Preventing acts of terrorism has become a major concern for most Western nations. Coordinating the strengths and capabilities among the various allies will be crucial to containing and ultimately defeating this scourge.
The deep recession in Europe started with the euro crisis triggered by Greece. As volatility returns to Athens, the euro, already getting weaker, may face even more troubles.
Euro Sisyphus faces jihad
For years Europe has avoided expansionary economic policies in favor of austerity. But with the examples of successful quantitative easing in the US and UK, Europe has no choice but to follow suit. Will it be enough? Or has the European economy passed the point of no return?
The EU has evolved through stages of utopia, political cunning, and hubris. Now it finds itself in a make-or-break situation in which the paradoxes are so ingrained that they might be insurmountable.
Greece is on the verge of default. But so are many countries, and some of them have been in debt for centuries. Greece’s anti-austerity parties insist that it would be better for everyone to restructure the country’s debt.
Europe is under attack from a homegrown strain of militant Islam that has appeared among its steadily increasing Muslim population. As it shores up its defenses, it will inevitably need to re-examine what it means to be European.
Europe is at war, whether it likes to call it that or prefers another name. But since the enemy is homegrown Islamist terrorism, it must wage the war in an entirely different manner from its historical fights.
Between claims of responsibility and denunciations, the Sunnis and Shiites are shoring up their positions in the aftermath of Europe’s rude awakening to the threat of Islamist terrorism.
Any organization that wants to make itself known to the world at large must project a coherent image, or brand. Even terrorists are adapting their marketing strategy to social media.
Opening up to Cuba has been on the agenda of many US presidents, but something always happened to block a lifting of the embargo. What can Cubans expect from this unprecedented agreement between Obama and Raúl Castro?
The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba announced by their respective presidents is a historic turning point. But it is only a first step, as many details need to be worked out.
With Obama’s move to open to Havana, he has again shown his penchant for circumventing recalcitrant legislators and opposition.
The economic embargo has long forced Cubans to trim any expectations of material wealth. Now they can dream of living like their compatriots in the United States.
South Eastern Asia
Singapore is one of the political and economic success stories of the 20th century. Now, with the US-China rivalry heating up, it is perfectly placed to mediate between the two geopolitical giants.
One of the aims of the jihadist attacks in Paris is to gain more recruits in Europe, while at the same time instigating strife within the Muslim communities.
In an attempt to lower carbon emissions, a movement to boycott investment in fossil fuels has begun. While the motives may be noble, the efforts, upon closer inspection, are rather unrealistic.