Twenty-three years after the first "Wall Street," director Oliver Stone paints a portrait of a superpower in decline. Bjorn Soenens thinks that this fiction gets close to reality.
"I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal!"
It's the perfect summary of the era that began in 1981. Ronald Reagan and the magic of [Read more]
The Palestinian people, as they welcome Obama’s historic speech, are hoping that the speech will make an impact on decision makers in Israel, for there is no longer anyone in the world who stands behind Israel’s settlement policy.
In my article last week, I stated that a strong “yes” (around 55 percent) or a strong “no” (again, around 55 percent) would be important enough to trigger serious change in Washington’s judgment regarding the AK Party. Since the result was 58 percent “yes,” it is necessary to touch on what kind of an [Read more]
Investors all over the world have recently witnessed a drastic decrease in U.S. Treasury bond returns. Within the last five months, the returns on 10-year notes decreased from 4 percent annually to approximately 2.5 percent annually, their lowest point since December 2008. Additionally, the returns on 30-year notes [Read more]
The strange case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a powerful example of all that has gone wrong with the US war on terror.
The Palestinian camp has split into moderates and radicals. Moderate leaders include Mahmoud Abbas, who lacks Arafat's charisma, power and money. He has no choice but to look to the United States, the main mediator of the Middle East peace process, for assistance. Only the U.S. can put real pressure on Israel.
It seems clear from the silence of men like exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in September that Hamas and Syria are giving Abbas enough rope to hang himself. They have realized that the talks were doomed to failure from day one.