13.03.2013: THE MILITARY & ITS ROLE IN THE ISLAMIC MIDDLE EAST TODAY

Written by Morris Mottale*

The internal conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Shiite Iran’s confrontation with Sunni powers such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, challenge any observer of modern Middle Eastern politics with the implications of the many theories that have characterized the study of the area. One of the most important premises in the approaches to the study of the region was the role of the military in the process of modernization, nationalism, and secularization. Beginning with Turkey and Iran in the earlier part of the twentieth century, the military establishment as a corporate body led by strong and charismatic leaders engaged in the structural modernization of the societies they were leading with the final aim of turning their states to a level of political and economic development comparable to France, Germany, or England.

06.03.2013: HORROR SCENARIO FOR GREEK GOVERMENT

Sensational diplomatic leak reveals that the Greek government has made ​​an agreement with a private U.S. mercenary army, to step in if the social protests escalate into civil war in the crisis-hit Greece. The government no longer dares to trust the police, whose salaries are also reduced. Apparently, the Greek government hired a private U.S. mercenary army to protect the Parliament if the social tensions escalate to civil war. In a sensational leak says the former Greek ambassador to Canada, Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, the government has made ​​an agreement with a private U.S. mercenary army to protect the Parliament if the social protests escalate because the government can no longer trust the police.

24.02.2013: NEW PRESIDENT FOR CYPRUS

Written by Andy Dabilis*

Cypriots failed to give any of three candidates in the presidential election a majority, setting up a runoff Sunday (February 24th) between Conservative Nicos Anastasiades and Communist-backed Stavros Malas. In the February 17th first round, Anastasiades, leader of the DISY party, got 45.46 percent, less than the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win. Malas, supported by the AKEL party, had 26.91 percent. Former Foreign Minister George Lillikas came in third with 24.93 percent and was eliminated. With Cyprus needing a bailout from international lenders of as much as 17 billion euros, voters said the economy is the island's most important issue. Incumbent President Demetris Christofias didn't run, meeting his vow not to seek office again if he failed to reunify the divided island. He said banks' greed and regulatory shortcomings caused Cyprus' economic collapse.

04.03.2013: THE DIPLOMATIC RISKS OF TURKEY' S RHETORICAL FETISH

Written by Anthony Rusonik*

Though the dust has yet to settle from airstrikes in Syria last week, Israel’s “neither conform no deny” posture has forced pundits to speculate on the intended target and whether or not the embattled Assad regime will retaliate.  Fear and speculation swirls over a possible Iranian response, and most of the diplomatic world withholds comment and holds its breath. The exception, once again, is Tayip Erdogan’s Turkey.
On Saturday, we witnessed the remarkable spectacle of the Turkish Foreign Minister publicly taunting Assad to retaliate.  “Why didn't Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace,” asked Ahmet Davutoglu.

20.02.2013: A PLAN FOR OLD AND NEW ENERGY

Written by Michael Levi*

The State of the Union address last night was notable for the prominent placement of energy and climate and for its recommencement to what President Obama has called an all of the above strategy. I was particularly struck by the inclusion of two new efforts that would aim to concretely bridge the gap between fossil fuel backers and clean energy enthusiasts: the Energy Security Trust Fund and a new prize for development of natural gas with carbon capture and storage. The Energy Security Trust Fund has been pitched, in different variations, by Securing America’s Energy Future (SAFE) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

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