Monthly Archives: April 2014

Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Houthi Insurgency, Part I

Apr. 30, 2014 by Darius  Yemen tends to be one of the two Middle Eastern countries no one talks about.  (The other one is Oman.)  The Yemeni government is currently fighting three different insurgencies: the Houthi insurrection in the north, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Iraq, Fledgling Army Is Outmatched on Battlefield”

“In Iraq, Fledgling Army Is Outmatched on Battlefield” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 28, 2014, p.A1 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304788404579521881652400684?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304788404579521881652400684.html “Even as an al Qaeda-linked militant group celebrated a major victory in Western Iraq last month, militants from the same jihadist group launched … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Darius Index, Bhutan

Apr. 29, 2014 by Darius  [A month and a half ago I introduced the Darius Index, which aims to measure the discrepancy between a country’s wealth – as measured by GDP per capita – and what that country does with … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “More Italians Forgo Motherhood”

“More Italians Forgo Motherhood” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 22, 2014, p.A11 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303949704579457662674779306 “Italy’s birthrate has been far below replacement rate for years.  But now more couples with precarious jobs, low salaries and a late start together are opting to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “On Saudi Arabia”

Apr. 28, 2014 by Darius  Saudi Arabia is very wealthy and very opaque to outsiders.  I recently finished longtime journalist Karen Elliot House’s excellent book detailing her experiences delving into Saudi society: On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Crimea Blocks Tatar Leader”

“Crimea Blocks Tatar Leader” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 23, 2014, p.A10 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579517073656192990?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304049904579517073656192990.html “Authorities in Crimea barred the Crimean Tatar leader from returning to the breakaway region and Russia for five years as he left Tuesday for meetings in the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “We Are in Your City”

Apr. 27, 2014 by Darius  When a bomb ripped through a crowded bus station in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, recently, killing 75 people and wounding many more, Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility.  In his acknowledgement of the attack, Boko … Continue reading

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