Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thinking Aloud: Grand Bargain on Syria and Iran?

Dec. 31, 2012 by Darius Right now, US foreign policy towards the Middle East is dominated by two crises:  the ongoing, bloody civil war in Syria and the steady march of Iran towards a nuclear weapon.  The US is responding … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “CAR Seeks Foreign Help Against Rebels”

“CAR Seeks Foreign Help Against Rebels” AlJazeera, Dec. 28, 2012 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/12/2012122845446715156.html “The president of Central African Republic (CAR) has urgently called on France and other foreign powers to help his government fend off rebels who are quickly seizing territory and … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: New Filibuster Proposal

Dec. 30, 2012 by Darius Previously I’ve written about the filibuster, a Senate tradition that has become one of the most unhelpful elements of American politics (see https://notwhatyoumightthink.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/thinking-aloud-just-say-no-to-no/ and https://notwhatyoumightthink.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/thinking-aloud-striking-down-the-filibuster/ ).  Here’s an update. A new proposal to reform the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Mine Deals Enrich Israeli Billionaire, If Not Congo”

“Mine Deals Enrich Israeli Billionaire, If Not Congo” The Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2012, p.G3 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/dan-gertler-earns-billions-as-mine-deals-fail-to-enrich-congo/2012/12/27/c37d0100-4e31-11e2-8b49-64675006147f_story.html “Gertler has stakes in companies that control 9.6 percent of world cobalt production.  That’s just the beginning of his influence in Congo, the largest … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: More Room to the Right in Israeli Politics?

Dec. 29, 2012 by Darius Who would have thought that Benjamin Netanyahu’s most note-worthy challenge this political season would come from the right?  After all, there’s not that much room on the political spectrum to his right. Yet there it … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Yemen Tries to Cover Up Drone Hits”

“Yemen Tries to Cover Up Drone Hits” The Washington Post, Dec. 25, 2012, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/when-us-drones-kill-civilians-yemens-government-tries-to-conceal-it/2012/12/24/bd4d7ac2-486d-11e2-8af9-9b50cb4605a7_story.html “U.S. airstrikes have killed numerous civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other parts of the world, and those governments have spoken against the attacks.  But in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Kennedys, Gandhis … Bhuttos

Dec. 28, 2012 by Darius Some countries seem to have a family that feels that the country cannot do without them.  In America, it’s the Kennedys.  In India, it’s the Nehru-Gandhis.  And in Pakistan, it’s the Bhuttos.  Yesterday, the 24-year-old … Continue reading

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