Worldview: Bank taxes in Cyprus, questions about Kenya's elections, and Syria's refugees in Lebanon

March 18, 2013

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Worldview: Bank taxes in Cyprus, questions about Kenya's elections, and Syria's refugees in Lebanon

Cyprus becomes the latest center of controversy in the Eurozone crisis. Kenya's election results face challenges. Syrian refugees make problems for Lebanon.

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Cyprus sees a run on its banks


The tiny island of Cyprus experiencedsevere economic turmoil this weekend when its prime minster agreed to force atax on all bank deposits in order to receive a bailout. The prospect of the taxset off a major dash to ATMs across the country and has rattled globalfinancial markets. Endy Zemenides, executive director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, tells Worldview why the latest Eurozone crisis has far-reaching consequences, even for Greek-Americans here in Chicago.

Cyprus works on tax levy deal to get bailout approvedCredit: Reuters/Yiannis Nisiotis 1 of 6. People gather at an automatic teller machine in Nicosia March 16, 2013. Breaking with previous E...

 

Continued controversy over Kenyan elections


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared victory over challenger Raila Odinga earlier this month. But some say the results are flawed, including Mr. Odinga, who filed a petition challenging his defeat in Kenya Supreme Court over the weekend. Relations with Mr. Kenyatta, who has been indicted in International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, pose questions for US foreign policy as well. New York Times East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman joins Worldview to discuss public reaction in Kenya, what is next, and why it matters for Americans.

Kenyan Court Asked to Order New Election For PresidentNAIROBI, Kenya - Raila Odinga, the second-place finisher in Kenya's presidential race this month, filed a sweeping petition before Kenya'...
Syrian refugees strain Lebanon

Recently, the Syrian refugee crisis hit a critical milestone. United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees Antonio Guterres announced that the number of registered refugees from the war-torn Middle Eastern country has passed one million.  Most of them are in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Lebanon, a small country with only 4 million people, has a long history of sectarian tensions. Now, with its population increased by around 10 percent, the war in Syria threatens Lebanon’s future with specters of its past. Worldview speaks with Fabio Forgione of Doctors Without Borders about the refugee crisis in Lebanon. 
As Syrian refugees pour in, sectarian tensions strain Lebanon's brittle peaceOn the edge of Beirut's rebuilt inner core, a Damascus businessman, Abu Ziad, eased himself into his new BMW in the car park of the bigge...