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)
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.

Ebola, Bioweapons Pose Huge Security Threat
October 2, 2014
By Joel Himelfarb

Growing public health concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus and the confused and often chaotic response of the government and public health authorities show the need for serious national attention to the security threats posed by biological weapons.
Naval Exercise Shows Growing Chinese-Iranian Military Ties
October 1, 2014

By Jack Caravelli

China and Iran last month conducted their first joint naval exercise, a pointed reminder of each nation’s intent to increase military cooperation. The exercise, held over four days in territorial and international waters around strategically important southern Iran, involved a Chinese frigate and a guided-missile destroyer, which first docked at the Iranian port Bandar Abbas. Several Iranian warships joined them later in the exercise.

Saudis Use Oil as a Weapon Against Russia
September 30, 2014

Heard in London

By Jeremy Bradshaw

When President Reagan wanted to destroy the Soviet Union, he secretly asked the Saudis to raise the price of oil. That helped trigger the bankruptcy of the USSR because Moscow lacked the dollars to buy imported fuel.

Today, with a resurgent Russia, the Saudis are again deploying the oil weapon against the Kremlin, according to Neil Barnett, a London-based security-and-risk analyst. But this time, there is a twist.

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