Europe

No Apologies Over DSK

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 5, 2011 |

All of a sudden, we're supposed to beat our Yankee breasts over the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. We're supposed to apologize for our litigious, prudish ways. First, we embarrassed ourselves before the French on Iraq. Now we've embarrassed ourselves on DSK.

I don't buy it. To the contrary, whether or not DSK goes free, his case reflects well on American justice. We can hold our heads high.

Northern Star

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna, director, Hybrid Reality Institute
June 24, 2011 |

Call it recycling opportunity. After their failed bid to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, Stockholm city leaders decided to turn a would-be sports village in the Hammarby Sjostad district into one of the world's most successful eco-villages. The practices of powering buses with biogas, recycling rainwater for irrigation and using organic waste for fertilizer spread to other districts of Sweden's largest city. Today the city's water is so clean that fishermen actually stand on bridges in the central business district, catching fresh salmon and trout.

Syrians Flee to Turkey, Telling of Gunmen Attacking Protesters

  • By
  • Katherine Zoepf,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sebnem Arsu, The New York Times
June 9, 2011 |

As reports mount of defections in the Syrian military and the government staggers from the killing of soldiers and police officers in a northern city this week, President Bashar al-Assad may turn increasingly to his brother, Maher, whose elite units in a demoralized army could prove decisive to his government's survival, activists and analysts say.

Anticipating Crackdown, More Syrians Flee to Turkey

  • By
  • Katherine Zoepf,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sebnem Arsu, The New York Times
June 9, 2011 |

KARBEYAZ, Turkey — Hundreds more Syrians fled into Turkey on Thursday, anticipating a widening crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators in the country's northwest, which has become the new focus of weeks of protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The new influx across their border prompted Turkish authorities to set up a second refugee camp, while they reassured frightened Syrians that they would keep the border open and called once again on the Syrian government to allow peaceful demonstrations and to carry out reforms.

No More Rabbits in the Hat

June 9, 2011

-- This is a guest post by Jay Pelosky, Principal, J2Z Advisory, LLC --

GLOBAL BACKDROP

The Raw Truth About the US-UK 'Special Relationship'

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2011 |

During the tough-fought Democratic presidential primary between then-senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, at a wry moment during a televised debate, Clinton called Obama "very likeable" and he responded with the sterile retort, "you're likeable enough".

Michele Wucker Guest Hosts CNBC, Speaks About Debt Restructuring

May 23, 2011

Michele Wucker, president of the World Policy Institute and co-sponsor of the World Economic Roundtable, guest hosted Worldwide Exchange this morning and spoke about her recent paper advocating for a voluntary debt restructuring in Europe.

The Greater Terror

  • By
  • Benjamin Wallace-Wells,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2011 |

Hardly anyone ever thinks about Minsk, an omission for which there are plenty of good reasons. The weather is unpleasant, the architecture brutal, the country obscure, and—because Belarus has spawned neither émigrés nor much in the way of modernity—Minsk seems stuck in history without memory. This gap in memory is important because, during a particular moment in time, the 1930s and ’40s, Minsk and some similar places in far eastern Europe—Kharkiv, Wola, Vilnius—all mattered very much.

Evolving Structures of the Global Oil and Gas Industry

  • By Fareed Mohamedi, Partner and Head of Markets and Country Strategies
March 29, 2011

Current trends suggest that a major energy transition is unlikely before 2020. It is only after that date that trends such as the exhaustion of cheap oil or China’s conversion to a consumer society might raise prices enough to trigger long-term changes.

 

The Quake, the Economy, and the Markets

March 22, 2011
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-- This is a guest post by Jay Pelosky, Principal, J2Z Advisory, LLC --  Japan’s massive earthquake, follow on tsunami and subsequent nuclear power plant upheaval have reinforced uncertainty regarding the strength of global economic activity and the appropriate financial assets prices to reflect that activity. The Arab Spring and EU debt crisis meant such uncertainty was already in the air in the weeks preceding the March 11th earthquake.

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