Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thinking Aloud: “Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky”

Nov. 30, 2012 by Darius Which nation has the highest per-capita GDP in the world?  Not the United States, Switzerland, or a traditional world power.  Instead, this title is held by Qatar, an emirate on the eastern edge of the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Island Dispute You Haven’t Heard Of”

“The Island Dispute You Haven’t Heard Of” Foreign Policy, Dec. 2012, p.20 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/26/the_stories_you_missed_in_2012?page=0,9 “Both Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) claim sovereignty over the Persian Gulf island of Abu Musa, home to about 2,000 people, and two uninhabited islands … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Palestine’s UN Promotion

Nov. 29, 2012 by Darius Today, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade Palestine’s status to “non-member observer state.”  138 nations voted in favor, 41 nations abstained, and only 9 nations voted against the resolution (Israel, the US, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Deforestation in Brazil Hits Record Low”

“Deforestation in Brazil Hits Record Low” The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2012, p.A8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/deforestation-in-brazils-amazon-rainforest-hits-record-low/2012/11/27/6c68828a-38b6-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html “Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has dropped to its lowest level in 24 years, the government said Tuesday.  Satellite imagery showed that 1,798 square miles (4,656 … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Turkey Skirting Sanctions on Iran

Nov. 28, 2012 by Darius I didn’t see this story reported anywhere else, so I wanted to give it more attention:  last weekend (yes, news buried on a holiday weekend) The Wall Street Journal reported that Turkey has been evading … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Virtual Battleground For Pentagon’s Cyberwarriors”

“A Virtual Battleground For Pentagon’s Cyberwarriors” The Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2012, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/cybercity-allows-government-hackers-to-train-for-attacks/2012/11/26/588f4dae-1244-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_story.html “CyberCity has all the makings of a regular town.  There’s a bank, a hospital and a power plant.  A train station operates near a water tower. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Frenemies 4-Ever?

Nov. 27, 2012 by Darius In the time leading up to the US invasion of Afghanistan, coalition planners needed to find a man who could put Afghanistan together again.  The previous frontrunner, Ahmad Shah Massoud, had been assassinated by the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Vaccine to Curb Addicts’ Highs”

“A Vaccine to Curb Addicts’ Highs” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 24-25, 2012, p.C3 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578130963934871462.html “In a groundbreaking clinical trial, Thomas Kosten of Baylor College of Medicine and his colleagues tested a vaccine that combines molecules of cocaine with a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Syrian Refugee Brides

Nov. 26, 2012 by Darius Syrians in refugee camps have been through a lot.  They’ve had to flee their homes, usually leaving behind all their possessions, and travel long distances over international borders.  In the camps themselves, they face a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Where Are the Jobs For the Boys?”

“Where Are the Jobs For the Boys?” The Economist, Nov. 24-30, 2012, p.58 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21567128-recent-government-efforts-create-jobs-may-store-up-trouble-future-where “A year ago Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, ordered that 6,000 unemployed Emiratis immediately be found government jobs.  An already job-saturated public sector … Continue reading

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