October 24, 2014

By Norman A. Bailey

Turkey, a NATO ally and jihadist sympathizer, is facing a web of conflicting interests, pressures and events unseen since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the declaration of the Turkish republic following the end of World War I.

Turkey Struggles With Fallout From Reckless Actions
Turkish riot police fire tear gas into a crowd of anti-ISIS demonstrators earlier this month. (Adem Altan/Getty Images)
Tax Havens Flourishing Despite International Crackdown
November 19, 2013
A new report from the London-based Tax Justice Network has exposed the need for continued reform of the global financial industry, as banking secrecy and a persistent lack of transparency threaten dire implications for the world economy. While there has been notable progress in curtailing tax evasion over the past few years, the world’s top tax shelters have failed to enact additional reforms.
Iranian Clash with IAEA Raises Red Flag over Nuclear Program
November 19, 2013
The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, has concluded a deal that provides limited access to some Iranian facilities but falls far short of meeting the agency’s requirements. Meanwhile, the IAEA also has issued an updated Safeguards Report on Iran’s nuclear activities that is unlikely to convince skeptics that Iran is taking meaningful steps to resolve international concerns.
Out of Egypt, Progress in Slow Transition to Democracy
November 18, 2013
The lifting of the three-month state of emergency and nightly curfew that have been in place for three months and movement toward drafting a new constitution have raised expectations that Egypt’s interim military government is finally living up to its promises to restore democratic government. Not everyone is convinced, however, of the military’s sincerity in restoring democracy. The military’s principal political opponent – the Muslim Brotherhood – is still outlawed and continues to denounce the interim regime as illegitimate.
Ukrainian Risks Russia’s Wrath in Urging Closer Ties to US
November 18, 2013
During an early November visit to Washington, D.C., Ukrainian civic leader Sergii Bondarchuk urged that his country form stronger ties with the United States despite growing Russian opposition. Ukraine, he says, could become a partner in the fight against terrorism worldwide, and serve as an “eastern pillar” of economic and political freedom in Europe.
Latin America Expert Warns of  ‘Facade of Democracy’
November 18, 2013
Longtime Latin America expert Otto Reich tells LIGNET in an exclusive interview that some leaders in the region are instituting what he calls a “facade of a democracy.” According to Reich, Cristina Kirchner in Argentina, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela are all using democracy to get into power and then “changing the rules.” Once in office, Reich explained, they undercut democracy to make sure they remain in power.
As Conflicts Rage, Kurdish Calm Presages Possible Statehood
November 18, 2013
Economically independent and resistant to Islamic extremism, Iraq’s Kurdish population is actively expanding support to Kurds in neighboring Syria and Turkey, leading the ethnic group to play a central role in several regional conflicts. While the dream of a unified Kurdish state grows increasingly tangible it remains far from assured: A rapidly shifting political Middle East could easily transform that vision into a mere desert mirage.
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