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What Will Erdogan Do After Turkey's Taksim Square Protests?

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (2)

The prime minister of Turkey is losing his patience!

 

It has been 10 days since the country's crisis erupted with protests flowing into more than 78 cities and towns. The clashes are now happening for many reasons, although the underlying cause is the growing anxiety of Turkish citizens about losing their personal freedom. Turks all around the country are banging on pots and pans from their windows, a symbolic gesture of support for the young protesters on the streets.

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Eye-Witness Account of Anti-Erdogan Istanbul Taksim Square Protests: The Fight for Modern Turkey

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)

ISTANBUL – Was this past weekend the beginning of the end of the wait for Turkey's day of reckoning with political Islam? The peaceful youth demonstrations in Tuksim Square in Istanbul quickly became violent due to the excessive force by the government in the form of tear gas and water cannons. We are in our seventh day of violence and it has not only spread into all the main cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Hatay, but over 70 other Turkish cities and towns. There have bee...

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The Global Economy Remains Shaky

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

Let me start with the good news for 2013. So far, no major tsunamis are anticipated off the coast of anywhere; North Korea has not fired on South Korea; the royal house of Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has not fallen and oil prices have not skyrocketed; we still have enough clean drinking water for now; America seems to be on the mend; ...

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Eurozone Austerity May Be Coming to an End

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

There is no question that the extreme austerity debate has shifted in the eurozone. The public debate and policy implementation of austerity seem to have buckled under pressure from anti- austerity protesters. In an earlier column I had mentioned that when French Socialist President Francois Hollande came into power the nature of the Europea...

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China's Communist Billionaires

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

Much has been made of the record China recently broke: it houses more billionaires in its government than any other country in the world. They make up the so-called "Red Aristocracy." So the central question of this blog is: How can you create the world's largest such  collection of billionaires in a communist system?

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Reflections on Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


Margaret Thatcher was the first and only female leader to be democratically elected in the United Kingdom (UK). She was the UK Prime Minister from 1979-1990 (three consecutive terms); Leader of the Opposition from 1975-1979, and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975-1990.

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David Cameron's Reckless EU Gamble Will Only Hurt the UK

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

If the United Kingdom's Prime Minister David Cameron wins the next British elections (set for 2015) he has committed to hold a referendum on the U.K.'s membership in the European Union. Cameron's proposal is to hold a referendum in 2017 in the form of a simple "in" or "out" vote for the U.K. regarding its EU membership.

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Why the Cyprus Bailout Will Backfire on Europe

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


The Cyprus rescue bailout case is special and different on two fronts. The first is that the bailout literally went after (plundered) foreign investors' money, and the second is that for the first time local depositors are being held responsible for fixing their own banking crisis directly.

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Cyprus Undermines Faith of Small Savers in Local Banks

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

From US News

Cyprus Trod Where None Had Dared


So we managed to save Cyprus! Early today, they got the euro 10 billion bailout deal at the 11th hour, thereby preventing a Cypriot banking system collapse and a possible eurozone exit. As part of the deal, the second largest bank in Cyprus, Laiki (or P...

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Cyprus Bank Tax Unnerves Financial Markets

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

Cyprus is Coming for Your Savings

There seem to be times when commonsense eludes us even after years of experience. While we know this to be true in our personal lives, it is surprising when it is done at a national level, let alone a supranational level. What I’m referring to are the financial crisis manag...

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