Obama and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

June 12, 2012 by

Obama displayed an exceptional ability to inspire confidence in his promises during the 2008 campaign. One such promise was his pledge to actively pursue a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians—an issue he did not shy away from on the campaign trail. Although Obama implemented an assertive and logical plan to resolve the conflict early in his presidency (something his predecessors avoided), the administration’s policies and diplomatic efforts have proven strikingly unsuccessful.

Greek Elections and the European Union

June 12, 2012 by

For Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the time has come to decide the fate of the European Union (EU), the most ambitious political experiment in the world. Fate is maybe too strong a word, but the Greek elections on June 17, 2012 will surely go down in the history books as a watershed moment in the Euro Crisis, but what makes this election important?

From Russia with Love? Cyprus seeks another Bailout

June 12, 2012 by

Cyprus today hinted that it was seeking a €5 billion loan from the Russian authorities to bolster its bank’s capital levels before a key regulatory deadline at the end of June. This assistance would follow a €2.5 billion loan in 2011 from the Kremlin which the island nation has been fully dependent on having been effectively shutout of capital markets.

The Arab Spring and the Image of Islam

June 12, 2012 by

The multi-season Arab Spring is the third anti-imperialist Arab revolt in less than a century: against the Ottoman empire, against the Western Italian–French–English empire, and now the US-Israel empire. The empires hit back. The Ottomans were weak, but England–France–Israel even invaded Egypt in 29 October 1956––in the shadow of the Hungarian revolt against the Soviet empire that crumbled nearly a quarter century later. And now it is the turn o USA–Israel to try to maintain an illegitimate structure.