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The Futility of European Elections

The Futility of European Elections

Europe and the financial markets watched intently June 17 as Greece held general elections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti all delayed their flights to the June 18 G-20 summit in Mexico to await the results.

The two leading ...

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Islam in Germany: "Germany Does Away With Itself"

German President Joachim Gauck recently said in a newspaper interview that Muslims living in Germany are a part of the country, but that Islam is not.

The comments -- Gauck is the ninth prominent German politician to voice an opinion about Islam -- have sparked a new round in the on-going debate ...

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Spain, Debt and Sovereignty

Spain, Debt and Sovereignty

Eurozone countries on June 9 agreed to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) to stabilize the Spanish banking system. Because the bailout dealt with Spain's financial sector directly rather than involving the country's sovereign debt, Madrid did not face the kind of demands for more ...

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Egyptian Presidential Election: Leading Egypt to Democracy or Disaster?

Egyptian Presidential Election: Leading Egypt to Democracy or Disaster?

As reported in the Egyptian press last week, American senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, asserted that Egypt’s recent parliamentary elections were conducted honestly and without fraud (masrawy.com, 5/25/12).

Masrawy further recorded that Senator Kerry ...

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End of Counterinsurgency and Scalable Force

End of Counterinsurgency and Scalable Force 

The U.S. military for years has debated the utility of counterinsurgency operations. Drawing from a sentiment that harkens back to the Vietnam War, many within the military have long opposed counterinsurgency operations. Others see counterinsurgency as the unavoidable future of U.S. warfare. ...

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Iran Gives $25 Million To Afghan MPs To Vote Against Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Pact

Iran Gives $25 Million To Afghan MPs To Vote Against Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Pact

An Afghan website reports that Iran has earmarked $25 million to be given to Afghan lawmakers in exchange for their vote against the Afghan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Agreement, which was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai recently.

The bilateral agreement ...

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Spotlight on Iran (Week of May 23-30, 2012)

Spotlight on Iran (Week of May 23-30, 2012)

News Highlights of the Week on Iran
♦ Iran accuses West of responsibility for failure of nuclear talks in Baghdad
♦ Ali Larijani re-elected for Majles speaker
♦ Surprise and criticism in Iran over Ahmed Shafik's qualification for the second round of the Egyptian presidential ...

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Syria's Role In Lebanon's Conflagration

Syria's Role In Lebanon's Conflagration

Introduction: The violence raging in Syria has begun to spill over into several areas in Lebanon, where riots have recently caused over ten civilian deaths. May 12, 2012 saw the outbreak of violence in Tripoli, near the Lebanon-Syrian border, as intense clashes occurred between Sunni Islamists and ...

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The Egyptian Election and the Arab Spring

The Egyptian Election and the Arab Spring

The Egyptian presidential election was held last week. No candidate received 50 percent of the vote, so a runoff will be held between the two leading candidates, Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi represented the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and received 25.3 percent of the ...

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