FROM Alexander Apostolides
Will Cyprus Be the Financial Mouse that Roared? The island nation of Cyprus has 1.1 million people — but it's becoming a threat to the entire Eurozone, which is 317 times larger. It's all about banks structured as tax shelters, often for wealthy Russians, banks now in so much trouble they've asked for a bailout. But when Eurozone leaders proposed to tax every depositor – not just the wealthy, ordinary Cypriots took to the streets, emptying ATMs and forcing parliament to reject the deal. What about depositors in Greece and other troubled countries? Will they lose faith in their own banks and their confidence in the Euro?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?