October 22, 2014

By Peter Warburton and Joanna Davies

A drama is unfolding at the heart of Europe as old stimulus programs expire and new ones meet with skepticism and derision. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, pulled off a timely rescue of the European monetary system in the summer of 2012 without spending a cent of central bank money. That earned him the nickname of “Super Mario” among admirers and critics, alike.

Eurozone on the Brink, as ‘Super Mario’ Races to the Rescue
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)
New India-Japan Partnership Counters China’s Clout
September 12, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, punctuated by a joint declaration, sent a strong signal to a region increasingly under China’s shadow. Modi and Abe are clearly eager to boost trade and defense ties to revitalize their poor economies and counter China’s regional belligerence.
ISIS Targets Lebanon, the New Front for Warring Terror Armies
September 12, 2014
Beirut was once called the “Paris of the Middle East.” Now it is the capital of a failed nation. Lebanon — small but strategically located — is exposed to terrorist threats that could further cripple the chaotic country and region.
Saudi Arabia Condemns Terrorism While Funding It
September 11, 2014
Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million dollars to the United Nations to support a counterterrorism center, but the kingdom is one of the primary sources of funding for jihadist groups, including the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This duplicity contributes to the increasing instability in the Middle East and is a toxic element in the growing strains in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Two Years After Benghazi, New Book Revives Debate
September 11, 2014
Washington is again debating the mystery still surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. A new book claims that armed CIA contractors were ordered to “stand down” as they tried to rush to the rescue of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans killed in the assault. A House special committee is also preparing to hold its first public hearing next week on the tragedy.
Hungry Russia Seeks Food from Asia After Spat with US, EU
September 10, 2014
With relations between Moscow and the European Union deteriorating rapidly, the Kremlin is looking to Asia to help feed the Russian people. Russia’s trade pivot to the East is likely to intensify as President Vladimir Putin continues to anger the West with his support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
Black Market Oil Fuels North Korea
September 9, 2014
By Gordon G. Chang

Has North Korea ground to a standstill because of a lack of oil? Did China cut them off? Is Russia filling the void, and what is Iran up to in the shadowy world of black market oil sales? Those questions have many answers. Some may be true.
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