Publications by Norman A. Bailey

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}

"Iran 1, West 0," by Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

The political turmoil in Turkey continues, while it has become clear than Iran has stolen a march in implemenation of the Geneva agreement.  {read more}

"Turkish bizarre," by Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The current situation in Turkey is beginning to resemble a Nasr-ed-Din story, with Prime Minister Erdogan playing the role of the Hodja.  {read more}

"Strange goings on in Turkey," by Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

With all the disputes and controversies swirling around the Geneva agreement between the G5+1 countries and Iran, it's easy to lose sight of other significant events taking place in the region, such as two very strange decisions made in recent days by the Erdoğan government in Turkey.  {read more}

Prof. Norman Bailey comments on nuclear deal with Iran

Publication Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By now, just about every commentator, academic, pundit, journalist and politician has had his or her say about the "breakthrough agreement" or alternatively, "historic mistake" or "potential cataclysmic disaster," depending on the point of view.  {read more}

Prof. Norman Bailey comments on how changes in China affect Israel

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Third Plenum of the Communist Party of the Peoples' Republic of China is now history. In a lifetime of following events like this one, I have never seen such a range of opinions concerning its significance, from "There is nothing new" to "A major turning point for Chinese society."  {read more}

"Fog over Iran" - an article by Prof. Norman Bailey

Publication Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013

First, rumors swirled about that the Saudis were triggering their long-reported deal with Pakistan to supply nuclear weapons whenever the kingdom might decide it needed them, in recompense for the financial assistance received from Saudi Arabia which enabled Pakistan to develop its nuclear capability in the first place.   {read more}

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