Monthly Archives: June 2014

Thinking Aloud: “King Leopold’s Ghost”

June 30, 2014 by Darius  I just read King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild.  It is the tale of the Belgian colony in what is today the Democratic Republic of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Uncle Sam Wants You — Unless You’re 71% of Youths”

“Uncle Sam Wants You — Unless You’re 71% of Youths” The Wall Street Journal, June 28-29, 2014, p.A1 http://online.wsj.com/articles/recruits-ineligibility-tests-the-military-1403909945 “More than two-thirds of America’s youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: ISIS and the Arab Spring

June 29, 2014 by Darius  Earlier this week in Jordan, two angry demonstrations against the country’s monarchy took place.  Some of the demonstrators carried the black flag of ISIS and spent the protest shouting pro-ISIS slogans.  ISIS’s appeal is growing … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Sarajevo, Divisions That Drove Assassin Have Yet to Heal”

“In Sarajevo, Divisions That Drove Assassin Have Yet to Heal” The New York Times, June 28, 2014, p.A12 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/europe/in-sarajevo-gavrilo-princip-set-off-world-war-i.html?_r=0 “A century later, Bosnia’s Serbs, Muslims and Croats remain deeply divided in their attitudes toward Princip.  Many Serbs view him as … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Western Sahara

June 28, 2014 by Darius  In the last several weeks, since the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights visited refugee camps there last month, a number of international groups have been focusing attention on a region/conflict that rarely makes … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Issue of Pay for 2 Sets of Workers Tugs at Palestinian Pact”

“Issue of Pay for 2 Sets of Workers Tugs at Palestinian Pact” The New York Times, June 27, 2014, p.A12 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/middleeast/hamas-fatah-palestinian-salary.html?_r=0 “Abu Raid al-Samouni, 46, a driver and office cleaner in the Foreign Ministry headquarters here, leaves for work before … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 2014 Fragile States Index

June 27, 2014 by Darius  Yesterday, the Fund for Peace released its 2014 Fragile States Index.  The Fragile States Index looks at no fewer than ten factors to measure stability, from demographic pressures to income inequality to the rule of … Continue reading

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