Middle East region
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Middle East & Arab World

Saudi Arabia’s Big Gamble​ With a new king and a young, untested defense minister, Riyadh has plunged headlong into war in Yemen. At stake is nothing less than the kingdom’s position of leadership in the Arab […]

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Terrorism 2013-15

Boko Haram: Kidnapped Girls Have Been Married Off, Truce Never Happened

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Alastair Crooke: You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia (The World Post) Saudi Arabia’s internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent […]

2014 Nobel Peace Prize
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Pakistan 2013-14

See also Pakistan 2011-2012 Using Religion for Reform: Trying to Change Pakistan’s Oppressive Blasphemy Law from Within (VICE) Despite its rampant misuse, very few, if any, have challenged, debated, or attempted to reform Pakistan’s blasphemy law […]

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China: government and governance

Asia Society China File The Coming Chinese Crackup By Dr. David Shambaugh, professor of international affairs and director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. […]

Bill C51
Canada: Anti-terror Bill C-51
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See also Canada 2014-15 — Immigration & citizenship Bill C-51 “activity that undermines the security of Canada ...
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Wednesday Night #1725
March 25, 2015  //  No Comments
Alex brought up the latest news on the  Germanwings flight 9525 from the recovery of the black box. It seems a pilot wa ...
Singapore Merlion
March 24, 2015  //  4 Comments
Singapore on Bloomberg Singapore on the Establishment Post Truefitt & Hill, Singapore Lee Kuan Yew 1923-2015 Singapo ...
Climate change
Climate change and uncertainty 2014 -15
March 24, 2015  //  2 Comments
Weather is not climate, and anecdotes are not statistics. Politicians discussing global warming. Sculpture by Issac Cord ...