Europe/Middle East

  • Can Syria’s Rebels Overthrow Assad? – Interview With Jellyfish Operations

    Can Syria’s Rebels Overthrow Assad? – Interview With Jellyfish Operations

    As rebels attempt to regroup in advance of a new strategy to overpower Assad, and Western powers try to start from scratch with a new rebel formation that is presumably devoid of Salafi Jihadists, the US is calling on third party, non-state actors to arm the rebels in order to avoid becoming embroiled in a geopolitically sensitive conflict just ahead of presidential elections. As attentions turn to the chaos breaking out across the Middle East and North Africa (and even further afield), what chance do the rebels have of pushing Assad to his limits?

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  • Libyan Lessons – Did The West Underestimate The Arab Spring Fallout?: George Fri

    Libyan Lessons – Did The West Underestimate The Arab Spring Fallout?: George Friedman

    The killing of four U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya has exposed the consequences of the Arab uprisings. In Libya, NATO simply didn't understand or care about the whirlwind that it was unleashing. One can only hope that a similar scenario will not happen in Syria.

    Last week, four American diplomats were killed when armed men attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attackers' apparent motivation was that someone, apparently American but with an uncertain identity, posted a video on YouTube several months ago that deliberately defamed the Prophet Mohammed.

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  • London: Backseat Or Centre-Stage Role In RMB Internationalisation?

    London: Backseat Or Centre-Stage Role In RMB Internationalisation?

    China is already the world’s second largest economy but its currency, the renminbi, is barely traded internationally. Unlike reserve currencies such as the US dollar, and despite China's emerging position as a global economic powerhouse, the Chinese currency is hardly used in international trade and scarcely held by foreigners. This is gradually changing but the City of London is probably being optimistic if it thinks it can grab a significant portion of that trade.

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  • To Russia With Love: Opportunities From Russia’s Accession To The WTO

    To Russia With Love: Opportunities From Russia’s Accession To The WTO

    At a difficult time for the world economy, Russia, the world's sixth largest – and third fastest growing major – economy has opened up for trade. After 19 years of negotiation, Russia finally received membership to the World Trade Organisation on August 23rd 2012 – opening up major new trading opportunities in the process. What are some of the impact and opportunities emanating from Russia’s WTO membership?

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  • America’s Mirage in Libya: Why The Anti-Islamic Film May Be Covering Up The True

    America’s Mirage In Libya: Why The Anti-Islamic Film May Be Covering Up The True Cause Of Violence

    The deaths of US envoy to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats in a rocket attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, has placed a made-in-America, anti-Islamic, amateur film in the global spotlight. But though the movie has been identified by politicians as the root cause of violent anti-U.S. protests across the Arab world, the true reason for the clashes can actually be tied back to past U.S. intervention strategy.

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  • Britain’s Massive Pension Debt: An Impossible Dilemma For The Government?

    Britain’s Massive Pension Debt: An Impossible Dilemma For The Government?

    By 2040, the U.K.’s debt-to-GDP ratio is likely to reach over 400 percent if the government chooses to continue on its present path. But even as the present government attempts to scale back on a number of welfare benefits – particularly pension benefits – to reduce its debt, public opposition means that they must seek other alternatives; and try to strike a balance between the nation’s debt and public welfare.

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  • MAD For Oil: Will US Sanctions On Iran Lead To Mutually Assured Economic Destruc

    MAD For Oil: Will US Sanctions On Iran Lead To Mutually Assured Economic Destruction?

    Iran has been pushed into a corner and is fighting for its life. The safest weapon in its arsenal is an economic strategy; and it is the one point where the United States is vulnerable. 

    There is no doubt about it. Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011 is having the intended effect upon Iran.

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  • Delaying A Eurozone Breakup Will Only Make Matters Worse: Nouriel Roubini

    Delaying A Eurozone Breakup Will Only Make Matters Worse: Nouriel Roubini

    Germany and the ECB are now relying on the hope that large-scale liquidity will buy time to allow the adjustments needed to restore growth and debt sustainability in the eurozone periphery. But, if a eurozone breakup can only be postponed, delaying the inevitable would merely make the endgame worse – much worse.

    NEW YORK – Whether the eurozone is viable or not remains an open question. But what if a breakup can only be postponed, not avoided? If so, delaying the inevitable would merely make the endgame worse – much worse.

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  • How Will Scottish Independence Affect Its Energy Future? – Interview With Alex S

    How Will Scottish Independence Affect Its Energy Future? – Interview With Alex Salmond

    By 2014, Scottish voters may have the chance to end the country’s 307-year intermarriage with England and the United Kingdom at a referendum for independence. The growing belief right is now that Scotland has the economic capacity to go it alone, particularly as they have an abundance of oil and natural gas reserves. Yet even so, the Scottish government is still keen to become the green energy capital of Europe, with more investments placed in renewable energy.

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  • Is France’s Socialist Fairytale Unravelling?

    Is France’s Socialist Fairytale Unravelling?

    French President François Hollande may have achieved a remarkable series of political victories – at home and in Europe – since his election in May, but his pre-election promises are now threatening to destroy Europe’s second-largest economy. Under Hollande, France is now headed for a 400 percent debt to GDP ratio; and even if it were somehow, incredibly, manages to reverse course and embrace the most stringent austerity, it would still hit 200 percent debt to GDP by 2040.

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