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)
 Argentina Erupts Over Contempt Ruling as Debt Deadline Looms
October 13, 2014

By Peter Warburton and Robert Sierra

The Argentine debt crisis took a bizarre twist when President Cristina Fernandez accused the United States of trying to topple her government or assassinate her.

Fernandez’s outburst followed a ruling from a U.S. federal judge who held Argentina in contempt of his earlier ruling that it pay a group of foreign investors the full amount on bonds they bought for pennies on the dollar from the nearly bankrupt South American nation, which continues to default on its financial obligations.

General’s Moves Could Signal New Boss in North Korea
October 10, 2014

By James Morrison

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un missed a key political commemoration Friday, prompting more speculation that the 31-year-old heir to the brutal Kim dynasty who vanished from public sight more than a month ago has been pushed aside or overthrown.

Most Asia watchers remained puzzled by events in secretive, nuclear-armed North Korea. However looking beyond the mystery of the missing dictator, one observer is closely watching the moves of Gen. Hwang Pyong So, who has suddenly stepped into the international spotlight from the shadowy world of North Korea’s byzantine politics.

Turkey Faces Tough Choices as ISIS Attacks Border Town
October 9, 2014

By Lisa M. Ruth

Turkey faces a deadly dilemma as the jihadist terrorist army in neighboring Syria besieges a strategic Syrian border town. The Turks could be forced to take military action in a conflict they have been trying to avoid with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Mysterious Absence of North Korea’s Kim Sparks Rumors
October 8, 2014
By James Morrison

Like a global game of “Where’s Waldo,” foreign policy analysts from Washington to Seoul are speculating on the mysterious disappearance of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, who has not been seen in public for more than a month.

Egypt Faces Growing Terrorist Threat From ISIS Ally in Sinai
October 7, 2014
By Alec Weisman

The conflict in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is growing worse a month after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria called on terrorist allies in the desert region to escalate attacks on soldiers and civilians and “cut off their heads.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces the daunting challenge of bringing an end to the terrorist menace haunting the most populous nation in the Middle East. The radical Islamists in the Sinai are also complicating Israeli and Egyptian attempts to secure the borders of the Gaza Strip.

Court Throws Israel Into Legal Crisis Over Illegal Aliens
October 6, 2014
By Norman A. Bailey

The Israeli High Court of Justice has delivered a heavy blow to the national security of the Jewish State, Israeli democracy and the rule of law.

On a 6-3 majority, the court struck down an amendment to the immigration law of 1954, which gave Israel the right to hold illegal immigrants in detention for up to two years while determining their ultimate fate. The court based its judgment on general humanitarian and human rights principles, not on claims that a higher law or legal precedent was violated.

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