Intel Briefs

Escalation with Russia Continues

Russia is deploying S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, near its border with Poland. This is in addition to previously reported movements of troops as well as missile positioning at other European borders.

Russia Withdraws from International Criminal Court

Putin has signed a decree withdrawing Russia from the ICC, following the International Criminal Court condemnation of Russia's occupation of Crimea.

UK has passed the Snooper's Charter

The United Kingdom has passed the most extreme surveillance bill in the history of western democracies. The law authorizes the hacking of personal computers and telephones, as well as unlimited access and indefinite retention of records of emails, calls, texts and web activity.

Climate Change to Cause Large Scale Refugee Crisis

Climate change was an important factor in the war in Syria, the Arab Spring, and the rise of Boko Haram. Military leaders are now warning that global warming is expected to dramatically increase security threats around the world, by provoking conflicts and resulting migrations on an unprecedented scale.

Right Wing Party Loses Election in Austria

Leader Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat to Alexander Van der Bellen of the Green Party, in an election he was expected to win by a large margin.

Italian Prime Minister Resigns

Matteo Renzi has resigned, following a loss in a constitutional reform referendum he had introduced, plunging Italy and the Euro zone in crisis.

Iceland's Pirates Attempting to form Coalition Government

Following two previous failed negotiations involving the majority Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkur), and later the Left-Greens (Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð), President Guðni Jóhannesson has now asked the Pirate Party (Pírataflokkurinn) to start talks to form a coalition government with other leftist parties.