ defense cuts

Robert Gates Holds Press Briefing At The Pentagon

August 11th (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is attempting to pre-empt Congress defense spending cuts by implementing a round of his own.

ANALYSIS: Russian Long-Range Bomber Patrols

Map of Russia with flag

August 10, 2010 (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - Media outlets recently reported that Canada's air force scrambled two CF-18s to intercept Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers off the coast of Newfoundland. The Government of Canada claimed the bombers strayed into Canadian airspace; the Russian government denied Ottawa's claim.

ANALYSIS: Abu Bakar Ba’asyir arrested in Indonesia

Abu Bakar Bashir

August 9th (Geopoliticalmonitor.com) - A radical Muslim cleric who was arrested in the wake of the 2002 Bali bombings and then released has once again been arrested on terror charges in Indonesia.

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