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Europe's Disturbing Precedent in the Cyprus Bailout

Europe's Disturbing Precedent in the Cyprus Bailout

The European economic crisis has taken different forms in different places, and Cyprus is the latest country to face the prospect of financial ruin. Overextended banks in Cyprus are teetering on the brink of failure for issuing loans they cannot repay, which has prompted the tiny Mediterranean ...

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Little Outcry as Saudis Bulldoze Islam's Holiest Shrines

Little Outcry as Saudis Bulldoze Islam's Holiest Shrines

TheInvestigative Project on Terrorism

Recent photographs show workers in Saudi Arabia demolishing some of the oldest sections of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, London's Independent reports.

It's the latest in a grand plan to develop and modernize both Mecca and Medina, Islam's two holiest ...

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Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

To produce its first atomic bomb from 20 percent enriched uranium, Iran would need a stockpile of 225 kilograms, which upon further enrichment to the weapons-grade level would yield the 25 kilograms of uranium metal for a nuclear warhead. Since it began enriching 20 percent uranium, Iran had ...

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A New Reality in U.S. - Israeli Relations

U.S. President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Israel. The visit comes in the wake of his re-election and inauguration to a second term and the formation of a new Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Normally, summits between Israel and the United ...

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Considering a Departure in North Korea's Strategy

Considering a Departure in North Korea's Strategy

On Jan. 29, I wrote a piece that described North Korea's strategy as a combination of ferocious, weak and crazy. In the weeks since then, three events have exemplified each facet of that strategy. Pyongyang showed its ferocity Feb. 12, when it detonated a nuclear device underground. ...

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Will Syria's Strife Rip Lebanon Apart?

Will Syria's Strife Rip Lebanon Apart?

The assassination of Lebanese security chief brigadier general Wissam Hassan on October 19 has rekindled fears of renewed confessional strife in Lebanon. The anti-Assad opposition quickly blamed the Syrian regime for eliminating one of its foremost Beirut opponents while enraged demonstrators took ...

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Europe, Unemployment and Instability

Europe, Unemployment and Instability

The global financial crisis of 2008 has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will, fairly quickly, give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system -- Europe, China and the United States. The level ...

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The Real Meaning of the New Argentina-Iran Agreement

The Real Meaning of the New Argentina-Iran Agreement

There is a new deal brewing between Argentina and Iran in order to improve relations between the two counties, which have been on shaky ground ever since the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the Jewish community headquarters (AMIA) in 1994. Though Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, was widely ...

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Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East

Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East

Russia is back. President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power. He is making his stand in Syria. 

The Soviet Union acquired the Tardus Naval Port in Syria in 1971 without any real purpose for it. With their ships welcomed in Algeria, Cuba or Vietnam, ...

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