Monthly Archives: December 2013

Thinking Aloud: Bahrain, Looking Forward to 2014

Dec. 31, 2013 by Darius As 2013 draws to a close, the world is looking forward to a new year.  One story to watch in 2014 is Bahrain.  With endless political protests, harsh government repression, and rising terrorism, there’s no … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “‘Common Man’ Leader Takes New Delhi’s Helm”

“‘Common Man’ Leader Takes New Delhi’s Helm” The Washington Post, Dec. 29, 2013, p.A20 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-delhi-gets-common-man-government-with-anti-corruption-activist-as-chief-minister/2013/12/28/2fd6d62a-6fb3-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html “Tens of thousands of people wearing ‘I am the common man’ caps cheered as a popular anti-corruption crusader was sworn in as the city’s chief … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Terrorism in the Run Up to Sochi

Dec. 30, 2013 by Darius Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin made a big show of granting amnesty to various political opponents, presumably to burnish Russia’s reputation in advance of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.  This week, though, three … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of Karzai”

“Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of Karzai” The New York Times, Dec. 29, 2013, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/world/asia/polling-comes-to-afghanistan-suggesting-limit-to-sway-of-president-karzai.html?_r=0 “In the 12 years since the United States helped oust the Taliban, Afghanistan has held four national elections.  But Afghans are only now … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: End-of-Year Giving Ideas

Dec. 29, 2013 by Darius In case you are looking for some ideas for year-end giving, here are some international charities that do incredible, valuable work: The International Rescue Committee is dedicated to responding to humanitarian crises around the world.  … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “For Iran’s Consumers, Dubai Is Conduit to Better Lives”

“For Iran’s Consumers, Dubai Is Conduit to Better Lives” The Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-sending-goods-to-iran-dubai-weighs-competing-interests/2013/12/24/53c48708-6978-11e3-997b-9213b17dac97_story.html “After steep declines in trade starting last year, seaborne transfer of goods between Iran and Dubai is picking up again, highlighting the U.A.E.’s delicate … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Wherever There’s a Fight”

Dec. 28, 2013 by Darius I recently read Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi which narrates the history of protest movements in California … Continue reading

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