Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thinking Aloud: Drones Over the Sahara?

Jan. 31, 2013 by Darius Al-Qaeda and its affiliates continue to expand across the Sahara in Africa.  In response, some American foreign policy and military officials have expressed interest in trotting out what is becoming a standard of US foreign … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Syrian Confirmation of Strike Undercuts Israeli Strategy”

“Syrian Confirmation of Strike Undercuts Israeli Strategy” The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/world/middleeast/syrias-confirmation-of-airstrike-may-undercut-israels-strategy-of-silence.html “Tensions over the Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory appeared to increase on Thursday as Syria delivered a letter to the United Nations declaring its right to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Internet as a Spotlight on Government Practices

Jan. 30, 2013 by Darius I read a very amusing article in this week’s Economist.  It was about the Twitter reaction to Saudi religious police removing a dinosaur display from a shopping mall—for what, it’s not clear.  However, the incident … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Israel Boycotts Its U.N. Human Rights Review”

“Israel Boycotts Its U.N. Human Rights Review” The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2013, p.A11 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-boycotts-its-un-human-rights-review/2013/01/29/29d18336-6a43-11e2-af53-7b2b2a7510a8_story.html “Israel on Tuesday became the first country to boycott a periodic review of its practices by the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing what it called … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Waging War on Corruption”

Jan. 29, 2013 by Darius Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Frank Vogl, a founder of Transparency International, talk about his new book Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power and about his … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Iranian Politicians Call for an Open Field in Vote”

“Iranian Politicians Call for an Open Field in Vote” The Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2013, p.A6 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iranian-politicians-call-for-free-elections/2013/01/24/bd2ce78a-6564-11e2-889b-f23c246aa446_story.html?wprss=rss_middle-east “A heated debate about who will be allowed to run in Iran’s presidential election has erupted five months before the vote, stoking concerns … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Terrorists vs. Insurgents, Somali Edition

Jan. 28, 2013 by Darius Several months ago, an African Union military force drove the Somali Islamist militia al-Shabab from its strongholds in the south of the country.  Following the military victory, the US and West recognized the first Somali … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Egypt’s Morsi Declares State of Emergency, Curfew After Deadly Clashes”

“Egypt’s Morsi Declares State of Emergency, Curfew After Deadly Clashes” The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2013, p.A5 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/three-killed-hundreds-injured-in-second-day-of-clashes-between-police-protesters-in-egypt/2013/01/27/38dca0e4-68a5-11e2-95b3-272d604a10a3_story.html “Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and nighttime curfew across three major cities Sunday after violence raged for a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: How Not to Make Friends and Influence People in Mali

Jan. 27, 2013 by Darius When fighting an insurgency, a good place to start is by *not* conducting racially-motivated summary executions.  This seems, well, rather obvious.  But the Malian army hasn’t learned it yet. According to eyewitnesses and several international … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Rain Forest for Sale”

“Rain Forest for Sale” National Geographic, Jan. 2013, pp.82-119 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/yasuni-national-park/wallace-text “…Yasuní National Park, which encompasses nearly 3,800 square miles (9,800 square kilometers) of prime rain forest habitat in eastern Ecuador.  … There are ten primate species in the forest around TBS, and … Continue reading

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