Monthly Archives: March 2013

Thinking Aloud: Taliban Inroads in Pakistan’s Largest City

Mar. 31, 2013 by Darius In Karachi, Pakistan, a war is underway.  Fighters have launched major attacks on government police and soldiers, as well as on anyone who resists them.  These sorts of things are not actually all that rare … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Cyberattacks Seem Meant to Destroy, Not Just Disrupt”

“Cyberattacks Seem Meant to Destroy, Not Just Disrupt” The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2013, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/technology/corporate-cyberattackers-possibly-state-backed-now-seek-to-destroy-data.html?pagewanted=all “American Express customers trying to gain access to their online accounts Thursday were met with blank screens or an ominous ancient type face.  The … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Accidental Guerrilla”

Mar. 30, 2013 by Darius I recently finished reading The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen.  Kilcullen is a counterinsurgency expert, with both combat experience and a PhD.  He has served … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “From Villages to Cities: The Geography of Human Trafficking”

“From Villages to Cities: The Geography of Human Trafficking” SAISPHERE, 2012-2013, pp.39-41 http://media.sais-jhu.edu/saisphere/article/villages-cities-geography-human-trafficking “As these young women’s experiences show, the risk of being a victim of trafficking increases with urban migration.  Poverty, underdevelopment and lack of equal opportunity are some … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Update on Bahrain

Mar. 29, 2013 by Darius Everyone has heard about the Arab Spring revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.  Fewer people have heard about the revolution in Yemen.  Even fewer, though, have heard about yet another Arab country experiencing regular … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank”

“Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank” The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2013, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/world/africa/brics-to-form-development-bank.html “A group of five emerging world economic powers met in Africa for the first time Tuesday, gathering in South Africa for a summit … Continue reading

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Quick Thought to Amuse and Edify

The Lenten season is drawing to a close in the Christian world — which makes it a great time to share this: During Lent, particularly on Fridays, the eating of meat is frowned upon, if not directly forbidden (depends on the time … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Europeans Planted Seeds of Crisis in Cyprus”

“Europeans Planted Seeds of Crisis in Cyprus” The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2013, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/world/europe/europeans-planted-seeds-of-crisis-in-cyprus.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 “But the path that led to Cyprus’s current crisis — big banks bereft of money, a government in disarray and citizens filled with angry … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Was the Cure Worse Than the Disease?

Mar. 27, 2013 by Darius The Persian Gulf War in 1990 was an easy US victory on the battlefield.  The Iraqi army was no match for the US-led Coalition in terms of either technology or willingness to fight.  It was … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Slovenia’s Financial Picture Draws Worries”

“Slovenia’s Financial Picture Draws Worries” The Washington Post, Mar. 26, 2013, p. A17 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/24/move-over-cyprus-slovenia-is-the-new-tiny-country-you-should-worry-about/ “The new country that’s provoking concern is Slovenia. The small former Yugoslav republic—wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia and best known for its exceptional skiers … Continue reading

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