Norman A. Bailey is a Professor of Economics and National Security at IWP and Former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs with the White House National Security Council.
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Welcome to chaos

The spread of al-Qaida-influenced insurgency and terrorism has resulted in an emergency in Algeria, until now immune from the general movement of events; and the necessity of French military intervention in Mali to prevent the overthrow of the government in that country.

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A bright economic future – if we don’t spoil it

The news that after seventeen years the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the production and sale of genetically-modified (GM) salmon, which grows twice as fast as ordinary salmon, may open the door for many other GM foods, which have been blocked both in the U.S. and in Europe primarily by environmental…

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Chavez: Bad news and good news

Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, is dying.  This is bad news for him, his followers and allies. He has named the vice president, Nicolas Maduro, as his successor when he dies or is forced to resign.  

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A neglected front

The reelection a few days ago of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela has brought into sharp focus an area of the world that has been seriously neglected by the Israeli government since the Buenos Aires bombings of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Center in the 1990’s.

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A clearer Middle East picture

In the past few days, several conundrums have been cleared up: 1. The Egyptian regime is at one and the same time repressive and incompetent, a toxic combination. Persecution of the Coptic Christians in the name of Islam is growing steadily, resulting in both an internal and an external refugee crisis. 

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Descent into anarchy

The events of the past few days, from Libya to Afghanistan and from Syria to Mali indicate a huge region descending into anarchy, chaos and entropy.

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The Kurdish challenge

The Kurds are an ancient Indo-European people whose origin is unknown, but who have inhabited the area of the Zagros and Taurus mountains of the Middle East since the beginning of history. They are divided into clans and tribes and currently inhabit portions of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The most famous Kurd in history…

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Obama, Romney, and military aid to Israel

“May God bless America, and may He bless and protect the Nation of Israel” (Governor Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president of the US, Jerusalem, July 29, 2012).  With this extraordinary declaration, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican candidate for the presidency in November’s elections in the United States, gave the most ringing…

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