September 22, 2014
The multilateral talks on Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program that resumed last week are again mired in controversy. Conflicting statements by Washington and Tehran about a possible Iranian role in combatting the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has divided experts and raised new concerns from the U.S. Congress. Many in Congress also are worried about new proposed compromises by the Obama administration that would allow Iran to keep all of its centrifuges as long as most of them are “disconnected.”
War Against ISIS Collides With Iran Nuclear Talks
Secretary of State Kerry at the United Nations last week said Iran has a "role" in defeating ISIS. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)
Hamas Seeks to Disrupt Israel’s Energy Plans
August 29, 2014
Hamas’ recent attempts to target Israel’s offshore drilling rigs has disturbing implications for the Jewish nation’s efforts to tap its gigantic natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel seems poised to sign a historic supply deal with Egypt to complement an earlier agreement with Jordan reached in February, but its frayed relations with Turkey from the ongoing violence seem to have killed talks to build an undersea gas pipeline to Europe.
Latin America Embraces Gaza, Rejects Israeli Trade
August 28, 2014
Leftist Latin American nations are turning on Israel and ignoring its efforts to promote free trade in the region as they embrace the Palestinian cause in the conflict in Gaza. The leaders of Latin nations with serious human rights violations are even accusing Israel of genocide.
Mideast Chaos, Conflicts Cripple Muslim Economies
August 27, 2014
Chaos, anarchy and civil war are crippling the economics of many nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Several have no functioning markets. In others, the productive assets that haven’t been destroyed have been seized by terrorists or separatists.
Israel’s High-Tech Sector Flourishes Amid Gaza War
August 27, 2014
As Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip enters its eighth week, business in Israel’s technology hub of Tel Aviv is booming. With the Iron Dome missile shield sparing Israeli cities from devastation by the persistent barrage of rockets, tech companies will continue to flock to the startup capital in droves even though hostilities have yet to ease.
No Breakthrough Likely From Ukrainian, Russian Talks
August 27, 2014
The meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus on Tuesday presented a very small potential opening to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, but no immediate breakthrough is likely.
Israel Pivots to Asia, as West Increases Pressure Over Gaza
August 26, 2014
Israel is turning to Asia to develop strong economic relations in a major pivot from traditional allies in the United States and Britain, after Washington and London placed unpalatable demands on the Jewish state in its war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
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