Publications by Norman A. Bailey

Iraq going the way of Syria

A Sunni movement more extreme than al-Qaida is challenging the Iraqi government.

Publication Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The successors to Mohammed as leaders of the Muslim religion bore the title of "Caliph." The Caliphate has undergone numerous historical transformations and was never recognized by the Shiites, who claim that the legitimate line was cut short by illegitimate usurpers.   {read more}

Palestinian side-show perks up

More seems to be going on behind the scenes than Obama and Kerry are aware of.

Publication Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

As everyone knows but pretends not to, the non-existent "peace process" is an insignificant side-show in the Middle East, which is undergoing massive seismic shifts in politico-strategic terms, which along with significant economic developments, which are the only ones that count in the final analysis.  {read more}

Refugees make Lebanon the next flash point, says Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

What would happen in Israel if a million and a half destitute refugees entered the country in a couple of years? What would happen in the United States if more than sixty million destitute refugees entered the country in a couple of years?  {read more}

Congress take note: China's economy is steered in positive direction

Publication Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

The burst in panic across markets when the Chinese economy had a slight hiccup underscores all that is wrong -- nd misses all that is right -- about looking at the one of the world’s strongest economies through the reactive eyes of what people think may happen and not what actually is happening.  {read more}

US retreating in its own backyard

Iran, Russia and China are penetrating Latin America deeply, with no US response.

Publication Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

A few weeks ago, in a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, US Secretary of State Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine was no long "valid." Perhaps this cavalier dismissal of what has been a pillar of American foreign policy for 190 years is simply a recognition that Iran, Russia and China are penetrating Latin America in a wholesale fashion, with no noticeable reaction on the part of the US.  {read more}

Russia holds the aces

The hypocrisy aside, the West's moves on Crimea are ludicrously feeble.

Publication Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Granted that hypocrisy is the mother's milk of both domestic and international politics, but the outcry from Europe and the United States over the Russian seizure of Crimea really is beyond the pale.  {read more}

1001 Arabian nightmares

Publication Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

These are perilous times for the desert kingdom, which sees itself as the very center of Sunni Islam, which for Sunnis is the only true Islam. It is facing a highly complex and dangerous confluence of circumstances that would have seemed most unlikely even a short time ago.  {read more}

Switzerland as a model for Israel

The two countries have much more in common than appears at first.

Publication Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Switzerland has about the same population as Israel, with four distinct ethnicities, and is in a similarly vulnerable geographic location. It has been independent since 1291, except for a brief period of French occupation during the Napoleonic wars.  {read more}

Could the Islamic winds be shifting?

Egyptian leader all-Sisi's call for a modern Islam has not met the opposition one might have expected.

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I never cease to be amazed at the well-honed ability of the media to devote most of its time and space to completely unimportant matters (yes, fans, such as the Super Bowl), while downplaying or completely ignoring events of potentially great significance.  In recent days, an Al-Jazeera news anchor wondered live on camera why the Arab armies can't be as humanitarian as the Israeli army--trying its best to avoid civilian casualties. As far as we know he was not fired.  {read more}

"Israel's gas as economic equalizer," by Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Own or Be Owned" is the slogan of the Center for Economic and Social Justice in the US, a think-tank devoted to the propagation of projects for the expansion of the ownership of productive capital assets in ever-greater segments of the population.   {read more}

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