October 29, 2014

By Peter Warburton and Tom Traill

The reappearance of near-record lows on U.S. Treasury yields tempts big-spending politicians to urge the government to borrow more money because it is so cheap. However, this is Halloween, not Christmas, and the treats are an inflation trap for the unwary.

The Ghost of Inflation Haunts U.S. Economy
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.

 Big Spenders Preach the Theology of ‘Secular Stagnation’
October 3, 2014
By Peter Warburton and Joanna Davies

Supporters of fiscal expansion and even bigger government in America and Europe have grabbed an old, discredited economic theory and are preaching about it like monetary missionaries. ‘Secular stagnation’ is the name given to the hypothesis that the economy is stuck in a rut because of a failure of the market to deliver sufficient stimulus for investment.

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