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In this era in which the political zeitgeist turns towards the phenomenon of the “new normal" it appears such startling realities as Wikileaks and other revelations of highly questionable financial practices are becoming ever too commonplace. Nary a day goes by without us being rocked to the core by yet another screaming headline related to fiscal improprieties of a colossal magnitude.
On Sunday, reports emerged of new financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful. Dubbed "the Panama Papers" by the media, it appears that this relatively quiet central American country has now been cast into the international spotlight as are world leaders, celebrities and other influential movers and shakers.
The story was broken by the German newspaper
As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares for a trip to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit and to get some face time with President Obama, it appears that a corruption related scandal will also be traveling along with him.
Although not spotlighted in the forefront of media outlets, the roots of the scandal go much deeper, having developed in Turkey over a five-year period.
Only a few weeks ago, the FBI arrested Reza Zarrab, a dual Iranian/Turkish national in Miami
It appears that the international reconnaissance infrastructure has broadened its far reaching tentacles according to recent revelations that have come to light. According to documents attributed to leaks by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the United States along with long time ally Britain have eavesdropped and monitored communications by Israel’s air force in a hacking operation dating back to 1998. They have all kept tabs on clandestine Israeli sortie missions.
As the Syrian immigrant crisis continues to dominate international headlines, it has been reported that Sweden, who had initially welcomed the new arrivals, has now had a change of heart on its open door policy towards the refugees.
Published reports indicate that they are taking measures to expel at least 80,000 immigrants, which is equivalent to 45% of the people who have sought political asylum in the Scandanavian country.
Sweden, which is home to 9.8 million people, is one of the
Delivering his very last State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Obama used his uninterrupted hour of nationwide air time to honoring the progress America has made on his watch, while he outlined future objectives in which he will play no major political role.
"I want us to be able, when we walk out this door, to say, 'We couldn't think of anything else that we didn't try to do ... that we weren't timid or got tired or somehow thinking about the next thing because there is