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20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Will Another Superpower Meet Its End in Afghanistan?

(42) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 11:40 AM

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the US is losing the war in Afghanistan, a country that indirectly contributed to the break-up of the USSR. Where coalition forces today battle the Taliban and al Qaeda, in the 1980s, the Soviets fought the Mujahedeen -- a...

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Dictatorship Italian Style

(8) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 5:58 PM

On September 1st the Italian award-winning air acrobatics team, Frecce Tricolore, will spread their wings in Tripoli, Libya, during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Ghaddafi's coup. This is a small gesture of appreciation from Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to his new friend, the Libyan dictator. The two...

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Obama's Silence

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 5:29 PM

Israel carries on the 'terrorist cleansing' of Gaza without paying any attention to the Security Council's resolution, to politicians and international public opinion's disapproval of the war. To the troops and to the leadership only one item matters: time.

The preparation and professionalism that the Israeli army shows in its...

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Bush Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 2:52 PM

America has elected Barack Obama president and the entire planet is jubilant. People's hopes are high because this man promises change, a major departure from the policies of Bush neo-conservatives. Will Obama succeed in turning the clock back, will he bring America and the world back to the euphoric time...

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Elections in the New Great Gatsby Era

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:16 AM

The US elections will go down in history for many reasons: black candidate, female vice presidential candidate and an economic climate similar to that of the time of The Great Gatsby. But the similarities with the Jazz Age -- as F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the 1920's -- does not refer...

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Bear Stearns and Carlyle Debacles Are a "Modern-Day Greek Tragedy"

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 11:33 PM

The collapse of Carlyle Capital and the temporary rescue of Bear Stearns may go down in history as the key events signaling the end of the 'roaring nineties' (which lasted into the 21st century), nearly two decades of easy money, cheap credit and soaring global debt. Exceptional events -- such...

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Rogue Finance

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 6:11 PM

Globalized high finance has been shaken by yet another scandal. Société Générale (SocGen), the second-largest French bank, is in serious trouble due to the wild speculative transactions of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel. But this weekend in Tokyo, the ministers of finance and central bankers of the G7 will discuss another...

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Hamas' Democracy

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2006 | 11:01 PM

Hamas's history is deeply interlinked to the last stretch of Arafat's life and to his sudden death. It was the disappearance of Arafat's secret treasury (estimated between $700 million to 2 billion) that paved the way to Hamas' recent victory in the Palestinian elections. Everybody remembers the Fatah leadership's desperate,...

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